I could apologise for not posting all week, but with the weather the way it has been cycling was pretty much out of the question (and cycling is by far the most enjoyable thing for me to write about), so no.
Something i'm decidedly unhappy about though is the front page of this morning's Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Now don't get me wrong, what happened in Sydney was appalling and inexcusable. What i am taking issue with is the line "NSW's first Islamic terror attack".
Because it ISN'T.
On New Year's Day in 1915, Muslim Afghans Mulla Abdullah and Badsha Mahommed Gool ambushed a train carrying families from Broken Hill to a picnic, killing four people and injuring seven. THAT was "NSW's first Islamic terror attack". As far as i'm concerned this is just another sign of the ever falling standards of journalism both in Australia and around the world, and as a society we should expect and demand far better. As the old saying goes "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it".
Unfortunately it is also a sign of the increasing hatred and division, and i feel i should make it very clear that so long as they don't harm anyone else, i have no problem with anyone practicing whatever faith they choose (apart from anything else, i haven't got enough hours in the day to waste any energy getting my knickers in a twist about what god someone believes in).
In the end, it's a lose-lose situation, the Telegraph loses credibility (did it ever have any?), and ignorant racists ramp up their hatred of Muslims. I did hesitate before using the word racism to describe hatred based on religion but besides the Greek word "misallodoxia" (basically meaning "hating different beliefs") there isn't really an alternative.
Weather permitting, off to Gyndier Drive for repeats before work tomorrow morning.
To end the post on a more pleasant note, please find attached a photo of the guinea pig having a bath.