Daily Archives: July 4, 2009

Welcoming Russell Darnley OAM

My former colleague at SBHS Russell Darnley has entered the blogosphere. I mentioned Russell a while ago in Islam has about 1.3 billion followers worldwide. He was in Bali at the time of the bombing and wrote about it; the full text is in that post.

“I want to write about the overwhelming manifestation of selfless human love and care I have experienced.”

It’s obvious that the tragedy in Bali has brought great grief to the lives of many Australian families. For those of us that have been intimately involved in the tasks of ministering to the needs of the injured, attempting a body count and counselling the grieved friends and families of the missing it has been a demanding task.

This has been a task made more bearable by the massive upsurge of goodwill and the magnificent cooperation that has emerged in the face of this tragedy.

There has been little time to reflect on the intentions of the perpetrators. Our energy has been elsewhere. With the evacuations complete and the forensic process now underway there is time to write.

My first task was to survey a network of private hospitals surrounding the Sanglah public hospital for walking wounded. There were none. What first confronted me was the youth of the patients. Sure there were people of my own age but many were Rugby and AFL players from Australia. As a Rugby coach I found an immediate affinity with lots of the young guys that were lying, not always gravely injured, but bewildered about the whereabouts of missing teammates. I could only ask them to have hope and if the inclination took them, to pray for their friends…

Many thousands of people have assisted in the relief effort. Their care of the sick and dying and the respect they have shown for the dead have filled me with great hope.

The overwhelming majority of Indonesia’s 230 million people I am sure are deeply appalled by the wanton violence. Bali in particular is now confronting the prospect of a significant economic downturn if tourism is no longer seen as safe and viable.

I can only conclude with the words of the Denpasar (Badung) Fire Brigade Crew that I happened to talk with yesterday as a walked back to Sanglah Hospital from the Garuda office.

“Tell the Australians that Bali is safe. We can guarantee this. We will protect them. Tell them that we want them to come.”

Now he is out there for you all to read. I commend his blog to you.


Speaking of blogging friends, thanks Jim Belshaw for your kind words today.



Saturday again: time to go counting beans…

Ninglun on Blogspot

Sitemeter tells me this blog, which had several incarnations and a long hiatus, has at last crept past 6,000 visits. According to Google Analytics it is up 238% in visits. In the past seven days there have been 103 visits and 144 page views. Sitemeter records 66 visits and 80 page views so far this month. The top individual post (Google Analytics) has been Juice & Java Surry Hills (10 reads).

Floating Life

540 reads so far this month. Top individually read posts in the past seven days:

  1. Conflicting perspectives 132
  2. How good is your English? Test and Answers 68
  3. UN Peacekeepers — a quiz 35
  4. Dispatches from another America 31
  5. Australian poem 2008 series #17: "Australia" 24

Ninglun’s Specials

145 reads so far this month. Top individually read posts in the past seven days:

  1. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 15
  2. Family stories 4 — A Guringai Family Story 15
  3. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy 13
  4. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 11
  5. Family stories 2 — About the Christisons 10

Sydney Photo Blog

90 reads so far this month. Top individually read posts in the past seven days:

  1. 2008 in order 6
  2. Sydney CBD from Prince Alfred Park 3.25 5
  3. 10 best nature shots from 2008: 9 3
  4. Light, texture, architecture: Surry Hills 3
  5. Tree trimming – Belvoir Street Surry Hills 3

April 06 ~ Nov 07

250 reads so far this month. Top individually read posts in the past seven days:

  1. Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe, 58
  2. Assimilation, Integration, Multiculturalism 52
  3. There are at least two movies called Swimming Upstream 39
  4. Ian McKellen and Judi Dench in Macbeth… Mardi Gras 26
  5. Book and DVD backlog 26


1,085 reads so far this month. Top individually read posts in the past seven days:

  1. Essay writing: Module C “Conflicting Perspectives" — the introduction 245
  2. How should I write up a Science experiment? 198
  3. Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" — and "Blade Runner" 157
  4. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 86
  5. The "Belonging" Essay 60
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