Stephen Fry eloquently explains why the Catholic Church is absolutely not an institution for good and never has been. He does this as part of the IQ2 debate (late 2009) and does it with a different wit and more English poise than Christopher Hitchens, whose sardonic witty presence is also a gem for atheists and thinkers but is something else again (and whose contribution you can access further down on the right side of the screen).
Fry explores the hipocrisies, ludicrous and repressive dogma, exploitation of the vulnerable and young, barbarity, domineering, nonsense, superstition and general depravity of the Catholic Church. Well done.
So I’m joining the ranks of academics at Macqaurie University and taking everything that goes with it… more serious working hours, less time to blog, more settled life… no, just kidding, I’m not settling!! Nooooo!!
Well, OK, maybe a bit. Depending on how I count it I now have 3 or 4 part-time jobs which is rather impressive and a bit chaotic, though I’m enjoying the transition from too much freedom and not enough cash, to something resembling a full-on working life with some moderate perks. I like the pattern I’m creating and getting used to the responsibilities and hours slowly though slightly resent having less time for love and play and hobbies.
The semester is about to start at uni and this is making everything quite hectic. My online teaching is winding down but there’ll be heaps of marking still. My business consulting is quite fun and I’ll also have to find time to further prepare my second semester course.
Will really have to do whatever I can to not get too stressed in the next 4 weeks! If I survive this unscathed, I’m ok!
I’m still finding time for lots of loving, yoga, violin practice, catch-ups, reading, music and films. Just have to ration it more and cut back on procrastination and acquaintances I don’t really have time for anymore. Not to mention squandering my attention on strangers online. And then there’s also the odd piece of poetry and photography.. mmm so need to do more photography at some point! My only regret about the summer is that I didn’t get to paint, but never thought I’d pick up the violin… so there you go!
Life is rich and busy and beautiful and mind bending.
A slightly messier, busier but even more empowered Niko is being forged
ps: for a change I included a visual piece by me.. LashSquare
Arrived back from my 5-day Melbourne trip last night…
5 days was definitely not enough! I chilled with the most awesome poly tribe I know (thank you guys, you know who you are!)… ok, well, outside of Sydney anyway. Don’t want to piss off anyone here!
I got so lazy and just chilled heaps.
Ben and Anneke’s engagement party on Sat night was rather awesome, then I spent a few days in lazy recovery. Sharing a Maroccan tagine for dinner on Tuesday night was a highlight and the Wednesday night group outing was lots of fun. Got to play the violin a bit and discovered the most awesome gluten free patisserie in the world! Gobbled up a lemon tart and raspberry slice on a giant cannon. Style!
Loved all the chats and deepening connections so much. And it was awesome to luxuriate in the peaceful alternative vibe of North Carlton and its gorgeous inhabitants Thank you guys for having me and Chris over!
Photos… with Ben & Anneke, with Chris, and with Anneke and Erin