Daily Archives: January 31, 2008

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam documentary on ABC tonight

“Father and Son” I still really like. I have put that up over on the VodPod to remind all of us who are of a certain age. Some songs are part of your life’s sound track, aren’t they? For me this is Wollongong, 1970s. And then he vanished as Cat Stevens. Tonight’s documentary explored that and his current reemergence as a singing Yusuf Islam, after a long period when he gave up music. The documentary — or the first and last parts — is also in the VodPod, as is one of his recent songs.


Didn’t know he and Dolly Parton were such good mates; she apparently gave the US authorities a lashing when he was forbidden entry to the US in 2004.

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Posted by on January 31, 2008 in faith and philosophy, Islam, nostalgia, TV


Visitor #5,000

… to this blog, which began in December 2007. Arrived 7:41:19 am from Terrey Hills, NSW. Month’s stats review tomorrow.

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Posted by on January 31, 2008 in blogging, site news, site stats


This really is a shame

I know this place well. At one time I lived just around the corner from it. Later on, in the early 1990s, I took M there and he found it fascinating, like a quick trip back to China, indeed back to China’s past.

Fire investigators will work today to determine if arson caused a blaze at an historic temple in inner Sydney. At least one room and its contents were destroyed at the Sze Yup Chinese temple, in Edward Street, Glebe.

Residents living nearby the temple reported smoke billowing from the building just before 1am (AEDT) today. Crews rushed to the scene and extinguished the blaze around 4.20am, a NSW Fire Brigades spokesman said.

The temple’s website states the site has been the “spiritual and cultural centre for Sydney’s Chinese community since 1898”.

The temple is also a focal point of Chinese New Year celebrations, to be held on February 7.

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Posted by on January 31, 2008 in Australia, environment, M, multicultural Australia


Reconciliation etc. Update

Just two bits from a quick look at this morning’s news.

1. Apology welcome, but plenty more to be done: Chaney

A former Aboriginal Affairs Minister has welcomed the Rudd Government’s announcement of a formal apology for the Stolen Generations, but says the real work will come after the apology is made.

“An apology is long overdue, and it will be good to get it out of the way and get on with the business of dealing with the 17-year-gap in life expectancy,” he said.

“For many Aboriginal people this is an important step in putting the past behind them and getting with the business of ensuring that Aboriginal futures are better than the Aboriginal past.”

Mr Chaney says it is a shame the apology has not come sooner.

“One could go on having consultation about these matters forever,” he said. “It’s nearly 10 years since the report on these matters was brought before the Australian people, I think it’s high time the apology was made, and we are able to move on and work constructively for a better future.”

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