“‘The average person sees only what’s in front of him. The artist sees things that aren’t there.'”

The Man Who Loved Clowns

June Rae Wood

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Clown’s Prayer

As I tumble through this life,
help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more cheer than gloom,
spread more joy than despair.

Never let me become so indifferent,
that I will fail to see awe in the eyes of a child,
or the wise twinkle in the eyes of the aged

Never let me forget that I have the gift to uplift others,
make them happy, and forget momentarily,
the unpleasantness in their lives.

And in my final moment,
may I hear You whisper:
“When you made my people smile,
you made me smile.


Russel Coight  “Emus tend to travel in pairs, or sometimes alone, or in groups and feed mainly at night or during the day.”

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Following the long hot summer of 1932, wild emus in the Murchison district of Western Australia went on the rampage in search of food and water – much to the chagrin of local farmers who feared for their crops. In a bid to stop the advancing emus along the rabbit-proof fence farmers enlisted the help of the army. Armed with Lewis machine guns and 10,000 rounds, a party, led by Major Meredith of the Royal Australian Artillery, was sent to the Campion district where it was estimated 20,000 emus were causing damage. However, due to the abundance of food the emus were gathered in small groups, most of which were outnumbered by the 50 settlers who had turned out to meet Major Meredith and his men. A group of 40 emus was sighted and beaters were sent to herd them into firing range. At a distance of 1,000 metres the first burst of fire landed short, with the second killing about a dozen birds as they raced for the cover of trees.
In an attempt to improve its tally the army party resorted to ambush tactics. Later the same afternoon the guns were set up at a dam. Close to sundown, as 100 birds approached to within 100 metres, again the gunners opened fire. The birds scattered and dispersed, so much so that further shooting was pointless.
The following day a similar strategy was employed in a paddock where emus had caused widespread damage. This time a flock of more than 1,000 headed for water and the waiting guns.
Again the birds ran off, their escape aided by the jamming of one of the machine guns. Onlookers were surprised by the emus’ ability to sustain injury and keep running. Major Meredith was quoted as saying: “If we had a military division with the bullet-carrying capacity of these birds it would face any army in the world. They could face machine guns with the invulnerability of tanks. They are like Zulus….”
Less than a week after the “Emu War” had begun the Defence Minister of the day, George Pearce, ordered a withdrawal. The action prompted debate in the House of Representatives, which included the following comments:
Mr Thorby (NSW): “Who is responsible for the farce of hunting emus with machine guns mounted on lorries? Is the Defence Department meeting the cost?

Prime Minister Lyons: “I have been told the Defence Department will not be paying the bill.”

Mr James (NSW): “Is a medal to be struck for this war?”


Man may be considered as a superior species of animal that produces philosophies and poems in about the same way a silkworm produces their cocoons and bees their hives. Hippolyte Taine

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Mimbi watched the silkworm squirm on her outstretched palm. How could such an ugly white caterpillar make the most beautiful thread she had ever seen? She had seen the cocoons after they had been boiled. There was up to 900 meters of silk thread in each one, white and translucent. She knew the fate of this little wriggling thing on her palm should be to become a moth, but most likely it would get boiled in it’s cocoon and then eaten, while it’s fine thread was stolen away to make a garment. She sighed and tipped it back into the crate with it’s brethren. There were so many of them she felt sure she could hear them munching their white mulberry leaves, an army of mandibles laying waste to the layer of green beneath them.


Muhammad said that a cock crows because it has seen an angel and donkeys bray because they have seen Satan.

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Mark Twain

I believe I would rather ride a donkey than any beast in the world. He goes briskly, he puts on no airs, he is docile, though opinionated. Satan himself could not scare him, and he is convenient-very convenient. When you are tired riding you can rest your feet on the ground and let him gallop from under you.

The Innocents Abroad

‘Youth ages, but not the sea’ – BEDOUIN

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‘If life gets tight, loosen it by travel’ – BEDOUIN

Quotes & Proverbs

The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mind’s eye only, fade out in sand. Nadine Gordimer

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“Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated. When men see nothing but bottomless infinity over their heads they have always had a driving and desperate urge to find someone to put in the way.”
― Terry Pratchett, Jingo