Daily Archives: September 29, 2008

Meet a blog: Northern Myth

Bob Gosford left a comment yesterday. Now I have visited his new blog and recommend it to you. I have added it to my Google Reader.


Consider what he said recently about Mal Brough, who does seem to have personality issues…

I gave up on hate as a waste of time many years ago and it is a very rare moment now that I can be bothered to even strongly dislike someone. Contempt and pity rise a little more easily but are still occasional pleasures. And I don’t like seeing small furry animals in pain and I think that there are some people who should just be removed from public life, with extreme prejudice, for all our sakes. And despite having little faith in anyone from a  conservative party based in Queensland being able to do anything right anytime…you get lucky sometimes.

So it was with some pleasure that I read today’s reports in The Australian, Brisbane Times and Crikey that “Mad Mal” Brough (as he is known in these parts, largely for his weird dancing and impromptu verbal outbursts) has finally pulled the pin on his leadership of the Queensland liberals. One of those “You can’t sack me – I quit!!” moments.

I will leave fuller consideration and comment to you, my dear readers, and perhaps make some further contributions on another day when and if I can be bothered, but for now I’m just glad to see the back of Mad Mal, the man who will for ever rightfully be held responsible for that shameful blot on Australia’s history, the Howard Government’s Intervention into 73 Aboriginal townships and villages across the Northern Territory.

There are of course some worthy aspects of the Intervention, but the bloody-mindedness, incompetence and sheer wastefulness of its implementation, the shameful and pointless representation of all Aboriginal men in the NT (and by association, beyond) as vicious and drunken sexual predators and of all Aboriginal women and children as their unwitting prey was beneath contempt and served only to drive Aboriginal people further into the recesses of our imagination…

I can go along with that.


Posted by on September 29, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, blogging, other blogs



90% of Australians NOT racist!

That of course is the corollary of this morning’s story One in 10 are racist, study says. And you know something, as Kevin Rudd might say, in international terms that may even be remarkably good!

I certainly would not be surprised by a story that told me one in ten Australians are stupid…

Or should that be one in ten is?


See Jim Belshaw for a detailed post on this.

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Posted by on September 29, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, racism



Have you been to the revamped Ninglun’s Specials yet? You really should; I think it is turning into a rather good photoblog, with original photos, though of course it has more to offer. Here are a few of the items published lately. These thumbnails do not lead to bigger pics. You will have to go to Ninglun’s Specials to see them properly displayed.

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I have also rejigged the recent photo series so each entry displays just one photo when you view the blog as a whole. Each post viewed individually will show the full three to six photos on that post.

How the blogs are travelling

Now the end of the month approaches, and I thought I would show you the WordPress monthly stats for each blog. Floating Life has gone well in September, but the most successful blog in terms of hot months remains English/ESL, though Floating Life is not far behind.

The graphs are over the fold.

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Posted by on September 29, 2008 in blogging, milestones, miscellaneous stats, site news, site stats