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Salt Mine students see German movie

On Tuesday after period one Yr 11 German, the five of us (Kaivan, William, Daniel, Mathew, and me) and Mr S**** set off to Fox Studies to see the latest German blockbuster ‘Der Untergang’ or ‘The Downfall’ as you guys might know it. The movie, an ‘Academy Award’ nominee for best foreign language film, portrayed the last days leading up to the downfall of Hitler from a German’s perspective. It lived up to its reputation and was very enjoyable to watch, even providing a few lines of very dark German Humour! The movie provided us with the rare experience of listening to native German non stop for two and a half hours (even though Hitler was played by Bruno Granz with a light Swiss German accent). The movie opened our eyes and ears and gave us an insight into another’s perspective, allowing us to see through another’s eyes. I highly recommend the movie to other German and History students perhaps as well!

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Posted by on May 31, 2005 in movies, Salt Mine

 

The Past We Need to Understand Presented by the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, August 24, 2000

Well worth revisiting.

Margo Kingston was amazed at the time:
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Posted by on May 30, 2005 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, History, Indigenous Australians, Political, Reconciliation

 

The Real Da Vinci Code – Leonardo da Vinci

The Real Da Vinci Code, hosted by Baldrick, was on ABC last night. It could have been, indeed I am sure was, interesting. The site on the head link above certainly is interesting, and I must remember to add it to my Salt Mine book rap on the subject. I am a Da Vinci Code sceptic.

There is of course much made in The Da Vinci Code of this in “The Last Supper”:

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Is that a woman I saw you with last night? No, it was the Apostle John.


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Posted by on May 30, 2005 in book reviews, Christianity, Europe, faith and philosophy, Fiction, Gay and Lesbian, History, Salt Mine, TV

 

Big Ideas 29 May 2005 – The Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures 2005: Lecture Four, Biodiversity, Water, Energy & Society

I heard this yesterday on Radio National after returning from the Captain Cook Hotel and again 1) thank God for Radio National and the quality of what it does and 2) shake the head sadly over how few care to tune in. That aside, you must revisit when the transcript goes up, or (if your computer is better than mine and it almost certainly is) listen to it now. Ian Lowe was in top form for one. I notice too, if you are in Australia, that it is being repeated next Tuesday at 1 pm.

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Posted by on May 30, 2005 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, environment, radio

 

Captain Cook Hotel

There are times when Surry Hills is just delightful, and this afternoon has been such a time. I met Lord Malcolm at the Captain Cook, having not been there for quite a while, and yes the food leaves The Shakespeare for dead. My $7 steak (280g) came with mushroom sauce (featuring real mushrooms), mash, and generous vegetables perfectly steamed. Great.

Artist Andy and a friend joined us. Since the Captain Cook is also a gallery and encourages patrons to draw on the tablecloths, a fine artistic time was had during lunch. Lord Malcolm’s Graham Kennedy face looked remarkably like Tony Blair.

Walking home afterwards — I didn’t go on to The Oxford 😉 — I came upon a beautiful little part of Surry Hills I had never seen before behind the back streets near Arthur Street. It led me to Cafe Niki, which of course I know as the coffee shop nearest the Mine.

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Posted by on May 29, 2005 in Australia and Australian, friends, Gay and Lesbian, local, Lord Malcolm, Sunday lunch, Surry Hills

 

Seeming and Savour All the Winter Long

ABC has just recovered from its hissy fit, but Blogspot is now throwing a tanty of its own, just as it did yesterday for a while.

But ABC being back enables me to report that Encounter this morning brought us the second of the two programs on Shakespeare which highlighted The Tempest (that should interest Erwin who now reads this blog), Hamlet and King Lear. Excellent stuff.

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Posted by on May 29, 2005 in Australia and Australian, blogging, ex-students and coachees, faith and philosophy, radio, Shakespeare

 

40,000 kids miss out on help in English – National – smh.com.au

Very interesting. Now you know why the Mine scores just one day per week of my services as an ESL teacher, despite being 80+% Language Background Other Than English, even if the needs at the Mine are not all that dire in fact.

Since 1983 the number of students denied ESL help has tripled to 41,158. And since 1993 not one extra ESL teacher has been employed despite a steady increase in the number of students requiring help.

NSW Teachers Federation senior vice-president Angelo Gavrielatos said the neglect of ESL students’ needs put them at risk of dropping out.

“If this brief was about white, middle-class students . . . there would be an outcry and calls for a royal commission, yet somehow this does not even rate because it’s about non-English-speaking-background, migrant and refugee students,” he said…

David Gilbert, executive member of the Public Schools Principals Forum, said in his 13 years as a principal in the Fairfield area the resource had become increasingly scarce.

At his school, Governor Philip King Public School in Edensor Park, 80 per cent of the students come from 45 language backgrounds.

Four ESL teachers have to cope with 600 pupils who require language assistance at the school.

“It’s a deliberate attempt by the Government to keep costs down,” Mr Gilbert said.

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Posted by on May 29, 2005 in Australia and Australian, education, John Howard, Political, Salt Mine