posted on June 19, 2006 at 8:21 pm

very goode n early morning to ya fiendssss
im up nice n early
eating manuka honey
like liquid sunlight
coursing thru my veins on this cold wintry siddley morning
i just keep spoonin’ this sweet powerful stuff
in ye olde gob
it tastes bloody wunderfull
i bought a thirty dollar jar
an’ i’m nearly half way thru it
its ambrosia itself
its gonna make you vibrate faster n faster kidds
pure energy
like those cans of STP you stick in yer petrol tank
this honey makes yer system burn faster n brighter
all food is sunlight in another form
(even disgustin dead meat…in a degraded hard to use form)
yer stomach has to produce heat to break down the food
release the energy/sunlight
some foods like wheatgrass n this manuka honey
they hit yer system n explode in light
hardly any processing to be done
just straight mainline light
other stuff takes longer n more work
i heard of a lady who cured her cancer with a grape juice fast
i told ya that already
you see
when the pressure was off her resources
ie: she wasnt loading her stomach down with loads of
hard to process junk
her system was freeed up to take care of the nasty stuff
like deleting rubbish from yer computer
so you got more memory for other things
(a dodgy analogy, i guesss)
i dunno
you eat a piece of meat
it takes days to be broken down…if at all…
all the time rotting inside ya
taking so much heat n effort n acids n juices
to try n get the energy out
but this honey
you got it rite away
i beg ye
dont eat meat
its death warmed up
youll nae vibrate in tune with the uni-verse
itll make ya sick n fat n olde
if we all refused to eat the corpses
this whole planet would be free of so much misery
its truly disgustin’
like slavery
and war
and torture
things needlessly dying in shame n agony
things that are connected to us
things that will poison your brain with their dead chemicals n karma
meat is murder fiendss
thou shalt not kill
try it
trust me…

anyway while im having a ranty-rave
on the plane home
i see some truly disgustin’ useless pathetic tv shows
while im tryin to while away the long hours
normally dont have much time for the idiot box
sucking out my will n intelligence
got better things to do…
like thinkin and imagin’ things for myself
theres this one show comes on
oh god it reviles me..
consisting of a “panel of fashion experts”
and a bunch of silly women
desperate to be models or actresses or just anything
…as long as it involved being famous for half a second
these unfortunate imbeciles are given 4 minutes
chucked into a room full of clothes n makeup
(how sk fucking LOATHES makeup!!)
and then one by one
they strut their sad desperate stuff in fronta the ex-spurts
2 of whom are so obviously fucking gay
i mean
why the fuck are gay blokes advising women
on how they should look n dress
or am i the only one who sees the sheer absurdity in that????
its so ridiculous….what the fuck would they know?
and they werent no oil paintings themselves, lemme put ya straight
and the words theyre using …sexy…sleazy…
lisping idiot cliches “im not feeling your sexiness…”
the women on the “panel” all ugly sick hollywood types
shallow cliche spouting bags
judging these poor fools who so wanna desperately be judged
i feel so sorry for em
now sk is no feminist…
but holy bejesus
aint anyone out there opposing this ….
people, yer beautiful as you are
you dont need this crap
god i was fuming in my aisle seat
then donald trump
and his “yer fired”
more desperate yuppie uber “straights”
scramblin’ fer a piece of the action
whatever you say donald, you big fuckin kingpin
you captain of industry
(boy i’d love to get up close to see how his hair “works”
just like gene simmons..its comin from every which way)
how could any self respecting person run around
at this olde fuckers beck n call beats me
oh please donald make me yer apprentice
im greedy and disloyal n desperate n avaricious
jus’ like you
i dont have decent bone in my body
an’ i wanna get to the top of the corporate dungheap
any thing
please dont lemme hear those words
i’d say its definitely a no-trumps call fiendss
(thats a little bridge gag for ya)

its like ancient rome before its collapse
a sick fat population worshipping actors
involved in a hundred lil wars no one had the stomach for
a ruling elite with no love or compassion for the poor
and all around
mean n hungry enemies gatherin’
focussin’ in on the soft white underbelly
are we jus’ gonna stand here quietly
and let them dish this shit up to us?
what good is it to gain the world
and lose yer soul
i dont want my daughters to think they gotta be
sexy or sleazy
i just want them to be who they wanna be
without some ugly old bag or fag tellin em
to put more make up on
or lose weight
or shave their legs
or whatever
the panel themselves were the least “sexy” crew
(whatever “sexy” means, i dunno)
why wood ya listen to them?
i tell ya people
be yerselves
find yer own beauty inner and outer
and ladies
believe me
i’m a man
i know a lotta other men
we dinnae like loads of make up or emaciated women
we dinnae care about paris fashion catwalks versace bullshit
we like happy healthy women who think fer themselves

i dunno
who have i upset today?
probably someone right now
burning their copy of my records
are we really gonna let the world turn into this?
is that all we are, us humans
flat abs, tit implanted botoxed madeup success seeking travesties
chasing some luxury condo
with wall to wall tv screens n and a microwaved sausage?

count me out then fiendss
i like my people au naturelle
happy, healthy and in tune with the spirit
say fuck you to the “reality” shows
laugh as ya switch off the idiot box
and pick up yer book
or ya paintbrushes
or as ya start a conversation up
you know….gulp…talking to yer lover or family or friends or whatever
go out for a walk
look at the stars in the sky
learn spanish
i dunno
but that screen suckin away yer will and yer time
do ya need it
hell no!!
im sk
im leavin’ ya to it
manuka honey rules

56 Responses to “chooseday”

  1. avatar
    nour-allah | 19 June 2006 at 9:30 pm #

    amen sk

  2. avatar
    carousel | 19 June 2006 at 9:52 pm #

    Repeat: ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’ baybee. 😉

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2006 at 9:53 pm #

    I’ve been away and, despite being a death-loving neo-con bush baby, I’m back.

    Today, after Give Me Back My Man, Itunes just decided on shadow cabinet, and, MY GOD, what a song.

    And reading your sumptuously misanthropic diatribe today, I figure there’s more in common than not. It would be good to know when Cooking are going to get ULTC on itunes.

    NB Shad Cab was followd by that classical master of arpeggios, Scarletti. You have to say iTunes really does – sometimes – have a sense of humour…

  4. avatar
    stealthblue | 19 June 2006 at 10:26 pm #

    Thanks, Steve. Once again, you just made me almost piss my pants! I needed that laugh today…one of those “blah” days. I am seriously gonna try your manuka honey! I think I will go look for it this evening as a matter of fact. So, regarding all these “reality” shows and other BS that floods our airwaves, I could not have said it better regarding the atrocity and ridiculousness of it all. Ahhhh, like minds…

    Glad you made it home O.K. too. I had to laugh at your aviation experiences. I have also been through similar ordeals. They have a thing about hammering “long-hairs” with guitar cases, don’t they? You know the ONLY time I didn’t get harrassed was when I came back to Chicago from The Netherlands??? How ironic is that. This little bastard had a hard on to attack my cases at the second arrival check point. He reads out to his boss “NEDERLANDS, NEDERLANDS!! WE GOT ONE! What a hammerhead. I looked at him like “you dumb ass twat.” Then his boss looks at me, then looks at his little pumped-up crony like ” you dumb ass little twat, let him through!” I grabbed my shit, shook my head at him and walked on through. The hardest time I had was in Vancouver. B.C. coming back to the states. They raped my luggage, and discovered with HUGE disapointment that I had no illegalities…good old Customs. Anyway, you’re not alone!!

  5. avatar
    the dean | 19 June 2006 at 10:31 pm #

    I’m with you on this one. Too many people trying to climb the greasy pole. but where to? Being something they’re not, conforming to the ad mans corrupt spiteful image. “To know yourself is to be yourself”-GMc

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2006 at 10:34 pm #

    sk, one of my favourite calvino stories is t-zero.

    friends always ask – what do you want for your birthday? after reading this story, i reply -when i’m driving i want to be driving aimlessly – and to suddenly see the car in front of me with my number plates. and i’ll follow that car. can you arrange that for me please?

    so i get a box of chocolates instead. but i’ve got my eye on that looming car…

    cheers, spiros

  7. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 19 June 2006 at 10:42 pm #

    My watercolor class starts July 13 it’s called: Painting the Abstract Nature.

  8. avatar
    AndyLocke | 19 June 2006 at 10:56 pm #

    I just picked up my first jar of Manuka Honey. Tastes pretty good… fucking expensive.

  9. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 19 June 2006 at 11:03 pm #

    check me monday’s bloggy out daddio…

  10. avatar
    OTTOMT | 19 June 2006 at 11:19 pm #

    Oh, and being a feminist is basically not accepting being treated as a doormat.

    Still, if I feel I’m losing an argument I won’t think twice about flashing a breast!

    Oh, I am soooo kidding.


  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2006 at 11:43 pm #

    I can totally rock with your ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ diatribe….

    But I gotta say in my view the pressure on girls, particularly young girls, to conform to this Paris Hilton way of looking and acting is *enormous*. We have always encouraged our daughters to listen to music and I want them to find their own way as well as inflicting our stuff on them. One of the greatest pleasures of my youth was watching all the music video shows that were around – Rage, MTV, WROK, Countdown, SOUNDS UNLIMITED with Donny Sutherland, late night stuff with Izzy Dye (although he has a lot to answer for in spawning that idiot radio DJ daughter of his) etc etc…you remember?

    My eldest daughter loves pop music, has her own make believe band, and wants to watch the Saturday morning music video shows every week. And I regularly have to switch the channel because the images and depictions of women are so vile, objectified and degrading that I don’t want them in my house. I like all kinds of music (even rap and hip hop, SK don’t hate me)and am totally opposed to censorship but I don’t know what else to do. There is nothing more disturbing than seeing a 6 year old trying to mimic the dancing of the girls in Nelly’s latest video. And then they want the clothes etc….and in every chain store the girls clothes are only smaller versions of womens adult fashion…tiny tops and short shorts all a-spangle and glittery like somthing midget pole dancers would wear. It’s everywhere….relentlessly layering this imagery onto children.

    My kids don’t like sport so that is not an avenue for them…they are artistic (god help them!) and we don’t want to force them into netball or bloody soccer or whatever but leaving them prey to the music industry of today with it’s repellent imagery and treatment of women….I’m not even very PC about most things but this pisses me off because the constant bombardment from everyhwere does affect these very fertile young minds.
    It’s a real conundrum.

    I do recall a film clip for a very popular song from back in the day which featured a single female. The gal was on some sort of search….she had on loads of clothes because it was winter and night time (mariah, j-lo et al don’t ever seem to be affected by the cold….regardless of the narrative!) The gal was young but she was no gaunt wasterel, she was a healthy and normal looking chick. She was cool (she had sunglasses on at night!) but no fashion victim and probably not a model.

    The clip was ‘Under the Milky Way’ and I forget the name of the band….


  12. avatar
    John Garratt | 19 June 2006 at 11:48 pm #

    Steve Kilbey,

    Based on your recommendation I checked out Kurt Vonnegut’s “Man Without A Country” from my local library. Now I’m super-depressed.

    Yes, I knew that my country is being run by knuckleheaded know-nothings. But now I’m getting the impression it’s too late to turn back. Everyone will inherit a poisoned earth.

  13. avatar
    Queen Hatshepsut | 20 June 2006 at 12:00 am #

    Good God, sounds like you were forced to sit through reality crap like “America’s Top Model” and don’t get me started on Trump. Your daughters are lucky to have you as a role model – and yet ‘society’ in so all-pervasive and insiduous…especially in America. I’ve seen 5 year olds taunting other, less ‘slender’ 5 year olds about their weight. Good to be healthy, bad to be vain and obsessed. In grad school I wrote a paper on women’s magazines, which I refuse to buy, called “Manufacturing Beauty: The Commodification of Women in the 20th Century” – my professor ripped it apart because I blamed WOMEN for working at these magazines, perpetuating this crap…I don’t know if it was because she was a lesbian (no skin off my back) that she didn’t like I was slamming women for being part of the problem or what. If women didn’t work for these pieces of trash, and women didn’t buy ’em, they wouldn’t exist. She blamed it on the white, male coporate advertisers. Ugh!

    There are less than a handful of decent things on the idiot box…too bad most people are idiots and would rather watch ‘reality’ than live their own.

    As for make-up/weight…I wish more men thought like you do. I know a lot of guys who don’t want to see a ton of make-up, but I also live in L.A. – plastic city – where if you’re a size 10 you’re practically obese. I fuckin’ hate it here because of that.
    love and more honey,

  14. avatar
    eek | 20 June 2006 at 12:40 am #

    Uh…I’ll probably have a comment about this post a bit later (I always have something to say, no matter who whines about it), but I just saw something which made me laugh.

    “STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Pete Doherty was fined $1,900 after police found traces of cocaine in his blood following a performance by his rock band at the Hultsfred music festival.

    Police detained the 27-year-old Babyshambles frontman after the concert because “he showed signs of being under the influence of narcotics,” Ulf Karlsson, a police spokesman in the city of Kalmar on Sweden’s southeastern coast, said Saturday.”

    Steve, you are quite the psychic!

  15. avatar
    Paige | 20 June 2006 at 1:21 am #

    Goodness gracious! Manuka honey is GOOD for you. I had a peekaloo on-line about what it is and what it’s good for. Crazy! Might have to find some (though I hate honey…it’s too dang sweet.)

    If anybody has tummy problems (especially ulcers) you might want to take SK’s advice. Read up!


  16. avatar
    Wil-O | 20 June 2006 at 1:31 am #

    but, Kil-O, don’t you realise, they only dish up that crap on the plane to help you sleep.


  17. avatar
    Zimparumpazoo | 20 June 2006 at 1:34 am #

    I wish someone would grab Trump’s “hair” and throw it off the Verrazano Bridge.

    That would make good television.

  18. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 June 2006 at 1:39 am #

    steve, this is why we love you!! everything you have said today is exactly correct.

    our society places unrealistic demands on our youth, ESPECIALLY the girls, to “look” a certain way~~gotta have that flat tummy so you can wear your pants down to the hairline, gotta weigh about 20 pounds dripping wet so every bone in your skeleton sticks out, if your lips aren’t puffy enough, then inject them with poison, etc etc etc….my daughter will soon be 7 and i have a very tough road ahead of me what with trying to shield her as much as i am able from the horrors of “perfection”…..of course it’s easy now, but the older she gets and the more influence the outside world has, the more difficult it will be for both of us.

    i can only hope i can set a good example for her. i’m no paris hilton and don’t intend to be. i am and always have been true to myself, and that includes all the “imperfections” i was born with. i haven’t and don’t intend to alter anything by getting liposuction, botox implants, boob job, nose job, etc. and i’m not the biggest fan of cosmetics (it clogs your pores and gives you zits!! and besides, after a few hours it smears and gets greasy and you have to re-apply it anyway.) observe by my photo of us>>>>>>
    (look mom, no makeup!!)

    but appearances aside, donald trump disgusts me. and for his would-be “apprentices”, i don’t know whether i should pity them or laugh at them. i mean come on~~do these idiots really think that he gives a flip about them? that entire situation is nothing more than for a sadistic, sick sonofabitch to get his twisted jollies by making people humiliate and degrade themselves by following him around like little puppy dogs, nipping at his platinum heels, desperately trying to get respect that he will never dish out because he can’t even respect himself!!

    makes you wanna throw up.

  19. avatar
    daydreamer | 20 June 2006 at 1:43 am #

    Maybe they should have combined the shows and had the gay dudes show Trump how to dress and do his hair. Oh wait… I guess they already did that.

    “what good is it to gain the world
    and lose yer soul’ – sounds like 99% of civilized mankind, if you ask me. And it ain’t just our souls we’re losing.

  20. avatar
    captainmission | 20 June 2006 at 1:43 am #

    i saw big brother up late one night and it was a room full of people sleeping, live on tv, can ya believe it?
    You’re right its the end of civililization, the barbarian hordes are here, and they have their own tv shows, they are dressed in suits and have fake smiles and plastic breasts and lips argumented with botox. But the truth is the masses of people watch this crap, they are brainwashed into acceping this as entertainment, except in france where the public stormed the big brother compound and trashed it becuase they said it insulted their intelligence and was crap.
    i think some smart producer filmed it and marketed it as
    reality tv vs reality tv (i made that bit up but it’s better than watching a bunch of wanna be teens behaving like primates)
    as for the rest of reality tv, i fucking hate reality tv, i love reality though, we need more of it on tv and less reality tv on the screen, clear as mud, i’ll stop now.

  21. avatar
    mike a | 20 June 2006 at 1:58 am #

    I’ve never heard of this “manuka honey”, can you buy it in the stores in the states? I remember you said it was good for your throat when you lost your voice.

  22. avatar
    grizzly adams | 20 June 2006 at 2:35 am #

    That’s why I’m living out in the mountains (with no tv) capt. What the worlds needs now is a giant alarm clock. Actually there is one already buried in our heads we just don’t hear how loud and effortlessly it rings until we’re already awake. Until then we’ve got to strain to hear it going of about every little thing that disturbs it.

  23. avatar
    markm | 20 June 2006 at 2:39 am #

    Manuka Honey should be available in most health food stores. I’ve been downing loads of the stuff over the past few months. For anyone with stomach complaints it’s REALLY healing. Worthy stuff indeed. Expensive usually though…

    And B.Bon, I’m right there with you there on the music clips of today. I feel as you do re censorship but there’s NO way I’m letting my 5 1/2 year old daughter watch women bump and grind it out on Video Hits on a Saturday morning. Film clips used to be arty and cool. Mini movies sometimes, with storylines and all…or interesting mood pieces. Now it’s a step away from soft porn, one after another after another. I don’t want to sound preachy but our TV stays firmly switched off on Saturday mornings. There ain’t any interesting role models there.
    Rant over…

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 2:41 am #

    you’re on to something there Zimparumpazoo
    just leave it attached to his head though

  25. avatar
    lee | 20 June 2006 at 3:12 am #

    Oh those wankers,telling people what to wear – mincing around with perfect eyebrows. But you’d have to be a wanker to submit to it. Frig, go to an op-shop and find clothes in a style and colour that suit you. Speaking of mince – eat it or not BUT our stomach does deal with protein first when you eat a meal (note “controversial” statement 😉 ).

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 3:20 am #

    radiohead made some of the finest and funniest v/clips i’ve seen

  27. avatar
    Melbourne Girl | 20 June 2006 at 3:24 am #

    I hope you keep letting the world know your views on women, beyond this blogg. More people need to know this. It makes me sick to hear 5 year old girls talking about going on a diet.

    Power to ya!!!

  28. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 4:06 am #

    On behalf of women everywhere,
    THANK YOU!!!!

  29. avatar
    B Raine | 20 June 2006 at 5:30 am #

    sittin here addicted to my space and your space and craigslist and but at least they let ya mind think…that fashion show ..the image of
    annyone seeing these BS shows for the first time…the whole world is after an image of something thats justa mirage…cuzz u end up on extra runnin from the cameras or endin up like courtney love or that child actor Now a Religous fanatic..goes on the street and condems tranvestites, tell sthem there goin to hell, or like the cop -village people who hit me up for money in SF…
    who watched that show last year where that old 80’s band had a talent contest to find the lead singer…It was just like any reality show,,theyd sit back and judge them..granted there were some good personalities what a sham for a washed up rock band ..the only way they could re-appear was to make millions ona tv show…The whole time I watched that show….they put somethin in it to get ya hooked..Im thinkin The Church is in a whole nother universe of talent…and sometimes I feel they should be as well-known as any of those main stream fuckers..But than I realize If they were..It wouldnt be The Church,,oh INXS that was it….
    I admit Ive spent too much time watching the idiot box..Now I spend hours w/o eating On my laptop….creating…listening…meeting
    planning…sometimes I have to force myself to get off, and im not chatting
    Im browsing bloggs..and That can be unhealthy…
    when ya said honey…my thought was
    all i have in the house is some honey and cereal…no milk..sittin here hungry stuck to the keyboard..literally all day one crossaint in the am its 105am est im gonna dig that honey out, hope my yogart is good and eat…
    like 40$ until the 3rd…gotta survive
    every day..worry defeats…
    theres a rave called wicked sky way out in the woods of Maine, US on sat-monday…all private no cops
    wilderness…gigantic screens
    last rave was a long long time
    gonna treat myself…
    in the woods we are at one
    no condo could entice me
    \in the woods
    where i turn a leaf
    with dark purple veins
    where I loose my self
    in the crowd of colours
    in the den of dancers
    and energy overdosers
    snorters and fourteen yeerolders
    old timers and candy flipperrs
    But Music
    hightech nature
    all natural
    plearure riders..
    strangers lovers
    dreaming car wonderers
    Wicked Sky wondours…
    flickr fog fanned flyers
    secret last second surfers
    such a scene i mean howd all these
    day trippers end up in stephen king
    coagulated —selling an image
    walking art peice
    infamous dj’s spinnin a smile
    breathing branches into the crowd
    earth wind fire
    fill my desire
    higher than higher
    until hugging my body
    i shake
    squeeze out drops
    and waves
    snapshots in time…
    we learn how to love..
    ….some chemical highs..
    its real as it feels
    and gets you by
    leaves he taste
    of humility on yo face to see
    dont take away
    what its done fo me

  30. avatar
    Amberoo | 20 June 2006 at 5:43 am #

    Dead-fuckin-set! I hate reality shows and what makes me more sick is people talking about them. What a sad state of affairs when conversations revolve around this luridly force-fed bullshit.

  31. avatar
    public savant | 20 June 2006 at 5:51 am #

    Dear Gepetto

    This afternoon I handed over $11.50 for 375g of Manuka honey. Despite the grave dosage instructions, I simply couldn’t wait for my second 15g hit and I’m contemplating my third as I type. Within 3 hours of my first dessert-spoonful, the sore throat that has marred every meal and drink for the last fortnight has vanished.

    Please don’t take up urine consumption.

  32. avatar
    Amy Jane | 20 June 2006 at 5:55 am #

    welcome home dreamt you were back…..
    x amy

  33. avatar
    Todd Goninon | 20 June 2006 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for the honey tip.

    We can only feed on “the sweet” (everything is broken down into sugar), might be a message there somewhere!

    Maybe sweetness is God!

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 10:16 am #

    You’re right sk, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, not what you look like etc, although I must say I do like glamming up the old face when I’m in the mood, it’s actually kind of fun painting the eyes and lips in sweet colours. Even Vishnu looks likes he’s a bit heavy-handed in the make-up dept and he looks beautiful!! 🙂

    Amanda P

  35. avatar
    adrakk | 20 June 2006 at 10:22 am #

    mmm, i forced off big brother the other night and played Snap and Fish with my girls, and danced to The Time Warp, and I think we’re a better family for it.
    ….and I asked my 8 year old why she was trying mum’s ‘toner’ on her face- what’s the point? It doesn’t do anything REALLY, and I don’t use it and I happy with my complexion…just a money-making scheme all this ‘beauty-industry’- make people feel they look bad and make them spend the money.

    Get in early I say, get kids questioning all this shite- buy a musical instrument instead of all that cosmetic crap. Men don’t use it (I hope) so why should women? I don’t spend my time worrying about my wrinkles.

  36. avatar
    Stephen | 20 June 2006 at 11:12 am #

    Hi Steve,
    I work at Heathrow, so when I read your blog about flying home via Heathrow I thought I’d pop up to help you through customs and all the crap that comes with flying through the worlds crappiest airport. I awas gutted to find I was a day too late and you were already typing away in Honkers.
    Anyway keep up the blogging. It always makes for an inspiring read. Let me know next time your coming through Heathrow and I’ll look after your bass for you.
    Good luck with the US tour. See you at the next gig in London.

  37. avatar
    Stephen | 20 June 2006 at 11:14 am #

    Oh, my email is

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 11:53 am #

    Honey? Where does it go?

    You eat it?!?

    SHUT UUP!?!

  39. avatar
    sue cee | 20 June 2006 at 12:39 pm #

    Herod embalmed his wife in honey to preserve her … after he’d had her executed …sweet!

    So it has other uses beside being a natural antibiotic 🙂

  40. avatar
    eek | 20 June 2006 at 12:41 pm #

    Well…I’m still fat and I’m no spring chicken, but I must say I do feel better since starting the vegetarian thing. Over the years I’ve made several half-hearted attempts at it, but never stuck with it until one day while reading your blog, I decided since I agreed with what you were saying I might as well actually do it. So I am. Thanks for the kick-start. 🙂

    Oh I absolutely loathe “reality” TV. ick ick ick. Truly vile stuff. I can’t understand why people watch it…it’s not only vapid, it’s petty and mean.

    And at the risk of being accused of gay bashing I will admit I have never gotten why people think gay men know what makes a woman sexy. I had to laugh at the “Im not feeling your sexiness” line. Well Duh!!

  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 1:12 pm #

    1. Ain’t nothing wrong with calling yourself a feminist, which you obviously are.

    2. Damn straight about the meat issue. There’s so much wrong with the meat industry, it would take a million bloggies to detail it.

    3. TV bad for mind. ‘Nuff said.

    Good on ya, SK…it’s been good to find out what an enlightened chap you are.


  42. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 1:55 pm #

    What’s wrong with FAGS?

  43. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 20 June 2006 at 2:28 pm #

    Not watching TV is so liberating! All that extra time one has! Not feeling chained to that screen. Not feeling guilty after watching that ‘must see’ TV program and feeling that you could have done something else instead.

    I did watch a bit of TV recently while I was recovering in hospital (too weak too read). I watched the Today program and saw a segment on McDonalds cheeseburgers. They interviewed a woman who was conducting a study on preservatives and the effects on children. The viewer was shown a one day old cheeseburger and a 3 year-old cheeseburger. Apparently there was no difference! The lady they interviewed said she even had a 10-year old cheeseburger at home, that if one was desperate enough, one could eat. No mould! Full of preservatives! We were then shown how she had an entire school stop eating foods with preservatives. The results in the children were impressive to say the least! They included an increased attention span, better academic results, and calmer children both at school and at home.

    As for B.Bon and MarkM, I could not agree more! The music clips of today are a real worry! Video Hits is definitely not on the agenda at our house on a Saturday morning!

    Inner beauty! Yes! Yes! Outer beauty is just a fleeting moment in time! We are living longer so obviously we are spending more of our life looking old, yet as a culture we are more youth obsessed then ever.

    Steve, this lady cured herself of cancer with grapefruit? I saw a Chinese Medicine practitioner yesterday to see if he could help me heal my body. Apparently, I have lived most of my life with very low Qi (life force). He said I’ve been pushing myself for years and basically been kidding myself, taking more out of my body than what I was putting in. How did I get it so wrong? He asked me if I knew what message God was trying to give me. I was completely blank! Hopefully I will be enlightened soon. I’m drinking some mean herbs!

    Whoever you may be, and wherever you may live, you live your life well when you live it at the right rate. Plow your way through life and life will wear you out; poke your way along and your life will grind to a halt. Find a pace that suits you, though, and amble along it accordingly, and your world will spontaneously level a path for you

    Robert E. Svoboda

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    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 2:33 pm #

    They give you lung cancer and make you smell like an ashtray

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    Larry | 20 June 2006 at 2:35 pm #

    Monofloral honeys from NZ are excellent, albeit expensive (I hope it’s a big jar, for $30!). If you like manuka, I recommend the stuff made from other flowers too: rewarewa, tawari, kamahi, rata, etc.

    They’ve got a lot of odd flowers, those Kiwis, and almost none of the bee diseases you get elsewhere. It’s a good thing.

    Reality TV: contradiction in terms.

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    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 2:39 pm #

    I have an idea for the parents with children who want to watch music videos on Saturday mornings…can you rent some acceptable music vids from your library or local video store? Live performances, even, by The Beatles, The Who, the MTV unplugged series perhaps, Natalie Merchant (who definitely doesn’t fit the current hootchie image), Nora Jones, or if you want some women that rock vids, some Joan Jett maybe? Runaways, Chrissie Hynde, you get the idea. Make Saturdays vintage rock mornings.
    Good luck with all the kidlettes, people!

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    Anonymous | 20 June 2006 at 4:46 pm #

    I agree with you on the TV stuff, repulsive. For the most part my TV is left off – I turn it on once every few weeks if that.

    I agree about women being themselves instead of being made to feel madeup all of the time. They can do what they want, of course – but manywomen are more beautiful without makeup than with.

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    matthew | 20 June 2006 at 6:20 pm #

    hey hey, SK – have to utterly agree with you about the IdiotBoxing… esp Mr Trump, the hair, et al… surely he is a flaccid failing flailing gladiator for the latter day rome. Those addictive cathode rays. ah bugger.

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    matthew | 20 June 2006 at 6:23 pm #

    hey hey, SK – have to utterly agree with you about the IdiotBoxing… esp Mr Trump, the hair, et al… surely he is a flaccid failing flailing gladiator for the latter day rome. Those addictive cathode rays. ah bugger.

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    matthew | 20 June 2006 at 6:24 pm #

    ok I’m repeating myself… old age and good poetry

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    RA | 20 June 2006 at 7:50 pm #

    Since we moved into this house 5 years ago we haven’t used our ageing video recorder to record anything. Why, because there’s almost nothing on TV that is important enough to worry if you miss it. Anythingthat is good is released on DVD so you can then choose to rent it..

    We aquired a DVD recorder and i used it twice. So it’s recorded some of the better bits of the Live 8 thing and The Church on the games.. Not been switched on since, and NOT LEFT IN STANDBY MODE EITHER!! ARGHHH!!!

    Kid s and TV… . Luckily my almost-3-year-old says “I don’t like that adverts, they are just telling me to buy stuff I don’t need”. (am I a bad parent for planting that phrase in her little mind?) She does say “I want that” a bit, but doesn’t get all upset when we say no. She’s doing well, but we got a long way to go.

    I agree about the music vid stuff and the poor image of women/ men it gives. We try to avoid the worst of it, but mostly we just vary the music played in the house, do our own singing and dancing and do other stuff to avoid too much TV. My daughter will wear make-up at age 8 over my dead body! Her lovely mum wears a tiny bit about twice a year, so she’ll be hard pressed to pick up the habit from her!



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    Brad | 21 June 2006 at 12:10 am #

    Everything is an advertisement on TV. everything. I watch the news. Even the news is advertisements. No coincidence AOL and Disney commercials tie into ABC stories and c-breaks, as a for instance.

    Advertisements are made to make you feel bad about yourself and suggest that the product will complete you. Suggestions from every direction till it becomes subconscious dogma. This concept has extended to shows like you mention in your blog. Just advertisements. Merchants in the temple of your mind.

    And all the same while you don’t need nothin’ but what you had the day you were born.

    I have a TV but no cable.



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    Finn | 21 June 2006 at 2:16 am #

    Hey Steve,

    You hit the dang nail on the head in this post. Though you made me feel a little bad as an ex-veggie who just couldn’t hack it.

    Anyway, yeah. It is kinda like ancient Rome isn’t it? Bummer.

    -a sad American.

    ps – got the tour update and Chicago is ON! Thanks.

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    (('{~_~}')) | 21 June 2006 at 12:25 pm #

    What can I say? I do love my make-up, I love my clothes. It is part of what makes me, me. It’s a form of self expression. Nothing wrong with that surely!

    ‘Every young lady should wear lipstick. Especially on Sundays’

    – Alannah Hill

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    RA | 22 June 2006 at 11:56 pm #

    talking of all this shite.. and my own hypocrissy.. which is legion.. is still love the look of a woman in high heels….

    Am i a bad man?


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    (('{~_~}')) | 23 June 2006 at 2:00 pm #

    Try this, honey
    by Celia Dodd

    There’s a buzz about manuka honey as a wonder treatment for everything from wounds to digestive disorders. Is it the bee’s knees?

    The healing powers of honey have been well known since Pythagoras’ time. We suck honey lozenges to soothe our throats, we stir in a spoonful to sweeten hot drinks when we’re sick. Now, some scientists believe that one particular kind, manuka honey, has antibacterial properties that can be used to treat everything from skin conditions to digestive disorders.

    Made by bees that collect pollen from the manuka bush, Leptospermum scoparium, which grows wild in New Zealand, manuka honey has a slightly medicinal flavour and when applied to skin has been found by some studies to effectively treat wounds and ulcers that have failed to respond to standard medicine.

    So strong is its anti-bacterial component, that it has been given its own classification, the unique manuka factor (UMF). Strengths range from UMF5, which is believed to be equivalent to a 5 per cent solution of a standard antiseptic, to UMF20, which is equivalent to a 20 per cent solution of antiseptic. Different strengths are recommended for treating different conditions.

    The honey not only fights infection and aids tissue healing but has been found in clinical trials to reduce inflammation and scarring. It has also been used successfully, when taken orally, on digestive problems, from diarrhoea and indigestion to stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis. Its healing properties appear to be due to the presence of the enzyme glucose oxidase, which produces hydrogen peroxide — an antiseptic — and its high sugar concentration, which inhibits bacterial growth. But researchers are unable to pinpoint any one particular constituent to explain why manuka honey has such strong antibacterial qualities.

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