Daily Archives: February 2, 2008

Saturday who read what on my WordPress — 1

Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 185 visits in the past 7 days
Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 152
Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys 121
How should I write up a Science experiment? 77
The connection has timed out — Firefox 73
About Old Lines from a Floating Life 60
ESL+ 56
John Howard: bullying expert extraordinaire 54
Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems updated 52
Six suggestions for Imaginative Journeys 51
Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam documentary on ABC tonight 46

Every Saturday at some time I will post such a list of the top ten to twelve individually visited pages and posts on the WordPress blogs.

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Posted by on February 2, 2008 in site news, site stats


Xin nian kuai le, Lu Kewen

In case you didn’t know, Lu Kewen is the Prime Minister of Australia, in much the same way as Wu Ninglun is the author of this blog. And I just wished him a Happy New Year.

Apparently Lao Lu is very big in China these days.

THE latest Chinese blockbuster is not about a boy wizard, although the hero of the tale looks a bit like him. Appropriately, for the Chinese Year of the Rat, it’s about a politician – Lu Kewen, better known here as Kevin Rudd.

Fujian Education Press is so convinced the “legendary life” of Lu Kewen will run off the shelves it has ordered its biggest ever print run.

The introduction to the biography gives readers a hint of the excitement to follow: “This book will fully interpret the legendary life of Lu Kewen. How he was born in a poor family in 1957, how he stepped into the palace of success through endeavour and effort, how he fought in the political waves and stepped proudly through the tide.”

Such has been the interest in the Chinese translation of Kevin Rudd: The Biography that FEP has been forced to stop popular Chinese websites — particularly, which was inundated with hits — running excerpts because it had already tied up the online rights with a Shanghai newspaper.

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Posted by on February 2, 2008 in Australia and Australian, Chinese and China, Kevin Rudd, linguistics and language


M reappears

M called in yesterday, having returned the previous day from his South America and Antarctica trip. While overseas he allowed his hair to assume its natural grey. I think it looks distinguished. 🙂

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Posted by on February 2, 2008 in M, M's trip


Pick a side, run like mad with it, but don’t pretend you are objective…

…when in fact you are education fundamentalists, with all the connotations of circular reasoning, one-sidedness and lack of balance that suggests.

That is my response to The Australian’s wounded response today to a new book on literacy by Ilana Snyder of Monash University.

AN academic and former high school teacher has returned fire in the literacy wars, claiming that universal skills tests advantage “certain groups of students and marginalise others”.

Monash University’s Ilana Snyder accuses The Australian of running an ideological campaign against outcomes-based education.

In a new book, The Literacy Wars, Dr Snyder questions the motives of those favouring a return to a more rigorous and literature-based senior English curriculum.

And she questions this newspaper’s advocacy of correct grammar and basic literacy skills, labelling it as a push to restore “something resembling the cultural heritage model associated with Matthew Arnold at the end of the 19th century”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 2, 2008 in Australia, education