Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:02
The Olympic games are over. Triumphs will be celebrated for months and years and losses will fade into the background, or at best spur the losers on to greater future efforts.
Medal tables indicate the United States finished on top followed by China and the host nation Great Britain. New Zealand came a creditable 15th.
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:13
Browsing through others’ bookshelves is an interesting, and sometimes fascinating, pastime. Reading tastes vary greatly and perusing another’s library often brings books to your notice of which you are unaware. Recently, staying in a friend’s house, I discovered in his library a hitherto unknown anthology of quotations, a dictionary of clichés, Geoffrey Blainey’s A Short History of Christianity and Australian Classics: 50 Great Writers and their Celebrated Works by Jane Gleeson-White.