How things change!

November 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

.How things change!

July 30, 1937

It would be interesting to see a cartoon by Low if drawn today. A completely reverse situation now exists in Palestine/Israel.

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Novel idea takes off

November 21, 2008 at 4:57 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Novel idea takes off

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Alternate and alternative

November 19, 2008 at 3:49 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

On and off labour

Sydney Morning Herald 19/11/08
The start of The Howard Years was gripping television. However, in describing the waterfront dispute, the key players in the events and the presenter, Fran Kelly, repeatedly referred to employing non-union labour as an “alternate” option. Surely what was wanted was an “alternative” choice, not something to occur by turns.David Wall Newtown

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Kapiak Tree by Anna Chu

November 19, 2008 at 2:03 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Kapiak Tree by Anna Chu MaskiMedia PO Box 757, Ravenshoe, QLD 4888 Phone:    07 40…   Email: publisher@maskimedia.com.au  Cost: AU$24.50 plus p&p AU$3.50 within Australia

Anna Chu’s little book: Kapiak tree: memories of Papua New Guinea is just that, a capably conjured up story of how life was actually lived in the towns and outstations in pre-independence and early post-independence Papua New Guinea, from the perspective of a mixed race woman. Her account impelled me to read the book from cover to cover without putting it down.

    At first I could not explain why I liked it so much. Objectively some might say it is not particularly well written with thoughts meandering in and out throughout and facts and events seasoning the storytelling unexceptionally. But this is the very essence that makes the book so charming: the respect Anna has for her father, Chu Leong, and her love for her mother are interspersed with honest accounts of relationships with men, and interesting descriptions about food and life in general in PNG.

    I know that Anna’s book is a true and honest account of PNG life as I also lived in some of the places she describes, and for anyone wanting to know how things really were in, say, the Sepik, this captivating little tale is highly recommended.

    Included in the book are a number of interesting and historical photographs.

 

 

 

 

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Wall Sounds the Alarm! Post-Courier, 1973

November 3, 2008 at 6:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Wall Sounds the Alarm!  Post-Courier, 1973

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Wally Lussick’s obituary, The Australian, 3/7/96

November 3, 2008 at 6:24 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

 

Wally Lussick's obituary The Australian 3/7/96

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James Ward goes to Confession

November 3, 2008 at 5:15 am (Fiction) (, , , , , )

The next morning, Christmas day, James awoke and his first sense was a strong awareness of Laura. He felt and smelt her presence around him. He looked at his watch, 9:15, and then he remembered Paul Kirshner telling him about Mass at 10:00. As it was Christmas, he considered that he had better go to Mass. So he got ready and made his way down to the wharf, where the Christopher was docked.

 

He arrived early and he noticed Paul hearing confessions on a secluded part of the deck. Paul was wearing his cassock with a stole around his neck and seated on an upturned box. The penitent was kneeling in front of him. This scene created mixed emotions in James. His first inclination was to run away. He was in no mood for confession and in his relations with Laura he certainly had no firm purpose of amendment. He was, as he said to Laura later, “suffering with grief about past sexual sins.”

 

While all these thoughts were going through his mind, Paul looked up after giving a penitent absolution, and his eyes met James’s for a brief moment. For some reason this look from Paul profoundly moved him. It seemed to be a saintly invitation that the nature of his being impelled him to accept.  It was as if Paul was extending a life-line to him. Almost as an automaton, James joined the line of those waiting to have their confession heard.

 

He kneeled in front of Paul and started his confession:

 

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It is about two years since my last confession and I accuse myself of the following sins:

I’ve had sexual relations with a number of women and I’m now carrying on an affair with a married woman. I’m also guilty of self-abuse once or perhaps twice.”

 

Paul then said to James: “Are you sorry for these sins?”

 

James answered: “Father, that’s the trouble: I’m not sure that I am.”

 

Paul replied: “James, the mere fact that you have come to confession shows a desire for forgiveness and at the very least you are sorry that you are not sorry. Your sins are sins of the flesh. You have given in to desires that every man has. This is not to excuse you, but we must all put our lives into a context and perhaps where you have sinned against charity to others, greater sins have been committed and this is where sexual sins sometimes lead us. I’m sure that you are trying to do your best and I have no hesitation in giving you absolution. For your penance say the Our Father and three Hail Marys and now make an act of contrition.”

 

James proceeded to mumble the contrition: “O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. I resolve with the help of Thy grace, to amend my life. Amen.”

 

Paul gave him absolution: “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

 

James answered: “Amen.”

 

Paul said: “Go in peace.”

 

James answered: “Thank you, Father.”

 

James then heard Mass and received communion on board and shortly after the MV Christopher up anchored and went down river to Marienberg.

 

Excerpt from Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk

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Deborah Ruiz Wall, relaxes in our house in Angoram, 1973 .

November 3, 2008 at 2:34 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Deborah Ruiz Wall relaxes in our house in Angoram 1973 .

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