Anglo Saxon England Education

Stilly byht-blog*

 Min bearwe is æla ful (My basket is full of eels)9th century West Saxon A corner (byht) of this blog is dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Ralph Elliott. Years ago, Ralph taught me about stillnesse [quietude] in the time of King Alfred; trawthe [truth] in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and […]

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Australia Politics

Past is prologue

TLDR VERSION: 9/11 was neither the beginning nor the end of history but it brought to an end the short-lived illusion of our ‘Fukuyama Age’ and steadily exposed, at least to me, the unwelcome presence of pride [ofermód] in the West—in others, in me—and that’s what this blog will explore. It was a global event […]

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Australia Politics

The Biggest Political Scandal Of Our Time

WOW. The things we’ve seen this month I thought I’d never see. We’re living through a hot culture war, kids, and the ‘bombshells’ are non-stop. To begin with, it has been a bit of a dream this month for those following Spygate (to name but 1 scandal in the famously ‘scandal-free’ Obama administration). What with […]

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Australia Politics

Reeling in the year

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND: Without harping on about the bushfires at the start of this year, 2020 sure needs someone to pull its plug, wait ten seconds then plug it back in, as a person on Twitter said recently. (image h/t AoS)   A few weeks after the NYE bushfires, I went back to work […]

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Australia Climate and weather Politics

Signs of Spring

Recently I’ve been busy but down in the dumps thanks mainly to the bushfires, so in today’s post I’m focusing on the hopeful signs around us at this end of 2020 (and yeah I know, it’s Summer not Spring here). As I said though in my ‘before and aftermath‘ post, the Aussie bush always bounces […]

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Politics

Vive la différence

JAN 2020 UPDATE: DW reports Iranian General who planned Benghazi vaporised. It is 11 September 2019 FWIW, so I have written a poem to mark the day. Not intended to be exemplary verse or anything like that, just the first ever example of what I am calling Swamp Poetry in our sorry era of fake […]

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Australia Politics

Good luck, Andy Ngo

APEC Sydney 2007 Maybe this wasn’t Black Bloc 1.0 after all but they sure look familiar. See below for more of the local APEC protests and what I did there.   Recent events in Portland, Oregon were ugly and sad. I’m not sure when “minority groups”, or more importantly “woke individuals”, will appreciate that they […]

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Australia Politics

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Too tired for many words tonight so just a few random thoughts and snips etc. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? asked Juvenal. Translated, this famous phrase means something like Who watches the watchers? Juvenal’s 16 satiric poems deal mainly with life in Rome… The Satires attack two main themes: the corruption of society in the city […]

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Australia Politics

At last.

Then. Now. Declassification. At last. Sunshine 🙂 Today, at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election. It’s after six pm on the beach in […]

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Australia Politics

#AusElection2019

Update: Richard Fernandez on our own feast of Crispian. In case Wretchard the Cat ever notices this, which is ridiculously unlikely, I think the basic problem was that the average Aussie was pissed off. Maybe not about all the same things but largely in one direction about some key things. Wages have stagnated for years […]

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Australia Politics

Politics ain’t bean bag

UPDATE: Since I wrote the post below, the now famous Barr-brawl took place in Congress over the Mueller-lite outcome. It included the Left’s freakout over the perfectly accurate term, “Spy“. It showed that the Dems really do fear the walls closing in. On them. Even the New York Slime couldn’t avoid mentioning the elephant (err, […]

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Australia

ANZAC Day 2019

Dawn ceremony at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli in 2007. (From a public use image) Thank you on this day from our family to all those who serve, and all those who have served, Australia. Thank you to my son’s dad, my grandfather and uncle for their service. Thank you to all those currently deployed away from […]

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Australia Education

Up you get … or GetUp!?

  Introducing the very first guest post on RoadScholar from Earnest, a recognised expert Australian thinker in education, academic and former secondary school teacher. I hope there will be plenty more posts to come!  A great debate in 21st century Australia is around the well-being and education of our youngest citizens. This age-old topic preoccupies parents […]

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Australia Education

They went professional

When the going gets weird, the weird turn professional. Frank Zappa Thomas Sowell said each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. Unfortunately, we have not been doing a good job of civilising our young. Not for about 70 years […]

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