Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions, an uncommonplace-book from the Armpit of Diogenes, binge-thinker jottings since 2008 .

Tuesday 30 August 2016

The stupid

are the instruments
and bane of the clever
and the clever
are the nemesis of the wise
and the world.

Monday 29 August 2016

Reason lies

Logic lies
Emotion lies
Religions lie
And so do we
Until we die

Sunday 28 August 2016

Rings and things


Saturday 27 August 2016


The National Police
The Secret Police
The Religious Police
The Tourist Police
The Thought Police
The Traffic Police
The Vice Police
The Sumptuary Police
The Narcotics Police
The Auxiliary Police
The Neighbourhood Police
The Military Police
The Criminal Police
The Municipal Police
The Rural Police
The Border Police
The Security Police
The Secret Security Police
The Secret Security Police Police

Friday 26 August 2016


is not the only
failure of imagination.*
There are also hope
and civilisation.

* Graham Greene in The Power and the Glory

Thursday 25 August 2016

A friend asked me

the simplest way to kill yourself
when you conclude that you are at the end of the road
and don't wish to end up in hopital or a "care home".
She did not like my well-researched suggestion
to use the gently-stifling plastic-bag-and-sleeping-pill method.
She was more interested in the injection of heart-stopping Potassium chloride
until I told her it was horrifically painful ("veins on fire")
and not that quick.

After buying KCl powder on eBay
(but not for the inevitable eventuality)
the "Suggestions based on your purchase"
featured various kinds of syringe.

Isn't eBay thoughtful ?

I did more research on-line.

Jumping from a high building (at least 8 floors)
or a precipice - the survival rate is low.
But jumping from a bridge is NOT the way to go.
Further googling on how to go gently into the long goodnight
I found an amusing, sobering and useful site
offering much cheer:

click here >>>

Wednesday 24 August 2016

The sheer genius of capitalism

A litre-bottle of milk
is cheaper than a litre-bottle of water
(not only if you buy two litres at once).

Monday 22 August 2016

The Truths

The simple truth
The complicated truth
The plain truth
The twisted truth
The unadulterated truth
The half-truth
The basic truth
The blind truth
The blatant truth
The untold truth
The terrible truth
The inner truth
The deep truth
The unacceptable
The apparent truth
The presentable truth
The hurtful truth
God's truth
The bitter truth
The unacknowledged truth
The whole truth
The philosophical truth
The absolute truth
The hidden truth
The naked truth
The paradoxical truth
The doubtful truth
The disputed truth
The despicable truth
The economical truth
The unlikely truth
The unvarnished truth
The hateful truth
The oceanic truth
The scientific truth
The artistic truth
The elaborated truth
The absurd truth
The psychological truth
The convenient truth
The barefaced, lying truth...

Art is the is the most creative way
to avoid the truth.

Sunday 21 August 2016

Love is

(whatever it may more precisely be)
a continuing conversation.
Hate, however, like civilisation,
is, in Graham Greene's words
'a failure of imagination.'

Saturday 20 August 2016

Every homeless person

would agree,
and also every refugee
who's forced to roam -
that charity begins at home.

Friday 19 August 2016


few of us realise
before it is too late
how the future
will seem to change
our flickering past

until I was
I will be
for an instant
all that the I
who almost fills my world
might have been
have ever been
an imperceptible
footnote to your
imperceptible footnotes

Thursday 18 August 2016

Wednesday 17 August 2016

One size never fits all.

I have never cared for 'exercise' or effort.
I have always favoured lolling about and reading
As a child, of course I liked to play as children do,
but I loathed 'sports', and have never taken walks
for 'exercise' - only with dogs to share their joy
I would climb a mountain to see a Passage Tomb,
and enjoy hours of planting shrubs and trees
even in rain
but otherwise I would prefer to 'loafe'
(as the Divine Walt put it)
I have spent most of my life sitting in chairs
Am I overweight and unhealthy ?
I am very thin and have a strong heart
(the doctors tell me)  And I loafe
and laugh at those mechanical masochists
who 'exercise' to keep themselves 'fit'

Fitness comes from within
The divine

Monday 15 August 2016

I find it obscene and distressing

that the manic, psychotic, anti-ludic
 Olympic “Games” in Rio de Janeiro
are far more important to our newsmongers
and presumably the demonic demos of our democracy
than (for example) the four-year siege of Aleppo…

Theodore Adorno

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
But both the order and the chaos are false,
and the quip is falsely neat,
and most people
for most of history
and prehistory
have not had enough to eat.

The task of art today is to bring chaos into order. Theodor Adorno
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/theodor_adorno.html
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order. Theodor Adorno
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/theodor_adorno.html
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order. Theodor Adorno
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/theodor_adorno.html
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order. Theodor Adorno
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/theodor_adorno.html

Sunday 14 August 2016

One enquiry leads to another...

The only horse-drawn vehicles which I knew as a child in Ireland
were the Trap (with pony) and the Irish Jaunting-car.
Much later I learned of Fiacres,
named after the Hôtel de Saint-Fiacre in Paris,
where carriages gathered for hire,
and that Saint-Fiacre was one of three Irish saints called Fíachra, namely
St Fiacre of Breuil, (died 670), who built a hospice for travellers
at Saint-Fiacre, in the Seine-et-Marne.

So I wondered if the Hackney carriage came from the inner London district of that name.

Indeed not.
It comes from the French Haquenée, originally denoting a quiet, moderately-sized mare
suitable for ladies, and thus also for pulling carriages.
The horsey verb 'to hack' is from the same source.
Then I wondered about the Landau, the Post-chaise (or Shay)
the Brougham...the Barouche...

and found this interesting web-page,
on which no mention was made (before I e-mailed the author)
of the Berlin[e] (now used in French to describe a ‘sedan’ motor-vehicle
‘saloon’ in British English],
which term comes from the rectangular configuration of a ‘sedan-chair’
[sedio in Italian]). 
Break (in French - Shooting-brake in English)
and Cabriolet, (now also abbreviated to cab in English, as in taxi-cab)

also denote the designs of modern automobiles.

A Dog-cart can be a horse-drawn vehicle designed to carry dogs as well as humans,
or one drawn by a large dog, especially in the Low Countries,
for delivering milk and eggs.

click to enlarge

A photochrom from the late 19th century showing two pedlars selling milk from a dogcart
near Brussels, Belgium.

Saturday 13 August 2016


is the pliable metal
the roofer of the rich
the poisoner of the poor
the metal of death
the liner of coffins and sarcophagi,
quite different from the lead in man's pencil:
fragile and voluble graphitic carbon -
carbon which made us
on this carbonic chthonic and tectonic
Earth to dwell
ignores us
and our hysteric helium heaven
as well as our carbonyl sulphurous hell.

Friday 12 August 2016

Rock-music and Relevance

"Remember when, I forget his name
but that rocker who wrote  The Marseillaise...
remember when his song started getting
all that airplay in 1792, and suddenly the peasantry
rose up and overthrew the aristocracy ?
There was a song that changed the world.
Attitude was what the peasants were missing.
They already had everything else -
humiliating servitude, grinding poverty,
unpayable debts, horrific working conditions.
But without a song, man, it added up to nothing.
The Sans-culotte style was what really changed the world."

- from Jonathan Franzen, Freedom.

Thursday 11 August 2016

On the Planet of Pain

It is silly to be miserable
about misery beyond us
and beyond our power to ease. 
Better to frolic,
listen to music –
and even hug trees.

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Why the European Union was established :

To abolish war it is necessary to abolish patriotism, 
and to abolish patriotism it is necessary first to understand that it is an evil. 
Tell people that patriotism is bad and most will reply: 
‘Yes, bad patriotism is bad, but mine is good patriotism.’

- Lev Tolstoy

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Monday 8 August 2016

A kind of Sampler

click the photo to enlarge

of motifs
engraved in Irish passage-tombs,
the rug which I designed
and my mother knotted
over forty years ago
has unfortunately rotted
in my damp Irish house.

Sunday 7 August 2016


is the name for stand-alone public toilets in France.
These were mostly pissotières on wide pavements
(particularly in Paris) or in squares which, in the late 19th century,
replaced the columnal, one-man urinoirs introduced in the 1830s.
The latter were transformed into Colonnes Morris which served as
surfaces for the adhesion of advertisements.

Vespasienne or Pissotière (left) and Colonne Morris (right)
on the Boulevard Saint-Michel, 1978.  Photo Anthony Weir.

Vespasiennes took their name from the Roman Emperor Vespasian,
and became not just Encounter Facilities for gay men,
who called them tasses (English: cottages)
but also opportunities for soupeurs or piss-drinkers
to throw in a crust of bread at some time in the day
and retrieve it, piss-sodden, some hours later.
To discourage homo-cruising, some could accommodate only two men
who faced each other, but were blocked by a solid dividing wall.

They were introduced elsewhere in Europe -
especially in Amsterdam - and even in Ireland!
Dublin had elaborate ones installed for the Roman Catholic Eucharistic Congress of 1932,
(other kinds of congress certainly resulted) -
but Belfast had a fine anglo-indian one (in harmony with that city's
hideous, pretentious and copper-domed City Hall) much earlier.
Strangely, I can find only one picture of it on the web:

- which it shares with a trolley-bus.  It is, I believe, now languishing
in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum about 20 kilometres east of Belfast.

The Paris vespasiennes have now disappeared,
initially because Mme de Gaulle was horrified by homosexuality.
(Click here if you can read French)
and I watched one of the last - a famous cruisy one in the Tuileries gardens -
being destroyed... 

In the 1980s I met a very sweet pastry-cook in a 1950s concrete tasse in Le Havre
a communist city where they were slow to disappear)
and whence - extremely unusual in France - he drove me home to his bedroom
in the flat which he shared with his parents.

Marvellous twenty-first century single-man vespasiennes have recently been introduced in Paris.
What goes around, comes around.

Some more examples here >
                                                         and here >

Saturday 6 August 2016


There's always a list,
no - many lists -
and always
at the very least
one list (if not a hundred and two)
which includes you,
long before you are on the list of the dead.

Where there is Government there is counting of heads.
Civilisation is composed almost entirely of lists.
Voter-lists, passenger lists, lists of prisoners, soldiers,
Lists are neither false nor true,
they are just lists, but one or more of them
might do for you.
There are lists of pacifists and terrorists -
and the Great List that is Google,
and the even greater list that The Alleged God
(or Big Bang) is always adding to
and perhaps even subtracting from.

The Sublime and Gentle, Holy Walt had lots of lists in his holistic,
outpouring poetry.

                                Here is a list of  what I think are my Good Points:
I am quiet.
If I am drunk or stoned, I am even quieter, and smile a lot.
I grow things for their beauty and my pleasure.
I am surprisingly patient:
I waited 40 years for my Puya to flower.
I have a little badger-sanctuary
where I planted a Pseudopanax ferox.

I don't bother people,
have no ambition or desire to raise myself above them,
avoid people so as not to frighten or annoy them.
I am an excellent translator of poetry.
I had no and am no father: I had myself sterilised.
I have "low sex-drive", am not driven by anything
except avoidance of stress.
I am not possessive, so I am incapable of sexual jealousy,
and have no political or financial acumen,
have never been a debtor. 

I have always liked go to bed early.
I love poetical lists.
I love dogs, the bigger the better.

Thursday 4 August 2016

Wednesday 3 August 2016

How can one respect scientists,

intellectuals, famous writers and broadcasters
when they don't seem to know
that an epicentre is one of two centres
of an ellipse ?

Monday 1 August 2016

As Diogenes

(and, who knows ? perhaps Jesus)
might have been frequently overheard saying:
the most beautiful and important thing
is to have no followers or following.