Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07

an archive

Author Archive

Reconstruction finished


And, after all, plainness and simplicity have won in the template battle. It all works smoothly now, and I commend these pages to you. Having read the lot again over the past week I am quite pleased with some of it. 🙂

Written by Neil

July 28, 2008 at 8:58 am

Posted in my sites, Observations

Floating Life Apr 06-Nov 07 reconstruction

Be patient if at times you see odd things here. I am patiently rebuilding some of this blog, especially correcting a few small display issues. Everything still works though, but it will look better when I have finished.

Written by Neil

July 23, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Posted in my sites

New look archive here

This blog, as its title suggests, is an archive from my first WordPress blog covering the period April 2006 to November 2007. It continues “live” on New Lines from a Floating Life and on Ninglun’s Specials.

As of today the ten most popular posts and pages here are:

Two Australian poems of World War II 2,155 visits
Bill Heffernan! 1,819 — mainly for a picture of Elizabeth I
Assimilation, Integration, Multiculturalism 1,620
John Howard: bullying expert extraordinaire 1,523 — but not because of John Howard, I suspect
Does Tim Blair still do global warming jokes? 1,498
Book and DVD backlog 1,454
3 — Indigenous Australians 1,408
About 1,407
On the awkwardness (and fatuity?) of discussing religion 1,294
Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe, “Homecoming”  1,286

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Written by Neil

June 17, 2008 at 10:02 am

Posted in blogging, my sites

2007 in review: #2 — best pics used here in 2007

1. This one came from Creative Spark, an Oz in Singapore.

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Written by Neil

December 29, 2007 at 5:28 pm

2007 in review: #1 — Best reads of 2007: fiction

There’s a tag for that so if you hit it you’ll find them all duly noted. Just as well, as I would never have remembered them all.

However, cutting out a couple of eccentric entries, I have pared the list down to a First Fifteen.


Author Title Post
Janette Turner Hospital Orpheus Lost

Welcome to our nightmare

Elmore Leonard La Brava

Contrasts in my recent reading and viewing

Andrew McGahan Underground

The novel Andrew Bolt hates and Zadie Smith’s 21st century classic

Zadie Smith On Beauty

Easily the best novel I have read so far this year*

Dai Sijie 戴思杰 Mr Muo’s Travelling Couch

Sino-Gallic firecrackers

Kate Grenville The Secret River

May have been, very possibly…

Anne Holt What Is Mine

Promised review catch-up

Reginald Hill The Death of Dalziel

More reviews of good stuff from Surry Hills Library

Alexander McCall Smith Blue Shoes and Happiness

Two very different works of crime fiction

Robert Drewe Grace

Robert Drewe Grace (2005)

Michael Nava Rag and Bone

Book and DVD backlog

Andrew O’Hagan Be Near Me

Negotiating dangerous ground

Salman Rushdie Shalimar the Clown as above
Milan Kundera Ignorance

Milan Kundera Ignorance (2002)

Karin Fossum When the Devil Holds the Candle

Two crime fiction novels

The top five? Ignorance, The Secret River, On Beauty, Orpheus Lost, The Death of Dalziel.

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Written by Neil

December 9, 2007 at 10:48 pm

Posted in 2007 in review, Reading

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Friday Australian poem #17: Bruce Dawe, “Homecoming”

Years ago I had a student just beginning Year 12 at a Jewish school north of Sydney; Bruce Dawe’s poetry was our first mission. Over the Christmas holidays (well, that’s what I’d call them 😉 ) he went to Queensland, found Bruce Dawe in the phone book and rang him up. “Hey, I have to study your poems!” Result? An invitation to come over for a cup of tea, and some good points to make in class…

An Air Force veteran himself, and veteran too of all manner of jobs, this very down-to-earth Australian poet found his voice and his anger during the Vietnam War. “Homecoming” is just one of many he wrote at that time, but is justly the best known.
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Written by Neil

November 30, 2007 at 12:01 am

M — another day, another country

Written by Neil

November 29, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Posted in M, travel

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