Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Surely the height of post-modern intellectual wanking.

According to a certain Mr Luhmann (and no, that's not Baz of Romeo and Juliet, Strictly Ballroom or WEAR SUNSCREEN fame), public institutions may no longer be referred to as 'institutions.' Oh no. That's far too modern and totalizing. In the future, when referencing government, church or so forth, please refer to 'functionally differentiated societal subsystems.' Because you'd be modernist and oppresive if you didn't. Or as Hannah Arendt would say, you'd be in league with the government of nobody.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Quotes from my students.

Student 1 - What part of Australia are you from?

Student 2 - Religion is a very modern thing.
Me - Really? What do you mean by religion?
Student 2 - Belief in like a higher power.
Me - And how far can we trace that back
Student 2- (thinks a while) Well, to very primitive cultures, so about 40,000 years.
Me - And that's modern?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Good work, Tony.

Don't discriminate in the name of my religion.

I hope, in X years time, people will wonder why this was ever an issue.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Ugh

I do wish the sun would set on the British Empire.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Give a man a conference, and he can feed himself for a day.

There's a certain irony here oui?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Whatever happened to faith in the city?

Hug a hoodie?


Why are the church of England taking on all of Cameron's pet projects? Please tell me that they're not using the same P.R. company. I like my church like I like my politics - wet and liberal. Let's keep it that way.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Lost in the pond.

The word 'jape' or the plural 'japes' does not exist this side of the Atlantic, I have recently discovered. That's one to add to 'strop' and 'pudding,' when used as a general noun for the meal after the main course, which here is named the 'entree.' Which seems at odds with the fact that it follows the 'starter.'

That is all.