Seven Samurai

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The Princess Bride


The Big Lebowski

Groundhog Day

Singin’ in the Rain


The Big Chill

I chose films which make me feel good to know they exist. I hug myself with glee when I think of them. Other lists of course are possible – favourite musicals, best 21st century, best drama, best romcom, or just numbers 8-14, 15-21 etc – and maybe I’ll do some of those as the mood takes me.

What’s past

… is prologue.

My book concerning fire in the Australian environment, extinction of the megafauna, and Indigenous interaction with the environment in general (and in total opposition to the works of Flannery, Pascoe and Gammage, among others), is available online.

All my individual publications in this field (and others) are available free online at

Also many of my older essays are still available here:

So it goes

Every time an expert suggests the slightest change to the way things are done which will benefit the environment or improve the lives of people it will be immediately resisted by business, farming and religious leaders, whose resistance to change will be praised and supported by the Murdoch media and then by right wing politicians, at which point left wing politicians will decide it would be a courageous decision to proceed and pull the plug on the whole idea, ensuring there will be no change until the next expert suggests something.