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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Round 25 / AFL Round 23

Thursday night.
Too early in the week for tips…
West Coast to take the final place in the eight.
NRL eight may already be in place.

NRL (last round 4/8; season tally 102/176)
Souths
Brisbane
Paramatta
Wests
Easts (at home)
New Zealand
Manly
North Queensland

AFL (last round 9/9 – finally; season tally 130/189)
Hawthorn
Essendon
Fremantle
Sydney
North Melbourne
Geelong
West Coast
Adelaide (who at least will know how much they need to beat Saint Kilda to get percentage higher than West Coast)
Western Bulldogs


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The Pulse – August/September 2014 Issue, News From The New South Wales Presbyterian Church

cover-211x300August/September 2014 edition of The Pulse, news magazine of the Presbyterian Church of Australia in the State of New South Wales is available at the PCNSW website for download.
The State General Assembly and the recognition of its retiring Clerk, Paul Logan feature.
Download or open the pdf here.
Features:

  • Reports from Assembly – Committee presentations, decisions and discussions.
  • Commemorative liftout – We farewell longstanding Assembly clerk with a special memento.
  • Tim Keller in Sydney Part Two – Our follow-up to last edition’s interview between Tim Keller and David Jones.
  • Church Consultancy – How to establish an effective ministry team.
  • PLUS: ESL update, Jericho Road, APWM, PY, Peter Barnes, Chris Balzer, David Cook and more!


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25 Words For Other Words (via Mental Floss)

Logophiles may already know some of these.
Mental Floss features twenty-five words whose purpose is to describe the nature of other words.
Two examples:
EMORDNILAP
If a palindrome is a word or phrase that spells the same backwards as forwards, then an emordnilap is a word that spells a completely different word when it is reversed. So brag becomes grab, reward becomes drawer, stressed becomes desserts, and so on. Emordnilap itself is an emordnilap of course, but it’s also an ananym and an autological word.
RETRONYM
Coined by the journalist Frank Mankiewicz in the early 1980s, a retronym is a word that comes into being whenever a newer word or invention surpasses an older one, which then has to be renamed. So after electric guitars were invented, earlier non-electric guitars came to be known by the retronym acoustic guitars. The same thing happened with landline telephones, analogue clocks, field hockey, rugby union, silent films, 2D films, the French franc, British English, George Bush Sr., and the First World War, which until the outbreak of the Second World War was known simply as “The Great War.”

Read the whole post here.