Month: May 2014

The gospel according to J.M. Coetzee

“The Childhood of Jesus ” by. JM. Coetzee is a beautiful piece of writing. This good review may inspire further reading. Coetzee is one of the finest writers in the world today.

Everybody knows


There is much one could say about the state of the world or the state of politics in Australia at the moment. Sometimes it is worth while listening to what certain people have been saying for a long time. This short video of Leonard Cohen singing “Everybody Knows” sums up so much and seems to be applicable to all ages. Take a listen.

A teacher’s sonnet

A teacher's sonnet.

A teacher’s sonnet






With apologies to ShakespeareImage

Let me not to the marking of scripts


Let me not to the marking of many scripts

admit ineptitude. Sanity is not sanity

which fails when it flaws finds

or bends with the writers who are deluded.

Oh no! It is an ever flowing cup

of coffee trudged through calloused catacombs to invigilate

in the long grey hours that are cold, lonely, never up.

Oh these hours on hours on days. These days I hate.

Sanity’s not for sissies, fool! It’s a fragile brew

within the double coiled loops of this lamentable distillery

where load shedded neurons along the grey folds are few

still hoping through hell for relief from this pillory.

And if it be shown that this is sanity

I’ll trade my next paycheck for a frontal lobotomy.

M scallan