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Rolls Royce

Old cars often travel in fleets over the mountains. We caught this one up a Mount Victoria the other week when we were stopping by at the Bay Tree Tea Rooms for lunch.

Words to walk with:
From Sprawl by Les Murray
"Sprawl is the quality
of the man who cut down his Rolls-Royce
into a farm utility truck, and sprawl
is what the company lacked when it made repeated efforts
to buy the vehicle back and repair its image.

Sprawl is doing your farm work by aeroplane, roughly,
or driving a hitchhiker that extra hundred miles home.
It is the rococo of being your own still centre.
It is never lighting cigars with ten dollar notes:
that's idiot ostentation and murder of starving people.
Nor can it be bought with the ash of million dollar deeds."


  1. That Les Murray nails it more often than not! "The rococo of being your own still centre" - what a definition! Sprawl to me is being comfortable in your own skin and not giving a damn what someone else has or thinks ... well it would be if I had ever thought of the word "sprawl" as other than what my son does on the sofa or how a suburb grows ...

  2. I think I'll have to rethink the word sprawl to understand its meaning here. The photo, I understand that completely.

  3. Julie and PJ, likewise I found this odd take on sprawl interesting and challengine.


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