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Land Down Under here I come!

Well, here I am (pictured above)getting readyto fly back to Australia – the world’s biggest island – the world’s smallest continent.

We’ll be stopping for two days in Los Angeles to meet up with Betsy Speicher and friends, and landing in Melbourne on Tuesday July 10.

So, I’ll probably be offline until Tuesday evening.

But I’ll be thinking of you! :-D

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PoliticalCompass.org amusing quizz to score your political leanings

Here is an amusing online quizz at PolitcalCompass.org that tries to map out and score your political coordinates using botha “left/right” and “authoritarian/libertarian” scale.

This is what I scored …

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Interesting how being forced to choose between what seem like 4 simplistic alternatives- “stongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree” – makes you think through your own position.

For instance, the first question asks …

If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations.

Which of the 4 options do I choose?

My thinking goes something like this … inevitable? hardly … anyway playing along … false dichotomy … treat it as a trick question … I support free market … do not see globalization as a threat … like it and believe in it actually … but some corporations get privileges which is wrong … I could say strongly disagree because the statement seems anti free market … but since I do not automatically consider trans-nationals as good I will choose agree … that will keep open the notion that interests of humanity and those of corporations generally … usually coincide but that is not inevitable. Next question ….

That was fun!

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Illness over the last week has caused some delays

Due to falling ill last week I’ve lost nearly a week of work time.

On the advice of my doctor (and my wife!) I’ve altered some of my diet andam nowbeing more careful to get more rest and am feeling in tip-top shapeagain! :-)

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John Pasquarelli exhibition last October

On October 03 2006, I had the pleasure of attending the launch of John Pasquarelli‘s “On the Road Again” exhibition, presenting his latest paintings from his travels about Australia.

Here are some photos from that event.

[photopress:john_pasquarelli_02.jpg,full,pp_image] The man himself: John Pasquarelli!

[photopress:pasquarelli_exhibition_lynn_wilton_2.jpg,full,pp_image] John Pasquarelli and Gallery owner, Lynne Wilton

[photopress:suzanne_carbonne_prodos_2.jpg,full,pp_image] Suzanne Carbone, columnist from The Age and Prodos

It was a delight to finally meet Suzanne Carbone! She’s considered a “leftie” – whatever that means. I suppose she is. Personally, I’ve found her to be highly intelligent and honest and very good fun to talk with.

She exudes a spunky sort of cynicism (not to mention plenty of feminine charm – hence the nickname “Sultry Suzanne”) and you can sense the BS detector always scanning the horizon for hypocricy and an opportunity to expose a farce. You can read some of her highly entertaining articles here.

[photopress:pasquarelli_exhibition_andrew_bolt_2.jpg,full,pp_image] Andrew Bolt from the Herald Sun presents the opening speech

[photopress:pasquarelli_prodos_2.jpg,full,pp_image] John Pasquarelli and Prodos

[photopress:pasquarelli_exhibition_barboo_2.jpg,full,pp_image] Hey! Here’s some cute yankee girl!

So, what about the paintings themselves? Simple, direct, strong. But I’ll say more about them some other time.

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