posted on November 19, 2006 at 7:57 pm

xmas decorations everywhere
it gets earlier every year
shops open n close
cafes come n go
the tourists flock to bondi every weekend
the carparks fill n overflow
families from europe turn up
escaping the winter
yobbos from the western suburbs
who carry their yobbettes down
and throw em in the sea in a macho display
the regulars jog up in down in the sand
suntanned to the point of cremation
gay guys with unbelievably toned bodies
muscle men working out on the grass
lifesaving pageants and fruit juice sellers
cellulite, boob-jobs, g-strings, boogie boards
kids dig holes n sandcastles
lovers squirming around on their towels
lonely people read the newspaper
pizzas n cups of coffee
the calippo salesmen with their little cold boxes
brazilian guys practicing that dancing self defence jive
pommies getting sunburnt
italians looking cool
irish backpackers with beer
everywhere people drivin’ round
looking for a precious parking spot
come monday morning
bondi is deserted again
just the schoolkids n the locals
hurrying on their way
surf shops n bureau de changes
indian take-aways n the swiss grande
the ubiquitous tramps n bag ladies
the nice ones, the nasty ones, the nutty ones
fat rich bastards in their gas guzzler bmw suvs
poor old nobodies in their thousand buck falcons
the famous n the infamous
the known n the unknown
jostling at bondi markets
pushing thru the crowds of dopey teenage girls
gossiping, sulking, trying, buying
whaddya want?
a little skirt?
a hammock?
some old trinkets?
a bar of soap?
picture frames or mirrors?
an ‘orrible sausage sizzle (disgustin’!!)
a black sabbaff tshirt?
everyone looking for a bargain
everyone cram into bondi sunday afternoon
everyone leave at the same time
traffic locks up
the streets empty out
everyone gone home again
thats it
till next week
when it all starts again
and thats it from me
till tomorrow



38 Responses to “only moments from the carefree beach lifestyle”

  1. avatar
    steve kilbey | 19 November 2006 at 8:50 pm #

    dear baal n zeus
    just read about lindsay
    im so fuckin’ sorry this has happened
    praying its only temporary
    in my thoughts
    also to dee
    are you really dying?
    i hope n pray everything gets better….!
    love n concern

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 November 2006 at 9:16 pm #

    i am not afraid of dying.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 November 2006 at 9:18 pm #

    Steve would be happy to send some of my hard earned electronic american paper your way to keep this churnin. Saw you at first-ave in minneapolis on HOB tour for the first time tickets was cheep 12 or 15$, you deserved more for your efforts so there you go. Sunday afternoon in america ,an your right a perfect day to forget about everything an a cloud of pungent smoke ahh i remember

  4. avatar
    Samosanx | 19 November 2006 at 9:19 pm #

    was going to comment about ye olde darwin markets but it appears SK Airways travelling companion/s is/are or has friends at “the old turnstile”; my condolences and peaceful thoughts to you and yours, Baal n Zues, lindsay and dee …whoever you are. I will collect frangipanis and put them in a bowl of water for you, all.
    love samosanx

  5. avatar
    ze thirsty german | 19 November 2006 at 9:59 pm #

    zis is true, bondi is great , it’s even better for me because I am closer to you SK. It makes my job of watching you easier. I see you all around bondi, I am always watching you ……

  6. avatar
    richard ploog | 19 November 2006 at 10:46 pm #

    this blogge sucks/ this band s sucks without me playing skins/ FU / sk took the money and ran…….

  7. avatar
    fergal | 19 November 2006 at 10:51 pm #

    i’d like some trinkets that sing on a desert wind behind here, please

  8. avatar
    The Carrier of Fruit | 19 November 2006 at 11:02 pm #

    Ah the Bondi Circus every weekend in the summer. Is it because they think the streets are lined with gold, and on those streets every parking spot is already taken.

    ps… I think I would be careful of any thirsty Germans.

  9. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 19 November 2006 at 11:05 pm #

    hope you enjoyed me meteor shower
    the other morning, now me New Moon on Monday…
    Ne iko

  10. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 19 November 2006 at 11:07 pm #

    this goes out to baal and zeus,
    HON – SHA – ZE – SHO – NEN again and again…
    Jonny Moondog

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 12:01 am #

    Steve, you describe it really well. My kids think the calippo guys are Santa on a stick.

    But, not to give stick to where you live but I can never understand why people religiously go to those crowded places rather than find a quieter beach for a swim. Then again, I like to go occasionally and people-watch too. Maybe they like to be people-watched? 🙂


    Dave – hope I can help with good wishes to you both, little though it seems to be. And Dee, what can I say again except open up your blog, write your feelings down and somehow that may help the pain.

  12. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 November 2006 at 1:40 am #

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! this was a good one today. you’re a very keen and astute observer of the human race, my dear steve. i loved the way you described this wave of people that roll in to the beach at the beginning of the weekend, and by the end the wave rolls right back out. a neverending pattern that repeats itselv over and over each week.

    yeah, christmas DOES come earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it? sometimes i don’t know why the retail industry puts the christmas stuff away the week after. they should just leave it out all year, i say. since things seem to be moving in the direction of christmas year-round anyway, why bother??

    thanks for a great read today.

    lotza love…..

  13. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 November 2006 at 1:51 am #

    i had to go back and read the remainder of yesterday’s comments to see what all the concern is about…….
    *baal & zeus~~i hope lindsay is alright. don’t worry-prayers and happy thoughts are yours, along with hugs.
    *dee~~i don’t know what to say that won’t sound corny other than to be brave, and you have prayers and happy thoughts and hugs, too.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 1:58 am #

    Visualization works.

    It really fucking does.

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 2:02 am #

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    JJ | 20 November 2006 at 3:04 am #

    Um….(I’m a dumb amerikan)…what is “calippo?” Bondi looked to be a lush, beautiful place when I visited. Saw many of those beemers parked all along the streets; then spied a psychedelically-painted old Volvo and smiled. Saw lotsa surfer dudes from all over. SK don’t surf?

    Dee (?) – don’t know what to say, except my prayers for the better. And Lindsay. Scary stuff, somber reality.

    Cold here, but how I do love laying about the fire at night in an indolent, meditative state as sleep comes down.

    P.S. – I did not pee on any trashcans.


  17. avatar
    mandn | 20 November 2006 at 3:37 am #

    we’re into a thoroughly American holiday here Orpheus.

    truth be told, it’s my favorite of the holidays.
    no religion to get in the way and mess with you.
    Although one does have to play the game of forgetting
    we slaughtered entire cultures to have this happy little festival of food.


    tofurkey sk?
    I’ll save you a plate.


  18. avatar
    syrinx | 20 November 2006 at 3:45 am #

    dear mr. and ms. baal and zeus,

    i will put your daughter in my prayer tonight also.

  19. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 20 November 2006 at 4:41 am #

    baal n zeus

    our thoughts are with you

    “Just as the soft rains fill the streams,
    pour into the rivers, and join together in the oceans,
    so may the power of every moment of your goodness
    flow forth to awaken and heal all beings–
    those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

    By the power of every moment of your goodness,
    may your heart’s wishes be soon fulfilled
    as completely shining as the bright full moon,
    as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.

    By the power of every moment of your goodness,
    may all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.
    May no obstacle come across your way.
    May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

    For all in whose heart dwells respect,
    who follow the wisdom and compassion, of the Way,
    may your life prosper in the four blessings
    of old age, beauty, happiness and strength.”

  20. avatar
    leelinau | 20 November 2006 at 4:41 am #

    Well, not our entire culture – some of us ndn’s ARE still here ..


    ‘after all, to the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure’


  21. avatar
    daydreamer | 20 November 2006 at 6:21 am #

    G-strings?? Steve, they’re called “thongs” these days. hm.. don’t knock the Falcon. Its a very hip ride. Is it a wagon? Even better!

    Baal & Zeus, Lindsay, Dee et all: I don’t know what’s going on, but I can only hope all our positive thoughts will help. Hang in..


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 12:10 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about Lindsay….so scary…so young.

    Commenters here said some lovely things, and there are members of this unusual collective all over the world who will pray, visualise and positively affirm on Lindsay’s behalf.

    Keep that with you in these next days, for what it’s worth….


  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 1:27 pm #

    it’s atoss-up between today and tomorrow which have just edged by yesterday.


  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 1:34 pm #

    I just watched Dylan’s “Masked and Anonymous”.
    Just knocked me out.
    At last someone has made a movie about what’s going on.

  25. avatar
    Anthony | 20 November 2006 at 3:06 pm #

    Calling down Baal and Zeus, my thoughts are with you and Lindsay. Hope everything turns out okay. Remember there are people thinking of you even though they don’t know you. And Dee, wow, I don’t know what to say other than please know there are many people thinking of you too. And I’m sure there are many people here you can reach out to for support. I think many of us here are in our late 30s, 40s and 50s now (I’m 44), so we all probably think more about our own mortality. I know I do, especially since I had my first child at 43. Steve, thanks for sending out your thoughts to those in need. I’m sure it does a world of good.

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 3:27 pm #

    Thoughts for the folks with near death experiences… A hair’s breadth between such different states.

    Tomorrow is the master number, 22, on the month numbered for another master number, 11. Not that I swallow numerology whole, but… Will The Time Being become The Time Past in two days?

    A sultry Melbourne night, a slice of Bondi perfectly preserved like crystalized orange… A meteor shower… And somewhere on the ARIA dancefloor chart, (#5, to be precise), on the video screens, the wistful lonely moonbeams of UNDER THE MILKY WAY (Bootleg mix) Craig Obey vs The Church HUS/EMI are making friends under the firmament… Ah, eternal song. Thankyou KJ Dipper/SK, and the muse!

    Peace, happiness, love and prosperity to you and thanks, Steve Kilbey, for a beautiful place to visit this past year.

    And thanks to all of you for making it so too….


  27. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 20 November 2006 at 3:53 pm #

    Healing energy sent to Lindsay and Dee.
    Grab on to your support circle and call out when you need help.

    I’m for finding that secluded beach with maybe half a dozen visitors…hate crowds.

  28. avatar
    mandn | 20 November 2006 at 3:54 pm #

    for “Calling Down Baal and Zeus”

    so sorry about your daughter.
    I’ve only now just read it.

    My thoughts are most definitely with you
    and your family.

    All the healing joy and love to you,

  29. avatar
    mandn | 20 November 2006 at 3:55 pm #

    for “leelinau”

    It does my heart good to know that.

    thank you.


  30. avatar
    CSTCoach | 20 November 2006 at 4:30 pm #

    Great travelogue today, SK. I think I could interest the magazine that I write for in a feature on “SK’s Bondi”, if ya might consider showing me around for a day or two (on “official assignment”). Pair this with some sort of mad adventure to an offbeat part of Oz, and i think i could get ya yer explorer’s stripes…

    Great stuff yesterday. I also read through a pile of erotica, including Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Sexus, Nexus and all that; Marquis de Sade, Durrell… which led to a pile of reading that sought to rip away the veil of dull tick tock life – Kerouac’s wanderings in search of meaning, Rimbaud’s pursuit beyond the veils… And of course the choich, which continues to fuel my journeys. It seems we have some reading in common.


    – baal and zeus, here’s hoping for some good news since yesterday. we’re all in your corner here.

  31. avatar
    john in austin, tx | 20 November 2006 at 5:01 pm #

    Since I haven’t weighed in on the payment question I figured I’d go ahead and do that here.

    I have no problem with Steve asking for voluntary contributions. As he has said, he puts a lot of time into this blog and it is essentially coming from the same source as his music. So I see it as a good thing for the people who have the ability and interest in giving something back to have the ability to do so.

    If I may for a moment, life itself is an exchange…whether we realize it or not, nothing truly comes for free. If we think that something has, then the reality is that we just haven’t been given the receipt yet.

    All that being said, I do have two questions related to the blog, that you can of course answer or ignore, Steve.

    1. Has the blog affected or changed your approach to writing and creating music in any way? If so, can you share how?

    2. How has the blog affected your actions, thoughts, feelings on a daily basis? ie. Do you feel that you act or think differently when you know that you may be writing about it later? Do you see this as a good thing, not so good thing, or neither?

    So, please count me in to make a contribution. I really enjoy reading this blog on a daily basis and I have no problem trying to give something back in exchange. (Not to mention all of the years of great music – and hope that the next album will be even better)

  32. avatar
    stealthblue | 20 November 2006 at 6:49 pm #

    Yeah, I dunno about all this Christmas stuff anymore. It’s like it’s not even special AT ALL anymore, ya know? I mean pretty soon, the decorations will go up immediately after the 4th of July! They are already selling “live” Christmas trees that will be complete fire hazards by the time Christmas is actually here. My wife and I buy a “live (dead) tree because we love the smell, and not until about a week or so before. Something tells me we will revert to a fake tree sometime soon if this keeps up. I just hate the fact that this special time of the year is not only prolonged to the point of exhaustion, but is it so bloody commercial anymore. Wouldn’t you say that in the last 10-15 years or so it has just become even more ridiculous? I seriously saw X-mas decorations up even before Halloween! Kind of wierd, there’s a bunch of skeletons and headstones and a huge blow-up Dracula in one yard, right next to a huge blow-up Sponge Bob, then in the yard right next to it is Jolly Old Saint Nick and Jingle bells and stuff! GOD!! Definitely all the stores put up all the “holiday” stuff straight away after September. We just eat it up though, all the stress and chaos of the damned malls and pure pressure to buy, buy, BUY!!!! I don’t know about you, but this fella cannot afford to buy, buy, BUY!! It makes it really depressing. Anyhow, I am certainly not in the Christmas spirit yet, usually not until like…a week or less before. I love Christmas, but only at the right dose.

    Bondi sure sounds like a nice place to be, Steve. It has to a bit strange to have a summery Chrimbo though, Yeah? I would love to experience that though! Well, have a good day. Thanks for the laugh, the Bondi Circus! Watch out for that “nobody with the $1000 falcon” though, sounds like a trouble maker. 😉
    Peace and love,
    Ben V.

  33. avatar
    kat | 20 November 2006 at 7:07 pm #

    hi sk,

    peace love and strength to you & your family and the chUrch.


  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 7:31 pm #

    Steve, 1st things 1st. You and Marty are playing on Tuesday. Have a great show. Be postive.

    I always wanted to tell you how I discovered your band, way back in 1987. I was at the local Tower records when I saw a cassette of “Heyday” on the WB lable. I had never heard the band, but what was my thinking? These guys look cool (I am not kidding, but hey I was about 19 years old) So I bought the tape. WOW! I than purchased “Remote Lux” on tape. WOW! I than purchased on record albums 1/2/3 (you know the titles). Than “Starfish” came out and the rest is history. I still, to this day, have those 2 tapes and 3 records. I let my son (8 years old) here Unguarded Moment on a cd. That showed him how it sounds on a record. He loves it, nothing like those little crackaling sounds on a record.

    Thanks for your time Steve.
    Some guy who lives in Portland Oregon.

    (hey you have to smile, you have sunshine, it’s raining here)

  35. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 November 2006 at 7:40 pm #

    Steve, one more thing. You probally already know this about Christmas. Has nothing to do with Jesus. In the bible, it doesnt state when he was born, just the fact that he was and the situations surrounding his birth. Christmas is a pegan ritual. It also is the bigget money making time for retail stores (as if that would have been important to Jesus)
    The bible states that it his death we are to take notice of. (Which by the way, has nothing to do with Easter, another pegan festival).

    Just an observation from the guy who lives in Portland Oregon.

  36. avatar
    davem | 20 November 2006 at 9:06 pm #

    You were mentioning a few days ago about how you keep getting better and better.
    My 13-year old now has you top of his “most played list”. He’s been driving me nuts with bloomin’ Pearl Jam. The lad’s finally developed some taste and The Chrunch has appeared on his xmas pressie list. Pagan festival or not we’ve got a new convert.
    Thanks for transporting me to oz today. It seems a long way from middle England.
    Love you more,

    Dave M

  37. avatar
    stealthblue | 20 November 2006 at 9:51 pm #

    Hey Dave M.-
    BTW-Thanks for the message on my wee little, stagnant blog. (I’ll write more eventually I promise!) I tried to link over to yours, but I could not…something about the URL. I appreciate what you said, and the same back to you, my friend.

    Good on ya regarding your son’s new discovery! Way to go Dad! We gotta get these youngins headed in the right direction and that includes music, eh? I am thinking more and more that I need a couple of my own (young ones I mean). Let’s see what the Gods want. 😉

    Cheers to you and yours,

  38. avatar
    jack of clubs | 21 November 2006 at 8:25 am #

    Dear Steve

    Much thanks and appreciation for presenting the Time Being. I haven’t exactly been a daily reader except for the tour you took us all on through the USA – that was sensational, compelling even. It was like a real time actual reality like diary of events, characters, thoughts and reflections unfolding and sprawling across the wide open land. The tough discourses and diatribe rambling forth from some kinda Hunter S Nietszche Friedrich Karouac Jack Thompson hippy space rocker artiste on the road, made a bloody good read anyway. Right On!

    The blog has definately evolved in style too, its got rhythm n’ heat baby. It’s got rich diversity too with a range of rants, hums, musings but some serious stuff and, not to hold back on reality, some very sad moments as well. Thanks again.

    Born to Blogge? quite possibly. Does blog and song come from the same place? bet yer ass they do!

    Am I gonna come and see you and MWP play in Melbourne? Abso-f#$%n’-lutely! I’ll give ya a little of my money that way. I might even bring my little kids along to see the Chyrch at the Harvest festival in January.

    For some reason the story/image that sticks describes the primative bazooka that Nick Ward made with a vacuum cleaner pipe and a penny bunger – what a classic. I can see it in my minds eye and I’m trying hard not to laugh out loud cos I’m actually at work right now in a Library! The bloke sitting next to me is wondering what the fuck I’m on.

    OK, Muchos Gracias Esteban
    Best wishes
    Jack of Clubs

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