Welcome to Saturday - A small sampling of New Zealand artists.

Poet - Hone Tuwhare


I can hear you
making small holes
in the silence

If I were deaf
the pores of my skin
would open to you
and shut

And I
should know you
by the lick of you
if I were blind

the something
special smell of you
when the sun cakes
the ground

the steady
drum-roll sound
you make
when the wind drops

But if I
should not hear
smell or feel or see

you would still
define me
disperse me
wash over me

No Ordinary Sun.

Tree let your arms fall:
raise them not sharply in supplication
to the bright enhaloed cloud.
Let your arms lack toughness and
resilience for this is no mere axe
to blunt nor fire to smother.

Your sap shall not rise again
to the moon’s pull.
No more incline a deferential head
to the wind’s talk, or stir
to the tickle of coursing rain.

Your former shagginess shall not be
wreathed with the delightful flight
of birds nor shield
nor cool the ardour of unheeding
lovers from the monstrous sun.

Tree let your naked arms fall
nor extend vain entreaties to the radiant ball.
This is no gallant monsoon’s flash,
no dashing trade wind’s blast.
The fading green of your magic
emanations shall not make pure again
these polluted skies . . . for this
is no ordinary sun.

O tree
in the shadowless mountains
the white plains an
the drab sea floor
your end at last is written.

Photographer - Fiona Pardington

Musician - Teeks

Film Maker - Taika Waititi

I spoke to smiley after a productive day at his end today. He’s getting there, but it is a slow and difficult process, especially when constricted by health and finances. He's balancing the struggle with his personal strength of spirit, plus the mutual support of friendships cultivated over the years. It’s a long road though, and it’s heavy. It may be a couple months before he is back on Saturdays.

psst … anyone interested in covering a Saturday?
Pretty Please

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partly because we inhabit different hemispheres and partly because Lucifer is back on netflix. I’ll be around for a couple more hours, and then back late tomorrow evening.

Enjoy, as always, the good company. Cheers all!

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oops, posting a live stream does not work for a specific section of it. Sorry. The first part is the section from the 'Uckermark'. I will redact that.

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Thank you for the introduction to Angela's turf.

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I am very impressed with the simple beauty of Teeks' work and I thank you, dear janis, for posting it.

But aren't you forgetting someone? Or were you counting on me? Wink

Acid Jazz Reggae -- Fat Freddy's Drop

I like this one for the unique "Amsterdam Jam" track:





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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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my fellow Fat Freddy's fan. You're a connoisseur, and your selections are fabulous. There's hours of wonderful music there.

Thought you might enjoy this interview with trombonist Hopepa, aka Joe Lindsay ...

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happy smiley day to all
thanks janis enjoy streaming lucifer down under
right on

shoutout to hades and persephone
yo underworld wassup

Fire Weather Watch
Issued: 8:13 AM Aug. 22, 2020 – National Weather Service

517...518...528...529 AND 530... lol

* AFFECTED AREA...Entire San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast.
Areas of highest concern will be included in future updates.

* WIND...Generally light onshore winds. However, erratic gusty
winds 40 to 65 mph may accompany stronger thunderstorms.

* THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated to scattered dry thunderstorms will
develop Sunday afternoon and into Monday morning. An
additional round of thunderstorms are expected to arrive
later Monday into Tuesday. Dry thunderstorms may become wet
as the event progresses.

* IMPACTS...Lightning will likely spark new fires across the
region, including remote areas. Wildfires in remote regions
may not become apparent until warmer and drier conditions
allow them to grow. Please report potential fires to local

okie dokie
become wet
make it so

Skrillex & Damian Jr. Gong Marley - Make It Bun Dem

dancing hurts but will do my best. please join in and do a jig why not. eating homegrown tomatoes from the dirt patch today yippee little eden. can see mars in the morning night sky. big red planet psyches the mind.

peace and love

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"enjoy streaming lucifer down under" ; )

I hope it got wet instead of wild. Thanks for the great video!

Lots of red in your life at the moment - fires, tomatoes and Mars.

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@janis b hi maybe enough of us toe tapped it in to a red flag warning which is different. right on. also this

Armstrong Woods redwoods so far spared from flames

grin worthy.

and finally learned the lesson although it took a sledge to konk it. our local media are click whores plain and simple. award winning click whores pwned by the same old same old since time immemorial. ex politicians own the current politicians and none can produce a functional emergency alert system. even after years of multiple disasters. nada. tech grifters galore every contract gets paid that is the juice running this county. unsubscribed.


i dont know what or who to believe anymore. just gonna garden oh wait the air is unhealthy. oh well sorry homeless guys living on the river. sorry

good luck

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When will those responsible take greater responsibility and try to make things better, or at least not fuck things up more? Where are their minds ... swamped by chaos?

Chill ...

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thanks for the poems and music Janis. Glad to hear smiley is doing well and making progress.

We have 2 tropical systems headed into the gulf this week as CA burns. We got another inch of rain yesterday, and it is a pleasant 65 F this AM. I'm not complaining.

Take care everyone!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout @eyo

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and I'm glad you enjoyed. Your summer sounds as if it's been ideal climate and harvest-wise.

May the good times continue, and other less ideal locations get some relief.

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willing to help cover the smiley saturdays
if we can work out a sharing arrangement
you know my loose limits by now
love the kiwi culture
american bandstand has nothing on you Wink


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I'll liase with rand and work out a 'sharing arrangement'.

Much appreciated.

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content. Thanks for the update on smiley too. Have a lot of balls in the air right now, so can't take any Saturday's myself, sorry.

Interesting commentary on US covid-19 response, testing regimen and all that. I have a minor procedure coming up, so my provider scheduled me for a covid test.
Drive through, pre-screening, ID verification, etc. and test all combined took about 1/2 hour, most of it sitting in line. Appt was 9:10 am yesterday, done no later than 10:45 am (Friday) My results were posted at 4:02 am today (Saturday) for a total turn-around of 18 hours. This is how it should go, but everybody I've known of has waited 7 to 12 days. I'm clean, btw.
Just sayin'

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

You already contribute so much to the interest, thought and entertainment here. Thank you.

I'm glad the testing was easy, and you're all clear. Saliva testing is starting, which is more comfortable and appears to be at least as valid a test.

Stay well and strong.

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but I wanted to stop by.
I got a late start this morning because I slept in. We had a rainy morning! It was an unexpected rain (anyway I didn't expect it) but so nice. Then I spent a chunk of the day harvesting herbs. Among other things I picked quite a bit of basil which I then turned into pesto and stuck in the freezer in individual batches. Even though it's been so dry and hot, the herbs are thriving. (Dealing with them is another matter though.)

Tomorrow I plan to take a break and enjoy your OT of today. I want to read the poetry, listen to the music, watch the film video, look at the photography. Thank you for that, I'm looking forward to exploring it all.

Best to you Janis, take care.

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I'm glad you had rain and a productive day, filled with the fragrance of herbs.

It is a pleasure to share this space with you, and now QMS. Enjoy tomorrow.

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@janis b . Hopefully you get a view of the crescent moon tomorrow night. She was quite the beauty here this evening.

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