Daily Archives: June 20, 2009


1. Pumping up a scandal

So much depends, it seems, on the clapped-out second-hand ute that Kevin Rudd has used as a mobile office in his own electorate. A supporter, a local car dealer, lent it to him for the purpose. Now the Opposition seem to think they have found Watergate. See what the car dealer says.

Much more serious, perhaps, are (on the surface) examples of bureaucratic idiocy in the form of infrastructure stimulus money manifesting itself on the ground in school buildings the schools neither need nor want. It does seem there hasn’t been enough needs analysis in the hurry to roll out the stimulation.

2. “End of an era”

Freestyle (Surry Hills Shopping Village) and Freestyle 2 (Elizabeth Street Surry Hills) are having closing down sales. They sell remainder books, DVDs and CDs. I snaffled Tony Judt, Appraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century (2008) and Tariq Ali, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power (2008).

Books are still good trade, the store owner said, but anything on disk has gone down the tube – YouTube, file sharing, iPods and downloading, that is. So, he said, it’s the end of an era.

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Posted by on June 20, 2009 in Australia, Australia and Australian, dvd, film and dvd, Kevin Rudd, Malcolm Turnbull, politics, reading, Surry Hills


Third stats fetish post for June

Who has been reading what around here in the past seven days.

1. Ninglun on Blogspot.

Creeping up. 🙂 In the past seven days there were 162 views from 125 visits, according to Sitemeter. There have been 396 views so far this month, the best so far this year.

Top three individually visited posts in the past week:

  1.…ills-community-centre-and.html 6 views
  2.…street-surry-hills-sunday.html 3
  3.…05/new-redfern-centrelink.html 2

2. Photo blog (WordPress)

564 views so far this month. In the past seven days:

  1. Mardi Gras Fair Day 1 – a touch damp 7
  2. Surry Hills: new community centre and library nearing completion 6
  3. At Central – Monday 5pm 4

3. Floating Life

3,991 views so far this month. In the past seven days:

  1. How good is your English? Test and Answers 83
  2. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — "The Angel’s Kiss"  73
  3. Maurice O’Riordan’s view on nude children as art 61
  4. Who killed Mr Ward? Four Corners 15 June 46
  5. Racism? Yes and no… 43

4. Floating Life Apr 06 ~ Nov 07

1,770 views so far this month. In the past seven days:

  1. Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe, 87
  2. Assimilation, Integration, Multiculturalism 41
  3. Two Australian poems of World War II 39
  4. There are at least two movies called Swimming Upstream 35
  5. 3 — Indigenous Australians 21

5. Ninglun’s Specials

941 views so far this month. In the past seven days:

  1. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 21
  2. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 15
  3. Gustave Dore’s "Ancient Mariner" illustrations 15
  4. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy 14
  5. Chinatown 13: Chinese Gardens Darling Harbour 8 10

hot_012 6. English/ESL

5,787 views so far this month. In the past seven days:

  1. Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" — and "Blade Runner" 240
  2. How should I write up a Science experiment? 230
  3. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 87
  4. The "Belonging" Essay 66
  5. A student’s “Belonging Essay 62
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