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Graeme Skinner
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Australharmonist ...

This is the personal weblog and online commonplace book
of the curator of Australharmony


POSTED 3 OCTOBER 2015

Australians all ...?

Stan Grant writes today:

There are so many reasons this country has told us we don't belong.

Deborah Cheetham ... has revealed that she declined an invitation to sing the national anthem at the AFL grand final. It would have been the largest audience she had performed before. Yet she says she could not sing those words with sincerity. "Australians all let us rejoice." What is there for us to rejoice about in our troubled history? "For we are young and free." My people are some of the most incarcerated people on earth. We are less than 3% of the population and a quarter of the total of Australians in prison. For juveniles it is even worse. "We've golden soil and wealth for toil." We are the poorest community in this country. We have the highest levels of unemployment - at least three times greater than other Australians.

Advance Australia fair is an aspiration, not a reality, for Indigenous people. There are so many reasons this country has told us we don't belong.

Deborah Cheetham longs for a day when we will sing a new anthem - one that springs from tens of thousands of years of history and belongs to us all. On that day she hopes our voices can rise together.

Stan Grant, "How can I feel Australian when this country has told me I don't belong?", The Guardian (21 October 2015) http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/oct/21/how-can-i-feel-australian-when-this-country-has-told-me-i-dont-belong?CMP=ema_632 


POSTED 3 OCTOBER 2015

Delusions of adequacy ...

“Abbott was given an office ruinously beyond his own capabilities. He failed in that office, and was sensibly replaced ... ”

Editorial, The Saturday Paper (3 October 2015), 14


POSTED 1 OCTOBER 2015

Libros grandes ...

I came across the above image on the front page of the diverting litbits.co.uk, there undescribed except for a photo caption "Huge books". Having some small first-hand experience of handling similar huge books (see image below, myself, l, and veteran cantologist and polyphonista Bruno Turner, r, Toledo Cathedral archives, 2003), I googled for other copies of the photo, and discovered that it was taken by Miroslav Peterka in Prague Castle archives, the super Q books shown clearly a set of plainsong antiphoners, from what little can be seen of the open one probably dating from the 17th or early 18th centuries.


POSTED 24 SEPTEMBER 2015

Coherent identities ...

“The general problem with coherent identities is that they have a dangerous tendency to produce tidy-mindedness, and the tidy-minded find it difficult to refrain from tidying up everyone around them.”

Diarmaid MacCulloch, "Tidy-mindedness" [review of How to plan a crusade by Christopher Tyerman], London Review of Books (24 September 2015), 17



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