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That feels a bit better…

I just had an overdue haircut. The resemblance (except in size) between myself and a woolly mammoth was becoming a bit alarming. I also made a dentist appointment for 2.30 Wednesday. Sigh.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comThinking about church yesterday too. It really is so welcoming. There are Quaker-like moments in the service, particularly just before the Eucharist where people come up the front and light a candle while saying something about why they are in church, or whatever is on their mind. It is very simple and very moving. No-one rants. People are honest in what they say. It generates a nice spirit before the shared Eucharist, and in fact yesterday once the Eucharist was over, there was a spontaneous group hug which almost derailed the last part of the service, but no-one minded in the least.

It truly is a place where all are welcome.

I found this on BBC:
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Posted by on August 15, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Christianity, faith and philosophy, friends, Indigenous Australians, interfaith, local, personal, South Sydney Uniting Church, teeth

 

reading list: The Theory and Practice of Teaching English

This excellent list from the University of Michigan covers rather well what English teachers in the 21st century need to think about. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2005 in Brendan Nelson, education, linguistics and language, literacy, literary theory/criticism

 

Broadway: The American Musical | PBS

Image hosted by Photobucket.comNow on ABC here in Sydney, this excellent series began last night. The Broadway musical is one of America’s many great gifts to the world. I was particularly thrilled by the excerpts from Show BoatPaul Robeson still gives me goosebumps, such a glorious voice, such a presence, and such a sad American story too. Show Boat (1927) was one of those truly seminal events in theatre history: “‘The history of the American musical theatre is divided quite simply into two eras: everything before Show Boat, and everything after Show Boat,’ says writer Miles Kreuger.”
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Posted by on August 15, 2005 in America, music, TV