2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate  CAMELS. They talked of camels when they first met and of gnarly women walking a string of camels across a desert dune. HE had seen her when he was filming way out in the desert. SHE has never been to a desert – other than the bleak wastelands of her own mind and spirit at times. SHE used to see camels at BELLINGEN markets but when she went there in March with Kati B , there were no longer camels there. When THEY sat at the back table talking of camels and she was threading fishing line through the WINDSONG chimes to re-hang them , SHE looked at him and thought two things. SHE thought this will be as difficult as the biblical passing of a camel through the eye of a needle. And SHE thought – I have been sitting here in the oasis waiting for one year and now he comes along on his camel and I will willingly hop on that camel and ride off across the next desert with him. COME WHAT MAY as they say.

SHE had found a paragraph from CHESTERTON and was ready to give it to him . In essence it said – HERE. THIS IS MY PREVIOUS EXISTENCE. TAKE IT . IT HAS LED ME TO YOU.

And now we find a camel is living just down the road and around the corner in a paddock. Camels are a significant influence in Lizzy Living.

 Slowly across the desert sand
Trekked the dusty caravan.
Men on camels, two by two
Destination -Timbuktu.



As tight as a Camels arse in a Sand-storm

These ambiguities, redundances, and deficiences recall those attributed by Dr. Franz Kuhn to a certain Chinese encyclopedia entitled Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge. On those remote pages it is written that animals are divided into (a) those that belong to the Emperor, (b) embalmed ones, (c) those that are trained, (d) suckling pigs, (e) mermaids, (f) fabulous ones, (g) stray dogs, (h) those that are included in this classification, (i) those that tremble as if they were mad, (j) innumerable ones, (k) those drawn with a very fine camel’s hair brush, (l) others, (m) those that have just broken a flower vase, (n) those that resemble flies from a distance.
— Essay: “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins”

And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus’ name, and sealed it with the king’s ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries: . . . . So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment. And the decrees was given at Shushan the palace.
Author: Bible
Source: Esther (ch. VIII, v. 10 & 14)



I cannot say when the lion became extinct in Europe, Herodotus speaks of the lions and wild bulls in his description of Xerxes’ march through Macedonia; he says the former were ferociously destructive to the camels that carried the army provisions, and then proceeds to give other details about them and to note the exact geographical range to which they were then confined. How like Herodotus! Aristotle and Xenophon both confirm the existence of these Macedonian lions.

   “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter heaven.”




The Journey of the Magi


A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.”
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires gong out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty, and charging high prices.:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly

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