What was I up to five years ago?

See Monthly Archives: July 2011

Time flies!

Posted on July 28, 2011 by Neil


I read the news today, oh boy…

Posted on July 25, 2011 by Neil


…and I’m not taking a shot at The Mercury. That local story really is important for the local economy, Cadel Evans is just awesome, and many would not agree with my ranking of Amy Winehouse – but then the first I had even registered her existence was through the news of her joining the tragic waste of rock history’s premature death syndrome.

And yes, “challenging” has double-l!

But who can doubt that Norway is where our hearts and minds are right now?..

This is the feared destination towards which all that increasingly virulent right-wing reaction to issues such as immigration, Islam and multiculturalism was heading. And here it is. Now we know what can happen when the two minute hate rules the political airwaves.

We have been getting some ripe local examples thanks to some Muslim dickheads and their dislike of beer here in Sydney, but the greatest dickheads have been the commercial channels, Seven especially in this case, and those shows ridiculously mislabelled as current affairs that run at 6.30 on 7 and 9. A very appropriate response came in the Herald at the weekend.

I HAD a phone call from one of my sons on Wednesday night. He was upset that some of the people he considered his friends had been posting disparaging remarks about Muslims on Facebook. There were the usual stereotypes – Muslims were violent, Muslims wanted to bring in sharia, Muslims didn’t integrate, didn’t share Aussie values and so on.

The majority of Muslims in Australia are, like my son, born here or came as young children, are educated, hold responsible jobs, look after their families and steer clear of any involvement in extremism or crime. Mostly, they obey the sharia as well as Australian law. For most there is no conflict between the two systems. The ordinary citizen reading the tabloid press might think differently.

Last week, four men, said to be followers of the strict Wahhabi sect of Islam, allegedly inflicted 40 lashings on a convert for drinking alcohol, a crime under Islamic law. Apparently, the police were told the offenders were inflicting a ”sharia” punishment.

Hardly anyone checked the facts. The men’s actions were wrong, not only under Australian law but also under Islamic law…

We can’t afford pumping hate – especially hate for cash! — in a generally peaceful multicultural society like Australia. Let Norway serve as a terrible warning…

After the storms

Posted on July 23, 2011 by Neil


One hundred years!

Posted on July 20, 2011 by Neil

The thing about today which resonates most with me at the moment is realising my mother, had she lived past 1996, would be 100 years old today!


That’s her cross-legged by the pram.

Otherwise, we have winter weather right now. I guess this is not all that surprising. It is winter, and July is our coldest month usually…

Turned cold and damp…

Posted on July 19, 2011 by Neil

… but lunch at The Diggers Club – yes again – was so good!


Surry Hills Sunday lunch

Posted on July 17, 2011 by Neil

… and more playing with the new camera. All these effects were created in the camera.


Sirdan in The Trinity


Posted on July 13, 2011 by Neil

By devious byways on Facebook I found a former colleague – a good friend with a great sense of humour who probably colluded in this photo.


It could have been my class too, MJ! Winking smile

That does bring back memories. Indeed I am pretty sure I know what class this is – the year is obvious. I may have been just one or two rooms away getting a similar group to grapple with pomo  – probably with similar results!

So that’s what a selective school looks like!

Pause to remember…

Posted on July 9, 2011 by Neil