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And now for the great news that Anissa and John have both gained entry into our uni as a result of their work in the C program. Congratulations to you both! And George has gained entry into the CI to study Theology... so all the hard work put in by you all on those long Tuesday afternoons has paid off!
And the ABC program on our work together ("Sacred Australia") is going to air this Sunday thanks to Kevin Klehr; Check out the details at http://www.abc.net.au/rn/streetstories/stories/2007/1831012.htm - a number of you are featured in this documentary.
And what have I been up to in the last month? Catching up with my life, which has included:fighting bush fires, saving possums, taking grandchildren to see Thomas the Tank Engine and now getting my uni courses ready for teaching in around 3 weeks.... so LiveJournal is back into focus as I begin to use it as a sounding board for my teaching preparation. Here are some dramatic pictures from the last few weeks:
Here is the outing to the Zig-Zag railway (Thomas the Tank Engine Day) on the afternoon of the bush fires:

This is what we saw as we arrived home:

This is how close the fire came to our house by 9pm

And here is the eerie landscape on the following morning

Here I am comforting a possum on the following morning- traumatized by fire and by my two dogs!

Cheers
Michael
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From:danielleyoung
Date:February 1st, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
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You are such a kind hearted dude!!!! possum, very cute. And wow, check out the fires, i hope nothing got damaged. And Congrats to all your budding actors!!!! That is, congratulations on arriving at Barker st and Albert st and on being on TV!!!!! awesome!!
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Date:February 5th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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Hi Danielle... actually it was on Radio - at http://www.abc.net.au/rn/streetstories/stories/2007/1831012.htm
a lovely program that capture the feel of the course beautifully.... glad to see you still hanging in there in cyberspace!
Cheers
MG
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From:dr_mindbender82
Date:February 4th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
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Those fires look pretty bad. I had to drive through a stack of them to make up to the entrance where I spent a week away form Sydney.

I just logged onto WebCT and had a look at the reading list for this coming semester and it’s pretty comprehensive. I couldn’t believe Shelly’s last man was there, which I started reading last semester but put down due to lack of time and distractions, also I seen we do some Hazlitt, I read a stack of his essays a few weeks back, and Arnold’s one of my favourite poets, I like Boulder Dead which has got the reoccurring Achilles Heel theme to it, there’s even Carlyle and Mayhew, but I didn’t see any Morris, and I was hoping we’d go a bit into the pre-Raphlites????

I got a book on Douglas Jerrold I was going to read, but from the outline it looks like we hit the ground running so I might start reading some of the prescribed books in the list first.

P.S: If you’ve got some time I still need some help with grammar. If you could let us know asap because I might be going away again this week, because my boss wants me to do some shifts at the Tuggerah JB HiFi.


Sincerly
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 4th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Hi Timb... I didn't think WebCT was open yet.... hope you are reading the right course!... Sure I will be glad to help you with some grammar.... if you are round next week contact me via lj or email and we can set a time... enjoy your Tuggerah shift... nice up there!
Cheers
MG
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From:dr_mindbender82
Date:February 5th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
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I don't know why, maybe it's the sea air but there's something about literature and the coast. Maybe it's just lazing aronud on the beach.

The webct course reads : 19TH CENTURY LITERATURE - ENGL200 - 2007 Semester One, Strathfield, although it does have a drama component, and i remeber last semster all the who-har and the large consenses against it and some muttering about not having it again or something.

But I can't help being excited. The 1800s is my passion in literature, its so vivacious, and living and alive, and so much happened within that hundread year period. Its like the same sort of Golden period as the Ancient Greeks went through.

Question though, in week seven it says we do Elizabeth Barret, but it's got her listed under Browning which was her husband's name, which seemed a little odd unless we are doing him too.

But I am really looking forward to this course. Its one of those archtypical courses people always do, and it sounds good at parties too. "oh, I'm doing nineteenth century literature at University. Yes, yes, yes, we study the Romantics and the Victorians" or "My sons doing ninteenth century literature at university &c"

I'll definatly get back to you about the grammer.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 5th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
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Hi Timb- you are actually looking at the 2006 version... which I am updating as we speak... for some reason you have access.... I won't question that... just be aware that some things (like the drama) will change..... see you when you get back from the wild central coast...
MG
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From:dr_mindbender82
Date:February 5th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Ahah, so I get a sneak peek before anyone else! Hopefully the updated version will be ready by the time i get back. . .

So we don't have to do drama? I hope there won't be a test or final exam involved. . .? Anyway I'll check it out when I get back.

Regards.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 5th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Hi Timb... yes you did get a sneak preview... no drama... but I did have to include a short exam.... had to find some way around the excessive work-load for all concerned... but I am sure you will be able to manage it comfortably....
Cheers
MG
enjoy the sun and the surf!
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From:dr_mindbender82
Date:February 9th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I just finished Mary Shelly's 'Last Man'. It's the most depressing thing I have ever read. The part with the Astronomer who goes crazy when his kids and wife die from the plague got me. It's even worse than that Russian guy who wrote about Soviet Russia in the 60s, I had his novel the Gulag Archepelo something, I can't remember his name but it started off with the Russians trying to eat the fossilized fish they found frozen in the snow. He wrote one about a cancer ward as well, but I didn’t finish reading it. Is Tuesday alright for Grammar, it can either be Tuesday or Thursday this week. Weds I got a shift and Monday I got to pick up my brother from school.
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Date:February 12th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)

BUSHFIRES

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Thank God those fires never touched your place, I prayed a lot believe me!
Interesting how you have used my middle name Michael: Franc. Amazing intuition!
Bye,
Marc.
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From:michaelgriffith
Date:February 13th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)

Re: BUSHFIRES

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Thanks for the concern!
The bush is wonderful now in its rapid recovery!
MG
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