Daily Archives: January 2, 2008

Goodbye, Floating Life…

The old one that is, which has now been retired to archive status, though the pages will continue to be maintained. The links and blog roll pages moved here a few weeks back. Now the front page has been set to About, which has been revised, and the feeds from Old Lines from a Floating Life have been cut here and elsewhere as there will be no new posts.

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Posted by on January 2, 2008 in site news


Turned on the Cricket just after lunch…

60434 Oh dear, what a mistake! 😉 Second Test against India just up the road at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and in the past few minutes it would have been good to be an Indian. Australia is currently 5/127…

…um. 6/134… Who is this R P Singh person? How dare he?


…then came Hogg and Symonds (6/280)…

Who have just set a new record for a seventh wicket partnership at the SCG…

and Symonds just got his century!

Hogg now gone for 79 at 7/307…

Quite a day’s cricket, and signing off “live” blogging at 4.48 pm.

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Posted by on January 2, 2008 in Cricket, events


Citizenship and human rights

Two issues getting some airplay as 2008 begins are suggestions that amazing Australian Citizenship Test needs looking into, and Victoria enshrining human rights in legislation.

On the first, you may recall how we were sold this by the Gnome and the Plonker:


Remember them? I had a good deal to say on the matter, some of it amusing. One entry, appropriately enough, was called “When Asses Rule”.

Well it now appears the whole thing is turning into a bit of a fiasco: Future of citizenship test in doubt.

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Recycle 7: from "English/ESL" 20 January 2007

In an earlier post I said: I am not sitting here pontificating while never having met or talked to a Muslim either. I live in a part of Surry Hills sometimes called Little Lebanon; there is a mosque just round the corner; I have had dealings with Muslim students, including some that might be regarded as fairly radical. Not to mention online conversations of one kind or another. Today I am recycling an example, though I would not have regarded this student as at all radical, though some may have.

A voice you just can’t ignore

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Posted by on January 2, 2008 in ex-students and coachees, inspiration, Islam, multiculturalism, reminiscences, writing


Sadness in Kenya

What a way to see in the New Year!

Kenya reels after church massacre

A mob torched a Kenyan church, burning about 30 villagers cowering inside alive, as the death toll from ethnic riots triggered by President Mwai Kibaki’s disputed re-election looked set to pass 200. The fire ripped through the church near Eldoret town in the west of the country, where hundreds of Mr Kibaki’s Kikuyu tribe had taken refuge in fear of their lives. Witnesses said charred bodies, including women and children, were strewn about the smouldering ruins.

“This is the first time in history that any group has attacked a church. We never expected the savagery to go so far,” police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said.

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Posted by on January 2, 2008 in Africa, current affairs, humanity, politics