I still haven’t found that thing I was looking for, but I did unearth some “stuff” I hadn’t seen for years!

“Taking The Piss” is one of my more recent acquisitions. The page inside the cover where there is usually a warning in impossibly small font against plagiarism, unauthorised copying, et cetera is missing. That’s my excuse!

on the nose

The author(Genevieve LaRue) of this slim volume claims to be a de-frocked nun…who am I to take issue?

A book of “Booze” that I see, from the inscription, was a Christmas present in 1969.

booze book 1

I love the illustrations (by John Astrop and Eric Hill, according to a very badly stained flyleaf. )

Booze book

Here’s one of its recipes…

rustty nail

And a tattered and worn anthology that’s been twice around the world with me and has scars to prove it.

faithful companion

Puns and parodies and irreverence. Bit like moi.

In my eclectic hoard, back in the 60s, I counted several interesting books. So, apparently, did some tea leaf whose conscience  clearly wasn’t a burden. If someone ever offers to sell you a first edition of John Lennon…it just may be mine.

I collected 3 kinds of books in those days: serious literature (early edition “Doctor Zhivago” before Omar Sharif’s face graced covers, Tolstoy short stories, Guy de Maupassant and more, art books, particularly early engravings and Japanese prints) and what I call the “funnies.”

These were light-hearted verse, graphics.  Things like “Sam, the Ceiling Needs Painting.” These cartoons are still around, but probably censored on Amazon.

And I had a copy of  this ! So I was delighted to find it on Youtube.

Which is lucky, ‘cos the weather is anything but a delight. Even ‘way up here, the dust is thick ; I need to keep my inhaler handy and firefighters’ water bombers have been grounded. A bit scary when there are bushfires raging.

Of course, on the bright side, I’m saving electricity as Hoovering is just pointless 😉

Here’s a web picture from Nine News of one of the bridges across the Brisbane River, in Brisbane.

Qld dust storm grounds firies' choppers

Seems there IS life on Mars!


  1. I saw the dust on the news. . . wondered about you – glad you’re not being over smothered

    that YouTube link is a delight!

    and the Booze book has the most beautiful graphics. . .

    . . .and aren’t books with tattered covers an absolute joy



  2. iltv…thankyou; we are OK, but half an hour ago I spoke to a neighbour who has been “out West” for two days and he says visibility is down to 50m, less in some places. And everyone has a nasty metallic taste and sore throat.
    Old books? Yes, to me they suggest the wear of love and handling.


  3. You’re not affected by the dust I take it? You’re a little out of the way and off the dustbowl path I’d think. LOVE the name Verse and Worse and I always wondered what exactly a Rusty Nail was. Now I know!


  4. Yes, we are a long way north of the thick red stuff, but it came our way,too, just not as thick.
    The Booze book was compiled by the wives of 2 Washington DC diplomats or journalists. Chaps who “had to” attend a lot of those dreary official functions, with wifey along to meet n greet.


  5. I was greatly entertained watching you go through your ‘stuff’. I love watching people sort through things they’ve put away. The I saw the picture of the dust – it makes you weep, doesn’t it.


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