That is for all the Floating Life sites since July 2001
That is my first thought on “leafing” through the online PDF version of the April South Sydney Herald, and not just because I have a short letter in it. 😉 There are many good stories to interest Redfern/Surry Hills/Inner Sydney residents, or anyone outside who is curious. The arts and reviews section is also growing in size and quality. In fact the whole thing is a really good read! I will feel very much that I am doing a favour to those whose letter boxes I stuff a copy into later in the week. In fact a little while back when delivering the March edition I was stopped by someone and quizzed about whether I had missed a certain street; fortunately I could say I had done that street ten minutes earlier.
And it doesn’t exist to sell real estate or “personal services”, unlike so many other local rags. It really is about news and community, and it is independent and broad in content. And colourful too nowadays.
Yes, it is a service provided by South Sydney Uniting Church; but don’t think “church paper”. Not what it is about. Free and uncommercial to readers in the area.
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Yesterday saw more people in South Sydney Uniting Church than I have ever seen there. The occasion was the induction of Andrew Collis who had been serving as acting minister since the end of 2006, Vlad Korotkov having gone overseas, and then to Melbourne.
Representing NSW Synod (Sydney Presbytery) Neil Eriksson presided, and assisting were Dorothy McRae-McMahon, the assistant minister at South Sydney, and Pastor Sione Mohetau Hau of the Tongan congregation that shares the building with SSU. The Tongan Choir towards the end of the service was one of the highlights of the service. Other UC ministers present included Bill Crews from Ashfield; South Sydney participates in an Exodus Foundation literacy project for Indigenous students. The service began with an Aboriginal smoking ceremony performed by Uncle Max Eulo, seen below at St Vincents Hospital last year,and among Aboriginal groups in the congregation was Mark Spinks, chair of Babana Aboriginal Mens Group Redfern.
Very promising. This is a series that begs to be watched more than once as it delivers the unexpected and transcends cliche. Mind and soul food, rich in evocation of the worlds of Australia, Byron Bay and the NSW north coast, and change from the 1970s to our 21st century world.
Keep you eye on:
Despite I am in decline… the month is going to be rather good comparatively. Already English/ESL is the best ever, beating the 11,500+ WordPress page views of November last year; the current 24 hours — 45 minutes left — delivered over 600. New Lines from a Floating Life is a more modest performer, but its 3,000+ is better than the previous best, 2,726 in January.
The Sitemeter total visits to the Floating Life blogs since 2001 stands at 199,914 at the moment. The next milestone there is obvious. There is a chance it will arrive today. 🙂
Go to Apparently Barack Obama is the Antichrist on Ninglun on Blogspot where one of those comment threads has been bubbling along.