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WHERE IS YOUR
INDIGENOUS CITY
WHERE IS YOUR
INDIGENOUS CITY
CHARACTER & TRUTH IN & ABOUT
THE LAND WATER & SKY OF HOBART.
It is a partial lyrical geograp...
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DID THEY STOMP ON THE INDIGENOUS VICINITY, THEIR NIBBERLOONE
COUNTRY? DID THEY MOVE FRENETICALLY TO WALL IN A PLACE LI...
v
‘ The writing style in Homartian is like John’s paintings - and
I quote the Foreword with a smile in agreement; “a loosely...
vii
© Monte John Latham 2013
Monte John Latham asserts the moral right to be identified as the creating author
of this wor...
All that came before,
in particular this beautiful place
that has suffered and grows …
and the last pound of shelled scall...
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WRITER
Son of an electrician and a mother he grew up part of a
unbroken fully organic homogenous family of seven
just p...
Zealand and wife. Certainly the kids are triple A +
participators too. He is a decade older than the
picture. I hope you e...
xi
Homartian
Hear me Homartians, t h e w r i t i n g
h a n d s t r e e t - s w e e p s o u r p i l l o w c l e a n ,
f o r e ...
g r e a t i n f i n i t e i n t e l l i g e n t , r e m e m b e r s
t h e h u g e s w a t h e o f l i t t l e s p a r r o ...
3
Blundstone boot-heal broken skin on the Tharkian silken perfect pad cushion plant billiard
green moss – photo is not a c...
5
b o o t - h e a l b r o k e n s k i n o n t h e
T h a r k i a n s i l k e n p e r f e c t - p a d c u s h i o n
p l a n ...
o f w i n d s a m i l l i o n a w o n d e r
a r i c h n e s s
red-green-amber….. h u n d r e d s o f y e a r s i n t h e g...
7
o f o l d o l d o l d l ic h e n g r e e n s a l l k i n d a
a s t a n d i n g a l o o k i n g - a t u s - n o t
a w a i...
9
b e e p - b e e p e l e c t r o n i c a b s t r a c t s o f o u r
u r b a n e p i l l o w . W a r m b l u e s k y p u r ...
o n l y i f t h e r e o u r c h i l d r e n c a n k n o w
o f t h i s w h e n t h e y w a l k t h e b o t t o m
o f S t r ...
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b y p o l e d w i r e s , e x h a u s t , b r a k e - s h o e
d u s t a n d s i g n s … o n l y i f t h e c h i l d r e...
c r u n c h s o i l , t u r n i n t h e c o a l s a h u g e
d o l l a r - f r e e c r a y f i s h
t
a
l
l
e
s
t
o
f
t
a
l
...
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g r a b b e d i n s h a l l o w d i v e t w o
h u n d r e d s t e p s a w a y . T h a t s a m e g l o w
r e f l e c t i...
c r y s t a l l i n e f l o w . T h a t l o g a m e r e
l i m b i n c o m p a r i s o n t o t h e t a l l e s t o f
t a l ...
15
O
O
O
Spirit in this mall – by the writer
Rosella in a
Regnans gum
near the hole in
the mall 18o4 –
by Mont
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i t s g h o s t : b a b b l i n g b r o o k b u r i e d ,
t o w n p a v e m e n t s s e e k i n g l e v e l w a l k s
l...
c a b l e c a r , d e l iv e r y o u r f o o d o f f
l i m b s a n d w i l d , b r e a k t h e
t h r e e p l a n e d c o r...
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From raindrops to trickle flow: up where the trout dare not go ..
m o u n t a i n - b o r n b r o o k g a v e u p i t s...
Some brave little mountain fern shaking their fist in the hole in the
mall where the buried brook today dribbles through s...
21
Three planed corner – usually internal & seen at the ceiling. Once unknown
to prehomartians. One of peoplekind’s most s...
e t e r n a l p l a n a n d l e a r n t h e u l t r a - v i t a l
h e a r t - p u l s i n g c r u x o f w h y a n d h o w ...
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d e e p e r g o o u r c i t i z e n s g r e a t a n d
m e r e a s t a l l e r c h i l d r e n , i n t e r n a l i s e ,
i ...
25
i n t h e p r e s u m p t i o n o f h u g e
a b u n d a n c e i n t h e b u s h . T h e
e c o l o g i c a l c h i c k e...
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f r o n d s t o f a c e t h e o p e n s l a t h e r o f
s u s p e c t i n g s o c i e t y , w a r p e d b y s h a r p
w...
Spirit in this fire-
roasted spud – by the
writer
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a n d s o a l l t h e s w e e t e r o f f r a g r a n c e .
W h a t f u t u r e i t s t o w n s , o n c e c l e a v e d...
g l a z e a w a y w i t h t h e i r b o d i l y
f l u i d i t i e s t h e w o n d e r o f t h i s p l a c e ,
b a s i c a ...
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… ENOUGH SAID; KEEP IT IN PLACE
SEE GLOSSARY: S e v e n M i l e ’ s
h i l l , S n u g D u n a l i e n s ,
C o r i n n i a n s
Our grotty little heart up C...
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Carlton Bluff – by Mont. Carlton; once a treasured homartian shack getaway.
b l u f f t o o . I n b u i l d i n g a n 8 t h W o n d e r ,
e n h a n c e o u r 1 s t
, t h e G o n d w a n i a n
t r e ...
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r i g h t a b a c k a l o o k i n g a g a w k i n g – t h e
r a t i o n i n g o f e n e r g y h a v i n g b e e n
m e r...
The hole where the fern shakes its fist.
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r o o t e d g r o u n d w a r m e d b y s t a r s a n d
m a g m a b e l o w , a w a k e n i n g b y t h e
v i l l a g e r ...
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p r e t t y c i t y , t i c k l i n g t h e t o e s o f a n
o p p o s i t e n a t u r a l e d i f i c e - a
h i l l h i...
f l o w . C u l t u r e t h a t s p o i l s o u r
c u l t u r e -
p o l i t i c s w e d e s e r v e . C a m p e r s
u n i ...
41
f a s h i o n e d n a m e l e s s - i s l a n d c a m p i n g ;
n o t l i k e l y f o g o t t e n : j u s t s m a l l
i...
43
t h i n s t r i p f o r i l l e g a l c a m p i n g . A l l
j u s t p o e t i c p o l i t i c r e s p o n s e t o
p i g...
45
Old man River (the Domain grandstand would block Betsy & south Arm there)
by Mont
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s t a i n l e s s s t e e l m a s h , h m m h m m .
N u r t u r e o u r s u b u r b a n i n t e r i o r
l o u n g e r o...
m o m e n t a t a n g l e v a l u e s d i f f e r e n t t o
t o d a y ’ s ; B r i t i s h B u l l d o g g r a n t s a n d
...
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s u p r e m a c y i s m o d i f i e d b y
a g r e e m e n t s i n r e g i o n s a n d b e y o n d .
P r o p e r l y f u...
P r a h n a W a f t i n g f r o m M e l a l e u c a – by Mont
G L O S S A R Y : N i b a l u n i c ,
M e l a l e u c a , K ...
51
S o m e d o i n g s a r e s i g n i f i c a n t t o t h e
w h o l e o f t h e i s l a n d s ; a l l a f f e c t s o m e
s ...
53
GLINT ON THE HORIZON – by Mont
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P e e l o f f t h e w r a p p e r , h o p e i t ’ s a
l i q u e u r , p o p o n e i n t h e p o c k e t f o r a
s t r e...
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c r o w s ; ‘ t h a a a r t h a a r k t h a r k ’ t h e y
c a w c a a w f r e s h e n e d b y t h e
l i g h t e n i n g...
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i n f a c t e n j o y i n g t h e e n e r g i e s f r o m
a n A n t a r c t i c s t o r m l a p p i n g t h e l o c a l...
IIInnndddiiigggeeennnooouuusss CCCiiitttyyy
Well … here we are … and there we
were. Among it are a pair of feet
tuned like...
reflexed to stealth health and fun above the soils
and leaf crunch of a well-watered territory of
awesome multiseason dyna...
3
his motion and sweaty from pursuit of a furred
food, is present on sloping land at the edge of a
swathe of tea-tree scru...
entering from the far side - past well rooted aged
deep blue green brown trees casuarinas fronded.
An eagle bird settles t...
5
family, old and young breasted and chested
smiled and disgruntled, at the treasured fire
brought by ember stick from imm...
of other tongues at the ocean edges - behind the
local worms, minerals and mountain echoes -
emanating from an antipodean ...
7
are absorbed in skyblocked constructed
cupboards, hot plates, pump taps, oil lamps,
constructed seats and beds and table...
coalfired chimneys among thousands of houses
and tooled workplaces stores and market places
all of fixed abode. And clothe...
9
Through his feet came no comprehension that the
hand of the land of the bustling city was about to
clasp his own - we tr...
two minutes by worn track and mouheneennan
(the people) swiftfeet and in sight of the old little
island-camp’s biodegradin...
11
pattering listening feet large and small, busy and
leisurely – mostly all still there resting all covered
and changed a...
brake shoes. In there too came an exciting moment
when an imported working elephant let go a faecal
pat, opening thought a...
13
relocated local rocks to make easy walk and
carriage from that flapping planked vessel to the
flapping canvassed humpie...
waterside interiors – leaving a little patch of the
actual original brookbank shining through
gasping for air; for it live...
15
conditioned and even blinded by the trap of
interior that has grown, being rooted in the
discovery of ironsteel, in old...
pretty city of hobart. That umbilical, stomped
across by deaf feet in bitumen soles hearing a
drummer who originally wants...
17
urban heart … right there. There’re plenty more
elsewhere, for their wilderness was always just a
barrel roll away, and...
window, the sleek liquid display, dimmer switch,
little black box of music and the awesome high
end of peopled society and...
19
prisms, right angles, doors, window rectangles
and a cupboard drawer holding a match-box -
something fallen to Earth. S...
unknowing. It is very significant: increasingly
many people, for so very many hours of so many
days for so many years, are...
21
corrugated roof of unknowing. The tight little
boxes were cracking like egg shells and surprised
lizards were too slow ...
He never felt the governors carpet nor saw the
captain‘s cabin and never inkled an understanding
of the nuances of those a...
23
the bushland berries while realising to love what
they destroyed and to fight for truly just politics
void of blindness...
authentic identity of place supplanted by a
synthetically propped exotic.
That place, where that ant ran where this First’...
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watched atop an acrylic cultural colour banner, a
living latte at a table. It looked around for peace
enough, then both...
context our man with hearing feet in a small city
with foreign antennae is remembered via
culturally established funds - a...
27
façade, interpreted water flow to an internal
natural water-featured expanse, muraled, written
and grown imagery throug...
the traffic chain saw. Throw up four prominent
supportive markers one on each the far
campbell/macquarie corners, one behi...
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memory. It will mark the buried brook once oar
navigable to wellington-court upstream and
down, a wet link to the wette...
Another created synthetic prop but this: to
authentic people and place at the heart of city
settlement in indigenous land;...
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The
thaaaa
rrrrkke
d
Dolersaur
us .
FINISH
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T h e f o l l o w i n g i s
s i m p l y t h e a u t h o r ’ s
g e n e r i c e l u c i d a t i o n s .
____________________...
5
bastard scrub: term for
scrub that’s resistant to human
passage.
blue tongue lizard:
another Tasmanian icon
growing rare...
Dollar -right: dolerite
under shaded and captured by
money.
Dolersaurus: dollarsaurus,
rhetorical creature with dolerite
a...
7
a road near a village. Attracted
by the nearby archaeological
investigation of a Roman camp,
he stopped to compare the
l...
aether … living energy more so
than inert matter … coalesce
across microscopic to
macroscopic , organisms,
clouds, galaxie...
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your youness connection in a
wrong place.
Tharkian: having qualities
like The Thark, an area barely
trodden west of the ku...
It was actual …
e v e r y t h i n g
w a s
s a t I s f a c t u a l
This is what it might have looked like
from Criterion Street looking by the
future Town Hall site to where the
buried broo...
This is what it might have looked like
from Hunter Island before it was
named such looking through the future
Customs Hous...
This is how it might have appeared
looking to that island from where the
Lord mayor now sits. It shows albeit
crudely the ...
Stand yourself at the top of Kelly’s Step
and cast your mind back to one ripper
dawn blazing light onto that hunter
Island...
Rosellas (not correctly coloured) like
Lorikeets sweeping in mutual embrace
with the leaves and limbs and wind.
These were...
Should be Regnans in this too, but then
Kananyi likely wouldn’t be visible; this
from down Wapping way from the
street in ...
This is what it might have looked like
from Stowell lookinh over the
Salamanca warehouses to the Domain;
there is a wedget...
Homartian
for
y o u r L i b r a r y ,
F r i e n d , V i s i t o r , D e s i g n e r , T e a c h e r ,
D e v e l o p e r , ...
For very welcome feedback direct to author,
enquiry, comment or purchase:
M John Latham, Manager
Debox Publications
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Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
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Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
Homartian where is your Indigenous City
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Homartian where is your Indigenous City

  1. 1. WHERE IS YOUR INDIGENOUS CITY
  2. 2. WHERE IS YOUR INDIGENOUS CITY CHARACTER & TRUTH IN & ABOUT THE LAND WATER & SKY OF HOBART. It is a partial lyrical geographic melody sharing affection and future for visitors too.
  3. 3. iii DID THEY STOMP ON THE INDIGENOUS VICINITY, THEIR NIBBERLOONE COUNTRY? DID THEY MOVE FRENETICALLY TO WALL IN A PLACE LIKE THEIR OWN BACK HOME, FRIGHTENED BY THE PROXIMITY OF THE BUSH-EDGED NIGHT SHADOWS, CONSOLIDATING BUILDINGS BASTION-LIKE TO TURN INWARD TO AVOID OUTWARDLY ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR DISCOURTEOUS IMPOSITION & STIFLING AWAY EVEN THE BROOKEN BEAUTY OF THE HANDY CRYSTAL SALTEN ESTUARY CONVENIENT FOR SPEARING & A FROLIC OR THREE. DID THEY STOMP & BUILD BIT BY BIT UNTIL THE WONDER-COUNTRY IN LOCALE NO LONGER LIVED CENTRE TOWN – SO THAT MORE & MORE THEY HAD TRAVEL TO FIND SOMETHING LIKE IT & TO MEET THE MOUHENEENNER THERE WHO MIGHT COURTEOUSLY MIND THEIR CHILDREN OR TRADE SOME ROO MEAT FOR A DOG.
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  5. 5. ‘ The writing style in Homartian is like John’s paintings - and I quote the Foreword with a smile in agreement; “a loosely waxed flow of conscious and subconscious expression from the evirons & the mental … lush with psychotropic properties.” Though poetically styled, this book in its journey reminds me of many most pleasant “Homartian” classical music concerts. Somehow both take me to a place in my thoughts, giving me an awareness of beautiful peace, hope & a sense of freedom & dreaming which strengthen my wellbeing. Thankyou to John.’ Sandy Latham PROFESSIONAL MOTHER, WIFE AND KIWITIAN
  6. 6. vii © Monte John Latham 2013 Monte John Latham asserts the moral right to be identified as the creating author of this work, Homartian and its composite parts. All rights are reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise without the prior written permission of the author. Debox Publications . PUBLICATION DATE: FEBRUARY 2013 TRIM1524_2286 ISBN 978-0-646-59530-6
  7. 7. All that came before, in particular this beautiful place that has suffered and grows … and the last pound of shelled scallops that was tendered as fare on the tram to North Hobart. PAINTINGS, COVER, PENCIL & SNAP PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONS ARE BY THE AUTHOR A FEW OF THE IMAGES ARE DRAWN FROM GENERAL PUBLICATION & OF UNKNOWN SOURCE.
  8. 8. ix WRITER Son of an electrician and a mother he grew up part of a unbroken fully organic homogenous family of seven just prior to television in the outer suburbs of a small scenic capital city in Tasmania Australia amid abundant countryside and river coast. After a lengthy professional sojourn in town character and matters urban, he now paints, writes and draws plans in a rural coastal part of home; deep in the islands immediately south in The Great Southern Land. At times, such as now, his writing is like his painting; a loosely waxed flow of edited conscious and subconscious expression from the evirons & the mental … lush with psychotropic properties. With wife & five to share he grew further near Hobart, battling its economy with faith in the nurture of familiar locale and this one in particular. No author is an island; rather merely another participant and this one with a very very tolerant participator in Sandy, a very very special piece of New
  9. 9. Zealand and wife. Certainly the kids are triple A + participators too. He is a decade older than the picture. I hope you enjoy this light hearted and impassioned piece.
  10. 10. xi
  11. 11. Homartian Hear me Homartians, t h e w r i t i n g h a n d s t r e e t - s w e e p s o u r p i l l o w c l e a n , f o r e a s y - e a r e d s i m p l e t o w n h e a r t s ; i t m a r r i e s t h o s e w h o b i n d t h e
  12. 12. g r e a t i n f i n i t e i n t e l l i g e n t , r e m e m b e r s t h e h u g e s w a t h e o f l i t t l e s p a r r o w s , n a y m a y b e s t a r l i n g s , p e a k - h o u r l i g h t e d f l i g h t e v e n i n g s w e e p i n g t o o t h e D e r w e n t r e s t i n g o n t h e b r i d g e , w h a l e s c a l v i n g i n h e r b a y s m a k i n g n o i s e e n o u g h t o k e e p B a t t e r y P o i n t a w a k e , a b a l o n e a n d c r a y a t t h e s h o r e a m e r e s t o n e - t h r o w a w a y , v e r y n e a r t h e T o w n H a l l . N o w o o l l e d p u l l o v e r y o u r m o u n t a i n f a c e . N o k o w t o w t o f i n i t e c u r r e n c y d i s g r a c e ; d ir t y f o o t e d i n t r u s i o n B l u n d s t o n e ED. NOTE: ONE COULD READ STRAIGHT THROUGH FIRST, THEN COME BACK TO PICK UP THE DISPLAY PAGES.
  13. 13. 3 Blundstone boot-heal broken skin on the Tharkian silken perfect pad cushion plant billiard green moss – photo is not a cushion plant however - hundreds of years in the growing, serious affront across its perfect stone companion. R E F E R G L O S S A R Y F O R : B l u n d s t o n e , G o n d w a n i c , T h a r k i a n , t e s t o s t e r o n i o u s c o n n e c t o r , d o l l a r - r i g h t …
  14. 14. 5 b o o t - h e a l b r o k e n s k i n o n t h e T h a r k i a n s i l k e n p e r f e c t - p a d c u s h i o n p l a n t b i l l i a r d g r e e n m o s s h u n d r e d s o f y e a r s i n t h e g r o w i n g , s e r i o u s a f f r o n t a c r o s s i t s p e r f e c t s t o n e c o m p a n i o n p r e s e n c e s o a k i n g m o r n i n g s u n f o r e o n s s h e l t e r e d f r o m t h e w e s t e r n w i n d s , g r a f i t t i e d s o m e t h i n g a k i n a s h a m e f u l l y w a r p e d t e s t o s t e r r o n i o u s c o n n e c t o r m a k i n g o b s c e n e c o n t a c t w i t h t h i s a w e . N o t o c l o u d i n g t h e G o n d w a n i c b e a u t y s e n d i n g s t a l w a r t t h e s t o n e y t r a c e r y
  15. 15. o f w i n d s a m i l l i o n a w o n d e r a r i c h n e s s red-green-amber….. h u n d r e d s o f y e a r s i n t h e g r o w i n g , s e r i o u s a f f r o n t a c r o s s i t s p e r f e c t s t o n e c o m p a n i o n
  16. 16. 7 o f o l d o l d o l d l ic h e n g r e e n s a l l k i n d a a s t a n d i n g a l o o k i n g - a t u s - n o t a w a i t i n g s o m e c a b l e d i m p o s t . Y e s n o ; f o r o u r v i b r a n t c h a r a c t e r o f p l a c e , s m a l l h h o m a r t i a n , s i m p l y s i t t i n g o v e r y o n d e r , l o o k i n g b a c k a t t h e s o m e t i m e s d e e p b l u e s l i g h t l y h a z e d d o l l a r - r i g h t s t o n e c a r d b o a r d c u t o u t a g a i n s t t h e s k y , s o m e t im e s l u s h g l i s t e n i n g w i t h w e t t e d S p r i n g u n b u r n t f o r f i f t y y e a r s , t r a d i n g c l o u d s h a d o w s m o t t l i n g m o v e m e n t f o o t h i l l t o f o o t h i l l ; a v e r y p r i v i l e g e d c l o s e f i n i t e d i s t a n c e f r o m t h e r e d - g r e e n - a m b e r b e e p -
  17. 17. 9 b e e p - b e e p e l e c t r o n i c a b s t r a c t s o f o u r u r b a n e p i l l o w . W a r m b l u e s k y p u r e a i r a n c i e n t m o s s w i n d w h i s t l e d e r o s i o n i n d u s t r i a l s i l e n c e j u x t o e d w i t h C o l l i n s i n t e r s e c t i n g M u r r a y a r u s h a b r m m m - a n d N o r t h H o b a r t C e n t r a l a t e a s e . N a y i n f a c t n o d i s t a n c e a t a l l , f o r t h a t m o u n t a i n ’ s t o e n a i l s a r e c l i p p e d r i g h t h e r e a t t h e S a l a m a n c a q u a r r y a n d d i s p l a y g n a r l e d a n d w a s h e d b y t h e s a l t y r i v e r , g i v i n g g r i t t y h o m e s t o i n d i v i d u a l c r a b s a n d o t h e r s – b u t
  18. 18. o n l y i f t h e r e o u r c h i l d r e n c a n k n o w o f t h i s w h e n t h e y w a l k t h e b o t t o m o f S t r e e t C a n y o n , b l i n k e r e d t o o c r a b s AT HOME ON BATTERY POINT TOENAILS red- green-amber….. h u n d r e d s o f y e a r s i n t h e g r o w i n g s t o n e c o m p a n i o n
  19. 19. 11 b y p o l e d w i r e s , e x h a u s t , b r a k e - s h o e d u s t a n d s i g n s … o n l y i f t h e c h i l d r e n c a n s e e t h r o u g h t h i s . P i l l o w v i t a l i s e d i n a t a n n i n t o u c h e d p u r e c r y s t a l l i n e b r e w f r o m h e r c h i l l c o n d e n s a t i o n s b e f o r e t h e y m e e t t h e b r i n e . F i g h t i n g f o u l e x c r e m e n t w h e r e w e d r e w d r i n k i n g w a t e r ; f a l l i n g i l l - k n o w i n g n o t w h y . Y e t g l o r i o u s f i r e g l o w s o n t h e b r o w n e y e s a s t h e e y e s ’ h a n d s , c o m f o r t a b l e g n a r l e d k i t c h e n t o e n a i l s i n t h e l e a f
  20. 20. c r u n c h s o i l , t u r n i n t h e c o a l s a h u g e d o l l a r - f r e e c r a y f i s h t a l l e s t o f t a l l t a l l y e s t a l l g u m
  21. 21. 13 g r a b b e d i n s h a l l o w d i v e t w o h u n d r e d s t e p s a w a y . T h a t s a m e g l o w r e f l e c t i n g f r o m b l u e e y e s , a w a k e n i n g a p a l e m a n ’ s s l e e p i n g p a l l i d i n d i g e n u i t y – a p a l e m a n ’ s i n d i g e n u i t y . C a n h i s h a n d s t u r n h e r e s u c h a c r a y , n a y n o t t o d a y : y e t E l i z a b e t h M a l l , i n s t r a n g e , i s m o r e p e d e s t r i a n a f f a b l e t h a n t h e s o c a l l e d ‘ b a s t a r d s c r u b ’ i n t h i s p l a c e t h r o u g h w h i c h t h e s h i p ’ s s u r v e y o r h a c k e d m a c h e t e - p r u n e d a l a r g e f e l l e d e u c a l y p t l o g b r i d g i n g t h a t
  22. 22. c r y s t a l l i n e f l o w . T h a t l o g a m e r e l i m b i n c o m p a r i s o n t o t h e t a l l e s t o f t a l l t a l l y e s t a l l , t h e R e g n a n s g u m s g r o w n , g r o w n , w a t e r e d a n d g r o w n r i g h t h e r e . T h a t l o g a f i r s t s t i t c h i n t h e r o a d t o L a u n c e s t o n ; a n d t h e c r y s t a l l i n e f l o w - e v e n t u a l l y n u i s a n c e a n d s o d e a l t w i t h b y t h e H o m a r t i a n c i v i l e n g i n e e r ; c o v e r e d d r a i n s , f l o w d i v e r s i o n , g o n e b u r i e d , b r u t a l i s e d , m o d i f i e d , c o l l e c t i n g n e w s t o r m d r a i n s f r o m e v e r y w h i c h w a y . T h i s m o u n t a i n - b o r n b r o o k g a v e u p
  23. 23. 15 O O O Spirit in this mall – by the writer
  24. 24. Rosella in a Regnans gum near the hole in the mall 18o4 – by Mont
  25. 25. 17 i t s g h o s t : b a b b l i n g b r o o k b u r i e d , t o w n p a v e m e n t s s e e k i n g l e v e l w a l k s l a y o v e r t h e n a p e y u n d u l a t i o n s , r i v e r b a n k s , o v e r h a n g i n g t r e e s , b i r d s , r e f l e c t i o n s , y a b b i e s , d r i n k i n g f a u n a . T o d a y l i k e l y w i l l n o t s e e d o z e d w i d e a s w a t h e o f r e a l e s t a t e ; i t t o e x h u m e f o r t h e c h i l d r e n t o s e e . I f o n l y t h e y c o u l d s i m p l y s e e . F r e e t h e l e y l i n e s f r o m y o u r k e r b s a n d g u t t e r s , r e m o v e t h e t r a f f i c f i n e s f r o m y o u r r i g h t e o u s m a n o e u v r e s , l o o s e t h e w o m b a t s i n y o u r c i t y g r i d s a n d t i g e r s n a k e s i n t o y o u r
  26. 26. c a b l e c a r , d e l iv e r y o u r f o o d o f f l i m b s a n d w i l d , b r e a k t h e t h r e e p l a n e d c o r n e r s i n y o u r r o o m , a f r e e d m o t o r c y c l e g e t s y o u t o t h e k i t c h e n , l o o s e t h e e l e c t r i c s p i r i t t h r o u g h t h e o n e s p a c e b e t w e e n u s a l l , m a k e o b s o l e t e t h e i t e m i s e d r e g u l a t i o n , b r i n g a l i v e u n a f f l i c t e d m u t u a l i t y a n d g u n g - h o j o y , b r i n g i n a b l a s t o f s p i r i t - c o s m o s t o m a r r y t h e s n o w y w h i t e c a d a s t e r e d c u b e w i t h g n a r l s m a r t e n e d e a r t h e n l i m b , t o p l a n i t a l l t o g e t h e r u n d e r a w i s e
  27. 27. 19 From raindrops to trickle flow: up where the trout dare not go .. m o u n t a i n - b o r n b r o o k g a v e u p i t s g h o s t C H E C K G L O S S A R Y : ley lines, convict camp
  28. 28. Some brave little mountain fern shaking their fist in the hole in the mall where the buried brook today dribbles through seeming starved of its groundwater
  29. 29. 21 Three planed corner – usually internal & seen at the ceiling. Once unknown to prehomartians. One of peoplekind’s most significant creations; the corners seem to counterplace the circular belt of sky that blends with the horizon below it and the dome of the heavens above.
  30. 30. e t e r n a l p l a n a n d l e a r n t h e u l t r a - v i t a l h e a r t - p u l s i n g c r u x o f w h y a n d h o w a w o m a n l o v e s o n e m a n s u c h t h a t t h e w o r t h o f a s m a l l b o x o f c h o c o l a t e s m u s t b e m o r e t h a n h e r m a n ' s m o s t a m b i t i o u s p l a n , a t i n y g o s s a m e r - b u i l t t h r e a d o f w e b a n d a p u l s e o f c u t t l i n g c o l o u r c a n e m b r a c e a n d r a p t u r e a s t e e l e n c a b l e b u t t h e r e ' s n e ' e r t h e t i m e t o s a y s o i n t h e p a r l i a m e n t n o r t h e k i t c h e n . I n u n d u t i f u l l y s h a p e d m o m e n t u m , i n t e r n a l i s i n g i n c r e m e n t b y b i t ,
  31. 31. 23
  32. 32. d e e p e r g o o u r c i t i z e n s g r e a t a n d m e r e a s t a l l e r c h i l d r e n , i n t e r n a l i s e , i n t e r n a l i s e , i n t e r n a l i s e , p l a s t e r e d w a l l s , w a l l s , c o v e d c o r n i c e , c o r n e r h e r e t u r n t h e r e s t r a i g h t a l o n g t h r o u g h a d o o r , o ’ r h e a d w i r e s s i g n s a d v e r t s s t a r b l o c k i n g l a m p s , p a v e m e n t s s t i f l e n a t u r e ’ s p h y s i c a l b r e a t h , u n ’ r f o o t c o n c r e t e s l a b . U n ’ r f o o t t h y a l a c i n e s t o o l , h o m e t h r i v e s o u t o f n a t u r e , b e c o m e s c u l t u r a l f i r s t , … n a t u r a l s e c o n d … n a t u r a l s e c o n d m o r e s o a n d s o s a t - o n
  33. 33. 25 i n t h e p r e s u m p t i o n o f h u g e a b u n d a n c e i n t h e b u s h . T h e e c o l o g i c a l c h i c k e n s c o m e h o m e t o r o o s t i n t h e e n v e l o p e d o f f i c e s o f t h e s p r a w l i n g b l a n k e t , k o s h e r f a s h i o n s . K n o c k , k n o c k … w e k n o w y o u ’ r e h o m e m o t h e r o f H o m a r t , p u l s i n g i n b i o l o g i c a l , c u l t u r a l a n d g e o l o g i c a l p a s s i o n s , g r a s p in g u p f i s t t h r o u g h t h a t c r a c k i n t h e a s p h a l t e d s o c i o f o o t p a t h . A n a s s w a s o u r H o m a r t i a n p o l i t i c : e v e n n o w w i l l i t w a l k o ’ r i t s o w n p e o p l e ’ s p a l m
  34. 34. 27 f r o n d s t o f a c e t h e o p e n s l a t h e r o f s u s p e c t i n g s o c i e t y , w a r p e d b y s h a r p w i t t r a i n e d a t i t b y s p e c i a l i n t e r e s t s a n d s o t h e r e s o l u t i o n f o r a c t i o n i s n o t w h o l l y b r i l l i a n t . S u c h a p o l i t i c w o n ’ t b e l i t t e r i n g t h e h e a v e n l y f r e e d o m s , i n s p i r a t i o n a n d t h a t m i s t y b l u e d a y t i m e c o v e r i n g t h e s t a r s u p t h e r e , n o r i n t h e n i g h t i m e t o o t h e t i m e l e s s g n a r l y m a g m a a n d w a t e r g e o m o r p h u n ’ r f o o t c o v e r i n g t h e s t a r s b ’ l o w a n d o ’ c o u r s e t o o t h e y ’ r e o f f t o s i d e a l l a r o u n d . W h a t f u t u r e , ‘ t w e e n t h e u p p e r a n d l o ’ e r s t a r s , o f o u r t r e a s u r e , h u n d r e d s o f i s l a n d s c u r r e n t l y c a l l e d e n - c o n g l o m e r a t e ‘ T a s m a n i a ’ , l e a v i n g t h e b i g g e s t o f t h e m b a r e o f a n a m e o f i t s o w n
  35. 35. Spirit in this fire- roasted spud – by the writer
  36. 36. 29 a n d s o a l l t h e s w e e t e r o f f r a g r a n c e . W h a t f u t u r e i t s t o w n s , o n c e c l e a v e d d e e p l y i n t i m a t e w i t h i d e n t i t y - n u r t u r i n g l o c a l p l a c e b o u n t y ; a m o u n t a i n t o s u m m i t a n d a f o o t y m a t c h w i t h t h e H u o n v i l l i a n - c h i l d r e n o f a b o a t - l o a d o f I r i s h w o m e n . W h a t f u t u r e i s t h e r e w h e r e t h e t o w n c e n t r e g r o w s a n d k i n d a t h r i v e s i n i t s d i r t y o l ’ s t y l e o v e r t o p t h e o l d c o n v i c t c a m p , b u t o n l y w h i l e c h o k i n g i t m u c h l y a w a y . T h e t o w n - l i m i t s a n d s h e - o a k e d r o s e l l a s a l w a y s n e a r e n o u g h ; t h e o l d H o m a r t i a n s g r e w k n o w i n g - n o t t o n o t
  37. 37. g l a z e a w a y w i t h t h e i r b o d i l y f l u i d i t i e s t h e w o n d e r o f t h i s p l a c e , b a s i c a l l y c a r e l e s s t h a t a c c i d e n t a l l y s o m e o f t h i s p l a c e d i d r e m a i n i n t o w n . C a m p e r s , s h a c k i e s , e c o - d e v e l o p e r s , i n d u s t r y ; m a k i n g i n t i m a t e l y d e t a i l e d d e v e l o p m e n t l i m i t s , e p i d e r m i s t r a n s i t i o n s t o f r e e w i l d w o n d e r ; m a k e s o m e b o l d l y s t r u c t u r e d p r o p o s a l s . U n e a r t h t h e s p i r i t a t l e a s t o f t h e b u r i e d c r y s t a l l i n e f l o w , f r e e i n g i t t o t h e c h i l d r e n . S h a r e w i t h o t h e r s a n d c h e r i s h C a r l t o n ’ s b l u f f f o r i t s n a t u r e s i m p l y b e i n g i n a c o n v e n i e n t p l a c e a n d S e v e n M i l e ’ s h i l l a n d S n u g ’ s
  38. 38. 31 … ENOUGH SAID; KEEP IT IN PLACE
  39. 39. SEE GLOSSARY: S e v e n M i l e ’ s h i l l , S n u g D u n a l i e n s , C o r i n n i a n s Our grotty little heart up Cascades in company with a buried brook.
  40. 40. 33 Carlton Bluff – by Mont. Carlton; once a treasured homartian shack getaway.
  41. 41. b l u f f t o o . I n b u i l d i n g a n 8 t h W o n d e r , e n h a n c e o u r 1 s t , t h e G o n d w a n i a n t r e a s u r e i s l a n d s t o w h i c h b l i n d l y a n d f a i n t o f h e a r t w e r e f e r a s ‘ t h e S t a t e ’ b u t r e a l l y m e a n i n g H o m a r t i a n s , D u n a l i e n s , C o r i n n i a n s t o o , i n a w e s o m e p l a c e ; i m m u n e f r o m S t a t e a r e o u r i s l a n d s a n d w a t e r s o u r h o m e a n d p r i m a r y p o t a t o p a t c h - a f o r e w o r d b y G o d . H o m a r t i a n s c u l t i v a t e f r a m e - o f - m i n d , f r a m e - u p c u l t i v a t i o n o f p l a c e , d i s c r e t i o n a r y r e s p o n s e s , c o m m o n s e n s e . F a c e t h e l i m i t s , o i l e d e p i d e r m i s u n s c a t h e d a n d d o i n g t h a t n o w ; d o e s t h e b o u n d a r y t o s t a r v a t i o n o n e d a y f a c e
  42. 42. 35 r i g h t a b a c k a l o o k i n g a g a w k i n g – t h e r a t i o n i n g o f e n e r g y h a v i n g b e e n m e r e l y a f o o l i s h n e g l i g e n t w o o l - o v e r . T h i s H o m a r t i a n v i l l a g e i s a w e s o m e i n t h e h i g h s p o t s , g l o s s i e s , i n t e r i o r s a n d e p h e m e r a l v i t a l i t i e s ; b u t I l o n g t h e r e f o r d e e p j u n g l e i n m y e p h e m e r a … a n d d e s e r t t o o ; I s o a k - u p t h e v a g u e d i s t a n t d e e p o c e a n a n d i c y w i l d e r n e s s r e t u r n i n g t h e e x h i l a r a t i o n l i k e f u l f i l l i n g c a m p i n g . M y b e s t o f h o m e s a l w a y s r e q u i r e s t h a t t i n g l y a w e o f t h e l i k e s o f s l e e p i n g u n d e r s t a r s e n p l e i n a i r e n
  43. 43. The hole where the fern shakes its fist.
  44. 44. 37
  45. 45. r o o t e d g r o u n d w a r m e d b y s t a r s a n d m a g m a b e l o w , a w a k e n i n g b y t h e v i l l a g e r i v e r , o f f t o t r a f f i c l e s s w o r k n e a r b y , h o m e h a p p y g n o m e r a t h e r n o t f u m e d e p l e t e d . E t e r n a l e p h e m e r a l h a n d c r a f t e d c o u n t r y v i l l a g e m a k i n g u s e o f t h e c r e a t i o n s o f t h e b i g b i g c i t i e s a n d i n a b i g b i g c l e a v e t h e t w o m u s t f l o w f l o w t o g e t h e r l i t t l e b a c k y a r d b i g p o l i t i c s . F o c u s t h e n u r t u r e ; w i l d n a t u r a l f r e s h a n d b r i n e y e s t u a r y - a n a t u r a l e d i f i c e l a p p i n g n e a r y o u r h e a r t , t i n y
  46. 46. 39 p r e t t y c i t y , t i c k l i n g t h e t o e s o f a n o p p o s i t e n a t u r a l e d i f i c e - a h i l l h i p p e d m o u n t a i n . T w e e n t h e t w o , s a t i n t h e r e , h a n d m a c h i n e - b u i l t s m i t e s i n g r o w i n g m a n y o f o u r o w n a n d b l i n d i n g t h e m w i t h d e a d a i r , p l a s t i c , s t u n n e d m i n d s , f l u o r e s c e n t l i g h t s a n d b o r i n g p l a i n e x p r e s s i o n s o f e c o n o m i c p r i o r i t y . T h a t ’ s t h e q u a n d a r y o f H o m a r t i a n - s u l l i e d n a t u r e . T h e p o p u l a t i o n i s n o t a s p u r e a s c r y s t a l l i n e w a t e r
  47. 47. f l o w . C u l t u r e t h a t s p o i l s o u r c u l t u r e - p o l i t i c s w e d e s e r v e . C a m p e r s u n i t e . H a v e t h e p l a n n e r s f o r g o t y a s ! ! ? M ’ s w e e t i e m ’ d a u g h t a f e w d a y s u p t h e c o a s t ; y ’ k n o w t h e s c e n e , e x u b e r a n t e x h i l a r a t e d p r i m a l w a r r i o r u n l e a s h e d , g o o d o l d
  48. 48. 41 f a s h i o n e d n a m e l e s s - i s l a n d c a m p i n g ; n o t l i k e l y f o g o t t e n : j u s t s m a l l i n c r e m e n t s : - v e h i c l e b a r r i e r l o g s m o v e d i n ; f i r s t p h a s e h e r i t a g e b a r r i e r , s m e l l y t o i l e t s , c o m m e r c i a l m a n a g e m e n t a l l f i r e b a n n e d c a r a v a n e n c o u r a g e d . T h e p a l e o f o u r o f f i c e - s t u n n e d c o u l d l o v e i t . P e r h a p s m y s t e r i o u s n e i g h b o u r s o v e r a c c e s s w i l l p r e s i d e ; l e a v i n g a
  49. 49. 43 t h i n s t r i p f o r i l l e g a l c a m p i n g . A l l j u s t p o e t i c p o l i t i c r e s p o n s e t o p i g g i e s l e a v i n g l i t t l e f l y - r i d d e n p a p e r s t r e a m e d p a t s i n c r e m e n t a l e x c r e m e n t s b l e n d e d w i t h b r o k e n b e e r g l a s s a n d j u n k , a e s t h e t i c a n d c h o l e r i c f o u l i n g t o a n y c r y s t a l l i n e r i v u l e t w h i l e w e l o o k t o c a m p i n g h e r i t a g e i n h e a l t h y c o m m u n i t y l i f e s t y l e a r o u n d a c r a y e d f i r e n o t a g a s l a m p n o t a p i x e l . S a v e o u r s o u l o u r c a m p i n g h e r e o u r p o t a t o e s f o r s u r e - c h a r r e d c o a l c o o k e d j a c k e t s o r
  50. 50. 45
  51. 51. Old man River (the Domain grandstand would block Betsy & south Arm there) by Mont
  52. 52. 47 s t a i n l e s s s t e e l m a s h , h m m h m m . N u r t u r e o u r s u b u r b a n i n t e r i o r l o u n g e r o o m s t o o , i n c o m m u n i t y a n d c o u n t r y s i d e , k e y t o h e a l t h y e v e r y t h i n g ; e l a t i o n b y i n d i v i d u a l a n d s h a r e d o w n e r s h i p a n d r i g h t f u l p l a c e i s t h e c a b l e - f r e e p i n n a c l e o f o u r p o l i t i c . C o u r t e o u s n a m e l e s s - i s l a n d e r c o u n t r y b o d i e s a g r e e a n y h o u s e h o l d e r b e i n g i n c o n v e n i e n c e d b y i n n o c e n t s o c i o - p o l i t i c r e c e i v e s c o m p e n s a t i o n o f p e r s o n a l p u b l i c a p o l o g y a t l e a s t . L a n d - i n t e r v e n t i o n
  53. 53. m o m e n t a t a n g l e v a l u e s d i f f e r e n t t o t o d a y ’ s ; B r i t i s h B u l l d o g g r a n t s a n d c l a s s - c o n s c i o u s n e s s l a i d o v e r t h e w a y s o f t h e l i k e s o f w o o l l y h e a d e d e n d e m i c b r o w n m a n K i n g B i l l y a n d t h o s e o f h i s c o u s i n k i n d w h o l i v e d i n t h i s , t h e i r N i b a l u n i c l o c a l e . A l l t h i s a p a r t o f t h e d i v e r s e v a l u a b l e s , s o c i a l , h i s t o r i c , m i n e r a l , a e s t h e t i c , u n t o u c h a b l e , h o n o u r a b l e o r w h a t e v e r - o w n e d a s p l a c e b y l o c a l c o m m u n i t y ; a l l t h i s i s s u p r e m e . L o c a l o w n e r s h i p w i t h p o l i t i c a l
  54. 54. 49 s u p r e m a c y i s m o d i f i e d b y a g r e e m e n t s i n r e g i o n s a n d b e y o n d . P r o p e r l y f u n d a m e n t a l l y y o u r y a r d - n o t y o u r f e d e r a t i o n - b e a t s t h e h e a r t o f h e a l t h i e s t c o m m u n i t y . H o m a r t i a n s w e e p t h e p i l l o w g l o b a l c o m p l e m e n t a r y a m i d l o c a l v i l l a g e a l w a y s f r e e o f o r g o n e d a m p i n g w a r p e d t e s t o s t e r o n i c c o n n e c t i o n . S l o w t h e M c D o n o - c a b l e o v e r - r i d e .
  55. 55. P r a h n a W a f t i n g f r o m M e l a l e u c a – by Mont G L O S S A R Y : N i b a l u n i c , M e l a l e u c a , K i n g B i l l y , B u l l d o g , P r a n a , o r g o n e , M c D o n o e t c
  56. 56. 51
  57. 57. S o m e d o i n g s a r e s i g n i f i c a n t t o t h e w h o l e o f t h e i s l a n d s ; a l l a f f e c t s o m e s m a l l l o c a l e a n d s o a r e r e g i o n a l l y s i g n i f i c a n t a n d o f l o c a l i n t i m a c y ; t h e h e a l t h i e s t w a y - l o c a l c u l t u r a l c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s s u i t i n g f i n e l y f o r h o m e i n t e r a c t i v i t i e s a n d v i s i t i n g V i s i t a r t i o n s . A v o c a d o ? . . . n o t h a n k s j u s t h a d o n e ; T r i a b u n n a t h e n , n o j u s t h a d a b a g e l . L o u n g e s u p r e m e u p - t o - t h e - m i n u t e k e y b o a r d e v a l u a t i o n s i n H o m a r t i a n v o i c e s a t h o m e .
  58. 58. 53 GLINT ON THE HORIZON – by Mont
  59. 59. 55 P e e l o f f t h e w r a p p e r , h o p e i t ’ s a l i q u e u r , p o p o n e i n t h e p o c k e t f o r a s t r e e t b o r n s o u l ; o r a r e y o u a l i e n - p e r h a p s n o t s o m u c h n o w h a v i n g e a s y - e a r e d t h i s v o i c e o f p i l l o w - s w e e p i n g t y p e , b u t i f y o u h a v e t o l e a v e c a n w e c o m e t o o ; a w a y f r o m t h i s q u i e t l i t t l e t o w n , e v e n t h i s n a m e l e s s i s l a n d w h e r e t h e g u m m y s h e - o a k c o l o u r g r e e n s h a n g i n s l o w m o v i n g t i m e s h a p e a n d m e r g e f o r t h e p o e t s e y e a c r o s s t h e g e n t l i s h o c h r e d g r a s s h i l l s c a w i n g w i t h d e e p b l a c k
  60. 60. 57 c r o w s ; ‘ t h a a a r t h a a r k t h a r k ’ t h e y c a w c a a w f r e s h e n e d b y t h e l i g h t e n i n g g r e e n l o r i k e e t s f l i r t i n g s w e e p t h e d a p p l e d l i m b s f l o w n i n w a t t l e t o c a s u a r i n a f r o m t h e d e e p d e e p h e a r t a w a y f r o m t h e s e a n e s t l e d i n c r a c k l i n g b a r k g r o u n d l i t t e r a b l u e t o n g u e l i z a r d i n s h e l t e r e d h o l l o w p r o b a b l y u n a w a r e o f t h e p r a h n a f r o m M e l a l e u c a a n d f a r a w a y i c e c o n t i n e n t . J u s t l i k e w e q u i e t H o m a r t i a n , m i n d - a n t e n n a e w i t h d r a w n h a l f c o n s c i o u s o f b u t
  61. 61. 59 i n f a c t e n j o y i n g t h e e n e r g i e s f r o m a n A n t a r c t i c s t o r m l a p p i n g t h e l o c a l b e a c h n e a r t h e i c e c r e a m s h o p , p r e f e r r i n g y o u r c o u n t r y r o o t s , l o v i n g o u r i n d u s t r i a l a n t e n n a e . B e i n g r o w i n g d o in g $∑
  62. 62. IIInnndddiiigggeeennnooouuusss CCCiiitttyyy Well … here we are … and there we were. Among it are a pair of feet tuned like unto eardrums to the ground listening and feeling the ephemeral familiars and the new events heralding. The feet unclad, well travelled callous and easily
  63. 63. reflexed to stealth health and fun above the soils and leaf crunch of a well-watered territory of awesome multiseason dynamics jeweled with living intrinsic, wafting in air, currents, rustles, bubbles and nothing missing. Nothing missing. Maybe another abalone shellfish … yes, that would make the family happier after a long journey back south. The tall island walker, eyes lofty above an ant scurrying over a mountainous big toe, not only standing but being at a stage of
  64. 64. 3 his motion and sweaty from pursuit of a furred food, is present on sloping land at the edge of a swathe of tea-tree scrub beside a pure brook that was far wider than his leap potential. To the side, glassy flowed reflections of tall tall trees lightly swaying at the tips way up there in the breeze bearing prahna from vast ocean westage carrying through to the much loved east. His eyes are seeing currently north-east across the tidal brook estuary - which is shared by another small brook
  65. 65. entering from the far side - past well rooted aged deep blue green brown trees casuarinas fronded. An eagle bird settles talons into a salmon fish near a shore distant even by canoe, across a respectable river flowing increasingly deep and itself engrossed in the salty flavor of the sea. Close in his gaze is a small island by which the bracken brook waters joined that salted deep. He could shimmy across the brook bank, along the wet flattish sandspit and rock-hop across there to join the
  66. 66. 5 family, old and young breasted and chested smiled and disgruntled, at the treasured fire brought by ember stick from immemorial intergenerational elsewhere. Being here is beautiful, relating it to other parts, a day, five days, a moon away around and back; all of which he knows well. He feels it, he doesn’t think it – not at all … he doesn’t read – words … no idea. He stood firm a moment unaware to interpret the vast amount of what his feet could hear, enlivened through elder, brother and neighbour stories of huge canoes with pale people
  67. 67. of other tongues at the ocean edges - behind the local worms, minerals and mountain echoes - emanating from an antipodean activity where two numbed leather-clad feet stood dead deaf on a squashed cockroach. These feet’s ears up on their hatted head hear the rhythmic lapping of brine indeed on ocean-ready planked hull. There are gull birds there too, but additionally on shore is immense peopled activity and among it his family is swaddled in and among many small townhouses allowing only smaller squares of sunlight and one-sided fire. The eyes everywhere in these vaguely title-boundaried built ownerships
  68. 68. 7 are absorbed in skyblocked constructed cupboards, hot plates, pump taps, oil lamps, constructed seats and beds and tables – all secured by shelters of cooked clay and sawn nailed wood. The earth here at the other side is further stifled under the leathered feet by constructed floor, required against the soil exposed, with its domestic issues, by trampling on virgin grass a generation ago. Stifled and missing here; as the pavement grows the consensus view notices nothing missing. A molecule of smoke blown up down and round from the southern ocean finds thunderstruck company with that belching from
  69. 69. coalfired chimneys among thousands of houses and tooled workplaces stores and market places all of fixed abode. And clothes; seeking washing machines to free them from smelly sweat and washboard wear. There they were …. well on their way … ahoot and hey hey. Something has made them well on the way to solar cells, extended leisure, reading screens and optic conduits …. all will spring from an earthy heart, continent or island. But not all earthy beginnings find attention to such things. Maybe it’s King Billy’s cousin by marriage standing firm a while longer on the brookbank near this tiny island off an island.
  70. 70. 9 Through his feet came no comprehension that the hand of the land of the bustling city was about to clasp his own - we trust so and as it should - in this raw natural territory of firm notional boundaries securing hunting, people & personal effects among and across an unowned common land. The hand arrived, several moons later in a gripping of crew assistance in crossing a plank of English oak from a boggling huge canoe with white flapping wings of recent, he’d heard, moored upflow in the salty river, onto that island, as it conveniently rose steep & deep – the family camp, now elsewhere up the little brook but only
  71. 71. two minutes by worn track and mouheneennan (the people) swiftfeet and in sight of the old little island-camp’s biodegrading coals and shells. There was no comprehension but his feet always remembered that spot on that bank in their nibberloone country. The spot was and remains locally pivotal between the big river, the two little ones, the little island (little toe of kananyi, the mountain) and the nape in which he later camped; there were fossils gondwanian and they remain there now. There were shells and bone, stone shaped on the far east ocean edge and brought home and the ground’s all but invisible patina of
  72. 72. 11 pattering listening feet large and small, busy and leisurely – mostly all still there resting all covered and changed and shifted. This teller knows you know the story of how if he, our man, was still standing in that spot, the hand that should and may well have extended eventually would have buried him to his thighs with stone fill drawn from his nearby echoing patina-ladened playground, capped with cream coloured macadam rock from elsewhere and more eventually again with a hands depth of bitumen layered hardstand from God knows where and on top of that a grotty black soot from automotive
  73. 73. brake shoes. In there too came an exciting moment when an imported working elephant let go a faecal pat, opening thought and freshening the broader nature. There he’d be standing in the shiftings of time, no idea of the sign ‘Campbell Street’ in front of a huge high face of biscuit-coloured brick casting shadow and blocking blue clouded birdways. The biscuit brick was broken by the elephants tailed stern as it penetrated its way along the causeway. Our man’s spine shivered a little as he stood there clinging to his home and the rock-hop across to the little island – it had grown, the rockhop, or rather it had been sat upon with
  74. 74. 13 relocated local rocks to make easy walk and carriage from that flapping planked vessel to the flapping canvassed humpies up on the rise; all under the name of some key person, antipodean and not even anywhere near here – and under the captains hat felty and folded. Nothing at all like mudded dreadlock, wallaby skin or sea salted black curls. At his left the sparkling brook was grotted and buried to become a bustling delighted market place and then a city hall (with capitals ha) … and snappy little domes on the corners. Over his shoulder a colorful little pub and over the other, ‘the’ new ‘government’ built their port
  75. 75. waterside interiors – leaving a little patch of the actual original brookbank shining through gasping for air; for it lived down there. Directly behind him and aligned to the rockhop runs a bitumen ribbon named macquarie street, with capitals and with white thermoplastic markings, traffic lights and concrete edging and trucks and mind warping coloured car forms running through him and onward by the biscuit coloured morning-sky-blocking bricked interiors. That big box full of rooms where people would go and then come and go to other interiors and cars and buses all blinkered, at least three quarters blinkered,
  76. 76. 15 conditioned and even blinded by the trap of interior that has grown, being rooted in the discovery of ironsteel, in old London town stamped like an ink stamp cloning an odd phenomenon over the natural awe here in unviolated unsullied gondwanian raw. His spine shivered and his feet never forgot that spot and never listened to the woolen rugs in the govenor’s office though he’d heard of tribal elsewheres where his kind had supped with the like, only to be painfully ruffled by the mutual spook in life. The governor’s advisor never thought to heritage list the Rock Hop sandspit as the umbilical of the
  77. 77. pretty city of hobart. That umbilical, stomped across by deaf feet in bitumen soles hearing a drummer who originally wants mostly to make a more horrible interior to hold lots of London people in prison, bound by that ironsteel that shaped the axes saws and room boom. No these people were not like that – they heritage listed the city hall but; the city hall of course, they heritage listed the city hall and thankyou. But no not the Rock Hop nor kananyi’s little toe. Dam the little redback spiders and pretty little native orchids and sleek sunned blue tongues all in an indigenous urban heart right there - an indigenous
  78. 78. 17 urban heart … right there. There’re plenty more elsewhere, for their wilderness was always just a barrel roll away, and then another barrel roll, and then a can’s throw - but now land and ocean are drudge dry underpinned by that aforeto unheard ironsteel. They brought on their beautiful boats all this interior, the internalised (even on the wild ocean) and too the horrible bacterial sully of sniffle cough fever and die and their grotty fermented fester of cholera, sewage and sullage. The beginnings of the dirty armpitted city that enabled the perfect flexing sturdy of a ballet floor, the metal technical of saxophone, the huge glass
  79. 79. window, the sleek liquid display, dimmer switch, little black box of music and the awesome high end of peopled society and economy the alfresco coffee. The teller knows you may be conditioned and blinkered. The Firsts of kananyi’s land scratch their heads; certainly they know rudimentary lintel frames of sticks and bark, fully naturally earthy nurtured – complete with webs but only if left too long. But this new sharply arrised, gabled box sealed, light-painted interior, eight crisp three- planed-corners at floor and ceiling awash with novelty and sitting in rich natural context; squares,
  80. 80. 19 prisms, right angles, doors, window rectangles and a cupboard drawer holding a match-box - something fallen to Earth. So many people, for so many hours of so many days for so many years, are subject to the quiet bombardment of so many three-planed-corners. The corners counterplace the circular belt of sky that blends with the horizon below it and the dome of the heavens above. That belt remains there, thank God. Maybe it’s shrouded by depleted over-head forest leaves and life, distant it mooches warmly present, bombarding orgone glow, behind the flat white ceiling, walls and that skewed corrugated roof of
  81. 81. unknowing. It is very significant: increasingly many people, for so very many hours of so many days for so many years, are subject to the quiet bombardment of so many three-planed-corners. The roombooming corners rather counterplace the powerfully sweeping belt of sky that blends with the horizon below and the awesome dome of the fabled heavens above. That belt remains there, thank God. Depending on where you are it may be shrouded by over-head bushland leaves and life, distant it mooches warmly present, bombarding orgone glow, behind the shade of the flat white ceiling, walls and that skewed
  82. 82. 21 corrugated roof of unknowing. The tight little boxes were cracking like egg shells and surprised lizards were too slow for the hawks. The interior with the three-planed-corners moulds our attention habits; into forms that differ to those habits made from wholesome embrace of the dome of the horizon. Closing the door may bring a touch of adversity. We need the solid tactile mooch of a hand-polished huon-pine bannister spokeshaved tree limb flow through the windows of the eight cornered white box interior but we often have to drive many miles to properly find it – and then we must return.
  83. 83. He never felt the governors carpet nor saw the captain‘s cabin and never inkled an understanding of the nuances of those antipodean vibrations. He dreamed that night of a thick sandstone box crowding two men; it was hovering and buffeted clang and tear trickle in ocean cloud arcing across the world and was supplied in the meanest of ways by uniformly clad key jangling owners of land and things. It bought death to his and sprouted anew; an island urbia - from such a distressing concerning gene pool comes a new era Tasmanian who would starve before discovering
  84. 84. 23 the bushland berries while realising to love what they destroyed and to fight for truly just politics void of blindness and greed. If we can believe in primeval slime and a bolt of lightning, here we have it again. If we don’t we are quickened by the truth itself and culture on; discovering the idiosyncrasies of natural peopled place - the very same that the british bulldog, dutch, french and who knows else came upon. More treasure now missing than what they brought; if we count life, local wisdom and the hindsight of valuing for a city centre the soul of what was already here. An
  85. 85. authentic identity of place supplanted by a synthetically propped exotic. That place, where that ant ran where this First’s footprints may be seen, by hyper sensitive detective technology – that place could well do with a small reminder more powerful than the local cenotaph. One of those ever over-riding cynics, swoop landing above that reminder, grasping with one claw a blood red lamp-pole arm, the temporal winner in the warped humour of a tharking black crowbird, a capital M on the oil patched white paper bag in its other claw,
  86. 86. 25 watched atop an acrylic cultural colour banner, a living latte at a table. It looked around for peace enough, then both eyes and face into the bag to beak one of the potatofries sneak-stolen from that nearby innocent afflicted living latte. Afflicted; with any of many social disease and new environmental chemistries - greeds, cholesterols, social, mental and sexual maladjustments, tumours, blinkers, blindness, mind noise; throwing off the balance needed for a humming mental electric dynamic burgeoning beauty city enjoying the happy acknowledgement of all of all creatures in a wonderful wonderful world. In this
  87. 87. context our man with hearing feet in a small city with foreign antennae is remembered via culturally established funds - a life size huon pine laser cut figure, feet on his homeground standing thigh deep in a set bitumen river mid macquarie and mid market place gazing north-east through the misplaced grand chancellor hotel wondering why. Why ever didn’t they design the hotel lobby to value the kananyi water, the Rock Hop and the little island - at least. Surely oh surely can be seen even commercial value in this. The cultural funders followed through with a big glazed arch where the brook flow penetrates the macquarie
  88. 88. 27 façade, interpreted water flow to an internal natural water-featured expanse, muraled, written and grown imagery through rocks to bitumen, café and boutique dining and hotel bookings and through the other side to the docks. The traffic can just slow, just bloody-well slow down … to go around the lasercut pine memory of a presence there today. Let it slow and go around; ‘it’ the traffic, the drivers and passengers ay. Give them a chance to break the humdrum and breath the air to realise how close they are to the little cove and that local geographic pivot to which they no longer drive by blind and traffic blinkered. Break
  89. 89. the traffic chain saw. Throw up four prominent supportive markers one on each the far campbell/macquarie corners, one behind him by the old pub and one across macquarie there aside the port buildings and the original bank still exposed and treed because it lived down there. This will mark a rectangle place for generations to feel the soul of the meeting of two peoples, of land meeting sea, of vast ocean powers, of bio- geomorphic nurture of their little growing city. It will mark that under there is the Rock Hop far more important to this local place than the sweet old lady city hall; she will grow new use from this
  90. 90. 29 memory. It will mark the buried brook once oar navigable to wellington-court upstream and down, a wet link to the wetter out there and the silver flow back up the mountain. The pole markers are high to be seen from franklin square and central cove. They will caricature the characters of their place – one pole huge felt hatted for the ship’s captain, one woollied for our man, the other two for water and land far and here. The cultural kneejerk of the impassioned carried the day to a healing hey hey, hey hey … ay.
  91. 91. Another created synthetic prop but this: to authentic people and place at the heart of city settlement in indigenous land; the same in cities the world-over where the pompous have perched and traded soul of place for trinkets or else. That place where cities are born, flowering synthetic constructions with places within, blooms to become islands of types and servers for the lands between, lands which indeed spread to the places between the flowers – all looking to rosiness and identity where the agonies dare not fly.
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  93. 93. The thaaaa rrrrkke d Dolersaur us . FINISH
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  95. 95. T h e f o l l o w i n g i s s i m p l y t h e a u t h o r ’ s g e n e r i c e l u c i d a t i o n s . ________________________________ _____________________ Abalone: popular rock shell fish akin to Kiwi paua. Once abundant in easy reach around Homartian shores; where they thrived with muscles, crayfish and a particular cute little starfish now being consumed to extinction by the arrival of an alien starfish. … as if the slippery green rock coating from industrial runoff wasn’t enough. (when I was a boy even a long time ago, I vowed to clean up the river – this’s as far as I’ve got.) aboriginal: original people; origin of the name ‘Aboriginal’. Aboriginal: the native people of the Australian continent & its islands. Blackfella; Harmoninni. Likely floated over from India among other. These original ‘Tasmanians’ copped from the British the common cold and a lot of shocking abuse, disrespect and horror. Also some would child-care for the palefaces. King Billy I think from the centre northwest is an iconic name. It is beautiful that contemporary culture is adopting Aboriginal place & topographic names – mount Wellington/ kunanyi. Corinnians: residents of Corinna, north west Tasmania. Cray: local Tasmanian rock lobster also enjoyed in faraway lands as is the abalone.
  96. 96. 5 bastard scrub: term for scrub that’s resistant to human passage. blue tongue lizard: another Tasmanian icon growing rarer. Blundstone: local boot maker of some pride to Homartians. buried brook: we bury the drawcard of our settlement and its urbane link – mountain top to cove. cabled impost: people with assorted large twigs in their eyes want to build a cable car in the wrong place. If it does politically go, as did the Iraq war, it should be conditional that it begin from the roof of the City Hall – that way the built heritage lobby could stop it whereas the natural heritage lobby carries nowhere near the cred. Obviously natural heritage carries no ego and only comes from God. Following cable to the Pinnacle (Mt Wellington) comes a resort in Thark. Carlton bluff: an hour east of Hobart; a beautiful bonded bookend to ParkCarlton Beach land-granted to the army and handballed to someone else, barely productive land, zoned to be given a patchworked skin rash jewelled with window squares, tinsheds, headlights amid rectangle fences & lawnmowings to drop of leprosy from the soul of the beach. convict camp: the first tents here were set-up: executive on the rise at the end of Elizabeth & the convicts down in mid mall. Good surveillance from the executive area over the convicts on one side & the water highway on the other. Dolerite: the stone of the gondwanian pre kunanyi geomorphic thing west of Hobart – challenged by the dollar, right?
  97. 97. Dollar -right: dolerite under shaded and captured by money. Dolersaurus: dollarsaurus, rhetorical creature with dolerite as flesh often seen resting quietly like an old gray elephant trunk tucked under crouched blocking the fierce westerlies from the little settlement by the Derwent. Dunaliens: residents of Dunalley, south east Tasmania. fighting foul excrement: the ‘buried brook’, the local rivulet, like most if not all in global settlement, was used as a sewer and the locals copped cholera. … drew drinking water, falling ill not knowing why. geomorphic: land/water form, characteristics, developments & change. May also be assumed to relate biomorphic; the same in flora & fauna Gondwana: in my mind is an ancient land lush with all and awesome creatures and plants unadulterated by people yet the perfect place to live. Indigenuity: indigenousness juxtoed :juxtaposed. King Billy: Aborigine; member of these island’s aboriginals, known as the Aborigines of the continent that now supports Australia. Circa 1835-1869, last surviving male of the Oyster Cove clan, Following his death his body was dismembered and used for scientific purposes. ley lines: The concept of "ley lines" originates with Alfred Watkins who also drew on earlier ideas that alignments might be oriented to sunrise and sunset at solstices. In 1921he had been driving along
  98. 98. 7 a road near a village. Attracted by the nearby archaeological investigation of a Roman camp, he stopped to compare the landscape with features on his map. He saw, "like a chain of fairy lights" a series of straight alignments of various ancient features - standing stones, wayside crosses, causeways, hill forts, and ancient churches on mounds. Checking this potential discovery from higher ground he noticed many of the paths seemed to connect one hilltop to hilltop in a straight line. He coined the term "ley" partly because the lines passed through places with ley in the name. He believed this was the ancient name for the trackways, preserved in the modern names. The ancient surveyors who supposedly made the lines were given the name "dodmen". He believed, in ancient times when Britain was more densely forested, the country was criss-crossed by a network of straight-line travel routes, with prominent features of the landscape being used as navigation points. lorikeets: brilliant green small parrots always plural but never crowded. Melaleuca: A small settlement at the far southern coast – nothing much but wild bushland, plains and fresh air between it and Hobart. McDono-cable: Never did want those hamburgers here to stifle the corner burger shop with big juicy homemade local grown economy healthy and hearty locale. Nibaluna: this may be something like the Palawan-I think- (local people) name for the stretch of water about the Homartian docks – maybe it’s mountain waters. Orgone … putative energy … assumed universal life force … anti-entropic principle, creative substratum in nature… massless, omnipresent substance, … luminiferous
  99. 99. aether … living energy more so than inert matter … coalesce across microscopic to macroscopic , organisms, clouds, galaxies…. held bodily orgone deficit root of many diseases… Prahna: I think of this as blowing with the air pollinating as we breath it; the sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe & the specialty of locale. Seven Mile Hill: similar Carlton bluff of Hobart a virtual wilderness beach about to be degenitalled – what a waste of such a treasure so close to the capital city – what a gain to those who join the fait accomplish and build the glassed loungerooms. Snug bluff : similar Seven Mile Hill but 20minutes south and of a different intimacy and value. Regnans : Eucalyptus regnans, known also as mountain ash, Victorian ash, swamp gum, Tasmanian oak or stringy gum known to attain heights over 114 metres one of the tallest in the world and the tallest flowering plant. Street Canyon: a place where kiddies are lost; full of trouser cuffs, hubcaps, exhaust pipes, stockinged legs, pole bases, steps, trampled floors, pavement and with walled sides higher than the sky; where children are easily totally blinkered away from natures, the simple natural joys lost to our constructions but sometimes plainly present to their parents who may be blissfully ignorant of their plight and drown away their objections with an icecream. Testeronious connector: well is kinda like fouling the purity of the total universal wonder by putting
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  101. 101. your youness connection in a wrong place. Tharkian: having qualities like The Thark, an area barely trodden west of the kunanyi Mount Wellington pinnacle. Tiger snake: common local poisonous snake. Whales: there were 1000s of them in the Derwent and the estuary, 1000s teeming with black whales up to sixty feet long with young alongside in winter to calve. Smaller varieties too and porpoises. Zzzzzzz: sorry if I put you to sleep. Z i p p i t y d o d a h z i p p e r t y a a y … m y o h m y w h a t a w o n d e r f u l d a y … … . . I t ’ s t h e t r u t h …
  102. 102. It was actual … e v e r y t h i n g w a s s a t I s f a c t u a l
  103. 103. This is what it might have looked like from Criterion Street looking by the future Town Hall site to where the buried brook met the Derwent … possibly should have been a few Regnans painted in.
  104. 104. This is what it might have looked like from Hunter Island before it was named such looking through the future Customs House … certainly should have been numerous tall Regnans painted in. Picture courtesy of Anaya who at 5 y/o offered me 40cents for this picture while the paint was wet.
  105. 105. This is how it might have appeared looking to that island from where the Lord mayor now sits. It shows albeit crudely the rocky connection to shore which underpinned the causeway they built … to become the umbilical and indeed the source of Macquarie Street. .
  106. 106. Stand yourself at the top of Kelly’s Step and cast your mind back to one ripper dawn blazing light onto that hunter Island and lifting the shallows that lie towards the Parliament gardens. Sunlight courtesy of …
  107. 107. Rosellas (not correctly coloured) like Lorikeets sweeping in mutual embrace with the leaves and limbs and wind. These were actually eastward at Wattle Hill but the scene is pretty much the same.
  108. 108. Should be Regnans in this too, but then Kananyi likely wouldn’t be visible; this from down Wapping way from the street in behind the Roberts building looking to Wellington bridge at Elizabeth Mall. Don’t know how the old tyre got there, no rubber in those days.
  109. 109. This is what it might have looked like from Stowell lookinh over the Salamanca warehouses to the Domain; there is a wedgetailed eagle just flew out of the picture. The cappacino sits at Elizabeth Wharf..
  110. 110. Homartian for y o u r L i b r a r y , F r i e n d , V i s i t o r , D e s i g n e r , T e a c h e r , D e v e l o p e r , P o l i t i c i a n , C h i l d , C o m p a n i o n ; a s a H o u s e W a r m e r o r t o R e t a i l . Go to Bookshops Hobart Bookshop bookstore.bookpod.com.au deboxdebox@gmail.com facebook.com/HouseFandango facebook.com/Homartian
  111. 111. For very welcome feedback direct to author, enquiry, comment or purchase: M John Latham, Manager Debox Publications 16 Sanfrancisco St, Sorell, Tasmania, Australia 7172 deboxdebox@gmail.com facebook.com/Homartian facebook.com/HouseFandango Search: debox Tasmania, debox degrid, Monte John Latham, HouseFandango, Homartian, House Essence
  112. 112. ADDITIONAL BOOKS by Monte John Latham  Housefandango “HouseFandango” is a phenomenon – the product of an exuberant creativity, a mind ever restless, fluid, alert to manifold possibility, uncontained. Such an intelligence might change the world. We need to listen to Monte John Latham, then. His is a wisdom that roams wide and free, at the same time as it focuses down upon the most urgent question of our age: how should we live, how should we dwell, how should we be? Here is the dance of people and place – a veritable house fandango, and its dancemaster steps us forth from the very earth, its magic, the bedrock on which civilisation rests, to the place-nurturing, self- nurturing, self-constructing activity that is nothing less than making a home on earth. Come with Monte John – dance his dance of life-affirming love. Pete Hay, POET, ESSAYIST AND PHILOSOPHER OF PLACE, ( 2013 TASMANIA BOOK PRIZE - PEOPLE'S CHOICE)  Wow Hows the House Now (out of print). Old title of HouseFandango.  House Essence (ebook). An essence of HouseFandango.  There Are (ebook) . A short few words: identity, people, place. Coming up  The Architecture of Fire  Spirit in the Sky  The Shallows Where We Fizz.  Nomurbic Office
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