I would like to extend my best wishes to all those friends currently affected by the violence in the Middle East. The poetry, that closes the newsletter this week, in Arabic and Hebrew, is from a songwork called, 'Israel and Palestine.'
I will be performing next week for the 'Stop the Tox!' - No Toxic Waste In The Mallee concert, with Mike Rudd & SPECTRUM and OutKry, and others to be announced. The Victorian Government has decided to site a toxic waste dump at Hattah Nowingi in the far north west of the state although 96% of the toxic waste comes from Melbourne (almost 500km away). The original site at Ouyen was overturned by public protests. The new site is public land that should have been a reserve. Some of the problems here: proximity of the rare and endangered Mallee Fowl, groundwater leaching back into the Murray Basin, proximity to the iconic Hattah Lakes National Park and the proposed location right in the middle of one of the State's largest clean and green food production areas - many of the farmers are genetic-modified free, but now they are to have toxic waste to deal with as their bloody thanks. The concert is on Thursday 27 July at the HiFi Bar, in Swanston St, in Melbourne. There is also a planned PROTEST in front of Parliament House at 2 pm, tbc. For more information, go to my website or read more here.
On a lighter note, it has recently come to my attention that a chicken in a Kazakhstan village laid an egg with the word "Allah" inscribed in Arabic on its shell. (God is great. Now we know why the chicken crossed the road. To get to the Allah side. Boom boom . . . and Peace be upon him - the chicken, that is - and his prophet, Colonel Sanders.)
My sister, Kathy, has just informed me that one of my cousins is a well-known Abercrombie & Fitch and Polo underwear model, Joseph Sayers. (That's obviously why I haven't heard of him as I don't frequent the underwear department myself.) Little Joe is the grandson of my Aunt Franny. My mother had two sisters, Aunt Franny and Aunt Mimi. The three of them always reminded me of the Andrews Sisters. There even was an Aunt Honey tucked away in there. Aunt Mimi, Aunt Franny, Aunt Gracie and Aunt Honey: sounds like the Italian language version of 'Fried Green Melanzana at the Whistlestop Trattoria'. Here's a photo of Cousin Joe at work.
FAVOURITE LETTERS OF THE WEEK
Subject: PLEASE DON'T SHADDUP YOU EMAIL!
I absolutely love reading your newsletter. Thank you for sharing your light! Player of the Dagwood-size tin sandwich known as the accordion, Carrie Hamby, The Singing Biscuit "North Florida front porch music for the soul" - Tallahassee Democrat www.singingbiscuit.com
Dear Joe, (or rather Pink, whose words appeared
in your newsletter):
"America's great, and the world loves Americans; it's [just] some American Presidents and their power and decisions we regret . . . "
Yes. We'd love them even more if they'd vote for someone who isn't Republican... if they could be bothered to vote at all. Then at least if our Australian leaders are going to crawl up someone's butt, they might end up in the rear end of a Democrat instead. Let's join forces to free ourselves of Bush, Howard and spooky Murdoch. Louisa www.louisajohnkrol.com
Nao existe o bem que nao se acabe e mal que dure para sempre (Portuguese)
There is neither goodwill that won't endure; nor malice that lasts forever (English), EDGEE
Subject: Flug you :)
flug 1934 n. Dust or lint that collects in pockets, under beds, and in similar places.
Finally someone to tell me what that stuff is I've been collecting from my belly-button all these years. Almost enough to stuff a small mattress - but maybe that's a bit of an overshare? I knew this newsletter would finally come in handy!! Grant
Here's a word for you: What's a sangwhich? Teresa
(Note: 'Un huh. . . . .some people call it a Sangwhich . . un huhh . . I call it a Slingwhich . . from time to time, with some of them french fried pertaters, and what-not, un huhnn . . .' Here are some more interesting Karl-type words for y'all:
To lose the heat of excitement or passion; to become less angry, ardent; to cool. A correspondent from the University of Vermont, where this word is used, says: "If a man gets angry, we 'let him ferg,' and he feels better."
A thingamajig; something you can't think of the name of. This borrowing from Dutch seems first to have appeared in the West in the 1870s.
And of course . . . . . . .
A name given at several American colleges to a privy. It is said that when Joseph Penney was President of Hamilton College, a request from the students that the privies might be cleansed was met by him with a denial. In consequence of this refusal, the offices were purified by fire on the night of November 5th. The derivation of the word, allowing the truth of this story, is apparent.
The following account of Joe-Burning is by a correspondent from Hamilton College: --
" On the night of the 5th of November, every year, the Sophomore Class burn 'Joe.' A large pile is made of rails, logs and light wood, in the form of a triangle. The space within is filled level to the top, with all manner of combustibles. A 'Joe' is then sought for by the class, carried from its foundations on a rude bier, and placed on this pile. The interior is filled with wood and straw, surrounding a barrel of tar placed in the middle, over all of which gallons of turpentine are thrown, and then set fire to. From the top of the lofty hill on which the College buildings are situated, this fire can be seen for twenty miles around. The Sophomores are all disguised in the most odd and grotesque dresses. A ring is formed around the burning 'Joe,' and a chant is sung. Horses of the neighbors are obtained and ridden indiscriminately, without saddle or bridle. The burning continues usually until daylight."
Hi Mr Dolce,
Having grown up in Australia and seeing the song on Countdown of "Shaddap You Face." I was quite surprised when my wife and her family knew the song. I had no idea of the success of this song. I live in Flagstaff Arizona and when ever I met someone from the east coast ( especially Italian's) I'd asked them to say " Forgeta bout it. " It became apparent to me that I could make a song of New York Italians all saying " forgeta bout it. " If you decide to make the song and it's successful. I send you my best. Take Care, Stuart J
(Note: Stuart, Forgeta bout it. I don't do novelty songs.)
here's a very clever flash animation outlining how Italians are different from the rest of Europe. Liz
In case you didn't already know Patch Adams is doing some workshops around Australia in October called "What's your Love Strategy?" sponsored by the Australian Medical Students Association - (patch adam website) I'm going to attend to possibly get in touch more with the human being which lives inside me. Love and all good things Joe, Rupert
(Note: Rupert, it's important to get in touch with the
inner banana as sometimes the outer banana peel can trip you up.
"The reason adults should look as though they are having
fun, is to give kids a reason to want to grow up." - Patch
Since you offered to sign me up on your mailing list a while back (after we both appeared on "Songs for Peace") i have come to look forward to my weekly dose of dolce. thank you so much for keeping it up! i thought you might enjoy the below Humanifesto. i hope you're well! cheers, Christa www.christacouture.com
Peace Takes Courage
What do the 32% of people who still approve
of George W Bush think of the 60% who don't?
(thanks to Teresa Strong)
Neocons Rise From Mideast Ashes
by Robert Dreyfuss
Israel's reckless, high-stakes decision to launch simultaneous wars against both Hamas and Hezbollah last week is a critical, perhaps world-shattering event. It cannot be seen merely in its local context, that is, as an act by the unilateralist regime in Jerusalem to crush the armed wings of two Islamic fundamentalist organizations in Gaza, the West Bank and southern Lebanon. Nor can it be seen merely in its regional context, that is, as an effort to raise the stakes in the struggle against Syria, Iran and rejectionist factions in occupied Iraq. Rather, Israel's actions must be seen, first and foremost, in the context of global politics. The key question: Is the Israeli offensive designed as a calculated effort to catapult the hard-right, neoconservative ideologues back to power in Washington? article
a powerful and uncompromising film by 81-year old Senegalese director
Ousmane Sembene, depicts the clash between entrenched cultural
and religious tradition and modern secular society over the issue
of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a West African village.
Practiced mainly on girls between the ages of four and eight,
FGM refers to the removal of part, or all, of the female genitalia
as a means of reducing a woman's desire for sex and the chances
that they will have sex outside of marriage. According to Amnesty
International, an estimated 135 million women have undergone genital
mutilation, and two million a year are at risk - approximately
6,000 per day. A procedure that has been performed for over 2000
years, it is normally done without the care of medically trained
people and may lead to death, serious infection, HIV, depression,
or gynecological complications.
In the film, six girls refuse to take part in the "purification" ritual. Two run away to an uncertain fate and the remaining four are sheltered by Colle Gallo Ardo Sy (Fatoumata Coulibaly), a woman who is known to have mystical powers and has given the four girls the moolaadé, the spell of protection. reviews
The Four Most Overpaid White House Staffers
Today the National Journal published a list
of salaries for the 403 White House staffers.
Here are the four most overpaid:
Deborah Nirmala Misir - Ethics Advisor $114,688
Erica M. Dornburg - Ethics Advisor $100,547
Stuart Baker - Director for Lessons Learned 106,641
Melissa M. Carson - Director of Fact Checking $46,500
(And yes, there is a White House Director for Lessons Learned. We aren't making this up.) article
Figures sourced from here.
(thanks to Bruce Watson)
Real Christians Don't Gay Bash
Rev. Jim Rigby
Progressive Christians tend to be nonjudgmental and to feel that challenging the intolerance of others is itself intolerant. For that reason we often sit by silently when Fundamentalist Christians criticize homosexual persons. We tend to think of this as being open-minded.
Not that long ago, it was considered consistent to be a Christian, and yet, hold slaves. The day came when slavery was understood as an affront to the gospel itself. I want to suggest that the day has come when Christians must declare that gay bashing is an attack on the gospel and that real Christians do not participate in any form of discrimination.
Several years ago, I was asked to do the funeral of a gay man who had been beaten to death in a hate crime. At that time, I had never thought deeply about the danger many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people face in this culture. That week as I worked on the service, I kept hearing a local "Christian" radio station blaming gay and lesbian people for everything wrong in America. By the end of the week I understood the link between religious hate speech and the funeral I was performing. article
Irate People Against Senseless Shit
(thanks to John Jacobs)
JOHN MALKOVICH INTERVIEW
I also recommend getting the DVD of 'Portrait of a Lady' and watching the brilliant extensive documentary on the making of the film, in the Bonus Extras (better than the film! The insight and quality reminded me of the work of Les Blank.) Sit in on all the therapy on the set, with director Jane Campion, and the actors, including Nicole Kidman. Especially with Malkovich. There's one scene where Campion tells him that he letting too much of 'John Malkovich' show and not enough of the character he's supposed to be playing! The expression he gives her is worth the price of admission!
An excerpt from the interview:
" [Malkovich] tells a story about how, on one of his first films, The Killing Fields, he had to keep jumping off a tank. The cameras he was carrying (he played a photographer) kept bouncing up and bashing him in the teeth, and by the 20th take he was afraid he would soon be toothless and only fit to play the witches in Macbeth. So he asked the nearest authority figure (who turned out to be Billy Wesley, a famously tough first assistant director) if he could have some tape to tape the cameras down, and Wesley screamed at him, 'Back in your box, you fucking Max Factor!' I imagine his life must be full of incidents like that, where he could say with injured innocence: 'But I just asked a question and this guy started screaming at me!' You do feel with Malkovich that you are always being out-manoeuvred by a wilier opponent who knows exactly where you are coming from and gets there first. He has the extra advantage of having done seven years' psychoanalysis. . ."
(thanks to Dai Woosnam)
People Who Dress Dogs Up Like Bees
(Hey . . . . there's room for everyone in my world.) site
FAVOURITE SPAM OF THE WEEK
From: "Arfah Ashan" Subject: Abli Mogabah Lawn
Mastoul Khalteny Kadaba Demou
Mercy Hla Bha Altoul Sadrak
Bekefek Shalou Ghazaly Nasty
Efnak Etasalty Toussy Khaza
Kolou Letabiby Kalouly
Diary Come Fallin Aint Know Laffena Naffad
Booty wander ricardol
Elamar Gana Belly Sandstorm
Souna Englizy Shagga Slither
Qesset Lemeen Hedeya Fouad
(Note: Small world. I wonder if the seventh reference is any relation to the Syrian camel trader, Rumi Va Fahn Kolou?)
Careful what you wish for!
Baked Salmon Fillets with Garlic Coleslaw
two large fillets of fresh salmon
one-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
three large cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper
quarter green cabbage
half lemon, sliced
whole lemon, quartered
aluminium or tin foil
Preheat oven to highest setting.
Wash and slice the cabbage finely and place in bowl. Add grated carrot, minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste and enough mayonnaise to hold it all together. (The amount of mayo is up to you.) Cover with wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Lay out large enough squares of foil to be
able to fold into secure packages around the fish fillets. Lay
a salmon steak in the centre of each square of foil, dot with
butter, place three slices of ginger, salt and pepper, a slice
of lemon and some chopped parsley on top. Fold in the sides to
make a small sealed parcel. Place the squares in an oven pan,
reduce the heat to medium and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
Serve with fresh coriander over the top, coleslaw on the side and a fresh green salad. This dish goes brilliantly with a nice 2003 New Zealand Vinoptima Ormond Gerwurztraminer.
(For another variation, marinate the salmon fillets in some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and chopped ginger for an hour and then lightly grill, keeping it pink in the centre. Serve with a side of garlic coleslaw and baked potato with butter, grated cheddar cheese and sour cream.)
The following libretto is taken from a songwork I have been composing for the past year, in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin and English: 'Israel and Palestine'. With the recent violence in the Middle East, it seems appropriate to publish this now, as the translator of the Arabic section, Carol Hasna, and her family, come from Lebanon. Carol's mother, Rose, who has recorded a very moving reading of the first part of this work, is there now, and unwell, and having difficulty getting medication due to the conflict. The kind person who will be assisting me with the pronunciation of the Hebrew section, Aura, is also at this very moment, in Israel.
The Final Hurrah
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