It has been an uninspiring year, hasn't it?
I suppose various wikileaks have backed the Rudd removal a bit. Well, they've confirmed things people would already know, if they exercised some judgement.
Australia, the party I left included, are sh!thouse at foreign policy. And lie and lie about it. Afghanistan being just an example.
Be prepared to go to war with China, we've said. Well. Be prepared for an entire generation to be wiped off the face of the Earth, on the basis of assurances given by panic-stricken politicians incapable of independent analysis.
China has basically told us they're just supporting North Korea in public, but view them as nuts. So why, knowing even China is working on them, would the US indulge in brinkmanship on their terms?
We learn nothing. Nothing.
Anyway, over that, now I'm just a dad, tired of the world, happy when I'm in my garden, watching my kids run around. Sitting there this morning with my feet on the grass, quartered vegemite sandwich in front of me. Mitts sits beside me, then shuffles up against me, Bear sits on the other side, we all eat our vegemite as the olive tree rocks gently in the morning breeze.
Or with all of us in the city, Beloved holding Bear's hand and me with Mitts on my shoulders, the way Bear was 2 years' ago, looking at the Christmas windows. Mitts looking around in awe- at the city, the buildings, all those trams, all that pointing and naming. The friendly, uncommercial Santa who's always in the square below Collins.
Or when I bent down to scoop one of them up and they both hugged me as hard as they could.
I still notice politics. There is just no home for me there at the moment. Not for a while I suspect. And 2011 does not fill me with optimism.
I'm sorry, we're all out of Sturm und Drang, would you care for the lemonade? - Okay, so you're in the audience and sitting down to watch the third scene of Richard Wagner's cool and exciting new opera, *Die Walküre*. The music strikes...
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