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Early Morning Sydney

Every morning on my walk around Sydney this week the same sights keep catching my eyes. It’s not all bin chickens and free-range bikes.

I can’t imagine I’d ever find it boring.


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Yes They Have A Shrubbery

A whimsical addition just outside the entrance to the building where our meetings are taking place this week is this shrubbery.
The only thing that it might need would be a second shrubbery, placed beside the first shrubbery, only slightly higher so you get the two-level effect with a little path running down the middle.


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A Simple Question

Saw this book in a remainder bookstore today.

Though I think it was meant to be whimsical, my first thought was “I’m not an alcoholic and I’m still alive, so I think the answer is no.”

Probably a bit blacker than the book had in mind but there you go.

(I also own a pair of slippers like the ones on the cover)


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Orange Bikes In Sydney

This year the free-range bikes in Sydney have turned orange. (One seemed to be yellow, maybe it faded)

The ones from previous years are gone.

There were a few green ones with some sort of solar battery around. I don’t know if they are the next step in the evolution or not.


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Australian Presbyterian World Mission Annual Meeting

A great privilege to attend the annual meeting of the Australian Presbyterian World Mission today.

From around the nation, many of those present have personally engaged in cross cultural work, representing decades of wisdom gained from practical experience.

This is required, for while technology and living standards have made the world a seemingly much more accessible place, the action of going to other nations in a responsible and accountable fashion is increasingly complex.

The APWM seeks to support both those who are called to serve and those who seek to support the work by providing an administrative and pastoral framework that frees them to do what they want to do, while we provide what they need in order for it to happen well.

Legal requirements in Australia, along with seemingly myriad and changing legal requirements and cultural considerations in so many different countries and regions call for a depth of insight and an agility of thinking and problem solving.

Our national church is well served by this body, and particularly by our National Director Kevin, his assistant Sheryl, our treasurer Peter, and the committee chair Alex.


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Bin Chickens Of Sydney

Early morning sightings of bin chickens during my morning walk in Sydney this morning.


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APWM Timor-Leste Subcommittee Meeting

The little committee that could keeps working.

We’ve been helping the Australian Presbyterian Church relate constructively and formatively with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Timor Leste for over ten years. A Victorian ( transplanted from Darwin), some NSW folk and me. Our fellow committee member Brian phoned in from Western Australia because he couldn’t make the scheduling work.

No posing in the photo. It’s a working committee. (Robert Benn approved this photo for public release)