Monthly Archives: November 2012

The double standard

“Too often, men regard a woman’s growth not as enrichment of her life but as a threat to his. If a woman is beautiful, she’s called spoiled. If she’s too intelligent, she’s called ruthless. If she’s assertive, she’s called aggressive. … Continue reading

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Writing a story

” ‘The cat sat on the mat’ is not a story. ‘ The cat sat on the dog’s mat’ is a story.” -John le Carre  (recorded 22/8/79)

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Babies and housework

“The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow But children grow up, as we learn to our sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs! Dust, go to sleep! I’m nursing my baby, and babies don’t keep” – Ruth Hulbert Hamilton  (recorded May … Continue reading

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Democracy and control

“I don’t see why we should stand by and see a country go communist by the irresponsibility of own people.” -US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, speaking of Chile. (from Tribune, 23/5/79)

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The dream of computerised learning

“Computerised learning systems will return much of teaching to the home. For many years we have provided public education by gathering students into regional schools. They are segmented by age (rarely ability) and taught en masse rather than at their … Continue reading

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Turtling

The term turtling was applied to the Liberal/Country Party Government of New South Wales between 1965-1976: “It picked a direction and plodded slowly along .. when it bumped into criticism it did not respond but halted and pulled in its … Continue reading

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Tall poppies

“What is it in our [Australian] culture that has subjected so many of Australia’s most fertile creators to the spite of lesser men? For it is a long list – from Lawson* and Tom Roberts* to White*, Clark* and Joern … Continue reading

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