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Invited by Ian McMillan, along with a poet and an archaeologist, to discuss ANOTHER NOW – On BBC Radio 3’s The Verb

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 28/11/2020 - 8:37pm in

What might a zero-growth world mean for writers? The Verb offers this provocation to this week’s guests, and asks how poets in particular can adjust to a world economy that’s changing rapidly under long-down. Is there such a thing as a sustainable poem? Ian McMillan is joined by: Yanis Varoufakis, economist, author and member of the Greek Parliament, Dr Seren Griffiths, an archaeologist and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker (fascinated by time and the taxonomy of soil), by novelist and poet Patrick McGuinness who is intrigued by the idea of a poem that leaves the ‘ordinary’ just as it is, and we welcome Jade Cuttle, (critic and poet) back to the Verb for second time this season – she reads French eco-poetry to her house-plant for us and we listen to its reaction via special technology.

Yanis Varoufakis’ new novel is ‘Another Now’, Jade Cuttle’s album of poem/songs is called ‘Algal Bloom’, and Patrick McGuinness’s most recent publication is the novel ‘Throw me to the Wolves’.

Gladys Berejiklian: 10 Iconic Buildings I’d Like To Turn Into A Pokies Den

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 11:00am in



My Government has achieved a lot for the developers…..err, the people of NSW yet we still have so much more to accomplish.

Walking around the glorious city of Sydney the other day as I awaited for the results of my Covid test, I thought how could we make the place more lucrative. Sure, we could build more units and collect more stamp duty but that’s an occasional revenue stream.

Then it hit me as I sat looking over the Opera house. This State just doesn’t have enough pokies machines.

Imagine sitting in the Opera House as you wait for your show and slipping a few pineapples into the machines to kill a bit of time.

The Family Law Court, wouldn’t it be great if you could slap that new child support lucre into the Queen of the Nile? It would even give some of the children a place to hang before they say goodbye to one of their caregivers

Or better yet how good would your daily commute be with pokies. Some people in NSW have to travel a couple of hours a day just to get to work. Under my Government I will ensure that all trains, ferries and buses are fitted with pokies machines.

As well I will make it mandatory for all companies to pay their workers in cash.

Together we can make the State of NSW great again by making sure the pokies machines keep running.

The title of this article was 10 iconic buildings I’d like to turn into pokies dens, but if I’m honest I’d love to turn the whole State into one big giant Pokies den.

Let’s get it done NSW.

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New poster campaign

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 7:16am in

Which is, I suspect, organised by Led by Donkeys – the posters seem to suggest their blackly humorous and hard hitting style, which is, as more and more of us realise, no more than the truth: What they don’t mention is that all this self-inflicted hardship is actually in the middle of a pandemic…... Read more

Fatima – dancing in cyber

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 14/10/2020 - 6:42am in

This was some of the government advice on retraining: And this (apologies for the language) a spoof: and this, a wonderful poem, which I’m sure we can all appreciate: Steve Pottinger tweets here.... Read more

Is rebellion imminent?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/10/2020 - 7:55am in

This moving piece from Channel 4 news and from a real small employer (rather than a grasping rentier capitalist) correctly explains why so many are completely adrift in the government’s occasional, random and unscientific lockdowns. For sure the science is uncertain – but the money creation to ensure both the lady in the interview and... Read more

Sunak is going to trash our economy and our lives

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 26/09/2020 - 10:43pm in

Sunak’s disastrous recently announced ‘Job Retention Scheme’ spoke of his desire to keep ‘viable’ jobs, which even the Telegraph thinks will not deliver, . He has given us no indication of those jobs he considers viable and as we all now know there is no objective viability – only Sunak’s bizarre and cruel political choice... Read more

All for an arbitrary lack of money

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 5:00pm in

Having listened to BBC Radio4’s ‘Front Row’ it demonstrates that the arts, whose members are supposedly progressive and original thinkers are, like so many others, completely brainwashed into the idea that they must find ‘other’ commercial sponsorship because government money is so limited. The theatre producer and owner, Nica Burns, has said she will endeavour... Read more

The satire in how far we have come…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 5:00pm in

This, in the video below, is what the Brexiters originally told us. All of it has turned out to be lies: And yet this (below) is what Thatcher – rightly – said in the Tory Conference in Blackpool of 1971: It is true that she later got frustrated with the EU – but few haven’t... Read more

ScoMo Sees Nothing Wrong With Tradies Being Able To Take Arts Workers Lunch Money

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/09/2020 - 7:32am in

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Prime Minister Scotty from marketing has told reporters that he sees nothing wrong with tradies being able to legally demand an arts worker hand over their lunch money.

“Arts workers need to realise that they need to be a part of team Australia,” said Prime Minister Scotty. ”If they can do their bit to keep more valuable members of society, like tradies going, then they should do it.”

”After all ,we are all in this together.”

When asked why his Government is turning it’s back on the billion dollar arts and entertainment industries, the Prime Minister said: “I reject the premise of your question.”

“My Government has done all it can to support the NRL and AFL. Sure some of you inner city elites don’t view this as entertainment but I’ll tell you, more people watch the mighty Sharks on a Friday night than any old poncy ballet recital.”

“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I saw a league player who was short of a few dollars for a coffee, I will go and raid the ABC budget to help him out.”

Mark Williamson


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