6.6.03

Blogging may be a bit sporadic for the next few days. I am house and cat sitting for my eldest son and enjoying a beautiful bush outlook with little noise apart from the birds. I have plenty to do - I want to work on my talks for next month's conference and have also just been asked to do three separate talks at church. I also want to spend some time just praying and meditating.

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4.6.03

HennyPenny and the sky falling in
A man in Liverpool must have thought this was happening yesterday. A car involved in an accident on the roof of a car park, crashed through a barrier onto the street below. A man was hit by either the car or by pieces of the metal barrier. He suffered extensive cuts and bruises.

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Our ex Governor-General, Dr Peter Hollingworth, was roasted for stating in a national television interview that a fourteen year old girl was responsible for what happened between her and a minister in whose care she was. Now the NSW Minister for Education has stated that another girl of the same age was to blame for an affair between her and a teacher 33 years her senior. What is it that some men do not understand? Both these men used a girl below the age of consent, taking advantage of her, and are then justified by men in authority who really must know better. It reminds me of the judge from South Australia a couple of years ago. In judging a rape case, he made the public remark that " some women needed a bit of biff to make them change their minds so they agreed with a man's wishes."

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Surely this woman needs help but it appears that nowhere is safe from violence today. A 74 year old woman has appeared in court on charges of attempted murder. She bashed another resident at a nursing home with an iron bar and then tried to choke her by stuffing a scarf down her throat. The victim is in a serious condition and the sight of one eye is threatened.

The assailant has been violent to other residents before, hitting one with a laundry basket and punching another in the chest.

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A sign of the affluence of some in society? Rolls Royce has released for sale in Australia the latest Phantom. Almost as long as a stretch limo, it weighs as much as a landcruiser and is taller than some people-movers. The price? Aust.$985,000, including some Aust $250,000 in government taxes and charges. Insurance for this is about $31,000 a year.

Now I wouldn't mind even the insurance money myself. I could do a lot of things with even $31,000. There are a lot of organisations who would be glad of an extra several thousand dollars a year. I would have no trouble giving that much away. It's more than fifteen times what I have to supply all personal needs, clothing, gifts, books etc. And I manage to give some of that away. What I really question is the mind of someone who pays that much for a car. Sure, it's great to have "nice" things, but $985,000 of such things?

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3.6.03

Sad news today. Two young children who had been rescued along with three more of their family from a burning house last week died. Their mother is still heavily sedated in hospital after the fire and three young girls are recovering. The father who drives an interstate removalist van was hundreds of miles away when something fell onto a bar heater in a child's room. The mother still knows nothing about her children. The father is distraught and had already lost another child in an epileptic fit some years ago.

What compounds this bad news is the death of a brave neighbour who crawled through a broken window to rescue one of the 18 month twin girls. He suffered smoke inhalation but did not go to a doctor. I heard on the radio today that the tiny particles of the smoke get into the lungs. There they dissolve ad produce noxious compounds. This is what killed him.

How sad.

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Thanks to Richard at connexions for this link, The Gospels' world - Background to 700. Here you will find an interactive display of beautiful illuminated manuscripts. My cable connection took only 10-15 seconds to download, instead of suggested 90 seconds. The fruit of prayer and meditation.

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2.6.03

Our Defence Minister has conceded that information about Saddam Hussein's weapons capability which influenced Australia's decision to join the war against Iraq, may have been flawed. Of course, that decision is still being justified by the government!

We now know who else had buried weapons of mass destruction. Note also that much of the documentation about this buried horde was missing. Pots calling kettles black.

A cynical note in the paper here today. WMD=weapons of mass deception.

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Whale watching season opens
The season for watching whales make their way up the east coast of Australia to warmer waters opened yesterday. The National Park at Kurnell, Captain Cook's landing place, has a platform specially built for whale watching. Last year, volunteers counted over 1000 whales, most of them humpbacks from this viewpoint at Cape Solander. One whale called Sydney Harbour home for quite a few days before it ventured back through the heads to open water.

(Link is to a camera which you can control for two minutes and have a look at our beautiful harbour. Second camera available in heavy viewing times. Be patient. This site is very popular. Don't forget time differences. You won't see much if it's night here!)

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