The Problem With Pell – The Passing of A Prince of the Church

I have met George, Cardinal Pell, four times. The first was when a friend of mine, one with far greater devotion to Catholicism than I, organised for him to speak at Monash University in mid 1988. He was a newly appointed auxiliary bishop at the time, and he spoke diffidently but firmly, like someone might …

Anno Quandamque Anno Futurbus (aka I get intellectually self-indulgent about the year in review etc)

I am being a bit self indulgent with the title for this blog post, which most means something like ‘The Year That Was And The Year That Will Be’ in Latin. [I assume I have mentioned at some point during the nigh on three and a half years life of this blog that I studied …

Australia Soccer’s Darkest Day….

I remember, circa 1991 or 1992, during the troubles in what was then called Yugoslavia, going with a Greek friend down to South Melbourne to watch the soccer team then known as South Melbourne Hellas play against the team then known as Melbourne Croatia. I think that the game was then in the national league, …

I like a good revisionist Western…

I’m still convalescing from the Covid, and isolating is sending me mildly around the twist. To keep me somewhat sane, I have been paying more attention to streaming TV than usual. Which led me to start watching The English, a revisionist Western series starring Emily Blunt, an aristocratic Englishwoman setting out in the American West …