20.12.02

Let's try again. Error messages from blogger and it has only partially posted.

Heres an article which may interest Bene Dictionas it is by a compatriot of his.. ( Hope you are feeling much better by now.) Article was in Sydney Morning Herald, letters to the editor, Thursday, 19th December. I quote it in its entirety.

As a visitor to your city from Canada, where I occasionally write for the newspaper, I wanted to say how impressed I was by your columnists. Since I've been here, I've read interesting articles on conversational etiquette, the implications of mobile phones and the fate of film criticism.

I wish the papers back home did more of this and went beyond the mundane world of politics more often.

Sheldon Goldfarb (Vamcouver) 17/12/02

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Here's an article which might interest

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18.12.02

The article on Jesus kitsch raised an interesting point. Perhaps this stuff is so dreadful because we are offended by the thought of the incarnation. We can cope with the divinity but not the humanity aspects. This tawdriness is one way of allowing us to deal with the fact tha Jesus became man. I don't really think this is so. There's plenty of other "kitschy" stuff around, aimed at the same market, so it must sell. ("kitschy" - now is that a word?)

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There was an article yesterday on Jesus kitsch. There is certainly some dreadful stuff around. Some of the shops here have very distasteful Madonna and Child pictures. Very poorly done in every respect. What makes them worse is a series of LEDs or whatever the modern equivalent of them is. Tastefully arranged in a row around Mary's veil, they blink alarmingly. I have seen other pictures given the same treatment.

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The Federal Government is still receiving credible reports of a possible locally targeted terrorist attack before Christmas. However, this report was on page 6 of this morning's paper in a short article which was mostly concerned with negotiations between Australia and other countries over armed officials in airplanes. In Sydney tomorrow, there is a simulated strike to test the readiness of authorities to deal with such things. The simulation has been publicised but the location was supposedly a secret. However, two areas were named in today's paper. (also p6)

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I've had computer problems on and off for a couple of days now. I really think it was our IP with the problems, not me, but the effect was the same. I had all sorts of things to write about, but they have either slipped my mind or no longer seem relevant.

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15.12.02

Here is the collect for the Third Sunday in Advent from Collects - Advent to before Lent

O Lord Jesus Christ,
who at your first coming sent your messenger
to prepare your way before you:
grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready your way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at your second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever

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And yer another Advent hymn for this Sunday. Words by Charles Wesley.

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.


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