I’m Jessie Borrelle.
The waitress at the restaurant translated our conversations. His name is Pak Garung. He learned to play during the Japanese occupation. He lives beneath a bridge.
The song is about Wayang kulit, the characters in Javanese shadow puppet theatre.
My remarkable friend, Steven, was in Lyttelton when the Christchurch earthquake hit on February 22, 2011. His girlfriend, the magnificent Andrea, was at her work, based in the Arts Centre in Christchurch, when the earthquake struck, isolating Lyttelton from Christchurch.
Andrea fled her building with her mobile phone, nothing else. Steven walked over the Port Hills – the northern rim of the ancient Lyttelton volcano that separates the port from the city – on foot, to find Andrea. Now they can’t return to their home but it’s okay, they’re okay. He walked over the volcano.
* Andrea Bell featured in the Let’s Okay Unheimliche Manoeuvres post.
He has built a trebuchet (“to return the neighbour’s cat”), a hovercraft (?), and for Christmas 2010, my brother-in-law (BIL), built a bomb. Actually, he built three. He, and his wife, my older sister, are fond of explosions.
We were at my mum’s boyfriend’s land in Runanga, New Zealand – an isolated rocky outcrop on the South Island’s west coast. It’s not actually a rocky outcrop, I just love the phrase ‘rocky outcrop’.
BIL was taking advantage of the isolation to discharge his homemade bombs, a luxury he can no longer indulge at their city home due to conservative legal restraints. This wasn’t always the case. In the nineties, he says, the back of many of his t-shirts were ripped and blackened as his experiments often prematurely exploded before he had achieved safe distance from them.
My younger sister and I attempted to image the blast but our camera batteries both expired seconds before the bomb was triggered. The cackle belongs to my mum, though my older sister has contracted it, too. The bomb, the largest bomb of the three detonated, made my family giddy. And cuss.
Roy Orbison’s In Dreams often piped through the computer lab speakers as Arthur Clover instructed my old desktop publishing class how to – using a caricature of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover – wrestle Adobe Illustrator into submission.
There is a reason 1960s musicians are central to Art’s tutorials.
Here is the Glimpses website. It may never load.