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Kim Gamble

Kim Gamble
July 13
dad, children's books, gardens, the ocean, coffee with a friend.


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JANUARY 18, 2011 2:29AM

The hardest thing

Steel ? 

No. Harder than steel. 




 Vid by eemisscaramel yr 12 student N Queensland 2010

 Song by Middle East Band


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DECEMBER 17, 2010 1:05PM




It isn't very big, this space, just a few rooms on the 2nd floor - some books, some paintings by people I love, a little music ; couple of single beds and this window.

On and off my girls have lived here while I was… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2010 5:43PM


If you've read this far you'll have figured I'm not the sharpest pencil in the box. Bluster and bravado will do, when there's nothing else. Time to come clean : I'm an idiot.

I lost my lunchmoney, or maybe I gave it to George. When Jefferey Thompson took off Roger Ackery's… Read full post »

DECEMBER 8, 2010 10:24PM

Still life



The light inside is kind of green ; the sound of the rain makes it difficult to hear the phone ring, and conversation impossible. Between the steady drum and the staccato on the roof… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 8:34PM

Coney Island



I seem to have arrived at a place where I no longer make sense to myself. The place others have described as  "things are happening to me now".

It was a wild ride, the Making Sense ride - I wouldn't have minded if it went another round.

It's a long… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2010 2:10AM


Our two girls weren't just born they exploded forth and made it clear

that things from now be different here.

We looked, Bella, I, at each other mystified -

not Spock or Billings or anyone else we tried

prepared us for the business it became 

the numerology in a simple name.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2010 3:39PM


IMG_2478 sometimesIMG_2477 out of nowhereIMG_2487 it just happens


sometimes all we need to do

is see


sometimes it's that simple,

isn't it  Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2010 11:55PM


Signors&ritas, no-one is knowing what any of this is, excepting that it's about a few years in lives ...  +  Peter Gabriel's Solsbury Hill (Milan) to celebrating, & thanking  ... We are much more grateful for your company is it.

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NOVEMBER 7, 2010 9:01PM

Why close comments ?

If you feel confident enough in your own abilities to leave a comment like " This is almost good," but insensitive enough to leave it on a post about bereavement, why revisit, after you promised you were leaving ? Why clog the feed with things that allow no feedback ? None… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2010 11:02AM

Why Are You Up At 3am ?

I'm probably writing too much - it's ok, no need to comment.

The waves are crashing into my wall,

my mother's half an hour away,

I might not get to speak to you later.

What are you doing up at 3am ?

Is there something wrong ?

Something I should know… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2010 8:55PM


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If I could save a night with you I'd save the night

you turned 49 and gently took my glass.

Surprised by laughter

looked at you through clearer eyes ;  

we were mirrors, we were trembling hands.



pic kg 

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 Bugger of a night for a fight but if it's a fight the wenches want ...LET THERE BE SPOILS !!!! AAARRGHHHH !!!  Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2010 1:16PM

Lost in time, facing north

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... reading Robinson Crusoe as a child, abridged, a picture book.

It was voyage, shipwreck, survival, rescue. Classic themes. A boy in a bed, struggling onto sand, finding his way through jungles, up to the highest peak, looking through a spyglass, accepting his fate. This was an islan… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2010 10:49PM



I lived alone in a house deep in the woods, a long way from anywhere, anyone. I knew to be careful about things - snakes, pigs, spiders - and was never nervous. It was peaceful, quiet. It was my home.

Sitting one day on the verandah there came a sound… Read full post »

Here the trains call out and owls prowl 

where children lay ;

a mixed bag this, at 5am,

not to face the morning,


or stare the nightmare down,  

make a bed 

as if tomorrow is another place,

as if the only place to go is sleep ;


thumb-akimbo… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2010 2:17AM

O my gourd !

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Finally my gourd arrives.

Dianaani paid top dollar to get it out of  America ; I paid similar to have it gamma-rayed into Australia, but now we are together, thank gourd.

I have Anne Cutri, dianaani, Nikki Stern, a hand-typed Rumi from Rita, and I eagerly await the signed… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2010 5:07AM

OMG do not get involved

So Steve next door when he wasn't here let the apartment to a Belgian chef who worked downstairs.

So the Belgian chef skipped a month's rent, and now he's yelling between Mel my neighbour on the right and Steve on the left.

His name is Louis. I get that. I have… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2010 12:49AM

Passing the Waterbottle


 I don't know how many of you saw it, but in the men's marathon just finished, at about 2 hours in there was a knot of five, with the Kenyan ( who eventually won ) just ahead.

As they passed a water stand the Tanzanian on the inside grabbed a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2010 8:21PM

I'm from ( Trudge Open Call )


I am from

the lady in the garden

from and every meal she cooked  

on a wood-fired stove in a one bedroom cottage 

and I'm from the smell of charcoal in the brazier 

from the sweet scent of freesias through the window when the nights grew warmer

I'm from… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 11:59AM

A shack in the dunes


 I stumbled upon - south Australia, remote. 

It was empty, I was looking through the drawers.

They were empty too, but lined with newspaper.

August 8, 1952. Less than a month after I was born.

Ron came by on a quad. Check shirt, shorts, beard, blond grey hair in a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 8:31PM

twelve I remember

I loved high-jump

and Louise Kerrigan at the same time,

when I was twelve.

There were twelve pennies to a shilling.

2 could buy a cigarette, 1 a box of matches,

6 an ice-block each, 3 another day.

Inches in a foot - not mine.

Apostles, I hardly remember their… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 5:59PM


 ... dang ( nov. 2011 ~ ) just lost the first pic trying to enlarge it ...

Now I've lost all of it ( June 014 ) ...

Imagine a child walking home, seeing a ladder, and beginning to climb ... p 2-3, 4-5.

As the leaves close around, new worlds… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 4:10AM

Lurid Dressing

Peel quarter and steam 3 beets till soft.


1/4 cup tahini.

2 spoons yoghurt or 3 silk tofu. 

Salt, pepper, cinnamon, etc. Little bit of paprika.

Blend to smooth.

Lurid on anything green or yellow, or potatoes, but especially yellow squash.

What ?

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 12:31AM

Memory of an Empire

It's recorded that he died in 324 BC, 
on bivouac somewhere near Babylon.
We all know Babylon :
the cradle now the grave. 
No-one understands us anymore ...
He was thirty two ;
taught by Aristotle ;
owned the Known World.
Graves suggested he didn't die then.… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 13, 2010 3:04AM

How Long is a piece of String Theory ? *

 Inspired by Myriad I posted this at the time you see there, 3.04 your time. It appeared for less than twenty seconds in the activity feed, not at all in new posts, and has yet to appear in recent posts pages one two three whatever.

It isn't something I intended to… Read full post »