Category Archives: milestones

Apology to forgotten Australians

Yesterday was a great day in Parliament.

THEY were called the ”forgotten Australians”.

But the more than half a million state wards, foster children and former child migrants were renamed the ”remembered Australians” yesterday by Kevin Rudd, as he apologised on behalf of the nation for the abuse and neglect they suffered in church and state care.

Mr Rudd and the Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, fought back tears as they delivered the historic apology in the Great Hall of Parliament House…

You can see a powerful documentary on these matters on ABC at 8.30 tonight.

Meanwhile I have been interviewing an old Darlington resident and activist, Bev Hunter, about the suburb a university swallowed – and I have been going down memory lane rather a bit myself in the process. That’s the current South Sydney Herald project and the deadline is 24 hours off…

See you later.

Update 2.00 pm

Article done. Here is a sneak preview:

Shuffling the years with Bev Hunter

Like old Dan in Judith Wright’s “South of My Days” John and Bev Hunter have seventy years of Darlington memories hived up in them like old honey. “It was a great place. We had the best of it,” Bev recalls. “It was a really safe area. You could leave your key in the door, or leave it open, or the key under the mat. You never got shut out.” …

Wait for the December/January South Sydney Herald for the rest.



What’s new Sunday 15 February to Saturday 21 February

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For the previous week visit What’s new Sunday 8 February to Saturday 14 February.

What’s new on my other blogs

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Posted by on February 14, 2009 in milestones, site news


Visitor #300,000

Worth noting, I think.

This is of course Sitemeter for all the Ninglun/Floating Life sites

(except Blogspot and English/ESL)

and counts back to July 2001.

Visit #275,000 was on October 24th, 2008.

Mind you it hasn’t quite happened yet. At 8.30am we were on 299,950*. But my guess is by about 2pm we’ll be there. I’ll try to catch who the visitor is.

* Added 10 by 9am…



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Posted by on December 28, 2008 in milestones, site news, site stats


Such is time… Stream of consciousness, almost…

raleghw Before his head was removed, Sir Walter Ralegh wrote this magnificent lyric:

Even such is time, that takes in trust
    Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
And pays us but with earth and dust ;
    Who, in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days ;
But from this earth, this grave, this dust
My God shall raise me up, I trust !

So here am I, not in the Tower of London contemplating execution of course, but in a Surry Hills flat contemplating the $1400 Mister Rudd so thoughtfully placed in my bank account yesterday. (Very handy to cover a couple of debts, and maybe to buy a new pair of boots…) I contemplate also that next year is the fiftieth anniversary of my comparatively undistinguished leave-taking from Sydney Boys High – well I did win a History Prize after all, I suppose.

dec11 010 My niece was in contemplative mood a little, I think, in her Christmas letter, which I also received yesterday. Her family has had an eventful year and have done many interesting things, some of them reflecting how The Shire these days reaches out to the world in a way that would have been inconceivable fifty years ago when, as it happens, my niece was born. They are a rather good looking family too, as you may glimpse on the left… The daughter is a promising dancer, I mean seriously promising. Rather proud of them I am, though through circumstances I have seen less of them than I may have done. You may recall we all got together in July when my brother visited from Tasmania.

I can recall having a few “my God! a quarter of a century!” thoughts when I turned 25, and then, as my niece mentions of herself, even greater wonder when I turned 50 – M gave me a magnificent party – and of course this year I went on the pension, which means I am now…

dec11 009 And looking back through my bits and pieces (right) I see how quickly the kids I have taught have grown up and made their ways in the world, some of them with great distinction, or making important contributions of one kind or another – one I mentioned just the other day.

I have every confidence in the young.

Now, what kind of boots will I buy? A good choice will last me at least three years, as the last pair has…

In another age of recession Henry Lawson wrote of an even deeper level of misfortune:

When you wear a cloudy collar and a shirt that isn’t white,
And you cannot sleep for thinking how you’ll reach to-morrow night,
You may be a man of sorrows, and on speaking terms with Care,
And as yet be unacquainted with the Demon of Despair;
For I rather think that nothing heaps the trouble on your mind
Like the knowledge that your trousers badly need a patch behind.

I have noticed when misfortune strikes the hero of the play,
That his clothes are worn and tattered in a most unlikely way;
And the gods applaud and cheer him while he whines and loafs around,
And they never seem to notice that his pants are mostly sound;
But, of course, he cannot help it, for our mirth would mock his care,
If the ceiling of his trousers showed the patches of repair.

I am well stocked with pants…

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Posted by on December 13, 2008 in Australia, generational change, memory, milestones, nostalgia, personal, poets and poetry, reminiscing


This time last year

This blog came into being.

1 December 2007:

2 December 2007:

3 December 2007 – the Monday:

Now it’s that last one I want to note especially. It was a long post. Here is part, with some links corrected. (The point is “Rampant” is being repeated late tonight on ABC-TV. Watch it if you can.)

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One year on this blog: looking back, looking forward

Yes, it is one year since this blog appeared, the material back to 2005 being imported later. In that time (to when I write this) there have been 73,385 hits according to WordPress.

This post will have the usual “what’s new” section for the coming week, and then I will bore you silly with the November stats for all my blogs, as they come in!*

What’s new on my blogs: Sunday 30 November to Saturday 6 December

Stats, stats, and more stats

I begin slightly prematurely with this blog, looking at the top individually visited posts and pages so far.

* UPDATE: Now (Monday 1 December) I am adding those monthly stats. Feel free to look. 😉

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Posted by on November 30, 2008 in blogging, milestones, site news, site stats


October 2008 on Floating Life and English/ESL – and what’s new

What’s new on Ninglun’s Specials, English/ESL and Photobucket

Overview of October 2008

Floating Life sites and English/ESL have both exceeded 12,000 visits each in October, according to Sitemeter. Floating Life sites have achieved a second-best ever – 14,579 visits in September, but English/ESL has broken its former best by about 3,000!

The final Sitemeter counts were: Floating Life sites – 12,585 visits and 15,538 page views; English/ESL – 12,075 visits and 15,236 page views – best ever by over 3,000 visits.

WordPress counts at c. 9.00 am our time on 1 November – that is, with about two hours to run WP time.

  • Floating Life: 8,733 page views (best ever last month at 11,781)
  • Ninglun’s Specials: 2,440 views, the best since July 2008 which had 2,698. When the blog was “Oz Politics” the best ever was November 2007 at 5,209, which was of course the month of the election. Further details about Ninglun’s Specials are in a separate post.
  • Floating Life Apr 06~Nov 07: 4,238 views. The best ever there was November 2007 with 8,998.
  • English/ESL: This is the big one last month! 14,371 views. Best ever!

What was hot

The top individually viewed posts for the month, with the exception of Ninglun’s Specials, appear below the fold.

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Posted by on October 31, 2008 in blogging, milestones, miscellaneous stats, site news, site stats


Ninglun’s Specials in October 2008

There are, as at 31 October 2008, over 1,000 pictures and other media on Ninglun’s Specials, 119.8 MB out of an available FREE 3 GB. So there’s scope for more for some time to come!

In October over 300 images were added in 110 posts, the most ever on this blog. 6 October saw the most visitors for the month – 148. That day was a big set on the Chinese Garden with 10 posts in one day!

Last week of October

A few thumbs showing highlights of the last week. The thumbs are not hyperlinked. There were 16 posts, 10 on Surry Hills, 4 on Redfern, 1 on Chinatown, and 1 announcement re the Photobucket albums.

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Stats for October 2008

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Milestone: visitor #275,000

That is by Sitemeter count and refers to all the sites and blogs, mostly these Floating Life blogs, that I have applied this meter to since July 2001.


To see how things were 275,000 visits ago: Found — a whole stack of my old entries! 🙂



Boring geeky navel gazing etc 2

Yes, there is a record this month! Sitemeter just stopped counting, but WordPress goes for another ten hours. Here’s Sitemeter’s version:

Floating Life blogs

This includes Floating Life, Ninglun’s Specials, Floating Life 04/06 ~ 11/07, Ninglun’s Journalpace, Ninglun on Geocities. It does not include Ninglun on Blogspot.



This is just the WordPress blog plus a couple of items on Geocities.


More after WP finishes its count. [Done: see over the fold.]

Ninglun on Blogspot managed just 121 visits in September.

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Posted by on October 1, 2008 in blogging, milestones, miscellaneous stats, site news, site stats


Boring geeky navel gazing for September 2008: 1

Thought I’d get started on what has proved to be a record month here with my reports to myself, and anyone else who may be interested. 😉

Posts which rang bells in September

Ninglun’s Specials

  1. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 117 individual visits during September, according to WordPress stats
  2. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy 110
  3. Top poems 2: John Donne (1572-1631) 61
  4. Surry Hills 9: The Northcott 56
  5. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 52
  6. Surry Hills 10: Little Lebanon 34
  7. First fruits from the Casio: Surry Hills 33
  8. Top poems 1: The amazing web site of Shakespeare’s Sonnets 25
  9. Surry Hills 8: Belvoir and Buckingham St 24
  10. Surry Hills 12: personal space 23

Floating Life

  1. Sarah Palin 2,496, which almost entirely explains the record month!
  2. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — “The Angel’s Kiss”  623
  3. NSW Local Government Election 2008 / Sutherland 308
  4. Cutting Edge: Embedded with Sheik Hilaly 236
  5. 2008 Beijing Paralympics Games 217
  6. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005  146
  7. How good is your English? Test and Answers 127
  8. The Hollowmen – ABC TV 123
  9. Australian poem 2008 series #10: Peter S 93
  10. Blog Roll 90

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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in blogging, milestones, site news, site stats



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


March 2006 review 2 and posts for Tuesday, 1 April

Sitemeter figures finished the month at midnight Sydney time; WordPress figures have about an hour to run, but since that won’t make much difference I’ll finish off my month review now.

Sitemeter stats

The Floating Life Sitemeter covers this blog, New Lines, Old Lines, Sans Words, Ninglun’s Journalspace and a few items on Geocities. The last two figure very little these days. 9,832 visits and 11,975 page views. That is down on February but up on January. Note that all my Sitemeters are configured to ignore my own visits.

English/ESL includes another smallish component on Geocities, but is otherwise purely the WP blog. 7,768 visits and 10,175 page views. That is better than February, but still behind 1) November 2007 (8,515/11,255) and 2) October 2007 (7,778/10,649). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 1, 2008 in blogging, milestones, miscellaneous stats, updates



Milestone! Visit #200,000.


That is for all the Floating Life sites since July 2001

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Posted by on March 31, 2008 in milestones