Daily Archives: January 6, 2008

What a test match!

Not every test match goes for a full five days, certainly not many go to nine minutes from full time on Day 5! This one did, with the Indians hanging on for a very possible draw. (The whole team has to get out, you see, for the other side to win.) Kumble really was excellent in this last afternoon.

But then came Michael Clarke. [Score card.]

Andrew Symonds is Man of the Match.


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Posted by on January 6, 2008 in Australia, Cricket, events, racism


Very quick seven days stats thing, and some updates

Updated 11.15 pm.

Blog readership does tend to go down at this time of the year, or so I have found. The fortunes of the suite here are:

  • New Lines from a Floating Life has managed 2,841 views (WP count) since it started at the beginning of December 2007. The current week — 530 views; last week — 654 views. Best week: 813 views (week 51 2007).
  • Old Lines from a Floating Life: 119,112 views since April 2006. Current week — 1117 views; last week — 909 views. Best week 2007: 2314 views.
  • Oz Politics etc: 24,748 views since July 2007. Current week — 763 views; last week — 656 views. Best week: 1345 views during the November election season.
  • English/ESL: 66,333 views since December 2006. Current week — 949 views; last week — 707 views. Best week: 3,539 views (week 42 2007). Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by on January 6, 2008 in blogging, site news, site stats


Old but interesting profile of Condoleezza Rice in today’s Sun-Herald

At this time of the year I suspect our papers are sometimes scratching for feature articles. That certainly seems to be so at the Sun-Herald which today ran a month-old Guardian piece — without acknowledgement — in its features section: She’s the most powerful black woman in the world. Why can’t I stand the sight of her? by Candace Allen. Still, it was worth running, as most Sun-Herald readers wouldn’t have seen it.

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Posted by on January 6, 2008 in current affairs, media watch, USA


Where do you think Jesus would be in this?

The south-western Sydney suburb (or satellite town) of Camden is a beautiful and historically significant part or our world. Lately it has been getting a lot of publicity, much of it no doubt unfair, because of a controversy surrounding a plan to build an Islamic school there. It should be pointed out that there are already several Islamic schools in Sydney. Among the leaders of the pack against the school has been the Christian Democratic Party, formerly known as The Festival of Light, led by the Reverend Fred Nile, a member of the Upper House of the NSW Parliament and a Uniting Church minister.

I will save you much clicking by repeating two recent posts from my WordPress blog.

1. Christmas poem #4: "The Place Where We Are Right" — dedicated to Fred Nile and his like…. 20 December 2007

"The Place Where We Are Right" by Yehuda Amichai I first blogged in August 2005. I read it aloud during a service around that time at South Sydney Uniting Church.

From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring.

The place where we are right
Is hard and trampled
Like a yard.

But doubts and loves
Dig up the world
Like a mole, a plow.

And a whisper will be heard in the place
Where the ruined
House once stood.

How sad I am then to read of the Reverend Fred Nile’s disgraceful exploits* at Camden. I can think of few less Christ-like things the man could have done, his ill-judged bigotry being exactly the same as the reflexive anti-Catholicism of his spiritual forbears, as ill-informed, applying to Muslims standards he would complain about if applied to him. Yes, I can understand the culture shock at Camden, and no, I am not going to be drawn into screaming about either bogans or racists. But Fred Nile has disgusted me, because he is in a church, the Uniting Church, which in general knows better than Fred that such pandering to fear, prejudice and ignorance is totally out of keeping both with the spirit of Christmas and the Holy Spirit of God.

To use your old-fashioned terminology, Fred, you sinned when you went to Camden, you sinned when you said what you did, you sinned big-time. You encouraged hate, not love, judgmentalism not forgiveness, sickness of the soul, not healing. If there is violence, then your conscience should condemn you because you will have been complicit. You may rationalise as you will on that, but before God that will stand.

Where in Sydney, Fred, would you allow an Islamic school? Anywhere? I suggest Seven Mile Beach and Gerroa would be a great place for one. What do you think?

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Posted by on January 6, 2008 in challenge, Christianity, faith, inspiration, interfaith, Islam, pluralism, religion, South Sydney Uniting Church