CLUTCHING THE BENCH IN THE AGE OF ABSURDITY

THE YAAN : Izzy was given book vouchers for his birthday and took on the very fine bookshops in Bellingen. He came home with several books, including one called the AGE OF ABSURDITY.

In this Monty Python Era in which we live, sparks of hope flare now and then. The Home Fires of the Recently Validated. Years in the Wilderness of Absurdity had worn me down somewhat. I feel much better now.  I identify with Guy Standing’s PRECARIAT. I see it – lurking. I lurk with it. And roll around on the floor laughing and wondering why I took so much of it so seriously. In my present moo of disinclination to write posts, I shall simply take my usual seat on the eBENCH, get out my ePHOTO ALBUMS and randomly choose a few shots. I am willing to bet ( which I don’t do – being a gambler by nature) I am willing to bet that each shot will remind me of at least one absurdity of these times.

 

TERRANORA COUNTRY CLUB.

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Up on a hill in Terranora was a fine country club, a centre for the community. One day it was sold to Koreans and not much later it was closed down.The new owners closed it down and it sits there crumbling into ruin. Acres of land, a golf course, a huge club and accommodation – all sitting there empty. Absurd.

 

ACCIDENTALLY ABSURD.

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Izzy is not an experienced Camper but with a weekend gig at WINTERMOON way up near Airlie Beach in Queensland, he equipped himself with a tent and a stretcher. Absurd Result, Izzy.

 

ILNAM ESTATE WINERY

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Once a panelbeater played drums.

SHOE SHOP IN MURWILLUMBAH.

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I was intending to post a penetrating social justice statement here – but the Absurd has defeated me once more. Izzy in a shoe shop.

ROLL AROUND ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING.

DORRIGO MOUNTAIN ROAD

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The floods came in 2009 and years later the roads are not repaired and signs are up saying things like “ CLOSED INDEFINITELY”. That is truly absurd.

We now have digital TV and that means that when its clo0udy or raining we receive no signal.  ABSURD.

Same with mobile phones.

MACDONALDS IN ARMIDALE.

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There are problems enough regarding MACCAS. Put aside the usual non-food and corporate giant arguments and consider this seemingly minor issue. Armidale is a very cold town. The Highest  City in Australia. The Armidale MACCAS was a heated environment with images of the town’s history. Not now. Now, its generic. Redesigned in the “Australia is a hot country” style with the doors opening directly onto the outside so that every time someone enters or exits, icy winds blow in and the temperature plummets. All the photographs of Armidale have been taken down. Let’s get rid of the History.

Or for more absurdity – try this one. The University Tutor  who ……. no I am not going there.

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THE PROFOUND SOCIAL OBSERVATION JUST ISN’T WORKING TONIGHT. BACK TO THE FAIRY TALES FOR ME.

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