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On OzPolitics and Bishop Holloway

A couple of items which attracted my attention in today’s Australian.

1. George Megalogenis: Nation leans to the Left.

This makes a great deal of sense, I think.

IT’S the trend that dare not speak its name because neither side of politics is accustomed to thinking about the electorate in this way. But Australia, for the time being, has tilted leftward in a way it has never done before.

Every Newspoll since Kevin Rudd became Labor leader in December 2006 has seen the Centre Left gather more than 50 per cent of the primary vote; a prospective landslide in anyone’s language. Centre Left in this context means Labor and the Greens. The Coalition, by contrast, has not reached 40 per cent on its primary since the previous federal election.

Even in its reform heyday of the 1980s, when Bob Hawke enjoyed record approval ratings, the Centre Left never had more than a month’s worth of Newspolls with a primary voting intention above 50 per cent, namely in June 1987. Back then the nation’s third party was the Australian Democrats, an offshoot of the progressive side of the Liberals. Today the third party, the Greens, is to the left of Labor…

The original in print has a handy graph.

2. Stephen Jewell:  Doubting cleric’s church in exile.

I have in the past referred you to Richard Holloway, former Anglican Primus of Scotland: here and here. He has just published a new book, Between the Monster and the Saint. Australian publisher Text has taken it up. On 6 April Phillip Adams interviewed Holloway. It was an excellent interview.  I have also uploaded the relevant extract to my new eSnips account.

 

What’s new Sunday 12 April to Saturday 18 April

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This is almost a companion to last week’s! It is also a post on Ninglun on Journalspace.

Coffee on Crown Street Surry Hills.

====> Previous Week.

On my other blogs

 
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Notelets

1. Dr C has gone to Fiji for a week’s holiday. That could be interesting as a coup seems to be in progress.

2. A couple of (reconstructed) bits of conversation with coachees this week.

Coachee 1 (14): Yes, I read The Lord of the Rings when I was about 4.

Me: Really? That’s a bit much for a four year old… Did you read it in Chinese or English?

Coachee 1: In Chinese. (He was in Shanghai then.)

Me: Have you read it since in English?

Coachee 1: Yes.

Me: Do you still read a lot?

Coachee: One book a week.

Me: English or Chinese?

Coachee: Mostly in English.

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Coachee 2 (17): I’m having some problems with Keating’s Speech on the Unknown Soldier. (One of seven set for the HSC unit on speeches.)

Me: What problems?

Coachee 2: What is mateship?

That led to an interesting discussion.

 

What was read in the week ending 11 April

Floating Life has had 1,915 views so far this month, English/ESL 2,742, Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07 851, Ninglun’s Specials 438, and the Photoblog 192. Ninglun on Journalspace, counted only by Sitemeter, has had 65 from 57 visitors.

Now the “big” hitters on my blogs in the past seven days!

Views

Post

Blog

255

How should I write up a Science experiment?

English/ESL

143

Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" — and "Blade Runner"

English/ESL

95

Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte?

English/ESL

75

Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s poems

English/ESL

67

Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — "The Angel’s Kiss"

Floating Life

64

How good is your English? Test and Answers

Floating Life

62

Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe,

Floating Life Apr 06 ~ Nov 07

56

The "Belonging" Essay

English/ESL

51

A student’s “Belonging Essay"

English/ESL

42

Assimilation, Integration, Multiculturalism

Floating Life Apr 06 ~ Nov 07

37

From my personal site: The Secret River

English/ESL

36

The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005

Floating Life

34

Is "majority" singular or plural?

English/ESL

33

Book and DVD backlog

Floating Life Apr 06 ~ Nov 07

32

Scaffolding

English/ESL

30

Two Australian poems of World War II

Floating Life Apr 06 ~ Nov 07

30

Belonging pages: HSC 2009-2012

English/ESL

30

What tense should I use when I write about literature?

English/ESL

29

Delia Malchert – Migraine Aura – Scintillating Scotoma

Floating Life

28

John Howard: bullying expert extraordinaire

Floating Life Apr 06 ~ Nov 07

28

Literacy

English/ESL

26

Australian poem 2008 series #17: "Australia" — A D Hope

Floating Life

24

10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy

Ninglun’s Specials

24

How can I improve my essay grades…?

English/ESL

As you can see, many of those reads must have come through search engines.

 
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