Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sad news

Senator John McCain
American Senator John McCain has had surgery to remove a brain tumor. He will also require further cancer treatment. This is sad news. I have followed McCain's career since 2000, and he recently visited Australia. He met with senior figures of the Australian government, and addressed the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney. He strikes me as a decent man. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Head in the clouds

Sky News Australia has ambitions of rivaling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as Australia's largest media organisation. I occasionally notice spelling errors in its news ticker. Their website is no better. Perhaps the same people are responsible for both. Consider if you will this report from today. Attorney General George Brandis said that he had "no sympathy" for former Senator Scott Ludlam. Ludlam was forced to resign from the Senate because his dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship makes him ineligible to be a senator. What on earth is "duedilagence?"

Saturday, July 08, 2017

You can't get good help these days

Rivers, I'm offering you my services to proof ready your catalogues. I'll even work free of charge. If you are using a word that you're not sure how to spell correctly, don't rely solely on a spell checker. May I also strongly suggest that you check at least one reputable dictionary. 

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Bible is groovy

Long before Sons of Korah, Boney M were turning the Old Testament Psalms into songs. 39 years to the day, they had a number 2 hit with Rivers of Babylon. Until I wrote this post, I had no idea that composers have been putting this Psalm to music for hundreds of years. It shows how much I know.

Nature abhors a vacuum

The release last week of the results of the 2016 Australian census indicate a rising tide of overt secularism. As a Christian, this concerns me. Australia is not a Christian country. Nonetheless, Christianity is the basis of the Western civilization of which it is part. In current civic discourse, secularists are attempting to drive Christianity from the public sphere. The question is, what will replace it?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Misspent youth

Nintendo fans around the world are excited by Nintendo's announcement of the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It will be released at the end of September, and come with 21 games pre-installed, including the previously unreleased Starfox 2.

By coincidence, it is 25 years since the SNES was released in Australia. I always preferred the design of the PAL console to the boxy North American version.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Making a goat of yourself

I've no idea who wrote the copy for this supermarket's website. A subsidiary of Parmalat, Paul's is a leading manufacturer of diary products in Australia. It also makes goat milk. Not only is Paul's incorrectly spelt as "Paws," the paragraph ends in a jumble of disjointed adjectives and nouns, and some confusingly placed hyphens.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Yeah, No

When I visited the United States for the first time almost three years ago, some of the people I met asked me, "Is Australia a Christian country?" Somewhat belatedly, here is their answer.