In June 2011 — reflecting on mutability

Yes, a whole decade! Sometimes I can’t believe it! And I have decided to launch this one tonight instead of tomorrow morning…

Lovely day but tinged with sadness

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Today is Trevor Davies’s funeral in Sydney. I didn’t make it, but my thoughts are there. [Trevor was a pillar both of South Sydney Uniting Church and the Labor Party. He was also the begetter and inspirer of the South Sydney Herald.]

I went down to the library, and then to Wollongong City Gallery.

That – linked – is the work of Ian Whittaker. I was impressed.

Also saw Just Imagine 2011 , Agnieszka Golda & Martin Johnson and Maree Faulkner.  Ended up having some good conversation too. Very glad I went.

Then to The Diggers Club. I am growing very fond of this place.


The kid waiter was ‘in training” – his fourth day, he told me.

Diggers has changed since the Golf Club took it over — and not always for the better. I still go there but very rarely eat there nowadays.

Yesterday was an emotional day

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Early train to arrive in Redfern by 9.30 am, then South Sydney Uniting Church. After that a nice time at the Trinity Bar in Surry Hills with Sirdan and B, followed by my first Oxford Street visit for ages – the Oxford and The Shift. Home by 6.30.


Redfern Park 9.30 am


South Sydney Uniting Church: Trevor Davies

‘Today is a day of mourning for us. Our brother and friend, Trevor, is not in his pew. Something’s not right. We feel it in our bodies and spirits. We feel the burden and the void because we have loved, and because we have experienced love. We feel the force of love. We have experienced a genuine, a divine love in our life together – the most humanising thing that can ever happen to us.

And so, in time, we will be all right. I say this with a keen awareness of grief, a personal, private and particular grief that to some extent wants to be alone and quiet. In time, we will be all right. We are being made fully human, and, as we have prayed, human destiny is eternally linked to the divine. Jesus says, “I am committing myself to you”.

Yesterday, I experienced a peace I hadn’t known since hearing of Trevor’s death. I started to believe (faith is always a beginning) that I/we will be all right. That God is love, and that love is inextinguishable. That humanity, that flesh-and-spirit human being, human loving … that Trevor Edward Davies participates in the inextinguishable love that is God, who is God … Language breaks down under the pressure of love – and yet continues to speak, to signify anew …

“And now, sisters and brothers, I must say goodbye. Mend your ways. Encourage one another. Live in harmony and peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the holy ones send greetings to you” (2 Corinthians 13:11-13)…”

Looking back ten years from the start of winter 2021 — 2

This is the second of two posts of selections from my June 2011 photo blog. This time I focus on Wollongong Harbour.

Words have been unnecessary for these — but study this one and see the harmony we so often achieve in this wonderful (at its best) multicultural Wollongong — and Australia. A pox on all who would undermine this!