posted on December 19, 2007 at 1:32 am

so much bullshit to get thru
humanity generates bullshit like ….er…bulls do
the way every sane and reasonable person
knows bush is a complete catastrophe
and western countries invading other places
will only ever always bring grief
and whaling should be a capital crime
thats right
in a cosmic sense
those whales lives are worth as much
(if not more)
(as if it were possible to measure such things)
than some whaler
with no conscience or basic human decency
who would do his villainous and filthy work
despite everything

i was at the beach the other day
and scarlet was over run by jap tourists
trying to film her, photograph her
or the bold ones
who wanted to stroke her golden curls
or pinch her chubby rosy cheeks
she is truly a living doll
but it is a marvel the way
each race can manage to depersonalize the others
to the extent that other peoples become like “animals”
in that
the rules you apply to your own people
dont hold with these outlandish foreign types
imagine if i walked around in japan
trying to film and touch their children
of course the whites are just as bad nay
probably the worst…
finally a foursome of indians approached her
as she played around in bondis equivalent of muscle beach
i moved in
but they were stroking her face n everything
trying to get her to shake hands
(do they think she was a little dog?)
you see
they would never do that on a beach in bombay
to an indian kid
her parents would be outraged
but you know
everybody is a heathen to everybody else
and doesnt really live like the others
so you know
you can fondle strange kids in parks
drop bombs on em
tell em their god is a joke
make jokes about their stupidity
because they are not like us
almost everyone in the world secretly believes this
although the politically correct will deny it
and others like me
struggling against my natural inclinations
and trying to treat everyone even handedly
will want to deny it
but it is there
at the root of all wars
the mistrust
the distrust
the antagonism
the lies
the loathing
the direct feed of this earths history
how the westerners went round
particularly us english types
and brutalized and raped n pillaged
just about everywhere
just like nappy boner-part
just like the romans did
attila the honey
gengis kahnt
and alexander the grate
and the egyptians
and whoever else
jesus its all there
in this indians prodding at my kid
and theyre lucky its me
cos some kids dads from bondi way
that ive met
would be decking the blokes right now
and asking questions later(maybe)
and then the indians would go home and say
they are all heathens!
anyway scarlet kilbey who is a genius
is getting touched and trying to move her into position
for a bollywood photo opportunity
despite the fact
that i in my cowboy hat n army shirt n sunglasses
almost six foot tall
glaring at them and kinda coughing
they carry on regardless
namaste i say
what? they all say puzzled for a moment
oh namaste yes yes yes they have a good laugh
at my pronunciation
thats ok
their english sounds like spike milligan with a headcold
but thats all superficial stuff
how do you know that word? one asks
but the others continue to paw my daughter
i am so incredulous i fail to stop them
scarlet is looking at me horrified
her eyes say
do you want this to be happening dad?
they quiz me on my hindu credentials
i rattle off a loada stuff
but they laugh and continue to stroke scarlet
the spell broken
i pick her up
when they see us together
they cannot miss the chance
this epitome of aussie manhood
dressed just like a beach bum steve irwin
only scruffier and quoting the gita
and his baby daughter
who although his absolute opposite
in every human characteristic
shes young hes old
shes little hes big
shes female hes male
she looks just like the angry olde fella
whisking her away
please sir…may we
gesturing to their cameras
ready to capture us forever
scarlet n i pose
she gurgles and i glare
she sighs and i sigh angrily
as we walk off
i see a trio of jap or korean old ducks
filming her avidly from a distance
and i’d already made it clear before
it wasnt on!
scarlet is incredibly charismatic
she stops people dead in the streets
to all the overseas visitors at bondi
she is their holiday personified
in the shape of a chubby little girl
i can appreciate that
but it dont excuse the manhandling of my baby-childe
i told you before
of nk literally wrestling evie in a tug of war
with a very determined japanese granny
i think this depersonalisation
is connected with the slaughter of animals
we pretend that they cant really love their precious offspring
the way we love ours
despite our heart which says of course they do
if one takes this depersonalization
to its logical extreme
you end up with only yourself
because you can always find a difference in anybody
i do not exclude myself from any of these criticisms
i am as blah blah phobic as the next man
whatever phobias they got
plus hypochondria
delusions of grandeur
peter pan complex
all of em
and most people
would consider me an ok sorta guy i guess
imagine the bad ones then
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33 Responses to “hour farther( witch art in heaven)”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 19 December 2007 at 2:49 am #

    human nature~~it’s a bitch.

    i subscribed about a month ago….you’ll have to wait until after the holidays for the next installment. 🙂

    lotza love….

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    linjo | 19 December 2007 at 3:37 am #

    Hideous acts have always been. No wonder we all get screwed up and have to take chill pills, everyday is news of mans inhumanity to man and beast. No blissful ignorance in today’s world. ABC had a horrendous doco on baby rape in south Africa. This is becoming increasingly common as there is a myth that having sex with a virgin will cure
    disease (namely aids)Apparently this myth has been around for 300 years and was even practised in Victorian England.

    I suppose the foreigners thought it complimentary to fuss so over your beautiful child Steve.

    Dont know its all too much.


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    Jerry Jascomb | 19 December 2007 at 3:55 am #

    The renewed whale killing by Japan saddens me. They try to justify it by saying it’s for “research purposes,” 1,000 animals targeted for the tables in Tokyo and Osaka, against the International community standards. i feel powerless to stop it, though I donated to Greenpeace, who are sending a few boats down there to try and disrupt it and save a few, and generally become a pain-in-the-ass to the jap whalers. They use harpoons with explosive charges that go off when they penetrate the creatures – nice. Cruelty abounds, and this is no longer 19th century Moby Dick fiction but the 21st techno-enlightened century for chrissakes.

    Scarlett sounds like a hoot.

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    Tim K | 19 December 2007 at 4:01 am #

    A person from Japan cooing over one’s cute child is perhaps not worth getting too riled up about (unlike what they do to whales).

    Oh contraire, they usually don’t mind if you coo over their children in their backyard as my wife will testify many times over.

    The flurry of harmless excitement created in a group of middle aged women by the presence of a child in a group of adults in this part of the world is astonishing. Let them be!

  5. avatar
    matt d | 19 December 2007 at 4:02 am #


    I agree a lot with the words written here, however I must make a mention of a few things I feel.

    As I sit rather depressed in my new/ old town of Melby the rain just starting.. the 28 degree warmth shadowed by my murky nonchalant mind I ponder….

    Sk I feel a little hint of the Zen- -a – phobia thing going down.. Ah’ yes I can see how these emotions come about..
    “I am from Auckland remember” the whole city now looks like Tokyo, or some where in the Chan Dong regions of China..barely a eurobeen in site.. It was sometimes strange too head down to my gallery in the city..and only come across asian people loitering and chainsmoking everywhere I looked.. But thats the go these day’s isnt it

    You know.. I often look and even approch little asian or Indian Little’ eese when out and about, I love the little round faces and that jet black thick hair they all seem to have.. The little Indian ones that look like they have already grown up.. Like little men..I think they don’t change as much as Eurobeans..we morph and change our facial structures in very distinct way’s as we age..

    Ya know I dunno but I don’t sense harm in these actions.. they just seem facinated in the wee Killabee.. as long as they wernt tormenting you or her… I spose!!

    But the Whaling thing… Arrr that hurts man… that’s the most barbaric thing left in my oppinion, try not too tarnish them all with the same stick.. There are many thousands of years to ajust from.. The Japanese need a serious change in their culture before this can be completely delt with.. The sooner the better thou….

    Hey Heathen By Bowie..great alby have ya heard it??

    Bumped into Marty in St Kilda yest, Mann that guy can spend time on the phone. I suggest a hands free kit for him for xmas or he’s gonna microwave his head… seriously dude.

    All have a great day
    caus I am a bit blue, and caus I am doesn’t mean you should be too..

    Anyone who wants to check out my art in a streaming vid please feel free, I do a bit of an interview as well.. Thanks sk wouldn’t use this bloggie for my marketing, just that been a punter for a few years round the “being” and could do with the lift if people like my work… anyone checked out sk’s art lately???Awesome!!

    Google Matt Davison artist… you will find it!!

    Hare Om and great day too all

  6. avatar
    Owl | 19 December 2007 at 4:09 am #

    Yes, that happened to me and Mrs Owl on Bondi beach once,

    some japanese tourists thought we were their holiday personified, all free n easy and wet n sandy, having a shower using one of the beach shower heads in the warm twilight glow …we thought it was rather cute when the giggling photographers said we were beautiful…ah
    .. we were, those were the days,

    now… I’ve travelled around the world with my offspring and have been mobbed by people wanting to touch and be photographed with them. This is especially prevalent in Asian countries. A white, chubby (relative to the size of their own children), blonde kid is closer to god and extremely good luck.
    It is a bit disconcerting when it happens but their motivation is innocent and a complement to the child and the parents that produced this god like creature.

    …but I know the tourists can shit ya when you live in Bondi …
    bloody tourists…

  7. avatar
    markobears | 19 December 2007 at 5:14 am #

    a set of billybob teeth from a gumball machine might help.

  8. avatar
    linjo | 19 December 2007 at 7:20 am #

    Been at the rockpool all afternoon thinking about how upset we get over animals, while watching the dolphins frolick, and the families of ‘beached whales’ yeah!
    Unless you got the money and freedom to get on the front line, donation and advocacy is the best most of us can do. I give monthly to WSPA. The situation with the moon bears really does my head in. I have slowly converted my family against eating pigs (check out, talk about free range products, have never taken kids to circus with wild animals. Ultimate aim is to get some space where I can help WIRES.
    You are doing your bit Steve by being an advocate for veganism. You make us feel ashamed to eat meat and have no doubt made your own ripple for what you believe in.

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    persephone2u | 19 December 2007 at 7:53 am #

    I had no idea people did this sort of thing, but after reading some of the comments I guess it’s par for the course with Asians. I know it’s innocent on their part, but I think I would draw the line at anyone physically touching a child of mine, let alone wanting to take their picture. That’s just creepy. I know that I wouldn’t want to run around and take pictures of other people’s kids in Tokyo or someplace like Goa, that’s for sure. Very strange. I’ll visit Australia one of these days, and nobody had better even think about laying a finger on my dimpled baby or they will rue the day.

  10. avatar
    linjo | 19 December 2007 at 7:56 am #

    wow that is so hung up

  11. avatar
    persephone2u | 19 December 2007 at 8:17 am #

    Just subscribed for January.

  12. avatar
    isolde | 19 December 2007 at 10:01 am #

    “othering heights”
    killa wail

  13. avatar
    steve kilbey | 19 December 2007 at 10:15 am #

    you think its ok that they touch the kids faces
    and pick em up and pull em round…?

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    eek | 19 December 2007 at 10:39 am #

    Ugh I always hated when people I didn’t know (or barely knew) wanted me to hug or kiss them just because they were acquaintances of my parents — I know I would have been even more horrified if a bunch of total strangers did it. Hell I even hated it when my relatives did it (it wasn’t as if I saw most of them often or that most had an affection for me either). Luckily my mother didn’t make me do that crap when I didn’t want to. Considering one of my uncles molested some of my cousins, her policy of “no she doesn’t have to hug or kiss you if she doesn’t want to” was a very wise one.

    I can understand snapping a pic or two of a child or children playing if it’s an interesting picture (a “children playing on Bondi Beach” kind of thing), but taking what I think of as “family” pics of children you don’t know strikes me as intensely creepy. And the touching and posing…ugh! No. That is incredibly rude to me. I guess with these tourists it’s not meant that way but even decades later I remember how much I hated it and it makes me shudder reading about it happening to Scarlet (and Eve too).

    I think you did well to remove her, especially given the horrified look on her face.

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    fantasticandy | 19 December 2007 at 10:45 am #

    i think this is one of your very best posts…..i speaks to me in a plain and direct fashion.
    i am most impressed with your line of logic here today steve.

    i can’t quite figure why other commenters seem to have missed the point!
    andy L.

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    Hellbound Heart | 19 December 2007 at 11:27 am #

    i have to agree with you on this one about your daughter…if my daughter and i were walking along somewhere and a bunch of people came along and started pawing at her, well, i’d have to take rather strong exception to it…hells bells, people should have a little respect for children’s personal space…
    love always…

  17. avatar
    isolde | 19 December 2007 at 11:48 am #

    not at all

    advisable to protect oneself and family from tourists and their crazed consumerist behaviour

    see also

    otherness theory


  18. avatar
    Melby Symon | 19 December 2007 at 11:59 am #


    I hope the santa snow is augmented with a little tinsel for the bumpers sake !

    raw honesty in this blog SK…and you’ve got me thinking again. It’s 10.59pm after a long day…oh well…life matters should have no time limits I suppose.

    180 kms in the car today…twice through descuidado and siguiente. What a fantastic way to spend a day …listening to your brillant words and music. I feel so very thankful and humbled for the opportunity.

  19. avatar
    grow fins | 19 December 2007 at 12:25 pm #

    Your protective fatherly instincts kicked but i think you are right in surmising that theres something more than cultural differences at work here.
    On a lighter note the line about Spike Milligsn with a head cold really cracked me up.

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    restaurant mark | 19 December 2007 at 1:01 pm #

    humans…weird little bunch, aren’t we???

    everyone’s always touching and hovering over my naomi as well…doesn’t help that she’s funny, smart, gorgeous…4 going on 24, and that everytime someone breaks out a camera she’s in model mode in seconds.

    good one today sir

    take care


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    Cee | 19 December 2007 at 3:29 pm #

    Funny, out here in SF people ASK permission to pet other people’s dogs never mind picking up another’s child! It just doesn’t fly. Taking pictures of other ppls kidlets is off limits too and I’ve seen parents become very verbal about this and rightly so.
    Yes, cultural differences but it goes both ways.

  22. avatar
    Shawn El | 19 December 2007 at 4:03 pm #

    SK – …just made my annual donation to the Time Being Honesty Box. I was wondering – do you think you could ever photoblog pics of Evie and Aurora and Scarlet bumper? I’d really like to see what they look like; I’m sure others are quite curious as well. I know you just went on today about overly nosy and impolite folks but most of us Time Being readers are decent people. If not, no biggie. I just really like kids and yours always sound so wonderful.

  23. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 19 December 2007 at 4:08 pm #

    Millions of sharks being mutilated and tossed back into the seas to placate human palates that crave shark fin soup. Gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and hippos violently butchered for bush-meat in Africa. Dogs and cats totrtured and killed for fur in China. The barbaric seal hunt in Canada. Right-wing hunters in America demanding their right to bear arms as a means to massacre wildlife species. The garish and malevolent fox-hunters in England. We live in an evil fallen world controlled by man. People make fun of the Bible but it did declare that we were vegetarians prior to the fall Genesis 1:29.

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    John | 19 December 2007 at 4:11 pm #

    “i told you before
    of nk literally wrestling evie in a tug of war
    with a very determined japanese granny”

    Dude…I…completely missed that! Due to my schedule I can’t read every day, like I used to.

    Can someone retell the story? Old SK probably doesn’t want to retype the whole thing out. Can’t blame him. I mean, even have a blog disappear into thin air?

    John Garratt

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    steve | 19 December 2007 at 5:17 pm #

    my son (16)is trying to write a song called ‘Save The Tadpoles” and he doesn’t quite understand yet what he is really writing about.
    I’ll have to send him here and let you blow his mind.

  26. avatar
    Leelinau | 19 December 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    Aye captain


  27. avatar
    Altres | 19 December 2007 at 7:17 pm #

    Next time any Japanese person harrasses Scarlet, harpoon the bastard and say it was for scientific reasons. That makes it OK apparently.


  28. avatar
    steve kilbey | 19 December 2007 at 7:26 pm #

    i like you brian!

  29. avatar
    daydreamer | 19 December 2007 at 8:31 pm #

    Good one, Brian.

    Hey Steve, it reminds me of once in a smarmy part of SF when a girlfriend of mine lined up a bunch of little black kids to take their pix. They happily complied, but then wanted to charge her!

    btw here in the US if you’re caught petting your own child in a public place you may get arrested for child molestation. Go figure.


  30. avatar
    daydreamer | 19 December 2007 at 8:32 pm #

    oops – leave it to me to screw up “love” ~

  31. avatar
    steve kilbey | 19 December 2007 at 9:17 pm #

    stop press
    aurora molested by jap grannies as she sleeps at the beach!!!

  32. avatar
    the dean | 19 December 2007 at 9:33 pm #

    There’s ignorant rude bastards in every country, like pommy backpacker in sydney or aussie backpackers in london. It’s universal. That said, anyone touching your child should to told “fuck off you weirdo” in no uncertain terms.

    But there is a change in the air. What a different feeling it is to hear our PM saying that the pretext of scientific whaling is a joke, sending a surveillance vessel to monitor the whalers, committing to Kyoto.
    Now these may only be token gestures but it a far cry from Australia’s stance over the past decade. Australians have been ruled by fear of upsetting the yanks, japs and hurting that big fat baby know as the Economy, as if it’s real, alive and has more rights than living beings.
    I don’t know where I’m going with this but to quote Sam Cook “it’s been a long, long time a coming but I know a change going to come, oh yes it will”.

  33. avatar
    davem | 19 December 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    My Brother-in-Law is Japanese but he never tweaks my chubby cheeks. I must strike him from my Chrimble card list.

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