Daily Archives: June 17, 2005

Cafe Omelette

They do specialise in omelettes (and salads) some of which sound good. I, however, merely had a Turkish sandwich and coffee. They no longer use Coffee Roaster. The food, on the other hand, arrived quickly.

The decor is very yellow. And very red.

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Posted by on June 17, 2005 in local, personal


Lazy day

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI am going to The Mine on Monday instead of today, so in a few minutes I am off to check Cafe Omelette in Devonshire Street, the revamped Cafe Max, which is now open.

Yesterday at The Mine I made myself feel old thus. There has been a boy in Year 12 who has quite literally been rearranging the school, with the boss’s blessing. Pictures, honour boards, and so on are being distributed all over, and I have to say the results look good. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 17, 2005 in local, personal, reminiscing, Salt Mine, Surry Hills


The philosopher and the ayatollah


In 1978, Michel Foucault went to Iran as a novice journalist to report on the unfolding revolution. His dispatches — now fully available in translation — shed some light on the illusions of intellectuals in our own time.

By Wesley Yang | June 12, 2005 | Boston Globe

“IT IS PERHAPS the first great insurrection against global systems, the form of revolt that is the most modern and most insane.” With these words, the French philosopher Michel Foucault hailed the rising tide that would sweep Iran’s modernizing despot, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi Shah, out of power in January 1979 and install in his place one of the world’s most illiberal regimes, the Shi’ite government headed by Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini…

Foucault was virtually alone among Western observers, Anderson and Afary argue, in embracing the specifically Islamist wing of the revolution. Indeed, Foucault pokes fun at the secular leftists who thought they could use the Islamists as a weapon for their own purposes; the Islamists alone, he believed, reflected the “perfectly unified collective will” of the people…

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Posted by on June 17, 2005 in culture wars, Europe, faith and philosophy, History, Iran, Islam, Pomo, Postcolonial


Light in the west

Image hosted by Photobucket.comSo this Sydney suburb was not named after a land mine after all.

Over the years this is a part of Sydney that has had its fair share of bad news stories and has acquired a rather terrifying reputation. There are no doubt problems aplenty here and in similar nearby estates, such as Macquarie Fields. The more sensationalist parts of the media love these areas.

But there are always other stories:

# Brian Murnane and the Claymore Miracle
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Posted by on June 17, 2005 in Australia and Australian, blogging, OzLit