The occasion is provided by recent controversies concerning the delicate concepts of gender and race, where once again — as in both the cases of trigger warnings and of Islamophobia — I see well intentioned progressives needlessly (in my mind) and harshly attacking fellow progressives, or at the least, people who ought to be their natural political allies. (As in the other two cases, I will ignore contributions from the right and from libertarians, on the ground that I find them both less constructive and less surprising than those from the sources I will be discussing here.) Let me start with gender. I recently read with fascination an two year old New York Times op-ed piece by feminist Elinor Burkett entitled “What makes a woman?” explaining why a number of feminists have issues with certain aspects of the transgender movement, and in particular why Burkett had mixed feelings about the very public coming out of Caitlyn Jenner. First, Jenner: Burkett says that of course she supports a member of an often vilified gender minority when …
Eight o’ clock and my phone reminds me loudly that today is the day – we are heading out to Cape Town City. It is warm enough outside to wear a thin jacket and a t-shirt, despite being winter. A glass of milk with muesli, and off we go!
My phone is ready to take photos before we even get in the car, with the SD card clean in order to have space enough to fill it with amazing pictures of Cape Town and its beauties. The red, topless tourist buses are the best way to get a general overview of the city so, after paying our tickets, the real trip starts… gardens, churches, skyscrapers, the 17th century fort, the city hall and the Houses of Parliament, all before 2pm.
I had no idea about the gastronomic richness of South Africa, so I was really amazed to see how many types of restaurants we have to choose from and how open-minded Cape Townians are about foreign fashions, despite being so far away from…everywhere.
DESPITE a scare campaign about Australia becoming a “Muslim country”, those ticking “no religion” in the Census has now overtaken the number of Catholics. It’s the first time in Australia’s history the number of people who claim “no religion” has overtaken Catholics. The latest Census drop showed those ticking “no religion” rose from 22.6 per cent to 29.6 per cent — nearly double the 16 per cent in 2001. Meanwhile, those identifying as Catholic dropped from 25.3 per cent to 22.6 per cent. The number of Christians in total still made up 51 per cent of the population, but this is much less than the 88 per cent in 1966 and 74 per cent in 1991. Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 per cent) were the next most common religions reported. Islam grew from 2.2 per cent in 2011, overtaking Buddhism, which dropped from 2.5 per cent, to become the most popular non-Christian religion. The religion question was controversial this year, with Australians warned not to mark “no religion” on the Census survey by …
The phone call was from Mrs Bxxx. Mrs Bxxx is a lovely lady who has hosted for many years and you can’t get much past her with regard to student’s behaviour. In fact I would venture further to say that Wars have been won and lost with people like Mrs B in control of Troops. But I digress….
Anyway the reason for her call was that, as she put it, ” she was in a bit of a state…” I wondered what the reason could be and I could hear that she was labouring her breath when the story unfolded. I sat down and knew this could be a story to beat all stories.
Apparently she had gone to the Linen Drawer where she always keeps her clean pillowcases and was about to put the clean ones in when a little face popped up at her. She said she immediately screamed loud enough to raise the dead from their graves and dropped all of the pillow cases into such a heap that they would have to be ironed again. I was still no wiser as to the situation and began to list the many other things I could be doing when she continued her story. Somewhere between laying down the pillow cases in her linen drawer and her about to close it tight, a little face popped up to say ” hello”
When I say ” little face” I am NOT talking about a student. No, I am talking about a Gerbil. Somewhere between the students arriving and going into Brighton one or both of them had purchased a Gerbil and made it a super nest in the Linen drawer of Mrs Bxxx. And not just any pillow case, I’ll have you know, dear readers, but apparently some with an extremely high thread count which means that not only will they mark quite easily but also crumple without a care in the world, notwthstanding that Mrs B had actually just ironed them to within an inch of their lives! Oh, and don’t get her started on the starch. Yes, she had starched them as well….
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