Saturday, 5 May 2018
Football, sometimes called Soccer is a great game. You don't need great players to field a great team. You need a paranoid dramatic goalkeeper, you need a stoic central sweeper connecting defence with counter-attack, and you need one lazy narcissistic striker who just hangs around and doesn't run much, and is just a simple and observant predator. The rest of the players just connect with those 3. Any team with those characteristics is a very fierce team indeed.
Thursday, 3 May 2018
As for the Hellenic Republic....I'm sure if you don't pay your staff, screw them to the wall, etc you can do great things as a chef and as an international culinary artist. Naah. Not for me. I would get awful indigestion from that degustation. After all, it is just something too expensive to eat. I lived in paris, years ago, and, true, it was cheaper to eat money than to dine in the certain restaurants, and it is a shame to see this same thing here in melbourne. Not only that it is cheaper to eat money, but, the cunt who runs the place is such a respected doyen of the Eating Class simply because he does screw his workers. Appalling. This is not Australia. George Colombaris: "Im so sorry I am a violent and aggressive narcissist, please love me, come to my restaurants"....no. In general I have enormous respect for people who fail at being human, because they did at least once try, but, as for George Colombaris, ....naaah. Eat yourself George.
Friend of Mrs Fitz, Spanish world scholar, arriving tomorrow. We've chosen for the 4 of us to go to restaurant Hellenic Republic, in Kew, Victoria, owned by an apparently famous international chef who reportedly bastardly underpays and bullies and screws his youthful staff...and bashes opposing football fans...George Colombaris. An elegant Greek Cuisine, apparently. I will review it. I will forward a copy to George Pell. Like Show More Reactions Comment Share Comments John Arthur Fitzpatrick John Arthur Fitzpatrick on 2nd thoughts, naah. Manage LikeShow More Reactions · Reply · 24m John Arthur Fitzpatrick John Arthur Fitzpatrick cancelled...booked local Yannis instead. Manage
Fish oil...doesn't work. Glucosamine...doesn't work. Vitamins, apart from B & D, don't work. As the CEO of Blackmores Labs noted...well, its not about that, it isnt about science, it is about...lifestyle. I have a life but I must admit I have never actually had a lifestyle. I'm not sure what a lifestyle actually is. I guess it is much like the Fashion of a life. Fashion, as described 500 years ago, is the ability to seem to be, rather than to be.
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
favourite gear/Favourite pants: Australian RM Williams black jeans made in China 2017. Favourite Jackets: China Pig leather, 2nd hand, from op shop. Camel spring and rain jacket, made in Thailand, 2012. Underpants: Rivers, Australia, made in China, circa 2010. Shoes: 1st: Caterpillar brown boots. Made in China, 2015. 2nd: Doc Martens, England, 2014. Shirts: Camel Brand long sleeve shirt, yellow, Thailand, 2013. Excellent quality. Good value. Like Comment Share Comments John Arthur Fitzpatrick Write a comment... John Arthur Fitzpatrick 19 mins · What are the Most Amazing household items you have bought in the last ten years? The Simpson 5.5kg Simple Wash washing machine, $450 in 2013. Family of 3, all OCD. Brilliant machine. The Changhong 30" Non smart TV bought $370 in 2011. Perfect. The Nissan Navara 2015 D22 dual cab 4x4 ute. $28,990. Still so very good and simple. Trouble free. Cheap to drive and maintain. Review in ten years. The second Hand ex government Apple 21.5" iMac bought 2015, $700, made circa 2013. Brilliant. The big Samsung Fridge, 2015. $900, On special. Chilled. See what its like in 5 years. The Samsung 8" tablet, $180, 2015...still great, and it actually has a phone in it too. The small $90 LG microwave...still cooking up a storm every day from 2012. The Japanese Pilot clear plastic fountain pen, and a bottle of ink...$45 all up...brilliant for 3 years now, writing every single day.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
AUSTRALIA:Australia is a funny country...people at 40 strive to get a Gold Card having served in the Army, to make their lives easier when medical care is free anyway. People at 20 strive to get a Disability Pension so they don't have to ever deal with people like me...and all I am is a nice guy. Australia is, and has always been, a funny country. We are independent and yet the Queen of England is our head state. On every coin of ours, there she is. If that isn't hilarious, I don't know what is. If that doesn't devalue the country, and the people of Australia, I don't know what does.
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Melbourne has been hard. It is ridiculously expensive and the pay is significantly less for nurses than in Queensland...and the work is far harder....and hardly anyone is in a union, so you are just basically fucked n comparison.
This is not an easy town. If you have no formal recognised qualifications, they fuck you into the ground and pay $8 an hour. That's normal. $8 an hour is normal. No continuity. No superannuation, no sick pay, no holidays no overtime pay no penalties...and $8 an hour... If you have formal skills, they fuck you a bit less.
The weather is weird but better than Cairns. After a year of working our guts out as middle aged/old people not flush with millions..or with anything much....this is a hard town...the hardest ive known in my 64 years in Australia....and you do really need a good reason to establish something, but we are on the slow mend now.
Still no point to buying a house or even a flat here...but still, as retirement beckons, towns like Ballarat look just fine in comparison to both Melbourne or Cairns, price wise...
As for Melbourne being the worlds most liveable city...it just isnt. Thats a fucking lie. In many ways it is an unwelcoming and aweful dump. IT is a relatively big city of 4 million that fails its own people, every day, and enjoys and profits by screwing its own people, every day. This is true.
In its way it is much like Sydney. When Australian cities get big they become much less like places for people to live in , and more like infections.
But we, my family, have stuck to the task at hand.
We are amazing.
Move to Melbourne from the provinces ?
Yes, it can be done. But when you have done that, when your reasons for being there have passed, move away.