Daily Archives: January 25, 2006

The Book of Common Prayer HTML Edition, Psalter

Anyone following the Daily Office will have found the following Psalm set for last night.


Audite haec, omnes

Hear this, all you peoples;
hearken, all you who dwell in the world, *
you of high degree and low, rich and poor together.

My mouth shall speak of wisdom, *
and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb *
and set forth my riddle upon the harp.

Why should I be afraid in evil days, *
when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
The wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, *
and boast of their great riches?

We can never ransom ourselves, *
or deliver to God the price of our life;
For the ransom of our life is so great, *
that we should never have enough to pay it,
In order to live for ever and ever, *
and never see the grave.

For we see that the wise die also;
like the dull and stupid they perish *
and leave their wealth to those who come after them.

Their graves shall be their homes for ever,
their dwelling places from generation to generation, *
though they call the lands after their own names.
Even though honored, they cannot live for ever; *
they are like the beasts that perish.

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Posted by on January 25, 2006 in America, Bible, book reviews, Christianity, culture wars, faith and philosophy, John Howard, personal, Political


Mao: the never ending story

This, from the leftish site Open Democracy, is an interesting review.

Two of Mao’s contemporaries have summarized Mao in two sentences and the book illustrates the two points well. Mao’s long time Russian interpreter-cum-secretary, Shih Che once told me that Mao did not trust anyone. And young Marshal Chang Hsueh-liang of Xi’an fame once aptly commented “Mao knew well how to use people (for his own ends)”. Mao trusted no one, not his women, his party colleagues or his family members. He used all of them for pleasure or power and then threw them away with equal unconcern when they ceased to be useful to him. That was the secret of Mao’s success – trust no one but use everyone. It is a truth well illustrated by this book.

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Posted by on January 25, 2006 in Asian, book reviews, Chinese and China, History, human rights, Top read, writers


The Finish Line: Sang Ye

A good book, this one. An extract appears in my From Yellow Earth to Eucalypt (1994). He has been here in Elizabeth Street, and while in Beijing did a signal service for me in obtaining copyright clearances for Chinese works in my book. He is also one of Chang and Halliday’s many informants.
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Posted by on January 25, 2006 in Asian, Australia and Australian, book reviews, Chinese and China, friends, History, Multicultural, OzLit, personal, reminiscing, Surry Hills, writers