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Monthly Archives: July 2005

Yes, I went to Church

Despite my yobbo neighbours having a drunken party last night that kept me awake until 3 am. A bit of gratuitous ethnic profiling here: I worry most when a new neighbour is a young (Anglo) yobbo with bogan written on his forehead; if the person is East Asian I can usually look forward to peace.

South Sydney Uniting Church was small, only sixteen people, possibly half of them gay. Or lesbian. But a pretty fair range, and I was made feel very welcome. It does not hurt that Vladimir, the minister, is quite a hunk. The values affirmed there were ones I could share in wholeheartedly, and I took part in the eucharist for the first time in over thirty years.

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Posted by on July 31, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Christianity, events, local, personal, Sirdan, South Sydney Uniting Church

 

Foreign Policy: Think Again: Al Qaeda

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Posted by on July 30, 2005 in America, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, terrorism

 

New Statesman – Inside Islam’s ‘terror schools’

New Statesman – Inside Islam’s ‘terror schools’

William Dalrymple, whose writing I greatly respect, wrote this excellent article in March 2005 for The New Statesman.
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Posted by on July 30, 2005 in British, education, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, magazines, South Asian, terrorism, Top read, writers

 

Surry Hills Library treasures…

Well, some of them are treasures…

Just in case you thought the “struggle against violent extremism” and such has taken over completely, I thought I had better get back to books.

Greg Iles The Footprints of God (Coronet 2004) is a thriller, somewhat in Dan Brown territory (and you know what I think of him.) However, I have to say I did enjoy this book. The writing is better than average, the thriller ingredients well deployed, and the characters are more than cardboard cutouts. There is also some fascinating science underlying it all, and, I am happy to say, a politics somewhat to the left, for an American. Recommended.

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Posted by on July 29, 2005 in book reviews, Crime and/or crime fiction, Fiction, Surry Hills, Thriller, writers

 

Salt Mine and Islamic Students

I would refer you to their site, but it is on CJB.net, and at the moment (at least here in the Internet Cafe) that very dodgy service is generating online crashes in Internet Explorer. NEVER hook your site to CJB.net! It sucks bigtime.

Then some malicious person may have sabotaged them: it did happen once before.

I was at the Mine this morning, after breakfast coffee at The Roaster with The Rabbit, who had to be at his Mine at 9.00 am also. No Bob Carr sighting today. But there were lots of NSW police and Australian Federal Police Protective Service officers (“the principal provider of efficient, cost-effective & reliable protective security and custodial services for, and on behalf of, the Commonwealth Government”) arresting someone in Elizabeth Street. The fun was over by the time The Rabbit arrived, and the AFPP people came in and had coffee…

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Posted by on July 28, 2005 in Australia and Australian, education, ex-students and coachees, friends, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, personal, Salt Mine

 

US admits defeat in war on semantics

There are times the most significant stories get buried. For those of us who thought George Bush’s simplistic rhetoric was a real problem there is some comfort, I suppose.
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Posted by on July 28, 2005 in America, Australia and Australian, current affairs, Iraq, linguistics and language, media watch, Political, terrorism

 

Sirdan called

Good phone call from Sirdan last night, about last Sunday’s lunch and the fact some people at times seem not really house-trained yet. There are good aspects though that Sirdan’s friendship has made apparent.

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Posted by on July 27, 2005 in friends, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, local, personal, racism, Sirdan, Sunday lunch