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November 19, 2012 · 1:26 pm

Non-poet seeks poet friends for haiku lessons. Please enquire within.

Haikus are beautiful, aren’t they? I’m of the opinion that beautiful things are definitely worth trying.

Want to help? I think I’ll need some, and its much more fun doing it with others.

My basic understanding is that haikus depict a scene within three lines of 5-7-5 syllables, often including a seasonal reference. Hmmm, that sounds suspiciously simple… I guess I’ll find out soon!

OK, here goes.

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Little explorer

discovers vast, silent seas.

Summer’s here, my dear.


Ouch, that’s trickier than I thought! I was right to be suspicious, it’s not that easy to fit all you want to say into 5-7-5 syllables!

So, how did my first attempt go? Suggestions, comments, reflections welcome.

How would you do it? I’d love to hear other people’s interpretations of the image above.

I wonder, do haikus ever stray from the 5-7-5 rule or is it quite strict? Is there more to a haiku than what I mentioned above?



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Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination

Hey, guess what?!!

Dear Stephen King, has been nominated for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ award. Wow, what a milestone! Thanks to The Jenny Mac Book Blog  for my first blogging nomination, it is SO FREAKIN COOL!

I love these awards, they are a nice way to showcase other blogs and build up the blogging community, don’t you think?

OK, so there are some responsibilities that come with this nomination, let’s not forget.

Rules of Participation:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 Things about myself:

1. I love to read, it’s my favourite thing.

2. My all time favourite TV show is M*A*S*H.

3. I tried really hard to fall in love with Jennifer Egan through her debut ‘The Invisible Circus’, but was sadly disappointed. Though I haven’t given up, I have ‘A Visit From the Goon Squad’ and I hope it will rock my world..

4. I work in Community Development and have co-created a local community project for mums, called Motherhood Unmasked.

5. My favourite colour is green, or red. Sometimes blue.

6. I’m currently reading Murakami’s ‘IQ84’; Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’ and ‘A Room of One’s Own’.

7. I have chickens and fruit trees – life is good 🙂

OK, my nominees for Very Inspiring Blogger are:

1.  I AM A PALINDROME http://palindromeiam.wordpress.com/

2.  Melbourne Pub Culture http://melbournepubculture.com/

3. Madam Inside Out http://madaminsideout.wordpress.com/

4. Poppy Fox http://www.poppyfoxathome.com/

5. Wanderlust http://morealtitude.wordpress.com/

6. Peas and Cougars http://peasandcougars.com/

7. The Rowdy Chowgirl http://rowdychowgirl.com/

8. Hovercraft Doggy http://hovercraftdoggy.com/

9. Bigwords http://www.bigwordsblog.com

10.101 Books http://101books.net/

11. Silver Poetry http://silverpoetry.wordpress.com/

12. Meet Me At Mikes http://meetmeatmikes.com/

13. Tough Little Birds  http://toughlittlebirds.com/

14. The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh” http://busyteacher.wordpress.com/

15. A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff http://alittleblogofbooks.wordpress.com/

Thanks you guys for your creativity, energy and inspiration.



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On Books, Beer and Blogs: A Chat with Brian from ‘Melbourne Pub Culture’


I had a little chit-chat with Brian from Melbourne Pub Culture on things that should be chatted about: books, beer and blogs! ‘Melbourne Pub Culture’ is a blog dedicated to the pub-scene in Melbourne. The site boasts venue reviews, great photos, interviews, historical background on some of the city’s oldest establishments and of course – the lowdown on what’s hot on tap! If you are interested in Melbourne, pubs, architecture, history or finding a nice beer garden to spend the remaining summer days, check out www.melbournepubculture.com.

Hi Brian, thanks for taking a moment to chat about some of your favourite things: blogs, beer and books. Tell me, what inspired you to start your blog ‘Melbourne Pub Culture’?

I guess there were three things:

1. Firstly, I think that a good session at one of Melbourne’s amazing, historic pubs with a bunch of friends is pretty much the best way to spend some free time. I’m a really social person and pubs just seem to promote socialising. They’ve been meeting places for the people of Melbourne for over 160 years. I find that history really fascinating.

2. I may have a slight blog addiction. I really don’t want to know how many hours a week I spend on Google Reader (this is a Google service that brings together all your blog subscriptions in the one place). I read blogs on all kinds of topics from health and fitness to architecture and design, even street art. After spending so much time reading other people’s blogs I started to think it would be really cool to have my own. I haven’t really had a creative outlet in years and I think I’ve really missed that. Thus my blog was born.

3. My partner Brooke’s encouragement. She helped me get started, edits my posts and she’s good at talking to people she doesn’t know, which has come in really useful when talking to pub owners.

You are passionate about beer and pubs, I happen to know you are also an avid reader – what is your favourite place to sit with a brew and a book?

Brian sits with a beer in one hand and book in the other

Brian from melbournepubculture.com at home with brew and book in hand.

Oh, good question! Some pubs are quite good for reading in that you can find a cosy corner that isn’t too loud and park yourself there for hours on end. Others are a bit more rowdy, making it difficult to focus on the pages in front of you. The first place that comes to mind for reading is The North Fitzroy Star in the back streets of Fitzroy. Or else if it’s a warm and sunny day the beer garden at The Standard, also in Fitzroy. However, I’m still looking for that perfect pub to read during winter. A pub with a couch by an open fireplace.. that would be perfect.

A bookish birdie told me that you read the short list for the Man Booker Prize each year. Where did that tradition begin and what’s been your most memorable read?

I’d say about seven or maybe eight years ago? I’d noticed that a lot of books I’d been getting into were short-listed for the Booker. I mentioned this to a mate of mine and he ran with it and organised a whole bunch of us to try and read the short list (six books). We then got together the night before the winner was announced and each voted for our favourite. We’ve been doing it ever since.

As for my most memorable Booker read, I can’t name just one! I really liked Skippy Dies by Paul Murray, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz, On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and Arthur and George by Julian Barnes. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood were amazing too.

In your opinion, which beveridge would best compliment the following authors:

Jane Austen: Hmmm. Something ye olde. Something English, something a little bit formal and posh…maybe an Abbot Ale or Old Speckled Hen?

Ernest Hemingway: Hemingway used to drink. A lot. I’ve heard that as a young reporter he used to drink cheap beer and even cheaper wine. So I’d probably match Hemingway with a cheap domestic beer. Perhaps something I used to drink as a broke student, such as Carlton Draught.

David Mitchell: He started out writing edgy, quirky, postmodern, dreamy novels, but his style has developed over time and he now writes more traditional, but nonetheless engaging, novels. I’d maybe go with Taxi pilsner from 2 Brothers Brewing. They have quirky beer labels and tap heads and their Taxi is one of my favourite beers. It would go perfectly with Dave, one of my favourite authors.

Charles Dickens: Dickens’ novels tend to deal with quite dark subject matters. I’m thinking you would want to read him with an equally dark beer. There is hope in his writing though, so maybe something with a sweet edge. How about a Chimay Blue… brewed by Trappist monks.

Oscar Wilde: I’m thinking something a little bit fruity, I’m thinking something a little bit different, I’m thinking a brilliant beer that you just can’t put down. Matso’s Mango beer from Broome WA would be perfect.

OK, the inevitable question: You find yourself alone, trapped in a deserted brewery. You can take one book – what would it be and why?

I’d struggle with the whole “one book” thing. Can I take my Kindle and call that one book? I guess I would have to go with…no, no, I can’t leave out…oh, but I must…if forced to take only one book it would have to be To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. It’s a little cliché to say that it’s my favourite book, but it just had such an impact on me when I first read it… and every time I’ve read it since for that matter.

Brian, thanks for chatting with me about books, beer and blogging! I look forward to what Melbourne Pub Culture has in store in 2012.


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2012: Year of the Woolf

Greetings, Salutations and All That Jazz,

Welcome to a new year, the begining of a new era, a fresh start. It’s the time where you make outlandish declarations about the next 12 months – I will lose 10 kg’s, I will excercise more, I will quit my bad habits as if by default the change in year permeates a change in my willpower or decision making capabilities. For all its unrealistic facets, it’s a nice concept, a season of hope that we all need, particularly after the exhaustion of the year gone by. Therefore, I’ve decided to join the bandwagon and make a few literature related resolutions of my own:

1. The Year of the Woolf:

Virigina Woolf

Last year I read “To The Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf and enjoyed her writing immensely. So, as an effort to read more feminist literature, and because I appreciate her prose, this year I will read 5 Virginia Woolf works.

2. In short

I will read more short stories! I love short stories, though I haven’t been exposed to many short story authors. I’d like to change that this year, particularly reading more Australian literature. I will read atleast 10 Australian short stories.

3. Simply Stephen

Yes, I will read more of your works this year, Stephen King – and not just the favourites I’ve read a zillion times, but some newbies too! I will read 5 Stephen King books I’ve never read before.

4. Blog related

I am really enjoying this whole blogging adventure, and I’d like to release a regular post, so, I will post once a week.

5. In total,

I think that means that I’ve just committed to 52 posts, (let’s call it an even 50), 5 Viriginia Woolf novels, 5 Stephen King books and 10 short stories… But there’s so much more I want to do: read poetry, tackle more Russian literature, enjoy the Harry Potter series – again! Oh well, let’s see how I go. Watch this space!

I better get cracking, I’ve got some resolutions to keep…

Until next week,

Your Reader,


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