In a few days, much of Australia will move to further ease restrictions that have stopped our worst health fears in their tracks. The changes are already palpable in Melbourne.
Diving Duck Blues goes way back. This one stems back to 1929, and was first recorded by Sleepy John Estes. Listening to the original grainy recording, complete with a sketchy mandolin and piano, I’m transported to a very different world.
It feels wonderful to be able to think and write once more. Especially when it's borne out of a day like today.
the next time you read a miserable news story, your friend tells you about a rotten act or things look uncertain – don’t run away from it. Just ask, ‘is there an argument for optimism?’ and see where the ride takes you.
It’s carnival time in Freiburg – and it’s quite something. The kids are let off school for a week, half the population is dressed up in colourfully gawkish medieval robes, there’s face-paint everywhere, and age is absolutely no barrier to participation.
It doesn’t really matter if your language gets changed on you, or if rhythm is flipped around – I think we’re pretty well programmed to keep a level of comfort.