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Akos Balogh’s Unexpected Lesson From A Flooded House In Lismore

Akos Balogh writes a blog where he sees the world through a Christian lens.
He lives in Lismore.
In this piece he writes about a reflection provoked by his experience of trying to keep floodwaters out of his house.
From the post, the lesson and the life application:

Our house is built on the side of a hill, and as I look up the hill from beneath the floorboards, I see water – lots of water – cascading down. And then it hits me: If I want to stop the flooding of our downstairs room, I need to tackle the water problem further ‘upstream’
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If you want better gospel conversations with your neighbour, ‘go upstream’ with them.

Read the whole post at Akos Balogh..


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Banjo Paterson’s A Bush Christening Read By Leonard Teale

If you’ve never heard Leonard Teale’s rendition of Banjo Paterson’s A Bush Christening you’re missing out.

Sometime I’ll post his The Man From Snowy River.


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Vinyl Album Sales In The UK Outstrip Digital Downloads

It seems remarkable that vinyl LP records have made such a comeback, let alone now have sales that are higher than digital downloads.
From NME:

As The Vinyl Factory reports, ERA have provided figures that show that, in week 48 of 2016, £2.4m was spent on vinyl, while only £2.1m was spent on the digital download of albums. The figures significantly contrast with the statistics that were recorded at this time last year, when only £1.2m was spent on vinyl albums while digital downloads racked up an eye-watering £4.4m worth of sales.

What’s also stunning in that paragraph is that digital music sales have halved in a year, a sign of the impact streaming services are having, it seems.
How that will change the music industry will bear watching, as well as listening.


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A Long Time Ago…

…or in a short time soon.
(don’t worry if you wanted to go with me, this is only my first viewing)
Here’s hoping it’s a good one.


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The Cost Of Teenage Optimism (via David Zahl at Mockingbird)

A post by David Zahl dealing with the implications of a social science report that finds that tries to engage with optimistic teens turning into disillusioned 30 somethings.
From the report itself:

The researchers can only speculate about why getting older is less fun than ever, but it seems the downturn in happiness among today’s thirtysomethings is the lasting effect of an overly optimistic youth, Twenge said. “This is something I’ve thought about for a while,” she told Science of Us. It’s the natural, if unintended, backfiring of a childhood filled with messages like, You can be anything you want to be!
Soaring expectations, if left unmet, can lead to crushing disappointment; this is the kind of common-sense statement that happens to also be backed up by a raft of psychological research…

From Zahl’s reflections:

When we embrace an inflated anthropology, we set ourselves up for disappointment and confusion, rather than wonder or compassion. For example, a vaunted view of ourselves all but dictates how we will respond to the horrific events that transpired in Paris last week. Empathy is too frightening for what it might say about us, and so we demonize. We classify the perpetrators as completely other–bad as opposed to good, savage as opposed to enlightened, victimizers as opposed to victims–which only furthers the same dehumanization that makes such acts possible in the first place. Perhaps that’s too close to the bone.

Read the whole post at Mockingbird.


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Footwear In Australian English (via OZwords)

The May posting at the OZwords blog features some terms associated with footwear in Australian English language usage.
Nothing too spectacular, with Blunnies, thongs, ugg boots and others being featured.
Probably the best in ‘chewie on your boot’.
I’m probably surprised there weren’t more.
Probably because most of us in Queensland grew up barefoot.


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Carnations And Whistles (via Tanya Riches)

Somehow I found Tanya Riches’ blog a while ago.
The articles reflect a personal perspective on sociological issues in Australian culture and Christianity.
This confronting article about the stories of indigenous women in Australia unfolds remarkable resilience in unthinkable circumstances, and hopes for a culture where the abused will be believed and supported.
The carnations and whistles?
They were Mother’s Day gifts at a church service:

…during a Mothers Day service at Mount Zion Aussie Indigenous Church, women were handed a single carnation flower and a keyring with a light and a whistle. Their pastor, Stephanie Truscott, an animated African American lady, ordered the ushers to pass them to ladies sitting in the pews. She stared over her glasses and down the pulpit yelling, “I don’t want any more calls! Do you get me? You use these! I don’t want any more hospital visits! I can’t bear it any longer!”
I compare this to other “gift moments” I’ve seen in churches. Teacups. Miniature shoes. Journals.
Yeah, handing out a pretty little silver key-ring and hoping it might save a woman’s life is pretty sobering.
Read the rest here.