Animated series that make you laugh

When I was young, as a filler between longer shows one of the stations would play short animated shows, with episodes usually five to ten minutes in length. There were some absolute classics to be found in this way. These shows were extremely funny, and I would recommend them highly. The Red and the Blue…

Lucky country

This is the lucky country but lucky for who lucky if you’re born in the right place affluence and influence then you can have the right education make the right contacts and enter the right employment work hard and up you go aren’t you lucky   Lucky that you’ve never wondered how to pay the…

The Beast

Great beast with massive maw gobbled down all he saw looked around for more to eat waved his arms and stamped his feet   He’ll eat us! the leaders said quaking in their boots with dread but wait a minute. What if we feed him first, and set him free?   We’ll tell the people…

The origins of Easter

It’s that time of the year when shops are selling chocolate eggs, bunnies, and various other chocolate animals. (You can get an Easter Bilby in Australia.) Churches hold special services, and nominal church goers make one of their twice-yearly visits. At this time also, the internet gremlins come out to shout that Easter is a…

The dilemma of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who opposed Nazism before and during the second world war. He spoke out against the treatment of Jews and was very concerned about the influence of Nazism on the German church, leading to what was known as the Deutsche Christen church. Opposition to Nazi infiltration of German churches led…

A world of terror

Last Friday in New Zealand, a man entered two separate places of worship with a semi-automatic weapon, and opened fire. Fifty people are dead, with many more injured, while they were praying. Three men have been arrested. The gunman has faced court, making white supremacist gestures. He filmed at least part of the attack, streaming…

Land of dreams

Land of dreams, dream realm, dream world, dreamscape, etc. These are all imaginative ways of referring to the images we see when asleep. From ancient times, dreams have been a source of mystery and magic. They have been considered as prophetic. Their occurrence has been ascribed to gods or spirits. Cultures world-wide have myths and…

St Maggies

What do you call a hospital That doesn’t have any doctors? Where patients are tended After a fashion By disenchanted nurses Where the senile and confused Wander unattended through the rooms Of the sick and injured Wailing their confusion To their own detriment and the distress of the rest What do you call a hospital…

Public hospitals and other weirdness

Over the last few weeks I have been experiencing (as a concerned onlooker) the wonderful public health system in Australia. What I have taken away from this is the determination to hang on to my private health cover no matter what. First – how to find the patient in the public health system. Shouldn’t be…

Review “A Dangerous Method”

Made in 2011, this film was directed by David Cronenberg and purports to tell about the relationship and ultimate rift between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. It also reports the relationship and affair between Jung and Sabina Spielrein, a patient who eventually becomes a psychiatrist herself. Cronenberg is an excellent director, but I feel he…