23.10.02

News today that the son-in-law of Christopher Skase has now confessed to the bankruptcy trustee that his mother- in- law has $10 million (Aust) in jewellery and other assets as well. This from the family that insisted they were living on the poverty line after a property and business collapse which left many shareholders well out of pocket. The Australian Government had tried for years to have Skase extradited to Australia . He died. Son-in-law was left out of the benefits of his will. (penniless, remember?) He now reveals what everyone knew but could not prove. Many assets well hidden. I'm glad I don't live in that family.

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Update on yesterday's post about the collapse of a water storage tank. There were two men killed in this accident. Both buried under, rubble, formwork, scaffolding and newly poured concrete. Lake Cargellico is a small community which is now shocked by the death of two of its townsfolk.

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22.10.02

There was a nasty accident at Lake Cargellico in southwest NSW today. Men were working on a concrete pour for the roof of a thirty metre high water reservoir when the formwork and scaffolding collapsed along with them into the inside. One man was killed, another is missing, one is still trapped and two got out with not much more than scratches and a few cuts after falling that distance along with all the other debris.

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The British warship which was holed when it ran aground several months ago off Lord Howe Island has been hoisted onto another ship. Now out of the water, the huge hole can be clearly seen. What was fascinating was the method. A floating dock(??) was brought near and had water pumped in till most of the dock was submerged. The warship was manoeuvred onto the deck of the dock. Water was pumped out and there was the warship, high and dry on the other ship. The whole operation took about twelve hours. Next day: Newspaper says Dutch ship Swan is a "semi-submersible vessel."

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I was just watching the news about the stone ossuary which supposedly contained the bones of James, the brother of Jesus. The comment was repeatedly made that this might be the first real evidence of the existence of Jesus. Did you know there is already more evidence for his existence than that of Julius Caesar?

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This song has been used in commercials by Telstra for the last couple of weeks. Now beefed up a bit because of tthe Bali bombings.

I am/We are Australian.
I came from the dreamtime from the dusty red soil plains
I am the ancient heart, the keeper of the flame
I stood upon the rocky shore
I watched the tall ships come
For forty thousand years I'd been the first Australian.

[chorus]
We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian.

I came upon the prison ship bowed down by iron chains.
I cleared the land, endured the lash and waited for the rains.
I'm a settler.
I'm a farmer's wife on a dry and barren run
A convict then a free man I became Australian.

[chorus]
We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian.

I'm the daughter of a digger who sought the mother lode
The girl became a woman on the long and dusty road
I'm a child of the depression
I saw the good times come
I'm a bushy, I'm a battler
I am Australian

[chorus]
We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian.
I'm a teller of stories


I'm a singer of songs
I am Albert Namatjira
I paint the ghostly gums
I am Clancy on his horse
I'm Ned Kelly on the run
I'm the one who waltzed Matilda
I am Australian

[chorus]
We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian.

I'm the hot wind from the desert
I'm the black soil of the plains
I'm the mountains and the valleys
I'm the drought and flooding rains


I am the rock, I am the sky
The rivers when they run
The spirit of this great land
I am Australian

[chorus]
We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice:
I am, you are, we are Australian
I am, you are, we are Australian.


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I'm still reading the book of Job and find it very appropriate at the moment. Many lessons in the "comforters." They are proud, so sure they are right, yet their arguing is based on a false first premise so their conclusion is wrong. The wicked are not always immediately punished. We see the Psalmist ponder the question of " why do the wicked flourish." Some of their answers are too easy and quick. There are no easy answers to suffering and they are very judgmental. Certainly makes me ponder my own responses.

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I've kept my copy of Dunn's work on the theology of Paul on my coffee table, although it is far from the usual "coffee table" type book. He bases his writings on Paul on the book of Romans and then ranges elsewhere in Paul's writings. I have been following sections of his work at a time. I really appreciate what he has written. Thoroughly lucid, scholarly and relatively easy to read. Far too many people think that writing on such a topic as theology requires something really heavey and turgid. He's thought provoking too.

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I think we need to remember that more than Australians suffered in the Bali bombing. For a start, other nationalities were involved too, although when all is tallied after identification has been carried out, the largest number will be from Australia. Bali is mainly Hindu, so if this blast was from some Islamic source, tehn it has had a secondary target as well. Many worked in those clubs and were killed. The local industry is tourism and that will be badly damaged for quite a while. Those in that area have had their livelihoods removed and precious little is there to replace them. A Balinese doctor is reported in today's Sydney Morning Herald as saying that they are falling into "the deepest place." He worked many hours attending the wounded and had few facilities.

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Now my monitor is playing up and needs repairs. I'll be so glad to get back into my own study with my books and resources and my own computer. Waited so long a few days more is nothing.

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Today's paper speaks of a German tourist being found in the desert down to his last litre of water. He had been bogged and couldn't get out. Too many tourists seem to think that our outback is like the park down the street but bigger. Not so. People who are ill equipped or who lack knowledge of local conditions die out there.

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Feeling pretty rotten today and I might have to resort to an after lunch nap. Had some sort of tummy bug last night and have had about 2-3 hours sleep and that fairly disturbed.

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