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One Christmas was so like another in those years around the sea town corner now that I can never remember whether it was 106 degrees in 1953 or whether it was 103 degrees in 1956.
And some numerous uncles, wondering occasionally why they weren't each other, coming around the letterbox to an attacking field in a test match and then driven handsomely by some middle order nephew, skipping down the vowel flattening pitch and putting the ball into the tent flaps on the first bounce of puberty. Then he reworks their name to make it typically Australian. So Thomas become Thompson which can then become the common derivative Thommo. Hilarious. But possibly untranslatable.
And the aunts, always the aunts. In the kitchen, on the black and white photographed beach of the past Nike Sportswear Tech Fleece Crew Sweatshirt
child has read The Magic Pudding, (see pic below on right), the tale of a very grumpy pudding and a very dapper Koala. The pudding was magic, and if you cut off a slice it simply reconstituted itself and was whole again. Hence, you cut and came again.
pav: Pavlova, a meginguey confection and an Australian Nike Sb Hoodies (or New Zealand it depends whether you're talking to an Australian or a New Zealander) invention. Named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.
So for example, in this stanza: "And resting on a formica altar waiting for 'ron: the biggest pav in the world, a magic pav, a cut and come again pav for all the children in all the towns across the wide brown bee humming, trout fit, sheep rich, two horse country" note the following elements:
playing out the rope to a shared childhood caught in the undertow and drifting.
Oh, the Christmases roll into one down the wave roaring salt squinting years of yesterboy. My hand goes into the fridge of imperishable memory and out come . salads and sunburn lotions and a brief exuberant hiss of beer being opened and the laugh of wet haired youths around a Zephyr Six. The smell of insect repellent and eucalyptus and the distant constant slowly listless bang of the fly wire door.
a magic pav, a cut and come again pav: Probably every Australian Nike Jacket Black
somehow isn't dissimilar from Swansea in South Wales, where Thomas grew up, where I once lived for a short time, and where I assume the original poem was set.
waiting for 'ron: we'll be having it later on.
The beauty of John Clarke to me is that he actually is a great poet all by himself, and he writes his spoofs with great affection and admiration. And the beauty of it is that, while Warrnambool may be a thousand times lighter and less depressing, it Nike White Crop Top
A Child's Christmas in Warrnambool
And resting on a formica altar waiting for 'ron: the biggest pav in the world, a magic pav, a cut and come again pav for all the children in all the towns across the wide brown bee humming, trout fit, sheep rich, two horse country.
formica alter: Formica may have been ubiquitious in the western world in the 50s, but to an Australian it's going to be particulary reminscent of their family's beach shack.
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