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August wrap-up 2

For the Floating Life blogs Sitemeter reports a near thing: second-best, but still over 11,000 visits for August 2008.

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Looking at WordPress stats, the picture for each WordPress blog is:

Floating Life: 7,970 views

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Top individually visited posts

  1. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — “The Angel’s Kiss”  521
  2. The Hollowmen – ABC TV 160
  3. Australian poem 2008 series #10: Peter S 150
  4. Australian poem 2008 series #17: “Australia” 149
  5. Dispatches from another America 148
  6. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005  125
  7. Personal Reflections: Andrew Forrest’s 50,000 indigenous jobs 110
  8. Australian poem: 2008 series #8 — Indigenous 95
  9. Sarah Palin 91
  10. A perfect 10 – Diving – Sports – Olympic 91
  11. A counter-post: images, choices, human nature 78
  12. Delia Malchert – Migraine Aura – Scintillating Scotoma 75

 

Ninglun’s Specials: 1,306 views

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Top posts:

  1. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 181
  2. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy 117
  3. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 62
  4. Family stories 4 — A Guringai Family Story 56
  5. Personal Reflections… The Art of Jiawei Shen 43
  6. 07 — a controversy — For the record: the great SBHS race debate of 2002 35
  7. 06 — Blogging Sydney’s Olympic Year 2000 28
  8. More tales from my mother 1 — Spencer, 25
  9. who’s who (updated August 2008) 24
  10. Surry Hills 20
  11. Michael Riley: sights unseen 20
  12. Sydney: World Youth Day 2008 fashion 18

 

Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07: 4,507 views

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Top posts:

  1. Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe, 655
  2. On the awkwardness (and fatuity?) of discussing religion 310
  3. Assimilation, Integration, Multiculturalism 283
  4. Book and DVD backlog 187
  5. Two Australian poems of World War II 169
  6. Friday Australian poem #3: A D Hope, 108
  7. 3 — Indigenous Australians 103
  8. Friday Australian Poem #5: Judith Wright 87
  9. John Howard: bullying expert extraordinaire 78
  10. Ian McKellen and Judi Dench in Macbeth… Mardi Gras 73
  11. Friday Australian poem #4: Judith Wright 72
  12. Friday Australian poem #12: David Campbell 66

 

Gateway: 562 views

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Top posts

  1. Blog Roll 14
  2. Is blogging on the way out? Perhaps: but I’m still here 12
  3. Records tumble in Surry Hills Blog Olympics July 2008 stats 2 10

And, for the record: Ninglun on Blogspot had, according to Sitemeter, 186 visits and 238 page views in August.

 

 
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The South Sydney Herald September 2008

The September South Sydney Herald is out now.

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In this month’s issue, read all about: the sorry state of public housing (with a hopeful postscript); a brighter future for the blacksmiths at ATP — yes, they are staying!; candidate profiles and info for Council elections on Sep 13; the new Director of the Medically Supervised Injection Centre in the Cross; the Sydney A Cappella Festival; the Indigenous Writers’ Festival; plus the Vines, the Dark Knight, Bumming with Jane, and Fashion’s Mr Nice Guy.

South Sydney Herald September 2008 PDF — 2.7 Mb, opens in a new window; or right click and select ‘save link as.’

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, local, South Sydney Uniting Church, Surry Hills

 

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August wrap-up 1

It has been — or may have been — a record month for English/ESL. Sitemeter says 9,046 visits and 12,340 page views; the previous best was November 2007 with 8,515/11,255. WordPress, counting slightly differently and not including visits to the other bits of English/ESL on Geocities, comes up with a second-best outcome — 12,167 views in March 2008 as against 11,835 in August 2008 and 11,520 in November 2007.

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Top posts (individually visited) in the past month on English/ESL, according to WordPress, have been:

  1. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems 1,542 views in August 2008
  2. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 1,090
  3. How should I write up a Science experiment? 680
  4. Workshop 02 — NSW HSC: Area Study: Imaginative Journeys 586
  5. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s peoms updated 458
  6. SBHS Trial HSC 2007 Paper 1 Question 1: 323
  7. Six suggestions for Imaginative Journeys 274
  8. Workshop 03 — Creative Writing (Year 12 175
  9. ESL+ 171
  10. The mysteries and injustices (?) of the UAI  170
 
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Schools required to report income | The Australian

Given what I said the last two times I have talked about the Education Revolution — see One and a half cheers for Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and More for Kevin and Julia to chew on… — you may be surprised to learn that I think Schools required to report income may be a good idea.

ALL schools will have to publish their income from fees, fundraising and investments as part ofthe federal Government’s insistence on greater accountability and transparency in the schools system.

Education Minister Julia Gillard will tell a forum of independent schools today that the Government will require schools to report income streams as well as student performance and demographics. Ms Gillard says funding of non-government and government schools will be conditional on publicly reporting their performance to identify substandard schools and share best practice.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that everything we require of public schools, we will require of non-government schools and everything we require of non-government schools we will require of public schools,” a copy of Ms Gillard’s speech says…

Ms Gillard says the Government’s framework for reporting will include the income streams into schools “so we can properly analyse what difference extra resources make”.

What do you think?