I, the Bard, conjurer of thespian apparitions, am haunted thus by a fiendish vision that doth appear in my looking glass. The eye sees not itself by reflection but, alas, a suit of armor, a robot, so-called, that demandeth, before I can quill one word, I look into the ghostly glass to proveth by some wanton game that I AM NOT A ROBOT. (More here.)
Edited extract of an article I wrote for The Canberra Times, March 2013
It’d be St Paddy’s Day soon and not just in Oiland. All over, like. Oi’ll be turnin’ meself into a cliché to get in ehead of the rest of yiz.You can drop the accent now. Keep it for Thursday 17th March, 2022. But why do the Irish celebrate St Patrick’s Day globally by channelling Leprechauns, talking blarney, swilling green beer and slurring ‘When Irish eyes are smiling … da da dada’ because no-one can remember the lyrics? Happy St Clichés Day.
I have the Irish in me. What with the Meehans, the O’Donnells and the O’Mearas, Irishness has been layered in my soul like lines of sediment in a fossilised rock. I’ve inherited the fist fighting fury, the lilting poetry, the blarney and, Holy Mother of Sweet Jesus, bog Irish Catholicism. I’d have pure Irishness throbbing in my veins except for one grandmother, a Beardsell of English stock, sent among us, I suspect, to make the rest of us eat with the proper fork.
Agatha Christie improved with age because she had a sense of humour and the older you get the more you have to laugh at.Kerry Cue is a humorist, journalist, mathematician, and author. Her latest book is a crime novel,Target 91, Penmore Press, Tucson, AZ (2019).
There are many twists and turns in the plot of TARGET 91. But with guns, sex and an outrageous (but fictional) National Gun and Shooters Association (NGSA) CEO ranting SHOOT THE LOONY LEFTIES, what’s not to like especially when the ‘LOONY LEFTIES’ start shooting back?
“To get anything done the radical has to commit evil acts for good causes.”
Americans might be surprised to discover that Australians are fascinated by American Gun Culture. Ever since we first flicked on the tellie in 1956 Aussies have had a constaNT diet of American TV shoot-’em-ups: Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Lone Ranger, Hawiian Five-0, Magnum,P.I, The Streets of San Francisco, The Sopranos, CSI-anywhere, Shooter (Netflix), Justified (Netflix)…
Need I go on. These are just a few TV shows off the top of my head. I haven’t even ventured into films. But few Aussies know that the gun laws changed in the USA when the 2nd Amendment was reinterpreted in 2004 and the again in 2008. We live in a time of VICE and FOLLY, hence the need for a satirical novel.