Re-reading Geraldine Brooks ‘People of the book’ 2

Further thoughts now that I’ve done with the novel… These were my earlier thoughts: ‘First observation (only at a 10% read stage). She has a propensity for creating well crafted characters of a similar sort in different books. Thus: Jess (Horse) reminds me of the female protagonist in People of… Jess works in 2019 for … More Re-reading Geraldine Brooks ‘People of the book’ 2

Re-reading Geraldine Brooks ‘People of the book’

I enjoyed Brooks’ Horse so much I thought I’d re-read People of the book, which I first read – and enjoyed- 10 years ago. First observation (only at a 10% read stage). She has a propensity for creating well crafted characters of a similar sort in different books. Thus: Jess (Horse) reminds me of the … More Re-reading Geraldine Brooks ‘People of the book’

On reading Geraldine Brooks ‘Horse’

Regardless, it is apparent to all that several eyewitnesses at an event will give you different versions (sometimes radically different versions) of what happened. Thus, even if we do have accurate memories, which of those person’s memories of what happened is the most authentic, the most accurate? Which brings what happened back to truest life? Police look for concensus or shared recollections as the most weighty of evidence. But they are also aware that cultural and other biases must colour what people recall. … More On reading Geraldine Brooks ‘Horse’

A HAVES and HAVE NOTS world

This disparity between rich and poor has not merely grown internationally; it has also increased within nations. Chrystia Freeland notes in her book, Plutocrats, The rise of the new global super rich (cited in the New Internationalist # 459, January February 2013, p. 23) that the average 1980 CEO in the US had a wage 42 times the average income in the country; by 2012, the multiple was 380. … More A HAVES and HAVE NOTS world

Proud of ma wee letter to the Minister

To the Deputy Premier, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics Infrastructure Dear Minister Miles, In a better – perhaps less political  – world, the Labor Party’s stance on fossil fuels (particularly thermal  coal) would be less equivocal. However, it must surely have become apparent that … More Proud of ma wee letter to the Minister

Extract from…Mythic dreams – why the capitalist pursuit of unbridled growth is a sin.

Ch 2:  A Haves and Have Nots World A much greater hunger In 1800, the world’s population was about 1.36 billion. If we are to believe statistical analysis, most people lived, in income terms, relatively similar lives.  According to Gapminder statistical analysis (admittedly conjectural, given that data before 1900 is ‘highly uncertain’) the world’s poorest … More Extract from…Mythic dreams – why the capitalist pursuit of unbridled growth is a sin.

Birds

27 September 2021 I missed a great photo opportunity this morning on one of my regular but less-frequent-than-they-should-be bird watching walks this morning. A male red-backed fairy wren was perched one line of barbed wire fence below a male superb fairy wren on the fence above it – about ½ a metre apart. Mutual disregard … More Birds

Stephen J. Kimber’s review of The Way We Civilise: Aboriginal Affairs, The Untold Story | Goodreads

The Way We Civilise: Aboriginal Affairs, The Untold Story by Rosalind Kidd This is not a review of the book (which I cannot purchase as it is not available in print at this time) but a reference to a work of Carl Adolph Feilberg, a Danish-born Australian journalist, who wrote an article (indeed, a series … More Stephen J. Kimber’s review of The Way We Civilise: Aboriginal Affairs, The Untold Story | Goodreads

Two minds

‘…appealing to people’s beliefs and values in spreading vaccine misinformation is particularly potent. Such views can be extremely hard to combat, because doing so is perceived as an attack on someone’s core beliefs. … More Two minds