I was hardly away long enough for anyone to miss me, was I?
Over at the “new” blog, which now features evil ads from which I plan to make my fortune, I have just been having a lovely template fiddle, settling on the one I began with. 😉
This penchant of mine for rearranging things ought not to be mistaken for some stereotype you have in mind. Like Marcel I am a hopeless case when it comes to domesticity, unlike M I should add. My reluctance to rearrange my humble Surry Hills palace is almost pathological…
Speaking of Marcel… His latest entry recounts yet another concert — I am just jealous — but makes this interesting point:
…I did notice quite a few gay men (so far as one can judge, although in some cases, they were known to me) in the audience. Former NSW Treasurer, Michael Egan was there with someone who gave every appearance of being his boyfriend, in the company of Kim Williams (who many years ago was GM of MV* himself). Egan’s status in this regard has long been regarded as “openly secret.” I don’t have any views to convey one way or another about Mr Williams.
Incidentally, this raises a little question. One of the Sydney gay papers has been running a kind of quest to identify the top 25 “power gays” in Australia. I’m not quite sure what the point of this exercise is, but unless some systematic “outing” is proposed, this exercise seems bound to miss its mark. Power and being openly gay are still largely mutually exclusive in our society. Let’s face it, if you can’t even play the piano in Vietnam if you are openly gay, then your chances of actually wielding power are correspondingly fairly slim. Sigh.
He’s right, you know, despite the paranoia about the “gay lobby” that still surfaces from time to time.
Meantime I see the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church has displayed that lack of proportion so typical of the puritan mind — and this phenomenon is by no means the sole preserve of Sydney Anglicanism. You may see the same hairsplitting mindset among secularists, conservatives, environmentalists, radical leftists, feminists, gay activists — indeed anyone who may be excessively wedded to the correctness of their particular viewpoint. The puritan syndrome is really quite widespread. In the case of Sydney Anglicans it extrapolates from the extraordinary place gambling has in our community (where it has no doubt become a corrupting influence in politics, families, and indeed in the society and economy at large) to the humble church raffle. Yes, church raffles are to be outlawed. Silly, really silly…
I think so anyway.