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I chase small miracles

10 Feb

As Easter approaches, well at least in our supermarket chocolate aisles, it’s nice to reflect on the delightful little chocolate crumbs of meaning that our subversive sign writing friends leave for us.

As the movement of rampaging atheists is also growing, at least on my news feed on facebook, I thought it fitting to reflect on what is perceived as the miraculous.

As a writer and song-writer, the fact that ideas spark and tumble into my stream of consciousness is something I find amazing and inexplicable. As is the fact that human beings can fill me with frustration and loathing one moment and then overwhelming joy and love the next. Some would no doubt rationalise these to chemical activity in the brain &c, but I will place my self in the devil’s camp and agree with Blake who said there is no separation between Body and Soul, but rather that the senses are merely the chief inlets of Soul in this age.

To close ourselves off to mystery is to lose connection with what makes life brilliant and bearable. Those mysteries do not need to be earth-shattering or sky-splitting. They can, and usually are, as this beautiful stencil states, small miracles.

It may pay to drop the judge at the boozer the next time you go for a walk, and see the world through the eye’s of the little child that still lives inside. This is how we learn to hear the voice of the divine, and see and appreciate those small miracles.

I chase small miracles

AFTERWORD by the Author and Printer Will.m Blake. 1793

“The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged & numerous senses could percieve.
And particularly they studied the genius of each city & country, placing it under its mental deity;
Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of & enslav’d the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects: thus began Priesthood;
Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales.
And at length they pronounc’d that the Gods had order’d such things.
Thus men forgot that All deities reside in the human breast.”


Random Insults Day 9 – Fuck off yuppi skum

2 Nov

At last something a tad more amusing than our last few posts. I kicked myself for missing capturing a similar statement on Separation Street Northcote a number of years ago but when I saw this in a building site just up from the junction of High Street and Lower Plenty Road I made a special detour to capture this cheeky stencil. I’ve prattled on about gentrifucktion before, so I shan’t do so again. Instead I will let the words speak for themselves, as every self-respectingly boring song-writer is so often heard to say.

fuck off yuppie scum

Say No to Graffiti!

19 Jan

This really should be the (ironic) banner image for this blog… a stencil artifact after my own heart. I’ve seen this etched up all along the Epping train line near Croxton station, but this one was snapped on a garage roller door near Northcote Plaza. It reminds me of a sticker I saw circulating around the time of the Gulf War (the second coming) with a pic of those champions for the moral high-ground, the G.W. and our own Little Johnny which said “Just say No to War.”


Spelling mistake aside, a stellar effort.

Bill Posters is Innocent!

9 Dec

I have been told that there was a time when Bill Posters, that notorious scourge of public wall space, was the subject of a prosecution to wit the public responded with a free-Nelson-Mandella-like enthusiasm – riots took place outside the courthouse and when Bill was finally freed with only a $150 fine, the public responded with a PayPal driven defence fund, taking pennies from supporters all over the world . Well it was really a piece of graffiti that read “Bill Posters is Innocent” but every blog needs a little literary largesse to keep readers amused.

Any one who has walked the long mile putting up band posters or taken spray can in hand will appreciate this piece of stencilling on the side of the Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford – a sweet piece of culture jamming that will warm the heart of the anarchist in all of us.

City of Yarra – Approved Street Art Location

City of Yarra – Approved Street Art Location