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Daily Archives: July 7, 2005

Asia’s HIV crisis, modulating into Shakespeare…

This is in the current Sydney Star Observer. Given the way things were in China when M arrived here in 1990, this amazes me:

Chinese gay activists are among those making progress in HIV education, in a country where 840,000 people are HIV-positive, according to government reports. The Chinese government sent a gay HIV activist to last week’s international AIDS congress, alongside Chinese health officials, Baxter said. “With the Chinese government rapidly changing its approach to the HIV epidemic, AFAO was pleased to assist our brothers and sisters moving to a position where they can influence the central government to adopt the best possible policies.”

There is also in today’s Star Observer a review of Julius Caesar, at the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Theatre until 13 August. Erwin said last week he was going to see it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 7, 2005 in Asian, Australia and Australian, Chinese and China, Gay and Lesbian, health, HIV/AIDS, Shakespeare

 

Amin Maalouf’s keynote speech… September 11 2004

This is just wonderful. Amin Maalouf is one of the wisest people I have read since 2000! I have posted the text of this speech, delivered to PEN International in Oslo in 2004, on my Tripod English and ESL Site.

To save you time and trouble, I am pasting the entry here.

Last year (Tripod site) I said the most important book I had read in the previous five years had been Amin Maalouf’s In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong (2000), also known as On Identity. I still think so, but on checking the links on the entry on it, and on the links to the left, I experienced Net Rage: the link no longer works. Such a shame, as that link gave you the complete introduction to On Identity!

Fortunately the problem did prove temporary…

In the meantime I found the text of Amin Maalouf’s keynote speech during the farewell dinner, 11th September 2004, at a meeting of PEN Norway, so execrably presented that rather than refer you to the original I am reproducing it, cleaned but not edited, here. I find it extraordinarily wise and moving, but you must make up your own mind about what Maalouf says.
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Posted by on July 7, 2005 in culture wars, Europe, faith and philosophy, interfaith, Middle East, Multicultural, Salt Mine, Top read

 

On a bit of a Malouf trip lately…

Because of Erwin, and Jenny, my new coachee. Rebadging my ex-Salt Mine site also means I can use it shamelessly for my own purposes too, so I have done so on Malouf and Wordsworth. Mind you, there are people at The Mine who will benefit from that.

The resulting entry is informative and very pretty, if I say so myself… As I do, as who else will? 😉

Mind you, I don’t mind being on a Malouf trip. Malouf isn’t only the best gay writer in Australia, perhaps closely followed by Robert Dessaix, but is arguably one of the best English-speaking writers today. So far as such grand statements of opinion mean anything, of course.

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Posted by on July 7, 2005 in Australia and Australian, book reviews, education, Fiction, OzLit, writers

 

More on the language of politics.

It’s not often I blog myself, but I refer you to my May 2005 entry on linguist Donna Miller’s Hallidayan analysis of a speech by George Bush.

Much more sophisticated than what follows this entry… At another level of analysis again, this less technical, we really need to spend a lot of time here:

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Posted by on July 7, 2005 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, linguistics and language, OzLit, Political

 

Thesaurus.com: "reform"

Thesaurus.com: “reform”

The Rabbit liked this one. 🙂

We all note that Mister Howard, Mister Andrews, and all the rest of the crew inevitably speak of WORKPLACE REFORM. Well of course they would. The thesaurus makes clear how the word sits in the connotation stakes:

alteration, amelioration, betterment, change, correction, enhancement, improvement, mending, modification, rectification, reform, reformation, remedy, repair, revision

What they are actually proposing is WORKPLACE CHANGE, which could well connote:
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Posted by on July 7, 2005 in Australia and Australian, culture wars, industrial relations, John Howard, linguistics and language, Political, right wing politics