Daily Archives: October 9, 2008

Jim Belshaw on Australia and the global financial crisis

On his Management Perspectives blog Jim, who knows much more than I do on these matters, has posted on why things are as they are and why Australia is in a comparatively good position. Add this to the other things you might read.


Curiosities and ephemera 3

Back in June 2007 I posted On Malcolm and his books… where I mentioned a rare edition, or comparatively rare, of Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy which I inherited from Lord Malcolm. What is striking about it is the dust jacket, which recycles a wartime map of part of Poland.

Here it is.

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Yes, that is Lord Malcolm in his younger days…

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Posted by on October 9, 2008 in Lord Malcolm, memory, personal, reminiscences, reminiscing


All the news that’s fit to blog…

Well, not really! So dire is the situation at the moment that I have withdrawn to a position of posting only where I can speak with some small degree of authority, sure that my two cents worth, in these devalued times, isn’t worth what it was. However, there are still better placed bloggers out there saying excellent things, very often from positions of considerably more knowledge and/or experience than I can muster. Hence my Google Reader, which I update twice a day. There is a good crop this morning, some serious and insightful, and some light but also, in their own ways, insightful. Not a bad batch I have there.

I do have one thing to say to Aussie politicians though, and especially to the Opposition. Now is not the time to be playing politics and focusing on winning the next election. Now is the time for a cooperative endeavour to see Australia through the storm. Yes, I appeal to patriotism, ladies and gentlemen — not in any overweening conviction that we are a force for all that is good in the world, but simply in order to encourage our survival in a very troubling time. Think about it. The ambitions of individual politicians seem quite threadbare in comparison.

Also kaput, threadbare and risible, were it not for the damage they have contributed to, is the once much vaunted Project for the New American Century, Kristol and company…

On July 8, 2008, The Project for the New American Century website said: “This Account Has Been Suspended Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible.” However, as of August 22, 2008, The Project for the New American Century website appears to be back up and running.


Meanwhile here in the Parish of Alexandria in the County of Cumberland in the State of New South Wales a new South Sydney Herald has appeared. Dorothy dropped off my bundles on Tuesday.


I have started distribution, as you may see from the top bundle. Later today I will fill my shopping trolley and do the rounds in Goodlet, Lansdowne, and other streets in my block down to Crown Street. I’ll be taking the Casio, of course. The cargo is heavier this issue, as there is an insert, a compilation from The Newtown Chronicle for 1899.

October South Sydney Herald

Newtown Chronicle 1899 (PDFs)


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