Very Superstitious, Writing’s on the Wall

A man claiming to have killed 110 child ‘witches’ has been arrested by police in south-east Nigeria. After his arrest he changed his statement to say that he didn’t actually kill the children, just the ‘witch’ inside of them. Whatever the case may be, the story highlights a horrible superstition plaguing parts of Africa.

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Go find some lost Buddhas

If you’re in Sydney at the moment, or going to be in the near future, I can highly recommend visiting the latest exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, The Lost Buddhas. I went and saw it on Friday afternoon and was thoroughly impressed by the serenity and beauty of these 6th century Chinese sculptures. Continue reading Go find some lost Buddhas

Me love it long time

If you’ve been driving around Australia or New Zealand recently, you might have noticed the massive billboards saying “Do You Want Longer Lasing Sex.” Unsurprisingly, these have attracted about 200 complaints in Australia, and 38 in New Zealand (they’re very precise across the Tasman). A Tongan Community Leader in NZ said that last Sunday the billboards were the the subject of “at least five Tongan church sermons”. Continue reading Me love it long time

The Jedi with a Thousand Faces

A few weeks ago in From the Bookshelf, this blog’s regular guessing competition, some were surprised to discover that George Lucas wrote the novelisation of his film Star Wars; none were surprised to find that it was written badly. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 30+ years, I’m pretty sure you’re aware of Star Wars. You might have even seen it.

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Out the Back for a Quick Swig of Red

Back in a previous life time (high school) this little blogger was an altar boy at his local Catholic church. I have no idea how I was roped into it, but it was a pretty good deal actually. For starters, you got to drink the wine come Communion time, and there was always an excuse during mass to go and hang out in the sacristy and have a bit of a chat and a drink with the other guys. This was particularly true when I graduated from junior to senior altar boy (from red robes to purple ones) and got the responsibility for swinging the incense burner, which had to be serviced continuously to ensure the coals were burning properly. Continue reading Out the Back for a Quick Swig of Red

Genius vs God

Albert Einstein, arguably the best known scientist of the twentieth century and well deserving of the title of genius. He was a Nobel Prize winner in 1921, according to Time Magazine in 1999 he was the Person of the Century , and he’s also the creator of the special theory of relativity, which I kind of understand, but not really. Pretty impressive CVContinue reading Genius vs God

Goldfish in Love (or How to Tie a Bow Tie)

I’ve been to more weddings in the last month than I normally go to in a year – and the suit I bought a few months ago is getting more uses than any other suit than I’ve ever had. I’ve learnt to tie a bow tie, I’ve waltzed and I’ve met kooky uncles and aunties, which surely are a necessity for any successful wedding. Continue reading Goldfish in Love (or How to Tie a Bow Tie)

Saving Grace

In theory, it’s great. Having sat down at the dining table, or even on the couch in front of the TV, you spend a few short moments reflecting on the food you are about to eat. You give thanks to the living beings that died to bring the meal your way (vegetables have feelings too), and you sympathize with those who do not have, and maybe never will have, the good fortune of such easy access to food and drink.

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