Same-sex marriage ( Article transferred from Page to Post by request.)

October 31, 2012 at 7:40 am (Commentary)

Same-sex marriage

I should be transparent about any conflict of interest I may have and state that it’s my week for women.

What does the wisdom of the elders have to say on or about this subject?

Variety is the spice of life. One man’s meat is another man’s poison. It’s natural to cut off a slice. It’s better the devil you know. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Does the Pauli exclusion principle apply? Is it two sides of the same coin? The answer perhaps lies in the soil.

From the Bible: For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage. Byron mentioned that comedies are ended in marriage. In Shakespeare’s words, hanging prevents a bad marriage.

Does this get to the crux of the matter? I think not! But what is it?

I want to be politically correct and declare a free for all: same sex, two sex, any sex, go for it! What do you think?

All I know is that at the marriage feast in Cana the Lord changed water into wine but He didn’t change anything else. So stay with the old and tried forms and to hell with Adam and Steve. I like the sound of Adam and Eve better.

Jackson Russell

These are the views of the writer and are not necessarily those of this blog.


  1. David Wall said,

    June 19, 2012 at 3:16 am  · Edit

    I can’t see the issue with gay marriage. If two men or two woman want to do that, that’s fine by me. When another person has a problem with it, the problem resides with that person in my opinion. But if that person actively  goes out of his or her way to stop people making a public commitment of love and union to each other, which marriage basically is, then that person is in error. Far better I believe for that person to begin to understand why it bothers him or her so greatly than make a public attack on others. I don’t believe Jesus would be one to make a point with sarcasm.

    • Jackson Russell said,

      June 19, 2012 at 6:40 am  · Edit

      David, thank you for your comment, this is an important subject even if we don’t agree. Jackson

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Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer’s greatest challenge.

October 31, 2012 at 5:52 am (Book review, Commentary)

A.C.T. Marke

Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer’s greatest challenge.

Fans of Andrew Marke’s writing and his fictional character, Temlett Conibeer, will be pleased to hear that he has produced another novel following on from his previous two: Love on the Run and Love in a Hot Climate.

If anything Marke has excelled himself with his latest work: Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer’s greatest challenge.

It has all the excitement of Ira Levin’s thriller: The Boys from Brazil — a somewhat stranger setting in Papua New Guinea – a juxtaposition of the Third Reich with a primitive land in the upper reaches of the Sepik River.

There is something of a boy’s own adventure about this tale and the love scenes between Temlett and Lena are droll and hilarious without meaning to be. There’s really nothing of Dax from Harold Robbins’ The Adventurers in Temlett Conibeer. No one could say that women trembled at the power in Temlett’s loins! However Marke’s repeated descriptions of the way Lena wore her shorts that emphasized ‘her hips and bottom,[ making her] gorgeous’ leads to some steamy passion if not to sexual climax; because of Temlett’s Victorian moral values in not as it were breaching the protocol. Near the end Lena offers Temlett the gift of her virginity!

The allure and attraction of the beautiful young East German, Lena Adler, some would say, is just too much for Temlett Conibeer, even if she appears to save him from circumstances created by his own naivety. But in clearing himself of a murder charge he somehow ends up in deeper trouble..

The resolution of the mystery surrounding the death of Sandra Donnigan must be made for Conibeer to clear his name. The run ins with the malignant Hoss and the frightening Gluwitz, two Nazi characters that engender the novel with the forces of evil, are two people who Lena and Temlett have to face!

Adler and Conibeer are both challenged by a New Guinea at its rawest in their trek to the centre of the island. It is on this journey that the writer’s descriptive powers and knowledge of the country are at their best – the natural beauty and the characters in a pre-independence PNG come alive.

This novel is guaranteed to satisfy the discerning reader who appreciates an intriguing plot set in imaginative circumstances, and the ending chapters presenting us with a thoughtful, nostalgic and contemplative Temlett Conibeer are memorable!

We are left wondering: what does the future hold for Conibeer?

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An Ode to Brother John

October 28, 2012 at 11:38 am (Commentary, John Bowers, Poems)

Click on the link below:

Ode to Brother John

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William Desmond Thomas Ward 27/10 1920 — 06/10/2012

October 27, 2012 at 12:50 am (Commentary, Papua New Guinea)

Judge Ward

Judge Ward 1

Judge Ward 2 (2)

Judge Ward & John Bowers, Buka PNG.pdf

The tribute to the late Judge Ward is written by his former associate, John Bowers, and the last link shows a photo of them in the Buka Passage while on circuit in 1971.

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Jim Wall An Australian Life by David Wall

October 24, 2012 at 12:48 am (Book review, Commentary, David Wall, Medical practice in Australia)

Click on link below to see the book cover:


Jim_Wall — An Australian Life

This work will be shortly published by Chargan, Perth, and I hope to be able to offer it for $30 and $35 with postage within Australia. With these prices I’m not really making anything.

Let me know if you are interested to receive a copy.

One reader who has had a preview made the comment below:

“You could have called it: The life of a Catholic doctor in Australia, 1893-1965. Although a lot of it is for the benefit of the family, you can’t write a biography without raising a lot of wider issues and brushing the socio-political background. This short bio factually and succinctly paints the life in the country at the beginning of the 20th century. A bit like the impressionists: little brush strokes that, together, create the feel of the time and place, even though most of it is left to the imagination. I quite enjoyed reading it and looking for context that was hidden behind, such as diseases, education, religious and moral issues or surprising facts such as the nuns of Chambéry in Norway, which puzzled me. I worked in Chambéry, France, but I did not know that St Joseph of Chambéry had opened in 1865 and spread throughout Europe. I often walked to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s house of Les Charmettes, at night at the light of sodium lamps piercing the ubiquitous fog; and admired the famous Elephant fountain “des Quatre-sans-cul” celebrating Hanibal’s crossing of the Alps at that place. Thanks for bringing the past back to life so vividly. Also enjoyed the many old photographs.”

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Is there a doctor in the house? Yes!

October 23, 2012 at 8:49 am (Commentary)

On Friday the 19th of October the degree of PhD was conferred on

Shirlita Espinosa (Beng) at The University of Sydney.

Shortly Deborah, I’m sure, will also become a doctor of philosophy!

I’m in perfect health — no worries! What would you expect with all these intellectuals in the house?

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Last Wedesday I suffered a slight seizure!

October 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm (A.C.T. Marke, expatriates, Famous Old Wellingtonians, Fiction, Love in a hot climate, Love on the Run, Papua New Guinea, PNG Health, Temlett Conibeer, Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer's greatest challenge)


Book cover – A.C.T. Marke’s novel

The trouble was that it happened when Deborah and Shirlita were in the house, and I was immediately put on the hospital/medical treadmill — I’m totally OK now!

What could I put this down to? There were probably some vague physical reasons, but I firmly believe that it was caused by a highly-charged and intensely emotive piece of reading I was doing at the time. I had reached page 71 of A.C.T. Marke’s Twixt Semites and swastikas: Temlett Conibeer’s greatest challenge, and I was finding the sexual physical control and restraint of Temlett when faced with the willing and beautiful East German woman, Lena Adler, quite remarkable!

While saying nothing about the occasion of sin that Temlett had placed himself in, but given this, and his super-human powers in the rejection of temptation; one can glean the excitable strain on the ardent reader, indeed on me!

So, to those intending to purchase this combustible novel, be warned!

It’s just as well that I know that Marke underwent the surgeon’s knife yesterday, or I would have considered suing him for being instrumental in causing serious palpable harm!


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October 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm (artifacts, Commentary, Papua New Guinea, PNG Health)

Brewery unveils new label

One approving resident of PNG wrote thus to me:

“This bit of shattering news appeared recently in The National, but it was of such major import that both papers made mention.   Are you going to second my Nobel nomination?

” I knew we could have confidence in the new government; just look at the attached, this will do wonders for the nation, what an advance…Nobel Peace Prize for the innovative Mr. Harwood!”

Since the introduction of country-wide drinking in PNG in 1962 the wonders of alcohol have been an ever-present feature of the nation!

Should we congratulate the SP Company for the nation-building potential of every greenie can & brownie bottle of their fine amber fluid?

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Take up the challenge and read A.C.T. Marke’s latest !

October 4, 2012 at 4:21 am (A.C.T. Marke, Adolf Hitler, Book review, Commentary, expatriates, Fiction, Love in a hot climate, Love on the Run, Papua New Guinea, Temlett Conibeer, Third Reich)

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A.C.T. Marke


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