The Annual Festival of Gluttony

December 23, 2006 at 1:23 am (Uncategorized)

Okay, people, most of you are already well and truly embarked upon the rampant consumer binge unmistakably marking the end of another year. I can’t believe how quickly we’ve reached it. So I’ll be signing off for a few days whilst I join in the ’round the clock feasting and spend some time with my friends and family.

Be careful and carefree, if you’ll allow the contradiction.



  1. John said,

    Hi Di, thanks for the Christmas wishes (they say “happy holiday’s” over here). Sorry for not getting in contact when I was there last week, too much to do in such a short time (a wedding, a funeral, a job interview). On your topic of gluttony, I have not bought one Christmas present this year (Meaghan has her present already, copious quanities of shoes in the last few weeks to add to the collection, she alone has kept the Canadian economy going in my absence, not bad for not having a job). While not buying gifts is easier to do on the one side of the world while your family is on the other, I think words in this case are stronger than action (I expressed a desire for no gifts I might add and it would take 4 months for my gifts to get home). May the “Christmas consumer price index” or what ever they call it start falling through the floor but no doubt come January the economists will be rolling in it like pigs in…..even if its not the truth. Its hard to celebrate when your country drops bombs on poor Arab’s on wealthyt soil, in this day of peak oil and the greenhouse effect. The economy next year may fall in a similar direction by all predictions so not having that credit card bill to pay off in January is the best Christmas present you can give anyone. World Peace and no poverty would be a better gift however. I will leave you with one statistic from North America that shocked me the other day, the top 300,000 wealthy in the US earn more than the bottom 120 million, not taking into account off shore tax havens and the unemployed. It give Christmas for some a different meaning. Anyway, enjoy the summer sun, I miss it already. With Love from the oil consuming, war mongering, Christmas mad North American continent. John (and Meaghan).

  2. doctordi said,

    John, this all makes me feel rather glum. You’re right, of course, but I don’t think you can call the poor old Canadians war mongering… they just have some lousy neighbours. And, just as loads of Australians do not want to be at war with Iraq, or see (more) innocent people die, millions of Americans do feel exactly the same way. I think we can all take some comfort from that. If you want to get some perspective on the shocking toll and sheer destructiveness of war on the finer qualities of the human spirit, have a look at the link on my blog roll to ‘Baghdad Burning.’ It’s written by a young Iraqi woman, and it should be required reading for everyone in the coalition of the willing. As to the wealth of the few and the poverty of the many, there is no question we must all do more to address our absolute and collective failure to secure prosperity for all. Happy holidays? Not so for everyone.

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