Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3…

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Strange. WordPress decided to send out an edit I made to an old entry as my latest update on RSS-Feed. I don’t know why that happened. I hope my interface is not acting up.

Parish Council last night, reported back on our Rugby World Cup Night, and on Dunedin Resource Group Meeting. Both were worthwhile events to attend. One of our sponsorship children has left Child Fund and we are supporting a new child in Sri Lanka, a twelve year old cricket player.

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues held a Forum on Inequality and the Future of Dunedin at the Burns Hall, the beginning a new series of forums that will continue in the new year. Well attended. I think that there were over two hundred people there. Quote of the evening went to Laura Black: “Globalisation has made us consumers. We need to be citizens.”

Rugby World Cup Final in Opoho Church Hall

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We put out chairs and tables, brought along some catering, and plugged a t.v. into the projector to screen the match on the north wall of the church hall, pained white.  About fifteen people turned up, mostly from the church.  There were a handful from the community who came along to watch the game.  In some ways this was a disappointing response.  Otherwise everyone had a good time, enjoyed the game and enjoyed the company.

It was an exciting game.  New Zealand took the lead.  In the second half the French made wave after wave of attacks to equal the score.  They couldn’t break through New Zealand’s defence.  I loved to watch the ball in play.

Everyone went home happy.  Our next event will be a Candidates’ Meeting in November before the National Elections.  That one is always well attended.  I’m looking forward to it.

I’m also considering going to the Phoenix Roar match played between the Wellington Phoenix and the Brisbane Roar at the Dunedin Stadium in December.  I haven’t been to the Stadium yet.  That could be a good game.

Dear Diary

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There were two open lectures that I attended this week:

  • The Centre for Theology and Public Issues hosted Climate Change: Just Sit Back and Enjoy the Grapes? with Jim Salinger, Rod Oram and Laura Black, a combination of a cultural and ethical Jew, a practicing Anglican and a professional Methodist.
  • Murray Rae presented his inaugural professorial lecture Theology and the Pursuit of Truth, apparently there is some overlap.

If I’m not blogging much at the moment it’s because I’m anxious about the screening of the Rugby World Cup Final at Opoho Church next weekend.  While I’m relatively confident that it will all fall into place this doesn’t stop the sin of panicking lurking where I least expect it.  (Usually about four in the morning.)

Thoughts on the day

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How come Facebook has gone so craptastic overnight?  Possibly McLeod Cartoons has got it right

I was at the Dunedin Farmers Market this morning handing out leaflets for Keep-MMP campaign.  I saw several people going in I recognised.  There was a lot of support for the campaign from attendees to the market.  One friend was grateful to receive a leaflet that explained why we want to keep MMP over the alternatives.

I considered getting out in the afternoon.  Winston Peters from the New Zealand First Party was talking at the Library, and Moving Planet was on this afternoon at the Botanic Gardens.  I chickened out on the first and decided the latter was too far to go as the weather turned cold.  Instead I went into town to see if there was any good entertainment as Dunedin hosts the rugby match England versus Romania.  I watched the band Soul Deep in the Octagon.

Capsicums are down to 2d each at the supermarket.  Sure sign that spring is here.

Parish Council


I reported back to Parish Council.  Fortunately the parish I represent is one that can meet its insurance bill.  It’s gone up from £50 to £200.  This increase is manageable.  Other churches with older complexes have been hit with more severe increases.  The rule of thumb is if the complex, or part of the complex, was built before 1935 then it will not meet the requirements for earthquake insurance and the increase in premiums will be significant.  Some churches are looking at partial cover.  They will not rebuild as heritage sites after an earthquake like what hit Christchurch.  Some churches are looking at alternative suppliers than the insurance provider the national office recommends.  Opoho church is in the situation that it can meet its cover.

We also started making arrangements for a community event in the church hall for the rugby world cup final.  I have stopped feeling anxious about this.  It is all coming together.

24 Hour Book Sale

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With the Regent Theatre closed for renovations for the better part of this year the high holy day of the Zen Bukkhists was postponed until September.  It usually takes place close to the hypernotian shortest day.  This year it took place while Dunedin was hosting one of the opening matches for the Rugby World Cup: Argentina versus England.

I watched the game on t.v.  It proved to be an exciting match.  I decided to cheer for Argentina since they are regionally closer than the English to Dunedin.  Vamos los Pumas! and all that.  The Argentines did well in the first half.  In the second they were beginning to crumble and the English got a conversion that took them into the lead.  The Argentines took some heavy hits and came off the field without dishonour.  (I think I’ve got the sports talk right.)

Back to the sale.  I was there with my mutual friend Southern Dave from Invercargill.  I had taken the day off and we got in earlier, after the booksellers’ rush.  I’m glad we did.  The renovations to the theatre meant that the aisles were no longer being used to display books and everything was either on the stage, or in the area underneath the stage.  It took me a while to find the language books.  I found four books there to take away: a Teach Yourself Russian phrasebook from the Soviet period; Teach Yourself Basic German and two of the Made Simple series: Italian and Spanish.  I will start adding notes to my eclectic language files.  The language books were depleted very quickly and I might not have picked up anything that would interest me if I came in later in the day.

In the nearly new area below the stage I picked up a copy of Wise’s New Zealand Index (1945) and a copy of Shona Dunlop MacTavish’s autobiography which I can give to my mother when she visits.  She feels an affinity to the dancer as her mother was a servant to the Dunlop family when they were the minister’s family resident at my mother’s church in Invercargill.

Hopefully Southern Dave has set up the R. S. S. feed so he is reading this now.  He’ll let me know.  I’ll remember his visit.  Apart from the two volumes of New Zealand as it might have been that he left for me to read, his watch is sitting on my book shelves!

The Rugby World Cup and Developments in Phenomology of Religion

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The Rugby World Cup 2011 has begun in New Zealand.  I had a guest staying with me for the last couple of nights for the 24 Hour Book Sale in Dunedin, my friend Southern Dave.  We watched the opening ceremony and enjoyed it.  I would love a DVD release that includes all the detail for which there was no time to show on television.  It was an entertaining show that included indigenous culture and rugby playing in a performance that would make the producers of Doctor Who envious.  I’m still waiting for New Zealand to produce a science fiction or fantasy show that includes that level of visual imagination and detail.  Oh, well.

Instead of watching the game I changed channels and watched a action movie based on a video game.  I hadn’t seen it before and it sank to new levels of tedium compared to the extravaganza we had just watched.  Maybe the schedulers put it on because they knew nobody would be watching it.

With the opening of the Rugby World Cup I wanted to post this extract from Rev. Pr Albie Moore’s autobiography:

A more positive experience of the natural wonder of southern New Zealand was provided by a visit to Fiordland in western Southland.  Driving in the late afternoon we passed through Mossburn; darkness would soon fall and there was a mysterious and primeval air about the place in the half-light which brought out the myth-maker in us.  [Ninian Smart and I] stopped the car and began to concoct a fanciful myth of origins, which linked the Máori of New Zealand with Scottish antiquity. In the mythical past, we conjectured, this had once been the amphitheatre at the centre of the world at Mohaparana (Mossburn).  Out of the great egg of of primeval creation stepped Hakota (the Scot) and partner Makiwi (the mother of New Zealanders). They had thirty sons who strove mightily in two teams of fifteen.  Crouching down, they formed the sacred hakarama (scrum) to produce more eggs of creation.  And so was born the ancient tradition of rakapi (rugby football) festivals.  (I recounted our fantasy myth to a stage I class the following year, and apparently one or two of the student were first inclined to believe it, but at least it illustrated the appeal of a myth of origins).

This is post 1001 of The Irrefutable Proof about Hobbits.  At last we have entered the new millenium.

I’ll write later about the 24 Hour Book Sale.  Back then!