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Monthly Archives: December 2005

Scholars Scrutinize the Koran’s Origin

This is very interesting, and something that really needs to be fearlessly embraced in my view. There is no reason for Muslims to fear for the essential principles of their faith in such a pursuit, even though it must be said that the status of the Qu’ran is even more critical in Islam than that of the Bible in Judaism and Christianity.

The author of that piece linked above is Alexander Stille. I am currently reading his The Future of the Past (2002), “a fascinating journey through Egypt, China, Sicily, Somalia, India, Madagascar.” This is a really wise book, if wisdom consists in the ability to get beyond ideological baggage and see ambiguities. As John Freeman says:
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Posted by on December 26, 2005 in Africa, America, book reviews, Europe, faith and philosophy, globalisation/corporations, History, Islam, Postcolonial, writers

 

Christmas Day

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M turned up last night with a box of chocolates. My brother rang first thing this morning from Tasmania, where it is 13 Celsius, unlike Sydney (40-ish yesterday!) Just back from church now — really nice. Lots of hugs. Even kisses: Sam’s was good 😉 Now to Sirdan’s for lunch, and the idea after that is to kidnap Lord Malcolm for a while. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2005 in Christianity, events, friends, local, Lord Malcolm

 

Update on Lord Malcolm

You recall I mentioned Lord Malcolm being in hospital; I visited him today and he is showing every sign of surfacing again — putting on weight. The brain scan found nothing too nasty, but cardiology (so far so good) is not complete yet. He won’t be available for Christmas though; we had proposed going down to see that new bridge on the South Coast road.

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Posted by on December 23, 2005 in book reviews, friends, Lord Malcolm

 

Lord Malcolm

I spoke last night to Sirdan and hope to speak to Lord Malcolm, perhaps to see him, today. He is likely to be in hospital for some time. Our Christmas plans are on hold.

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Note Stages III and IV of HIV Infection. Lord Malcolm has been living with Stage III for some time. And doing it brilliantly. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2005 in friends, Gay and Lesbian, health, HIV/AIDS, Lord Malcolm, Sirdan

 

Well that’s that at The Mine

Just back from my last end-of-term drinks (at the Bat and Ball) as a staff member at The Mine, though it is likely I will reappear there in various casual and consultative guises. It’s a more inclusive place and much less macho than it was twenty years ago, and that is all to the good.

I like to think I have had some degree of hand in that, some of which you can see on my other blog, though much really is down to natural change. Some people said some very nice things to me.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2005 in events, local, personal, Salt Mine

 

"Our shared, core values are but a myth underpinning this new racism" — SMH — Laksiri Jaysuriya

I have obviously found non-blogging insupportable, but I will be cutting back…

Today’s opinion piece by Laksiri Jaysuriya does raise an important issue. There has been no doubt about the ideological shift in multiculturalism as conceived by our present government which went out of its way in its first four years to avoid the term. See Revision or Ideological Makeover? Floating Life on “Face the Facts” for a clear demonstration of this.

Jaysuriya argues:
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Posted by on December 21, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Crime and/or crime fiction, Cronulla and The Shire, culture wars, human rights, immigration, Multicultural, Political, Postcolonial, racism, right wing politics

 

Howard out of touch on racism

This poll in today’s Sydney Morning Herald is so remarkable, and to me so encouraging, that I am breaking my break, if you know what I mean, to share it with you.
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Posted by on December 20, 2005 in Australia and Australian, Cronulla and The Shire, culture wars, immigration, John Howard, Multicultural, Political, racism