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Friday poem 14: not really a poem!

But it could be.

1705 017In Redfern Park

In the latest South Sydney Herald Adrian Spry contributes this on the back page.

Utopian Dream

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan…

On a drear early morning, mid-year and hand-numbing cold. Greyness seems juxtaposed upon grey. The morning mist shrouds the Waterloo towers, making them seem ceilingless. They seem to climb heavenward forever.

Walking – walking downhill. My normally constant chatter with my children is missing. We are all lost in our own thoughts. Coming to terms with the start of a new week. The start of a new day. The grind of everyday life.

Crack!! My eyes snap to the right! What was that? A pistol shot? Ahhh…

Comprehension dawns as my eyes give credence to my mind’s film. I take in the scene.

Martial artists on the basketball court. The “crack” is the snapping of fans in unison as the three artists perform the tai-chi Kata or dance. Brightly coloured as oriental fans are. Exotic. Ancient. As we watch we seem to lighten. Awaken.

And now I notice the green of the grass. The towers and buildings. I see the gardens bright. I sense all this world around me.

Ahh yes… with smiles we three carry on. As we bend the corner into Cooper Street my daughter laughs and skips. My son smiles on. My daughter speaks. “Dad, those Chinese people look great.” They do. Yes. The rhythm of life.

God is great.


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July 09 South Sydney Herald

I have a particular interest in this, but the really big news in this issue is the front page story on the approval of the Pemulwuy Project in Redfern.

So here’s your copy of the paper: SSH_JULY_09 pdf

There’s a lot to read in the South Sydney Herald, and it isn’t all parochial; for example Laura Bannister & Robert Morrison give a fuller account of a story published in the May SSH on “abducted” protesters on behalf of Ugandan child soldiers.

And there’s a story by me too, on the book trade.


You can read it in big writing over the break. Read the rest of this entry »


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Pause: cub reporter again

Aside from the standard weekend posts and the Photoblog and Ninglun on Blogspot, I am pausing while I play cub reporter again for the South Sydney Herald. The topic is “The Price of Books”. Oz readers: feel free to sound off on the topic in the comment thread. I know some of you have strong views on this. I, on the other hand, have only 500 words to play with.



June 09 South Sydney Herald

Yes, it’s now available.

We have a new issue of the SSH — with front-page stories on Redfern and Erskineville stations (staff cuts on the way?) + inner-city weekend markets (“more popular than ever”). There are also reports on a proposed “mega depot” in Rosebery, plans for an upgrade to Abercrombie Street, Christian anarchist Ciaron O’Reilly’s visit to the Wayside Chapel, Housing NSW tenants at Woolloomooloo, and Kings Cross residents “revved up over threat to civil liberties” (read on …).

Kelly Lane reports on a “Makeover for South Sydney Youth Services” as well as the challenge facing welfare services in a time of recession, Tara Clifford reports on Friends of Erskineville’s opposition to a supermarket in the Hive, and Neil Whitfield reflects on contributions by Redfern residents to a National Human Rights Consultation.

Features include an interview with Louise Hamilton, a Wiradjuri woman and teacher at Darlington Public and Alexandria Park Community Schools, Fraser Studios on Broadway, and Glebe House. Check out the painting entitled ‘Shrinking World’ by Chia Moan (page 11), our very first piece of dance journalism (by Kristy Johnson), reviews of Star Trek, Mr Darwin’s Shooter, The Call and Who’s That Chik?, interviews with Josh Pyke and local singer Charmaine.

Chelsea Reid reports on Five-A-Side Indoor Soccer. Adrian Spry is pleased to report that all five members of the Ravens flock (running group) completed the Sydney Half Marathon on May 17 …

South Sydney Herald June 09

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Posted by on June 4, 2009 in Australia and Australian, local, South Sydney Uniting Church, Surry Hills


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South Sydney and other matters

The May South Sydney Herald is out. Nothing by me in it, but I have just been playing boy reporter for the next one – among my activities that curtailed blogging a bit in the past two days.  (Other things included seeing Dr C, helping M, and tutoring plus some additions to my students’ pages.)

First the boy reporting gig. I attended a rather interesting Community Consultation meeting organised by the Redfern Legal Centre at Redfern Town Hall last night. The object of the meeting was to prepare community and individual submissions to the National Human Rights Consultation where public submissions are being accepted until 15 June.

The Consultation is a chance to hear people’s ideas about human rights and talk about ways to protect and promote human rights in the future.

Key Consultation Questions
  • Which human rights and responsibilities should be protected and promoted?
  • Are human rights sufficiently protected and promoted?
  • How could Australia better protect and promote human rights?

One thing that emerged for me is that it isn’t a simple matter. Several speakers drew attention to the big difference between legislating rights, or enshrining them in a “Bill of Rights”, and the actual situation in practice and in hearts and minds. We had a range of people including a former asylum seeker who had been in immigration detention for seventeen months but finally made it; interestingly he didn’t see his treatment (he was from Bangladesh) as having been racially motivated, though he did have quite a lot to offer about the system. There were speakers also from the Indigenous community, GLBT, disabilities and multicultural agencies. The chair – and he did an excellent job – was Professor Stuart Rees from the Sydney Peace Foundation.


From last night.

(Dorothy just interrupted this post dropping off my bundles of South Sydney Heralds so later I will “do my rounds”.)

Second, another South Sydney matter that doesn’t concern me immediately: The Ravens. Andrew from South Sydney Uniting Church along with several others is running in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on 17 May, raising money for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Support the Ravens here.


May 09 South Sydney Herald PDF

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Posted by on May 8, 2009 in Australia, Australia and Australian, events, human rights, local, multicultural Australia, South Sydney Uniting Church


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April South Sydney Herald in colour

Nothing by me in this one, but it is a good issue and more than merely parochial. Here’s your copy. Later on I’ll be hand delivering “real” ones in this bit of Surry Hills.

April SSH

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Posted by on April 8, 2009 in Australia, Australia and Australian, local, South Sydney Uniting Church, Surry Hills


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March 09 South Sydney Herald out…

As you may see.

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That’s my pic and story on the left (page 3) and the top left on the front page may also be familiar. 🙂

Can’t link to the paper’s site at the moment. I think it may be being redesigned.


The SSH website is available again. It wasn’t being redesigned as yet. There is a lot more in it than my small article, and while it mainly deals with local matters, you will also find something new on Zimbabwe — and more.

Here is a copy for you in PDF format: March 09 South Sydney Herald.


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