Where Rapscallions Dare To Tread

The Chosen One On hearing a speech in August 2020 Your prompting script will be enough None will dare to call your bluff So decorate your image with pretence Disguise each lie your sordid mind invents No half measures as you misinform And make deception now the ugly norm Then praise all innocents as ifContinue reading “Where Rapscallions Dare To Tread”

Doublespeak

George Orwell: Wikimedia Commons Recently I have been interested in the promotion by William D. Lutz of what he borrowed from George Orwell, DOUBLESPEAK. This involves words whose true significance is not what it seems to be. I have had some fun with my own examples. Here is my list of interpretations. indefinite detention gaolContinue reading “Doublespeak”

Yet More University Adventures

The Phoenix People performing in a TIE play: Imagination Can Set You Free: Nepean CAE in the 1970s Maybe you have seen my descriptions of earlier journeys into academia. This is an account of my studies for a third degree. Special memories. What a powerful influence on our lives the theatre has been. It isContinue reading “Yet More University Adventures”

Still More University Days And Nights

Another Continuation of My University Story I began my MEd studies the year after I graduated with my BA, 1968. In the meantime I moved from my position at Granville Boys High School to History Master at Dover Heights Girls High School. Geographically my new teaching position was relatively close to the University of NewContinue reading “Still More University Days And Nights”

More University Days and Nights

A Continuation Of The University Story My journey to self awareness continued in 1963. My previous post (located below this one on this site) tells the story of the first two years. I was feeling much more confident when my third university year began. I enrolled in English III and Education I. The latter wasContinue reading “More University Days and Nights”

University Days and Nights

I have three degrees and all my studies were free, apart from a few insignificant charges. Why is this so? It’s because I am 86 and belong to the Silent Generation. That placed me before the neocon John Sydney Dawkins  put a hex on university learning. As Labor Education Minister 1987-91, he decided to makeContinue reading “University Days and Nights”

By Jingo!

Image: Creative Commons – Kiss/Clipart A former Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, had this to say in a recent speech: Our country has to be capable of inflicting severe damage on any adversary – and that almost certainly means increasing military spending beyond two per cent of GDP. Source: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/address-china-tony-abbott 11/12/19 By Jingo! a striking idea.  DoContinue reading “By Jingo!”

For pity is the virtue of the law

Image: Lady Justice – William Cho/Creative Commons Once upon a time a political leader said: “No one is above the law in this country…There is a process to be followed.” I choose here to forego the naming of that leader. My interest lies in the discussion of significances. “Which law are you talking about?” you may ask.Continue reading “For pity is the virtue of the law”

Let us shut our eyes and talk about the weather…

Image Source: Creative Commons: unsplash.com Once upon a time there was a Weatherman. He was a friendly fellow, unimposing but trustworthy. People listened to his words with respect and planned their future accordingly. Like warmth in winter or a cool breeze in summer he was always a welcome part of any day. His persona reachedContinue reading “Let us shut our eyes and talk about the weather…”