Notes on Genesis (v)

‘Come, let us go down there and confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.’ (Gen 11:7) The story of the tower of Babel came easily to people not familiar with the manner in which languages develop, who sought an explanation for there being different tongues spoken around them. But the project of building a tower whose top […]

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The old school yard

The excellent myschool website established by the Australian government (www.myschool.edu.au) offers a vast amount of data about various schools, including the state high school I attended and look back on with feelings of nostalgia and gratitude for some dedicated teachers. Among other things, the site reveals that 13% of its students are from the top 25% of families according to the […]

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Notes on Genesis (iv)

‘The dove returned to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth…’ (Gen 8:11) When this passage is read with the Church, the dove that returned to Noah appears more significant than it may at first apear. The bird’s flying over the waters of the flood recalls the Spirit hovering over the face of the water at […]

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In Praise of Aaron Copland

There can be no-one who doesn’t warm to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. From its haunting, gentle beginning, suggestive of Grieg or Wagner, and the lovely passage about six minutes in right through to the Shaker melody that has found popularity elsewhere as the Lord of the Dance and segues into the tranquil beauty of the final bars, there is continual enjoyment. I relish […]

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