Dingo the Dissident

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

Wednesday 31 August 2022

Is boredom

a symptom (or a form)
of depression ? Each feeds
into the other.

There must surely be a link.

Dogs permanently attached to leads
are depressed, because they cannot sniff
to heart's content, and are continually
frustrated, bored.

I know that when I'm bored stiff
my spirits start to sink

and are not so much raised as hazed
by lighting up a spliff.

Mikhail Gorbachev, a man

with global vision and great courage died yesterday.
Unfortunately, capitalist greed and megalomania ensured
that things didn't pan out well for Russia.

The deep-sea Macropenna microstoma
has a unique kind of vision
thanks to huge rotating eyes.  Will it survive
the onslaught of consumer-capitalism ?

photograph: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

"The barrel-eye fish has extremely light-sensitive eyes
that can rotate within a transparent, fluid-filled shield on its head.
The two spots above its mouth are similar to human nostrils."

Tuesday 30 August 2022

Democracy of Guns.

American civilians are estimated to hold
a staggering 
40% of the world’s firearms,
despite accounting for only 4% of its population.


Not exactly a surprise.


The usual suspects: Russia won't negotiate at all.
The USA wants genetic patent rights (or something like that).
Canada is also being obstructive.

But buffalo have no problem agreeing
on access to water.

Sunday 28 August 2022

Pop music

is anti-musical
in the same way
that democracies
are anti-democratic.

Saturday 27 August 2022

I heard Mohsin Hamid

(author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist)
use the verb Otherise when he was
talking on the radio.  No, not Authorise.
I was not authorised at birth 
to be other than otherised on earth.

Friday 26 August 2022

'Closure' –

a fashionable word.
There was quite a lot of it
in Nagasaki in 1945.
I'm looking forward to my own
which will precede that
of the Anthroposphere.


Men are very good at drinking,
but bad at joined-up, 'global' thinking.
And so green places keep on shrinking.

So heigh-ho! the wind and the rain...
we'll never get cutting the forest again.

Thursday 25 August 2022

Because I could not

(still barely can)
roll my Rs, I was told
that I had a Lazy Tongue.

Rs are not rolled in English,
indeed hardly pronounced at all
in England or Wales. So – what.the.fuck ? 

Lazy is one of the worst words
in Western Vocabulary,
along with Communist, Terrorist, Whore,
Nigger, Work-shy, Uncommercial
Unfortunately Laziness of Mind
is not a Recognised Defect or crime –
on the contrary – it gets you a job
and keeps you there,  lets you rise
up the ladder...right to The Top.

The fact that I could pronounce
a French R, a German Ü perfectly
(as no-one else in my class could)
was of no linguistic (or social) relevance.

A Sad Accident

 at a Gay Croissant Orgy.

Wednesday 24 August 2022

Of course I've never seen 'Star Wars',

which, I gather, is an infantasy film.
So, when in London in 1981
I saw posters in the Underground
announcing that The Empire Strikes Back, 
I thought for more than a minute
with great concernment
that they had been put up by 
the right-wing, working-class-smashing,
Reaganomic Thatcher government.

Tuesday 23 August 2022

Let's not be negative!

All bad things, too,
will come to an end
when we do.
Possibly quite soon.
Sooner than our manipulated
minds imagine.

Possibly next June.

Almost no human news

is fun news, but this
Bone-eating snot-flower worm,
first discovered in 2003
lives happily off whale carcasses
on the floor of the North Sea.

photo by Adisha Pramod

You are not what other people think –

unless, of course, you turn yourself into
what you think other people
would like you to seem to be.

Some people do this serially.

Sunday 21 August 2022


Even if everyone on the planet
were to live just above the level of malnutrition
and without running water or electricity
(or aeroplanes, cars, nuclear fission,
phones or restaurants or live-in maids),

the formerly abundant, teeming biosphere
might stagger on depletedly
for only another four or five decades.

I blame the great anti-hypocrite Tom Paine.

Americans are much more interested in
rights than responsibilities
or responsibility.

Saturday 20 August 2022

All property is theft

from the planet.

All that we truly own
are amputated, nugatory
and bedizened memories.

Friday 19 August 2022

A Very Other Kind of Queer.

Oh yes, show me your sores while I'm wanking'
Lepers are terribly sweet.
And yes, you can give me a spanking,
and then I can worship your feet.

I love to hear your chains clanking...
Oh, we're in for a wonderful treat!

(to be continued)


photo by Jimmy Cunningham

Thursday 18 August 2022


Do serene asexuals and slow solosexuals qualify

to join that ever-expanding category ?

And do cuddling, kissing, non-penetrating men
'count' as homosexual/gay ?


Unsuitable food,

far worse than what impoverished humans are often forced to buy.
A Black Skimmer feeds a Cigarette-butt to its chick.

The toxic butt has been mistaken for a fish.

Wednesday 17 August 2022

Y'all know

that jazz meant sex
(related to jizz and jism, but not Jesus).

I didn't know that funk meant 'stink'
– so that funky means 'smelling of sex'
one way or another.

Sex and religious companionship
were - probably still are - a great consolation
to Blak Foke (woke and unwoke)

though sex more often involves violation.

I think it is likely

and significant that, during my lifetime,
the most quoted phrase from English literature
(excluding the Bible and Shakespeare)
is not one about human continents,
islands and promontories and the bell that tolled,
but Willie Yeats' apocalyptic :

the centre cannot hold.

Tuesday 16 August 2022

Human legs

are not particularly beautiful,
unlike those of otters or spiders,
and (to me) are quite ugly when old
– which is why I wear trousers
in hot weather as well as in cold.

My favourites, hanging out to dry.

There is currently an infantile
summer fashion for all (including old) men
to wear long, drab shorts
like schoolboys.  Can it have
anything to do with pædophilia ?


one of the last of Europe's great forests.

Monday 15 August 2022

To die in your sleep

is to slip sweetly,
slidingly relax
into the excellent beyond
and everlasting space
between opposing facts. 

Sunday 14 August 2022

Saturday 13 August 2022

While we were anguishing

over Nuclear Apocalypse
in the 1950s and 1960s
we were merrily creating
the Environmental Apocalypse
which we are now pretend-propitiating.

Charles Kœchlin's post-apocalyptic Piano Quintet, 1908-1921,
gives no hint of the joy of the richly-surviving flora, fungi and fauna.

For the French

an animal that is not edible
is either vermin ('nuisible')
or for keeping in a zoo –
where once were kept sub-humans, too.

read more >

Three headlines

from yesterday's newspaper

Sea-sponges sneeze to clear their pores.

Rise in popularity of anal sex
has led to health problems for women.

We are separated by one miscalculation
from nuclear annihilation.

Friday 12 August 2022

Why say

in fifty lines (or pages)
what you can say in six ?

Because quantity is preferred to quality,
and forms the basis of consumer-capitalism.

The offensively glib Mr Larkin.

When I see a couple of kids
And guess he’s fucking her and she’s   
Taking pills or wearing a diaphragm,   
I know this is [the] paradise [that]

Everyone old has dreamed of... *

Except that she might be just fourteen

and he seventeen and there was no consent

and both have violent fathers

and their mothers keep breaking down in sobs

and neither have jobs...

* the first 5 lines of High Windows, by Philip Larkin.

Thursday 11 August 2022

An Early Anti-War and Anti-Waste Poem

(from the 17th century) :

Jack Sprat will eat no fat
and Jill doth love no leane,
And yet betwixt them both
they lick the dishes cleane.

Georgia O'Keeffe

is, allegedly, the only female painter
to fetch high prices in salerooms.

The appalling male painter, Georg Baselitz,
notoriously declared that
Women can't paint

Georgia O'Keeffe painted like a man ?

Wednesday 10 August 2022

It is almost a truism

that firearms in 'peacetime'
(i.e. no situation of international
or intranational hostility)
tend to be carried
by men who fear challenges
to their assumed virility.

Weedy sea-dragon

or seedy weed-dragon
in its habitat of kelp, now
diminishing all over the world.

Tuesday 9 August 2022

When you're feeling low

don't be ashamed to visit youTube
and be uplifted by someone looking after
a geriatric bat 
or setting puzzles for
or having morning coffee with a crow.

And don't fail to read the comments!

Under the Cascade

of events which we have caused
it seems likely that
we were designed to fail
either by a nasty deity
or through overreaching evolution –
the origin's irrelevant.
And true to form we find it easier
to discover the origin of stars
than to investigate the source
of destructive and habitual human wilfulness.

And so we speed so heedlessly
the eventual Martianisation of the world.

Monday 8 August 2022

Hypocritical Schadenfreude.

I have 'been right' about the collapse
of The Biosphere since around 1965
when I was 24. I won't live long enough
to suffer from the effects to which I am contributing
while still alive.

I drive
my thirty-year-old car once or twice a week
to markets and even to a supermarket, 
and a few months ago
shat on my scruples (feeling only a little less smug)
by taking a cheap flight to Morocco...
where I bought a rug.

Sunday 7 August 2022

More than 20 million farm animals

A truck carrying pigs was tracked travelling for 32 hours non-stop
 in the US in August 2021 without the animals being unloaded.
Photograph: Hugo Borges


in the US alone
die on their way to abattoirs,
are condemned,
and have to be disposed of
'humanely ?'.

read more >

(If you can't be vegetarian, be cannibal.
 Fat white children under five are more succulent
 than tortured pig.)

'The world is too much with us',

Will Wordsworth in his limping sonnet wrote.  

But worse,
*we* are too much
(that is to say cut-throat
interfering) with the world :
a double curse.

Beside the rubble

a penny-farthing bicycle
without a saddle
in Bakhmut, Ukraine. 

photo by Bülent Kılıç

Today's Interesting Fact.

'An estimated 1.3 million' people in Britain
are part-time naturists, which is about
the same number as the membership
of the (Anglican, Episcopal) Church of England.

naturism-in-britain-is-booming >

Saturday 6 August 2022

'Authentic' Tourism:

Choosing the ho[s]tel with bed-bugs.

(The only place I encountered bed-bugs was Amsterdam,
a particularly picturesque and soulless city.)

Trying to go up the down-escalator.

Until today I had assumed
that everyone had more or less
the same torrent of monologue
that I have in my head.

But some favoured people have none at all,
living serenely inside their brains,
rather than continually scrabbling like rats
to clamber out of sludge-blocked drains.

Friday 5 August 2022

As cities grow bigger, the misery gets greater.

(It is obvious that
the more widespread and populous the civilisation,
the more widespread the waste, the pressure
and the stress, the impositions and the devastation.)

My contribution to the 'Abortion Issue'.

Think of abortion as sparing a foetus

the grinding awfulness

of being human...the continual consciousness

the shame...

A merciful release long before

the merciful release that death is

for those who have been born and lived

and had to answer to a name.

Thursday 4 August 2022

A note on the Hindu caste-system.

For a Brahmin it is unclean
to clean,
which less-clean, lesser folk must do.
Such is human rationality :
absurd, tortured and torturing.

Nice one!


Little Yellow Aeroplanes.

All the flights in the world yesterday,
as shown by Flightradar 24.

I'm not sure about the blue ones...private jets ?

Wednesday 3 August 2022

Goodbye 'several'.

Rest in Peace.

I'm sorry that you have been replaced
by 'multiple', which I always thought
a noun, a mathematical term – as in
'four and two are multiples of eight.'

But I will not disown you;
I will stay faithful to 'many' or 'several'
which are now 'as caviar to the general'.

People who don't like Bandwagons

don't go anywhere.


Tuesday 2 August 2022

My 'Goodreads' review

of Memorial, by Bryan Washington,
which featured in an edition of BBC World Service's Bookclub:

The British Sunday Times described this bleak book as 'tender, wistful and profound'.  I found it shallow and brutal.  The first (totally banal and stupid) of three epigraphs warns the reader: "Everybody, everywhere, is always talking about the same shitty thing."

This book is "a shitty thing".  The fæcal word occurs several times on almost every page, which gets a bit trying.  The book implies that (half-)educated queer Americans say 'shit' and 'fuck' (not to mention 'motherfucker') all the time.  If this is the case, it tells us all we need to know about the American education system.

There is no difference in tone or voice between the two main characters.  They are in a totally mechanistic relationship, emotionally anæsthetised and solipsistic.  Their homosexuality is anti-sensual and of the wham-bam penetrative kind, which does no service to queerness – though, since Gay Liberation, it certainly appears to have become more brutal. 

I found it both depressing and trivial, and something of a slur against queer men; many of us are holosensual rather than brusquely sodomitic.

Mr Washington should read some Jodi Picoult to learn how to write well and impart empathy into his narrative and his characters, rather than trying pathetically to emulate the dehydrated William Burroughs

I am not surprised that I found this book in a 'Remaindered'. pile of its own at quarter-price.  I am much less surprised that it is an "American Best-seller", some of which seem to be churned out of some Writers' Factory (maybe in China!).

"It's surprising how cheerful one can be

when one gives up hope."

Terence Rattigan, Separate Tables, part II.

Monday 1 August 2022

Food for thought.

Chloral hydrate
often called merely 'chloral'
was the first manufactured hypnotic drug
(after the opiate laudanum, often referred to
merely as 'my drops') which could be taken orally.

It was widely used by the middle and upper classes
in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods
– and in 'Mental Institutions' up to World War Two.

Like most such drugs it is addictive,
but, according to Wikipedia,
'left patients much more refreshed after a deep sleep
than more recently invented sedatives.'

Women's Football.

The European obsession
with organised, competitive
(semi-totalitarian) sports
spreads like a pandemic.