Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I've got a problem...

Serious reservations about the do-gooders that inhabit my world. So often these people who no doubt mean well, have never really suffered, don't know what poverty is, never experienced hunger, nor countries where parents will sell their child into slavery for food. 

They tend to congregate around the inner-city, pay more for green energy and love exerting their version of social justice on any issue that grabs their fancy. 

Let's take Gunns, a forestry company in Tassie, founded in 1875 and employing over 1,200 people. Anti-logging and Green pressure resulted in the appointment of an administrator this week. What about the 1,200 now unemployed?

Another case is Sherrin footballs who use Indian child labour to hand stitch footballs for 12 cents per hour. Sherrin stopped outsourcing work to these families. Unfortunately, this was their only source of income. Is prostitution a better alternative? 

There's no easy answer, saving the environment is a worthwhile objective, eradicating child labour, the right thing to do, but those affected never have a say.

PS... a must read this article in the Daily Mail.

Monday, September 24, 2012

I Try...

Thirteen years ago.... doesn't time fly.

I Try ~ Macy Gray

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Sometime ago, I went to this quaint trendy church in inner Sydney, one where they still celebrate mass in Latin. The air was thick with incense, congregation starts off chanting the Asperges; during the service, we (yes we!) sing the Kyrie and the choir then joins in with some Gregorian Chant and Renaissance polyphony.   Oh...  and the priests face the altar, not the congregation.

Note the position of the altar

But I digress.... on November 1, All Saints Day, this Church brings out all their relics and display them on the altar. What relics you may ask? Bone fragments of the twelve Apostles, veil of Mary, splinter from the cross Jesus was crucified on and many, many more. I was shocked (and awed !).

Do such things exist? Well, the Crown of Thorns can be found at Notre Dame

The Catholic Church keeps bits and pieces of many saints. Once in a while, the Vatican doles out a piece, encased in a monstrance or case, to churches, bishops and priests worldwide. These bits can be 1st class relics, bone, flesh or hair, second class, an item used by the saint or third class, something touched to a first or second class relic.

Monstrance with the bone fragment of each Apostle
Note: I held this!

What happens when a bishop dies, a parish church closes or broken into? Personal possessions of the bishop can be sold and many land up on eBay.

Yes, I've bought a splinter of the True Cross. Call me an idiot, gullible, whatever. But then, it's all about faith eh?

Friday, September 7, 2012

A bit of eBay fun...

It is the weekend and where else can one find these...

Vatican reliquary 1600s 1st class relic 12 Apostles; Evangelists; Virgin Mary 
for a mere US $3,800.00


Authentic official Vatican real first class relic “ex corpore” of the 12 apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, the evangelists and a second class relic of the blessed Virgin Mary, in a stunning reliquary completely handmade and handpainted in 1600s, an actual museum piece and a wonderful work of art. The first class relics are hairs of the apostles and evangelists Saint Paul, Saint Peter, Saint Andrew, Saint James son of Zebedee, Saint James son of Alphaeus, Saint John, Saint Philip, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Thomas, Saint Jude Thaddeus, Saint Simon, Saint Matthias, Saint Barnabas, Saint Matthew, Saint Luke, Saint Mark. The second class relic is part of the veil of the Virgin Mary. The reliquary is covered by an ancient glass, with the original wax seal that assures the integrity of the relics, size approx inches 2x2.4, cm 5x6. Inside the reliquary some gilded paper decorations handwritten in Latin. The reliquary shows its age, but the relics are perfect. Rare and unique item available only to Vatican, lifetime guaranteed. eBay policy prohibits the sale of human remains and requires a disclosure of what the relics are: these relics are a piece of scalp hair or a cloth, which are allowed by eBay policy. They are sacred and devotional relics of the Church.

Bargain at US $299.00

Old Reproduction antique kit  vampires collectible box.the measuring are 35 x 23 . objects inside the box are: bottles, crucified, gun, hammer, chisel, glass syringe, rosary, prayer book, a mirror . fascinating and beautiful gift!

I collect vampire kits from about 20 years, bought in Europe for many years, these kits for sale are old, corroded and not with objects. I do not know the age of the kit, but they are very beautiful.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Climate change and politics

Always thought global warming was that- GLOBAL. Not just an Aussie problem but EVERYONE'S.

But according to the the Climate Change Commission (established by our Green Government to provide all Australians with an independent and reliable source of information about the science of climate change), they state that:
  •  Australia is the largest emitter per person of any country in the developed world.
  • Australia belongs to a group of 20 carbon heavyweights – 20 countries that contribute 75 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Yea, right, f***** political mouthpiece, much like saying how well we did to win all those gold medals at the Olympics... (per capita that is).