Monthly Archives: January 2013


On The Almanac Trail–A Labor Songs Concert Tour

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Rik Palieri and George Mann, July-August 2013 In the summer of 1941, a musical group of labor activists known as “The Almanac Singers” climbed into a midnight blue Buick and blazed a trail across the USA, spreading the gospel of … Continue reading


The Struggle for Musgrave Park

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This is a report of what is happening in the struggle for Musgrave Park. Both Brisbane City Council and police are determined to win back control of Jagera Land (Musgrave Park) after successful Invasion Day activities at parliament house, Southbank … Continue reading

Book review of Iraqi Icicle

My reaction to  a review of my novel (Only joking)
Glenda A. Bixler is the latest reviewer of my novel Iraqi Icicle.
Glenda writes she had never heard of the band The Go-Betweens which is a regular motif in the novel. Ms Bixler went to the trouble to present a Go-Betweens sampler which heads her review.
Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together and give a big shout out to our guest reviewe,r Glenda A. Bixler.

Go to Glenda’s review


Close Manus Island: Rally at PNG Consulate

Close Manus Island: Rally at PNG Consulate Hi all, The Papua New Guinea opposition leader Belden Namah is mounting a legal challenge to Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island, arguing that people can only be detained for lengthy periods … Continue reading


Julian Assange on status as a “fugitive” and secrets

Julian Assange on status as “fugitive” – Oxford Union (1min 25 secs) Julian Assange on Govt Right to Keep Secrets – Oxford Union (2 mins 23 secs) Ciaron O’Reilly Blog “The poor tell us who we are, The prophets … Continue reading


May Day 2013

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May Day has long been an important day for the workers’ movement. A day to celebrate and commemorate the struggles for the eight hour day and it serves as a time for all of us to gather together to strength … Continue reading


First 17 Group Talk for 2013 – Wed 6th of Feb.

The first 17 Group meeting of 2013 will take place on Wednesday the 6th of February at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End. The speaker, Dr Richard Hil, will deal with the de-legitimation of “the … Continue reading


Re-lighting the sacred fire at Musgrave Park in Brisbane on Invasion Day, 26 January 2013. This video shows speeches about sovereignty, identity and  culture — it shows aboriginal dance and smoking ceremony. The sacred fire is currently banned by order … Continue reading

The joy of publishing

A FUNNY thing happened – as it always does – on the way to publishing the paperback of my novel for Australia Day 2013.

All’s well that ends well: let’s get that out of the way.

Someone at Amazon decided that my novel Iraqi Icicle was part 1. It was declared Iraqi Icicle was part 1 of a series. I suspect that someone at Amazon decided it would help me sell my book if readers decided it was part of a series. But what of the readers who thought it was not the stand-alone novel that it is?
I never thought I would agree with anything philosopher Ayn Rand wrote but this was definitely a case of “I don’t want your help”.
The problem was mostly sorted by Australia Day, January 26. The link between the paperback and the eBook is yet to be re-established. The paperback sells for $14.99 so it emphasizes the value of the $4.99 eBook.  I have no doubt the link between the print and electronic versions will be soon sorted.
The responsive crew from Amazon sent me a list of electronic stores from which you can buy.
Canada is not on there, so I presume the Canadians mount their purchase from the US.
India and China are not on the list, so I am not sure what is happening there. Brazil and Japan also missed the cut for the list I was sent. All very confusing but I do not like to trouble the Amazonians with a heap of questions. I will find out what is going on, all in good time.
We in Australia are used to paying top dollar for our novels and I would imagine the shipping from Amazon US would be at least $10.
I am selling my copies in Oz for $25 with a 40% discount for local books shops, provided they pay cash up front. I have stated I am a commercial Luddite, but sale-and-return seems like a nightmare for me. Having to pick up unwanted copies is an “insult to injury” job. I am like that famous model; I won’t get out of bed for less than $9.99.
Below is the list of the electronic stores where you can but Iraqi Icicle for $14.99. Do it now; you know you wanna.
Here is a pic of the book. It is almost 380 pages long. Nothing more to say really.
This Aussie band is doing the theme song for the product launch.

I will use a metaphor or more

On a bright sunny morning, 
Elmore suddenly spoke bravely!

AUTHOR Elmore Leonard is not gunning for metaphors in his witty advice on writing style.

Leonard’s bum rap on this may come from confusing the author’s dicta with another piece of counsel from George Orwell, the Master of the Metaphor.

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print,’’ Orwell wrote. He could have saved himself a stack of words by saying never use a cliché.

Editor Scott Burt says Canadian writer Tom Gallant, author of The Lord God Bird, was saying he had gone through his book in advance of a radio interview and found no metaphors and only one simile.  HERE

I suspect Gallant was being facetious as most books contain hundreds of metaphors. Almost every invective and profanity is a metaphor.
Here is one line from The Lord God Bird.
They sat in the gentle light of the fire, strangers, but the 

hint of friendship was there.
It has two metaphors “gentle light” and “hint of friendship.” They are the two powerful images of the sentence. Methinks, Mr Gallant makes mischief with his metaphoric comment.
So what is the valuable advice to writers about metaphors? Orwell’s is for a start. Over my years in journalism, I have lost count of the times newspaper editors have “improved” my copy with the insertion of clichés in my intros.
The second is metaphors and especially similes can break the golden rule of “show don’t tell’’.
Kira McFadden has a handy example HERE :
For the record, here are Leonard’s 10 rules:
1 Never open a book with weather
2 Avoid prologues
3 Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
4 Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”
5 Keep your exclamation points ­under control.
6 Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose”.
7 Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8 Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9 Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10 Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
He could have added rule 11 “Every literary rule needs to be broken”.
Today, Friday, 25 January, (US time) is the last free day for the ebook of my novel Iraqi Icicle. You have probably guessed the title is a metaphor.
You can help by downloading and spreading the word across your social networks.
Below are the links you can insert in tweets and posts. Thanks.
UK Amazon
Amazon US, Australia and others
Amazon France
Amazon Germany
Amazon Japan members
Amazon Italy
Amazon Spain
Amazon Canada
Amazon Brazil
All week, Iraqi Icicle has been in the Kindle Top 100 for humor Freebies. Let’s finish with a bang and I will be King of the Read.



Today the PNG PM drove straight past the Manus camp without stopping much to the disappointment of the people locked up in there.

He went to the local market place to address the locals and tell them how great it was to have a detention centre on the Island. Politicians BLAH!

Meanwhile in the camp the SAMS (single adult males) have been moved further away from the families. they are still desperate, suicidal and depressed.

There is a19 year old boy in a particularly bad way.

There is clear evidence of punishment and discrimination being practised in what is supposed to be administrative detention. The SAMS are being denied basic facilities becasue they are protesting. On Nauru all the Iranian s are being denied access to the so called “process” which is a name date interview in a 3 sided hut- not exactly a proper RSD but something to make people think that their claims are being assessed.

Report ONE from another Camp resident
The meeting that we had with DIAC yesterday was include two guys from australia and one guy from PNG. The guy from PNG couldnt talk and he was reading some notes from paper and he said welcom to manus and i want to talk about manus to you suddenly we all said we ve been to here for 2 month we are not new people then we just said let us to ask our qustions. he just said your process will start at early of next month and we dont know how long you are going to stay in here there is no minimem and there is no may go to australi or canada.

Those new SAMS are in the very bad situation! very awful! they dont have any shampoo,soap,drink,razer,powder nothing! they dont have any access to internet and phone. they are in tent and they moved to another side of the detaintion. we cannt see them any more. they said we will comit suicid again.they have not taken shower since they arrive. most af them are sick and that 19 year old boy is becoming crazy! thier sitution is horrible!!!!!!!

“I want to explain about the refugees that seek shelter to Australia. After 13th of Aguest the Australia government to ratified the rule and the rule is every refugees coming after 13th of Aguest must transfer to the third country lik Papu new ginue or Narua. Afeter this rule 8500 refugees come to Christmas island by boat but just 200 people transfered to Papu new ginue but about another refugees i mean 8300 people transfered to city camp or city in main island (Australia) and this is not justice rule.

In Manus island people have too many problem and they live in bad situation and condition. They don’t have good facilities for living in Manus island .30 children (i mean who are the underage) and also the young boys and girls above 18years old live in Manus island . They don’t have any good facilities for studying,hobbies,doing activities and their parents worry about their future. There are also the old people like above 54 years old so they need good medical service but they don’t have it ,like one man live there need surgery but nobody cares about him and also some women have asthma and alergy because of hot weather but the peope don’t have any air conditioner and that make problem for children and adults and another problems are their rooms don’t have doors and they don’t have any privacy there.

There is not any Cleaning and Hygiene . The bathroom and toilet are ancient. The Manus island has highest risk Malaria mosquitoes and it is very dangerous for children and adults and Malaria pills are harmful for health.there has snakes and some dangerous insects.the taste of food is not good and many refugees can’t eat it .

But the refugees don’t care of these situation and condition because they want to go back to Astralia and they want to know how long they must stay in Manus island.the most important thing is that the immigration of australia don’t go there for answer their question and that make people more angry so people try to do something to forced immigration of Australia come to Manus island for example the single men try to commit suicide and they are on hunger strike and families make demonstration. So it means they don’t want to stay more in Manus island camp and they really need help.

Please do something for these people who live in Manus island same as me.I am atefeh taghizadeh .I am 21 years old .I’m iranian and i live in Manus island camp now so i am one of the refugees of Australia.i write these letter from all the refugees in Manus .help us please and thank you for reading my message and i wish somebody take care about us .”

Stockholm on “planet earth” and dirty wars

The site below, from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, dispassionately points out nine areas of concern for the “planet earth” at this time. The tipping point will quickly come if these variables are allowed to get out of control.

Given the continued, rapid industrial modernisation of India, China, Brazil, etc., together with the continued global exploitation of natural resources, rampant population growth, and the pollution of our oceans, the news is not great.

A table summarising the present state of these boundaries is presented here:

What is disconcerting is the scant enthusiasm and political will that is shown by either governments or industry to care and maintain this small planet Earth! Consciousness raising of genuine treats to our planet as a whole is miniscule indeed.

Democracy Now (30 mins)

Premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new documentary “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield” follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan,…

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“The poor tell us who we are,
The prophets tell us who we could be,
So we hide the poor,
And kill the prophets.”
Phil Berrigan

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Foco Nuevo in February: SPECIAL EVENT




Friday February 1
8.00 p.m.

Kurilpa Hall
174 Boundary Street
West End

Welcome to 2013! We’re looking forward to another year of great performances by local and visiting musicians, and we’re starting off with a special event; touring musicians from the U.S. who specialise in music by some of the foundation figures in the folk music movement.

George Mann & Rik Palieri: George Mann sings songs from the last century of labour and social activism, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. His concerts are part sing-along, part history lesson, and he can make you shout for joy, send chills down your spine or bring tears to your eyes in the same set. George created and produced the “Hail to the Thief!” anti-Bush CD series, which featured such folk legends as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, and Billy Bragg, and his work with veterans, unions and anti-war groups has kept him on the frontlines for 20 years. [website]

“Totem Pole” Rik Palieri is a talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In a typical performance Rik will “flail” the banjo, stomp out a blues on guitar, spin out a wild and woolly story, pluck out a tune on the mouth bow, play a melody on the Native American flute and end the evening with an original Yodel-sing-a-long. Rik is an occasional writer for Sing Out!, Banjo Newsletter and author of a new book “The Road Is My Mistress, Tales Of A Roustabout Songster.” [website]

Rik and George will be performing classics of the labour movement, and specifically The Almanac Singers (who included Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays), along with plenty of their own songs.

Combined Unions’ Choir: Formed in 1988, the Combined Unions Choir is the longest ‘Art in Working Life’ project in Australia. They have sung at concerts, protests, May Day, and peace rallies; entertaining people with their repertoire of political, peace and social justice songs. ‘A movement that sings never dies…’ [website]

Jumping Fences: A more compact line-up of the group will present some their favourite songs in a short but sharp set to welcome our overseas visitors. [website]

Hope to see you there,

Lachlan and Sue

(Next to the West End Library. Click

for a map)

$10 / $7 concession

Maggie’s delicious cakes and tea and coffee on sale.






Lennon and I are miffed

JOHN Lennon famously returned his MBE in protest about the war in Biafraand the Beatles single Cold Turkeyslipping down the charts. I won’t be receiving any Australia Day (January 26) award to return but I am mightily miffed at my novel Iraqi Icicle slipping down the charts.

The Beatles single Cold Turkey rose to number 14 on the UK Singles Chart on November 15, 1969. On November 22, Cold Turkey dropped to number 15, and on November 25, Lennon returned his MBE to Buckingham Palace saying

“I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against Cold Turkey slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon.”
Yesterday, not the Beatles song, my novel Iraqi Icicle went to #37 in the Amazon Hot 100 humor freebies. By this afternoon, Aussie time, it had slipped below 60. This cannot continue.
As I have said before, giving away books is a hazy strategy for me. Apparently, you can be anointed by God, the Amazon Algorithm. Obviously if some of the Iraqi Icicle receivers review my novel, it will be beaut.
Whatever, if giving away books is good, giving away lots of books has to be better.
That’s where you, loyal supporter, come in.
You can Facebook the Amazon free Kindle app for PC, Mac, tablets and smart phones followed by the two download sites for the UK and the US.
You can post the entire list of world sites as found on my blog The whole world loves freedom. That is a lot of work and I would not recommend it unless you plan to cyberstalk me and I would worry about that. Instead you might like to tweet both the UK ande US free downloads above.
I have been at work all day and unable to pester all my social media contacts which could explain why Iraqi Icicle has unjustly slid down the charts. Also Tuesday and Wednesdays are the weakest day of a five-day giveaway. I still think I can make the 1000+ giveaways with a little help from my friends.
Today’s song comes with a bit of a preamble. Last week, I interviewed Gerry Marsden from 60s Britgroup Gerry and the Pacemakers. During the i/v I said truthfully Ferry Cross the Mersey was my favourite song of the band.
The title should actually be written Ferry, Cross the Mersey. Ferry is an imperative verb, not a contraction of across. The song is more powerful when the listener knows this.
Here it is. After you have a watch, get on to those social media messages for Iraqi Icicle.


Police misuse move-on powers in Musgrave Park

Introduction I outline below my reasons below for why police have been acting unlawfully in that section of Musgrave Park known as the Deed of Grant in Trust. Police have invoked their move on powers under Police Powers and Responsibilities … Continue reading

CAN you help me achieve 1000+ free downloads of Iraqi Icicle this week through your social media contacts?
I am not begging, though I will if I have to.

The great attribute of my anti-hero Steele Hill is that once he commits to something he is in boots and all.
The world is full of wishy-washy middle managers. Vacillation is at the heart of their powers, as their lack of commitment appeases all sides.
At the heart of the novel Iraqi Icicle is Steele’s full-bodied engagement of a deadly enterprise he is sure will fail.
Thus it is with my decision to give away copies of Iraqi Icicle for five days. If you have not read my previous post on The Whole World Loves Freedom, please do so. After this join me on my Quixotic and Dulcinean quest.
Please contact your social media contacts to achieve this noble if doomed quest.
Here are the tweets for US, UK Australian and French account holders at Amazon.
US Amazon customers DOWNLOAD FREE TODAY Controversial comic thriller IRAQI ICICLE
UK Amazon customers DOWNLOAD FREE TODAY Controversial comic thriller IRAQI ICICLE
AUSTRALIAN Amazon customers FREE TODAY Controversial comic thriller IRAQI ICICLE
Amazon France members Gratuit aujourd’hui Controversial comic thriller IRAQI ICICLE
You can re-post my fun GoodReads blog for more on Amazon estores. My paperback is out Saturday.
BTW, I am at 150 downloads.
Thanks and cheers Bernie.


Rally in defence of Bob Carnegie!

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On Monday 11 February 2013 Bob Carnegie will be appearing in the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane on 54 charges of criminal contempt arising from his role as community leader of the 9-week strike at the Queensland Children’s Hospital construction … Continue reading


1000 Warrior March, Brisbane

We assembled at 12 noon, Saturday 9th Feb Musgrave Park at the tent embassy and lit the sacred fire. At 1pm about fifty (50) people marched to the indigenous all stars game at Lang park over the river. Before we … Continue reading


Response to Monbiot article — Solastalgia.

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You may recall my sending round recently the article from the Guardian by George Monbiot that says that 2012 was the year we gave up on the future of the world. (I have included it again here at the bottom … Continue reading



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attached are the posters, leaflets and petition for the 9th anniversary of the death of 17 year old tj hickey arising from a redfern police chase on 14 february, 2004. below you will find the link to the facebook address … Continue reading


Manus Is.: PNG Opposition Leader court action against government

PRESS STATEMENT Opposition Leader Hon. Belden Norman Namah MANUS ASYLUM PROCESSING FACILITY … 20th January 2012 B1 Conference Room, National Parliament It is with regret that I confirm that I have, as the leader of the Opposition, commenced legal proceedings … Continue reading


Foco Nuevo: 1 Feb 2013

For our first Foco Nuevo of 2013 we’re fortunate to be able to present touring musicians, George Mann and Rik Palieri, from the U.S. who will be performing classics of the labor movement, specifically The Almanac Singers (who included Woody … Continue reading


Legal aid, only if you plead ‘Guilty’

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) denies representation to tent embassy people and advised an innocent man to plead guilty in magistrates court. I made a direction late last year, in my capacity as the Chief Executive Officer … Continue reading


Julian Assange 7 months in embassy surrounded by British police, Hague in Australia

Today marks 7 months since Julian Assange entered the Ecuadoran embassy in London seeking assylum from U.S. persecution. The embassy remains surrounded 24/7 by British police. Anti-war & human rights activists maintain a daily vigil 2pm-5pm. Yesterday photo reading


Invasion Day: kinetic jazz festival and passport ceremony.

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below and attached is the information required to attend the kinetic jazz festival and the aboriginal passport ceremony. a great way to follow on from yabun!! fkj ray jackson president indigenous social justice association isja01 (m) 0450 651 063 (p) … Continue reading

The whole world loves freedom

Handmade notebooks from  Libre Livre

I TRY not to trouble myself unduly with matters of commerce.
For five days next week, I am giving away my enovel Iraqi Icicle. I do this not because I think it makes a lot of commercial sense but because others tell me it does.
It seems the Amazon algorithms will discover me this way.

I HAVE a theory that in a thousand years’ time, a new set of gods will live on Mt Algorithm. Amazon will be the god of Books. Google will be the god of Discovery. PayPal will be the god of Commerce.

PayPal has proven a great boon for commercial Luddites such as myself. The payments take but a few minutes and the commercial records are somewhere on the internet.
I have spent about $5000 through PayPal. That I am a commercial publisher and have received not one cent into my PayPal account is a bit of a worry. But not too much.
One day, I will get around to sticking an estore on my website. Watch the cents roll in then!
In the meantime, I am content to give away my novel for a week. No paperwork there.
The print version of Iraqi Icicle will be unleashed on the world on January 26.
Here is the blurb to show you just what a fantastic novel it is. At the very least, it shows my editor Eoin O’Brien can write a great blurb.
A dead actress, a dead gambler, a dead professor, a dead fisherman …
With murder following his every step, determined under-achiever Steele Hill is tangled in layers of intrigue and deviousness.
Pulled from his cosy world of the racetrack, the rock-music pub and the gambling den, everybody the wise-cracking Hill meets is in danger, as he is sucked into the undertow of forces beyond his understanding. One ally is a reclusive teenage maths whiz, channeling Hendrix, and tapping into military software and magic mushrooms.
The fix is in and the bodies are piling up.
Leaping off the shoulders of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, Iraqi Icicle is a wild and hilarious ride through the dark and murky worlds of gambling, drugs, politics and rock’n’roll.  
The comparison with Catch-22 was my idea. As you know I am a humble style of fella. I asked Eoin if it was not too much and he said we could scale it down later. Eoin left it in so it must be true.

The paperback is priced at US$14.99 plus shipping and is available from Amazon and book stores, if you ask for it. (Please do.) Amazon will not make it available for libraries because I refused to surrender the Bent Banana Books ISBN. As always, the fabulous Maria from Thorpe-Bowker Australia got that ISBN for me. I was not giving it up.

I am not sure why Amazon will only deliver to libraries under its own ISBN. It is probably a commercial thingo and as you know I do not worry unduly about commerce

Iraqi Icicle is about 380 pages of near-perfect prose and $14.99 seems a fair price. For the technically minded, it is set in an 11-pt font. If I had put it in 12-pt and created two-page chapters as some of the best sellers do, that sucker would have been 500+ pages and a real bargain at $14.99.
The eBook comes in at 406 pages and it’s free. Now that is a bargain! I should make a killing from that. Just not sure how.
To obtain, your free copy during Jan 21-25, go to your local Amazon estore and download. If your country, such as Australia, has not got an estore, I think you can download free from Amazon US. But again that is a commercial affair, so I would not completely take my word for it. Worth a try but.

The US link is HERE
And HERE is the UK site

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(The Japanese will so get the rock-music references in Iraqi Icicle. That is not a joke; they will.)

I could not find my eBook on Amazon India.
They tell me Iraqi Icicle might struggle in India because they do not get hard-boiled detective yarns. It seems they are into the ideology of “anyone can make it”. Goddamn Bollywood – it should be Mullywood, anyway – they need Martin Scorcese over there making films.
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(The French will love Iraqi Icicle. It would not surprise to see them start making the movie next week No-one’s ‘jáime-d it yet but it is only a matter of time).

No Curtirs in Brazil for Iraqi Icicle, yet, but I am sure Olympic Games visitors will be clutching a paperback to read during the boring bits of the synchronized swimming.

Fellow Aussie author Ryle Winn says his books sell well in Germany perhaps because so many Germans enjoy the  backpacking experience in Oz. 

Inspector Rex is an Austrian production but I might put a police dog, a german shepherd named Rex, in the sequel to Iraqi Icicle.

I have never been to Canada but the people seem warm and the climate cold. Bit like Iraqi Icicle – cool title, hot novel.

Lots of people of Italian origin are in Australia and some of my important supporting characters are Italians. I love Amazon Italy because they call me the Autore which sounds so much sexier than the English translation.

Amazon Spain is running the American reviews of Iraqi Icicle which is nice of them.

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Articles on Military Units and Formations of Iraq, Including: Iraqi 36th Commando Battalion, Iraqi Special Operations Forces, 1st Division (Iraq), 2nd Hephaestus Books Hephaestus Books (2011-09出版)


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“Me old China (plate)” is a great Aussie expression for “mate’’. I am afraid me old Amazon China has let me down. Iraqi Icicle is described as a book of

Articles on Military Units and Formations of Iraq.”

That’s not quite a reliable synopsis of my novel and I will see if I can have that fixed.

Update on China and India
Amazon is impressive in answering queries within 24 hours when you can spend that long on a telephone call to an Australian enterprise. The big A tells me the Indian and Chinese operations do not have their on-line operations sorted yet. Citizens of both countries can buy my paperback which must be a great relief for them and certainly is for me.

All right, go to any of those countries where you have an Amazon account and download the eBook Iraqi Icicle for free January 21-25. If it is China, do tell us what the book on Iraqi military units is like.


Today’s video explains why my forebears emigrated from County Cork, Ireland, and I am therefore trying to flog books from Australia instead of living the pleasant life of the gentleman Irish farmer.

‘I don’t want to die without seeing justice’

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What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the rest of the world calls a butterfly! —Lao-Tsé Social Movements — Gender, race, class, sexuality, age [Summary of PShift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 fri at noon) 18 Jan 2013] Playlist Vencer … Continue reading

Invasion Day rally & concert + 1000 Warrior March

Upcoming action in Brisbane

January 26
Invasion Day rally, march and concert
Rally begins 10am outside Parliament House, George St

Facebook event

February 8
1000 Warrior March
the day before the Indigenous All Stars game
more details coming soon…

Facebook event:


Teacher sacked over pregnancy

From Get-up Dear Ian, You might have already read about the teacher who, after deciding to have a child, was fired by the school she taught at just because she wasn’t married.[1] She’s not alone. If you or someone you … Continue reading


Bridge to Palestine Fundraiser

Dear All, Bridge To Palestine Fundraiser Byron RSL Tuesday January 22nd 2013 Byron benefit for Palestinian children The award-winning film Tears of Gaza will be screened at a fundraiser for Palestinian children affected by the Israeli occupation next Tuesday, January … Continue reading