This was my first blog on WordPress: Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07. That may seem strange given that its successor, Floating Life, has entries going back to 2005. You see, I had also had a Blogspot site, the entries from which I vacuumed into Floating Life.
29 DEC 2007
1. This one came from Creative Spark, an Oz in Singapore.
2. Forget where I found this:
3. This one came from The Poet:
4. So did this:
5. And this one from April 2007 of Sirdan and I with Lord Malcolm is sad, as he only had a few weeks to live; but check his smile…
29 JUN 2006
If you are at all interested in writing, and enjoy good writing from a real writer, visit John Baker.
You may recall he asked five questions:
1. Why do you blog?
Because it is better than muttering to myself in the bathroom. Because I am addicted to teaching. Because I need to rant in Howard’s Australia. Because I have far too much time on my hands. Because writing is the best kind of thinking. Because “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” (That was E M Forster, I think.) Because “I blog, therefore I am.” See also Reasons to journal.
See My canon. And it really probably is the Bible and Shakespeare. Sad, isn’t it?
3. Which three blogs do you most visit?*
1. Thin Potations. It’s a habit, really. He’s been a bit slack lately though. [Since gone private.]
2. Ahmad Shuja: MyScribbles: Write-ups of an Afghan because he is refreshingly honest, amazing for a person of his age, and an Afghan, and can tell me about the Afghan cricket team.
3. Aluminium because she is an English teacher and used to be a Diary-X friend, oh for ages now it seems. (And she reads me too.)
Actually I visit all those blogs on my blogroll. Often. Including John Baker’s, obviously.
4. Why do you read fiction?
Some just for delight in plot, character and language. Some because they are more true than non-fiction. Some because they can take me into world-views and milieus I could never otherwise experience.
5. What makes you laugh?
Fawlty Towers, no matter how often I see it. The items in my Diversions links to the right. The fact that the majority of Australians still think John Howard is a really really good Prime Minister…
No, that last one makes me want to cry.
* 2015: None of these blogs is still active. Ahmad Shuja went to the USA. He has quite a profile nowadays, and a blog that was active up to last year: Afghanistan Analysis — Thoughts and such on Afghanistan (and Pakistan).
The most visited posts on Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07 since 2006 have been:
- Home page / Archives 66,349 views 2006 to the present
- Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe, “Homecoming” 23,073
- Two Australian poems of World War II 16,999
- Assimilation, Integration, Multiculturalism: policy and practice in Australia since 1966 1 13,993
- Teacher Pride Rules! 13,062
- John Howard: bullying expert extraordinaire… 7,955
- Friday Australian poem #3: A D Hope, “The Death of a Bird” 6,438
- Friday Australian poem #12: David Campbell “Men in Green” 5,649
- Ian McKellen and Judi Dench in Macbeth and segue into Mardi Gras 4,961
- Friday Australian poem # 6: Mary Gilmore, “Nationality” and “Old Botany Bay” 4,671
- Friday Australian poem #11: “Because” by James McAuley 4,169
- Book and DVD backlog 4,164
- Friday Australian poem #4: Judith Wright 4,089
- 3 — Indigenous Australians 4,030
- About 3,936
- Late Anzac Day thoughts 3,869
- Les Murray and The Widower (2005) 3,546
- Friday Australian Poem #5: Judith Wright “For a Pastoral Family” 3,274
- There are at least two movies called Swimming Upstream 3,069
- On the awkwardness (and fatuity?) of discussing religion 2,955
There are some posts there I am still proud of.
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