Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Friday, December 06, 2013
“It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.” (South Africa, 7 July 2000) When people are determined they can overcome anything (Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 14, 2006)
~Mandela, like Havel and Hatton, showed us the true meaning of courage and dignity ...Mandela's most inspiring quotes
I Love Bondi, but I live in Rose Bay ... Why? It's my husband's fault, let's just call him The Bondi Curmudgeon. After eight years living in Bondi he gave me a ultimatum. It was either him or Bondi. He won (by the thinnest of margins), and I followed him into 18 months of exile, 78km from Bondi Pavilion. The commute wore out his patience faster than a trip up Bondi Road in peak hour, and he agreed we could live anywhere in Sydney. Except Bondi. My crafty solution is Rose Bay, less than 5kms away from the Bondi Pavilion. Bay of preferences
The government's behavioural insights team, known as the nudge unit, is at the forefront of global efforts to apply lessons from the behavioural sciences to public policy. What the insights show is that when governments better understand the way citizens think, the more effective they can be when encouraging us to act in the public interest. Turning Nudge Theories
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Lots of colleagues came to pay respect to Elaine from Dr cope, to TP ... The absence of Greig and David remains a mystery to most ...
“To me, since death is the most important thing about life (because it puts an end to life and extinguishes further hope of restitution or recompense, as well as any more experience), so the expression of death & the effects of death are the highest planes of literature.”
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Allow me to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the NSW government for the contempt with which it is treating residents of Haberfield (Motorway extension demolishes young family's dreams December 2). As late as last Thursday, Minster Duncan Gay's office was silent on the true proposals of the West Connex project. Then on Friday residents received phone calls or letters stating their properties are to be acquired for the project. To residents, some of 40 years, this is an outrage. Our property is not being acquired, but is now all but unmarketable. Many of my neighbours will be in the same financial mess thanks to the secrecy of this entire saga. The West Connex website is a waste of cyberspace, and Minister Gay's office is an absolute dearth of information. Location of exhaust stacks? Further acquisitions? Who knows? One thing is certain, and that is the smell of legal action currently enveloping the suburb. It is time for the NSW government to compensate all affected residents. Graeme McKay Haberfield Coda: Greater Western Sydney has a population two million and is home to just over one in 11 Australians. It very much represents modern Australia.
Monday, December 02, 2013
― Stephen King, The Stand
The guys and gals at Google honour the voice of the millenium Amazing sound of Maria Callas - that divine voice from Carmen
Nancy's older sister Marie got a job at Australian Paper Mills at Matraville and Nancy began working there aged 14, sorting paper for recycling into cardboard. She also took up her first issue. One of Nancy's work companions said workers were not allowed to take toilet breaks in work time. Nancy thought this was wrong, and she told her fellow employees during their break that they should take off their underpants and wash them in the hand basin. She then took the wet garments and hung them on a line at the bottom of the stairs leading to the boss's office. Nancy Hillier relentless rebel with many causes
― Arthur C. Clarke
“I've never been lonely. I've been in a room -- I've felt suicidal. I've been depressed. I've felt awful -- awful beyond all -- but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me...or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I've never been bothered with because I've always had this terrible itch for solitude. It's being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. I'll quote Ibsen, "The strongest men are the most alone." I've never thought, "Well, some beautiful blonde will come in here and give me a ****,***, and I'll feel good." No, that won't help. You know the typical crowd, "Wow, it's Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?" Well, yeah. Because there's nothing out there. It's stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I've never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. I hid in bars, because I didn't want to hide in factories. That's all. Sorry for all the millions, but I've never been lonely. I like myself. I'm the best form of entertainment I have. Let's drink more wine!”
― Charles Bukowski
A period of loneliness in his life inspired Uberto Pasolini’s poignant drama Still Life. Let's quote Ibsen, "The strongest men are the most alone" A period of loneliness inspired Still Life
Friday, November 29, 2013
‘If corruption is a disease, then transparency is a central part of its treatment.'~Version of John Hatton as sunlight is the best disinfectant ...
Not even in the most extreme conspiracy theory would we have imagined, before these investigations, how wide and how deeply entrenched and those corrupt networks were.
"The imagination says listen to me. I am your darkest voice. I am your 4 a.m. voice. I am the voice that wakes you up and says this is what I'm afraid of. Do not listen to me at your peril."
~John Guare, Six Degrees of Separation