Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Movie: About Time - Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy

for my birthday we saw About Time (2013) - IMDb

It is really good. I like the first review by a Roger About Time Reviews & Ratings - IMDb
I am always interested in the Time Travel theme - however this is not really a scifi film. It is more a romance by the Notting Hill (1999) team. Domhnall really has a Hugh Grant voice style. Rachel is so Julia Roberts in eye flashes etc. BUT they both very good - indeed all the actors are. Bill played a very loving father. Tremendous movie. Its very funny and you will be looking for time travel solutions to the hero's problems. Note the Sun screen scene with the Aussie actress Maggie Robbie. And yet the film does get profound about the human condition which I would sum it up as Carpe diem

Many thanks to Event Cinemas - I'd lost my cinema senior membership cards and Event cinema were so quick giving me new ones on the spot....

Trailers we saw of coming soon that looked were
Captain Phillips (2013) - IMDb Somali pirates with Tom Hanks
The Book Thief (2013) - IMDb Jewish suffering in WW2

and some top actors in what looks to be rubbish - Last Vegas (2013) - IMDb

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Gillard to announce referendum on local government - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Gillard to announce referendum on local government - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Amazing 4 months from a foregone general election and the PM wants to waste money on a referendum which will also fail. I've no idea what the issue is and it is not exactly grasping anyone's attention that perhaps Local Government is not recognised - could I ask actually go to High Court and not pay my council rates.

Drop it please

Monday, April 01, 2013

Shroud of Turin new research disputing it's a fake

First the news that it is being shown 
Shroud of Turin shown amid new research disputing it's a fake |

Then some of the new research
Latest Developments on the Shroud of Turin: Part I - there are link on bottom of page to Part II and then III

What I understand is that those talking fake allude to a C14 dating to middle ages and the idea that Da Vinci used some kind of photographic process to produce the image.

The C14 seems to be very much in doubt

The Da Vinci idea is just an invention and is all based on the shroud first appearing around his time.

Now the new latest is that there was a shroud in Constantinople around 1000 AD  and it had an image. This image appears in paintings from that time and looks like the image on the Turin Shroud. The Constantinople one looks like it came from Edessa see also Image of Edessa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Early paintings even show Jesus body on  a shroud like the Turin one......

So looks like the Turin Shroud has been around for a very long time 

Friday, March 22, 2013

What is a good RSS reader now that Google RSS is closing?

My son asked on Facebook and this is copy/paste/edit of my comment to Dave
What is a good RSS reader now that Google RSS is closing?
  • My current reader

  • FeedDemon but its a download for Windows -
    BUT read Nick's comments on google closing
  • Nick is going to make it Free and no sync to google but of course its Windows desktop

    FeedDemon - Free Windows RSS Reader
  • What I like is quick to load feeds
  • And I like to scan feeds – open ones I want and pass to next feed with a All READ for previous feeds – which FeedDemon does Plus an option only show the Unread ie new feeds- another recommended download Sharpreader shows all the feeds even those without current posts so boring and unproductive

    Web based ones - Lifehacker suggested some but methinks some are impacted by volume of new users esp oldreader
  • Now I have managed to load it Feedly looks very possible
    Lots of features and a quick way to mark all read – click the number on right and arrow to move to next bunch and it handles a folder of feeds as one 
    So I agree this overview
    Feedly. A fast and stylish way to read and share the content of your favorite sites. but I waiting for my imports to happen - was queue of 27000 Monday now 3300 - outline sounded good so I am monitoring I had already but have loaded my feeds and its a maybe
Looks like I have to select READ for each bunch of feeds
Will post more when Oldreader comes up but it is looking like Feedly as its web based

I've now seen OldReader and Feedly but whilst FeedDemon is still around I like it ......

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Missions at Epping: Cornerstone at Silverwater

Missions at Epping: Cornerstone at Silverwater

Our church has been given an opportunity to purchase a property at 2 Clyde Rd Silverwater which will enable us to expand our ministry to the community. This is a short video explaining who we are as a Church and the reasons why we want to move to this site and how people can donate to the purchase of this property. Link to above for more detail.  Enjoy...........

Monday, March 04, 2013

Film: The Band's Visit (2007) - Egypt and Israel - nothing about the tension

A very human film and very funny
The Band's Visit (2007) - IMDb
An Egyptian Police band visits Israel for a concert and go to the wrong town. You would think it would be all  the Middle East's tensions but it is simply human interaction. As my wife said it is like a bad dream - all the things that can wrong when you travel to foreign places. Where do we eat? Where do we sleep? How do we get there? Will the people like me?
There are moments of nothing happening that I just found so funny. And a great deal of humour in how human everyone is. the ice rink scene is just so good.......

I caught it on our TV ethnic station SBS -

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bombs hit Indian city of Hyderabad

Bombs hit Indian city of Hyderabad - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Very sad to read that this morning. A City I visited in early 1990s. Full of vibrant people always on the move. The traffic noise. And all brought to a stop by an insane bomb attack. Main language there are Telegu and Urdu as a large Muslim population with a good looking mosque. We had a lovely dinner with a Muslim family just near it. Great that a they welcomed a Christian group like that.
So who did this - vague at moment. Allusions to foreign involvement. There are Naxal or Naxalites ie Maoist in Andra. I remember a bus full of armed police charging past us and next door paper had photos of dead Naxals. Some our pastors recognised as having told them to stay away from certain areas. Police stations are often attacked by Naxalites.

I do pray that the people I met over there are safe and well.