Haiku for International Women’s Day

Greer. Steinem. Summers.
Wolf. Zimmer Bradley. Dworkin.
They all have brought me

here. Hell, I even
remember Helen Reddy:
I am woman. (Roar!)

Haiku for international relations (thanks Edwin)

War! What is it good
for? Absolutely nothing!
Say it again! War!

Huh! Yeah, yeah, what is
it good for? Absolutely
Nothing. Hear me now!

… said the lawyer to the judge …

I am a big fan of the Letters of Note blog which publishes ‘correspondence deserving of a wider audience,’ including letters from all walks of life between people known and unknown. I highly recommend it for a daily dose of the best (and worst) of humanity – and often in the most surprising way – and can’t tell you how many times I’ve flicked across at the end of a long day or night for the latest installment, and then gone to bed moved or inspired for having taken a few minutes to read a little bit of someone else’s history.

This beauty arrived on my Facebook page today and it embodies everything that I think makes a great exchange memorable:

  • a departure from the tone of correspondence normally expected between these two professionals (a lawyer and a judge)
  • an obviously well considered attempt (by the lawyer) to be persuasive for his personal benefit and not his client’s, using humour – and quite successfully too.
  • a response from the addressee that completely lifts the reader to another level. You expect – maybe – a particular answer, but you actually get quite another.
  • The answer itself changes the dynamic of the letter by enhancing the original premise – that of the importance of culture and family.


Haiku for the practical

Roses are reddish
Violets are purple and blue
Sugar is glucose

The (milk) glass is still half empty

“We don’t want to do it because we’re the good guys in this, and we want farmers to like us, but we have to because – sorry, folks – that’s competition.”

From ABC news online:

Woolworths says its ongoing milk price war with rival supermarket Coles is unsustainable and will inevitably hurt Australian dairy farmers.

Executives from Woolworths and Coles have held talks with the National Farmers Federation about the potential impact of the price reductions on dairy farmers.

Coles recently slashed its milk prices to just $1 per litre and Woolworths community relations manager Simon Berger says the supermarket has been forced to cut its prices to compete.

“That’s the nature of a competitive industry,” he said.

“But we are very forthright in saying that this is not a price war we would have started … and it’s a price war we do have some concerns about.

“We do prefer to work with farmers, rather than against them.”

Mr Berger says a good relationship with farmers is essential to delivering quality produce, and says Woolworths is siding with farmers on the issue.

“We told them that we share some of their concerns about this particular price war,” he said.

“Coming after the floods, which have devastated the dairy industry after a decade of drought, also gives them very real concerns about the future viability of the dairy industry.”

It’s all a bit hard to swallow, isn’t it.

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