Chaise Lounge – Second Hand Smoke cd

You know when a CD is good, that is when the tunes are still playing in your head days later. One of my favourites of all time.

To make life easier, a quick link to the album . It is all good.


Charles Hugh Smith – free ebook Survival+, known sources of Happiness

Charles Hugh Smith at his blog has posted a free ebook. It is not a long read but it is a good read.

I feel it useful to post the following reminder from Charles’ book

The known sources of happiness require little to no consumption:

1. health

2. friends

3. free time to pursue interests

4. spiritual communion/worship

5. exercise/sports/play

6. gardening

7. meaningful work (unpaid qualifies)

The experience of well-being has been so derealized that the sense of deprivation experienced at the loss of fine dining, Caribbean cruises, season tickets to the games, etc. is itself suspect.



Tour de France – Art, Sport, Travelogue or Social Commentary

One of the annual broadcasts that the Australian Special Broadcasting Service does , is the Tour de France. If there is an art form that can be said to belong to the late twentieth century then it is the outside sports broadcast. The annual peak outside broadcast is the Tour de France. (The Dakar rally must come a close second.)

The sport event itself without the broadcast would only appeal to cycling fanatics. It has arcane rules. There are yellow, green, white and polka dot jerseys. All the riders there by invitation even though they are getting paid for it and there is significant prize money. It is not totally on France. Please don’t get me wrong it is a real test of physical endurance and in that respect it is a sporting event.

For me the magic is the direction of the broadcast. I have no idea who the director is but this person night after night will weave a story that will hold people for hours. The organisation that must get the credit is French Television. Part of the flavour is the countryside. The broadcast has to also capture the nuance of each region. Then there is the story of the spectators including the most famous El Diablo. This is an event that is extremely accessible, you see the camper vans all along the route where people have set up to see the race. When the race is under way, there are times when the spectators seem to be heart-stopping close to the riders.


The Tour is run by Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) . The Tour cannot be longer than 3500km and no more than two stages can be longer than 225km. I should also give credit where credit is due, ASO seem to run a flawless operation, getting the barriers in place, making sure the sponsors get value for their money etc. You did not think that the French taxpayers paid for everything did you. Amaury Sports Organisation also runs the Dakar rally.

Michael Jackson as Metaphor

James Howard Kunstler, wordsmith extraordinaire has written a most tart post “The Man in the Mirror”

I am not sure that I like the idea that us late baby boomers are going to be identified with Michael Jackson.


BMW = Burn My Wheels


BMW = Burn My Wheels

From a Der Spiegel article,1518,631435,00.html on arson attacks on cars in Berlin.

Der Spiegel describes it as leftist violence. I just hope it does not turn out be done by Neo-Nazi Persians because that would be too confusing. We should never forget the usual suspects, with the downturn in the global economy there is the temptation to solve car payment problems with a match and blame it on anarchists.


Danger Crisis zone

burning porsche

A Porsche Cayenne no longer burning down the Autobahn.

Note – The copyright to the above photos still belongs to the appropriate parties and they are just copied here for scholarship purposes.

Serendipity at China Daily or Kristina Koveshnikova


This is the 21st century. Here is a Siberian born New Zealander reading the news on a Chinese news website.
China Daily

If SBS (Special Broadcasting Service aka Sex before Soccer) ever want to capture the heterosexual male 14-80 demographic, they should get Kristina to read the news. This woman is on the Italian level for good-looking news readers.


I have just realised that this might be one of Kristina’s first fan posts. In my humble opinion Kristina is about to go global. Kristina, darling! you need at least a Facebook fan page.

On reflection, I feel that it is important to point out that Kristina is more than the obvious pretty face. This is a person who is fluent in Russian and English and can read both Western and Cyrillic alphabets. It is reasonable to assume that Kristina is comfortable in conversational Chinese. When you see what Kristina has achieved so far, some insight is given in to her personality. I would say that Kristina is a smart hard-working person who deserves every success.

Stuart Wilde on Perception and Sensuality

This posted because I should not be a cranky bastard all time. Good message from Stuart Wilde.

Music by Richard Tyler.

Stuart Wilde’s new book Grace Gaia and the End of Day now out from Amazon or