Picture 033 Of course I am being presumptuous about the “second decade”, by which of course I mean “of blogging”. See Floating Life for the first one.

The 2010s will see me pass my three-score and ten, so who knows what may happen? [In 2011 the name changed to “Final Decade”!]

This blog will be less argumentative, as befits my advancing years.

Frequently Unasked Questions


1. What does that title mean?

Well, that’s the date here in Surry Hills, and it marks the turning of the year. It’s transitional too between Floating Life and Neil’s Second Decade. It’s a doublepost because it appears on both blogs.

2. Why are you starting yet another blog?

Reviewing the decade of blogging for the twelve Blogging the Noughties posts several things struck me.

  • I found myself re-presenting personal posts in the main and decided future blogging might be lighter than Floating Life has sometimes been.
  • A decade seems to have a kind of shape to it; ending Floating Life now seemed better than just going on “forever”.

3. So the new blog will be trivial?

Not entirely. Just lighter.

4. Aren’t you assuming something in the new blog’s title?

It’s true I reach my three-score and ten in the coming decade. Who knows what the future holds?

5. What can we expect on the new blog?

Who knows? Book reviews, of course. I am tossing around a Mary Mackillop post at the moment.

6. What about the National Library?

As some of you know, Floating Life is now archived at the National Library in Canberra. Whether the new one is remains to be seen, but the link to it will be archived at least.

7. What should your regular readers do?

Adjust their links and feeds, I hope. 🙂

8. What have you done to coordinate your blogs?

The only public blogs that will be ongoing are Neil’s Second Decade and Neil’s Sydney Photo Blog.  They will have a feed each to the other prominently displayed in their side bars. On Neil’s Second Decade (which has only three extra pages) there is a page listing all my blogs back to 2000 with month-by-month archive links.

English/ESL was retired on 18 January 2010 after a very long run.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Neil,

    What are your words on today’s headline: expensive taxpayer funded facilities intentionally damaged by aggressive illegal immigrants in Christmas Island. You usually sided with illegal immigrants as well as defending them. I am extremely curious to know what are your words for this incident.

    Oh, those illegal immigrants are good at calling UN for their so-called human rights, and yet smart enough to carry children as bargaining chips. I wonder if UN condone they violent actions.

  2. It’s hard to imagine a more ignorant comment than the one you have just made, Antony. Even Pauline Hanson would probably be more rational on the subject. So I refuse to be drawn into even dignifying your naked prejudices with a response.

    Sit and stew in your nasty juice; I don’t care. Don’t bother coming back either.

    Grrrrr… I may say something after all….

    Check Antony’s earlier comment.

    Submitted on 2010/12/18 at 8:19 pm
    Two days after, a huge number of illegal arrivals as well as some survivals of this very infamous illegal arrivals staged heated protests. I failed to see any grounds for such unjust and shameful protest.

    From the very basic, those illegal arrivals chose such condemned and clearly illegal and risky method on arriving. And they were calling UN to intervene? Ridiculous, one may say.

    Apart from such illegal aspect, the ones that survived the risky arriving method were protesting for those who knew the risk, chose the risk, but weren’t lucky enough? Seemingly, Australian Government is the blame? Australian tax-funded Navy is also the blame? Unbelievable!

    I recently visited Christmas Island, it is a beautiful place. Although I did not visit the famous detention centre, from a short distance, I noticed that every single unit/room is fitted with split unit air conditioners.

  3. Neil,

    There’s a enlightening article about ‘multiculturism’ at http://www.ozunited/mulcul.htm.

    I invite you to show that there is ONE lie in the article – which completely blows your misguided beliefs out of the water.

    But I won’t hold my breath. It is certain that your ego will overshadow your professed love for Australia.

    Tolstoy put it another way….

    “Most people, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives. ”

    In your case, with so must time and effort spent weaving the lie of ‘multiculturism’ into your blogs, there is no way you’d have the moral courage to stand up and admit to having been not just mistaken, but completely, ignorantly, idiotically so.

    Thomas Sowell said that the scariest people are those who know so little they don’t know what they don’t know. Et tu Brute.

    And thus you will forever remain part of the evil that is destroying the wonderful Australia we inherited.

    Peter Forde

  4. Hi Neil, not sure where to post this but I saw pictures on your website of Bourke Street School (my old school). State Records or Dept of Education don’t keep archives of the school – wonder where they went. regards James

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