Floating Life 4/06 ~ 11/07

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Benign spam

I received the email which follows and it was promptly and correctly delivered to the spam bin at Unwired (or rather Bluetie). I have chosen to rescue it. You may have seen it before.


Dear Brothers & Sisters,

We all need to pray for one another, and to love one
another. We should always pray for the safety, peace,
love and brotherhood for people all over the world.
Too bad we can’t have an independence day for the
entire world. A day of freedom from ignorance, hatred,
war, illusions, power and control. A day where we can
all love each other as human beings and toss away the
weapons of war, and cast out our fears and hatreds
from our hearts into the graves. We must mourn the
graves of the innocents all over the world, and give
the children of the world the hope of a peaceful,
loving and beautiful world.

A world full of love and without hatred or fear. A
world where we can join hands together and accept one
another, regardless of our skin color, ethnic
divisions, religion or nationality. If we don’t unite
as a human race, then we have condemned the future
generation of children a dark and very grim future.
Think of love, compassion and peace always…

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Written by Neil

November 5, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Against certainty

Julie Galambush interview. (If that doesn’t work… or here.)

Allow me to recommend a book as a Top Read of 2007 even if only three people in Australia have read it. 😉 The Reluctant Parting by Julie Galambush (Harper Collins 2006) is one of the clearer and more authoritative accounts of the context and origins of the New Testament that I have read. It does not venture too much into the speculative and fanciful, as some in this area do. Galambush has good judgement as an historian. An even greater blessing is that she is readable!

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Written by Neil

November 1, 2007 at 12:20 pm

Pip Wilson: The Trouble with Muslim Bashers

Written by Neil

October 3, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Back again

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: 

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Written by Neil

September 25, 2007 at 9:11 am

Interesting discussion of Bush’s second term

Posted on YouTube on 27th August 2007.

It is almost an hour long… The first interviewee is Robert Dallek, a prominent American historian of American Presidents. He is a Professor of History at Boston University. The second interviewee is Jim Wallis of Sojourners, whom I have mentioned many times. The third is Charles Gasparino, a Newsweek journalist and Huffington Post contributor.
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Written by Neil

September 17, 2007 at 12:01 am

Book of Job revisited

I mentioned The Book of Job back on the 26th of August and promised a snippet from the old Catholic Knox version. You have to be careful with snippets from Job as it is best read as a whole work rather than in verses. However, here is my sample. I just like the English of this. One thing though; the Knox version prints all the poetic sections as prose. I remember reading somewhere this was an economy measure — prose takes up less space.

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Written by Neil

September 2, 2007 at 12:01 am

Book of Job

My eccentric following of the US Book of Common Prayer Lectionary has moved on from the mixed blessings of Judges to one of those books everyone should read at some time in their lives: The Book of Job. There are many wonderful translations: J R R Tolkien had a hand in the Jerusalem Bible version, but I am reading mainly in the odd but powerful mid 20th century Catholic version of Ronald Knox, a truly inspiring work of English, especially in this book which reads like something out of the Arabian Nights. It is I am sure a work of fiction, but none the worse for that. It stands beside King Lear and Oedipus Rex as literature and has famously inspired many, such as William Blake. I will share some snippets of the Knox version later.

I found the following art work on Jasongraphix. (His Principles of Beautiful Web Design would appear to be well worth looking into; he certainly practises what he preaches.)


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Written by Neil

August 26, 2007 at 9:29 am