Sunday, 19 July 2015

Starlight 'Problem'

The claimed observed Doppler Effect on light arriving at us from space - I'm not convinced it's due to movement (either of the light source itself, or of the space in which the light source exists).

Standard Candle - I'm not convinced of the surety with which such a standard can be established. I don't know how the many imaginable variables have been addressed. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

My Favourite

Lindt Divine Hazelnut

Tim Tam Classic Dark

Mike's Kitchen

Jesus What a Wonder You Are


Classic Car
Lincoln Continental Coupe Mark IV or V



The Journal of John Wesley

Bible Translation
King James Version

Bunya Pine

Asics Kayano

Rugby League

Assemblies of God in Australia preacher
Gordon Gibbs

Monday, 13 July 2015

Older & More Reliable Manuscript?

How is it decided that a newly discovered manuscript is more reliable? 

Some dating techniques aren't above dispute. And even if the dating is right, older doesn't necessarily mean more original, because an older manuscript may have survived longer because it may have been a less-used manuscript due to its having been considered a less reliable manuscript, while the more reliable manuscripts would have been used more and therefore only later copies survived. 

Just asking about the basis on which it is being asserted so confidently. 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

How to Build the Church Wisely

I asked for wisdom.

Next morning I thought of the verse, "I will build my church".

In what way does Jesus build it? We can build it the same way!

Then I felt, "You asked for wisdom - this is it".

Paul was a wise master builder. Others can build on his work with varying qualities of work.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

My Second Cousin

Barry St Clair Orme Bolton A.ED, JP, CMC, OAM

He was a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1996

He and I share the same great-grandfather Hart

He was born in Ipswich in 1936

His father was Ronald St Clair Bolton (born in Warwick QLD 25 October 1905)  
His mother was Mona Anna Bolton (born Mona Anna Hart, in Ipswich, QLD 29 July 1913)

Barry was educated at Silkstone State School, Maryborough Boys State High School, Queensland Teachers College and at the University of Queensland

He married Shirley Elizabeth McCristal in Gympie in 1958

He was a teacher and Year Coordinator at Clontarf Beach State High School
Administrative Officer of High School Cadet Unit
Lions President, District Governor, Life Member and Melvin Jones Fellow
Life Member of the Redcliffe Show Society
President of Redcliffe District Scouts Association
President of Redcliffe Bush Childrens Association
Elected member of Redcliffe City Council 1979
Deputy Mayor 1982-1991
Mayor 1991-97
Vice President of Redcliffe RSL Sub-Branch
President of Redcliffe RSL Club Inc

Saturday, 4 July 2015

July 4

I would like to hear the Star Spangled Banner, without so much melisma - thanks. 

How to Play

Others besides Arthur Phillip may have had a vision for what could become of a colony in Australia, but they may not have been able to captain a ship - so Phillip was chosen for a major role. Their role may have been simply to decide it, suggest it or just pray for it. But that doesn't mean the vision was theirs any less than it was Phillip's. It may have been theirs more so!

Others besides King James may have had a vision for what could be achieved through a new, authorised, English translation of the Bible, but they weren't the king - so King James is credited with that. Their role may have been to urge it, or just to pray for it. But that doesn't mean the vision was theirs any less than it was King James's. It may have been theirs more so!

The rugby league player who sets up a try-scoring set play doesn't go down in the stats as the point-scorer - but that doesn't mean he didn't have a role in it. He may have played a crucial role in it. His sense of strategy and timing, even his skill, may have been even better than that of the try-scorer!

In a parliamentary system, a career-politician might not get to do everything exactly as he might like - he's got to work wisely with the floor he's got.

Vision versus task. It's one thing to hear a promise from God - it's another thing to know how to position ourself, and what to do, for it to be achieved. Sometimes we've got to let the Phillips captain the ship and govern the colony; let the king's name be commemorated for the translation which we work on or suggest; set our front-row forwards or wingers up to be the point-scorers - so that in the end what we wanted to happen happens.

Play your part well - we'll have eternity to watch the replays and hear God's commentary as He gives honour where He will. 

Vision vs. Task

God promised Abraham he would become a father of many nations - but that didn't mean he was meant to spend most of his time working directly on that!

Joshua was told to go in and possess the land - but that didn't mean continuous warfare was what God desired for Israel for all generations.

Vision versus task. If we confuse the two, it can cause problems such as frustration or manipulation.

What God promises you He is ultimately going to do, and what you are meant to do in the meantime, might not be exactly the same.

Always required are godliness, patience, serving others, esteeming others better than ourselves -  horror and darkness might even come upon us as we realise there might come undesirable, temporary excursions off the easy path, either due to our own doing or others'. 

The Vision Will Surely Come

Visited Byron Bay yesterday. The bay was a port where red cedar was loaded for Sydney. The lighthouse was built in 1901, using stone from the headland itself, as were the cottages.

Today I went to Redcliffe, which was an early destination for convicts, and observed the bridges and development.

My thoughts were that while the likes of Captain Cook, Banks, Sydney, Arthur Phillip, Macquarie and others are often and rightfully celebrated for having a vision of what would later become of the colony of New South Wales, no doubt many others also shared the vision, and the vision did not come to pass without the work and vision of many others.

Similarly in the Kingdom of God, God may have given us a personal promise, but that doesn't mean others don't share the vision, or that the work of others won't be required in order for it to be fulfilled.

Some of them might have a role in it which history might celebrate more than our role. Some people may temporarily seem to take things in a different, even disappointing, direction. Some might even formally separate.

But the promise will come to pass. So the important thing is that we have heard from God; that we believe it; and the heart with which we approach everyday life.

One kingdom-value is to steem others better than ourselves.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

First Meeting with Aborigines 1788

"[Arthur] Phillip um is on the beach at Botany Bay. He he um he forbids anyone to engage in any shooting. He holds out his arms. He he comes in in peace and amity to meet the aborigines - they're friendly. And um, and the seamen soon realise they're friendly - and they dance a jig with the aborigines. It was a really lovely scene."

- Michael Pembroke, Phillip biographer

Source: Arthur Phillip Governor Sailor Spy film

Penal Colony

The decision to form a penal colony in New South Wales, was made on 19th August 1786

Arthur Phillip: Uncovering the history of the man who helped build the foundations of modern Australia - By Scott Bevan

Arthur Phillip: Uncovering the history of the man who helped build the foundations of modern Australia

While most Australians recognise Arthur Phillip's name, few seem to know much about him. The ABC's Scott Bevan delves into the story behind the man who became the first governor of New South Wales.
Long before he set sail from Portsmouth in May 1787, in command of 11 ships filled with about 1,400 souls bound for Botany Bay and posterity, Arthur Phillip had led an adventurous life.
Phillip was born in Bread Street in London in 1738, amid the city's bakers and within earshot of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow church.
As the reverend George Bush told me, while guiding me through the historic church towards a commemorative bust of Phillip, hearing those bells marked young Arthur as not just a Londoner, but a Cockney.
He had that salt water feeling in his veins.
Sir Christopher Benson
Yet the call of the sea would soon drown out the peal of those bells in Phillip's life. It is believed his father was probably pressed into the Royal Navy and died when Phillip was a small boy.
From tragedy came opportunity for Arthur Phillip. His formal education for a nautical career began when he was 12.
He entered the Charity School of the Royal Hospital for Seamen, down the Thames from London at Greenwich. Boys were allowed to enrol if their fathers had been killed or injured in the Navy.
At the school, their education centred around subjects such as mathematics and navigation. So, Phillip attained the skills that would transport him far from London.
For my own education on the ways of life on and by the River Thames, I had a wonderful teacher: Sir Christopher Benson.
Just as it did with Phillip, the Thames flows through Sir Christopher's life.
As well as being a former mariner, he had been the chairman of the London Docklands Development Corporation.
He explained how this city and river helped shape the young Arthur Phillip for a life on ships.
"He was clearly destined for the sea," Sir Christopher said.
"Somehow or another he had that salt water feeling in his veins, which I can understand."

Phillip sows seeds of agricultural knowledge

After leaving school, Phillip spent a short time on a whaling ship in the Arctic, before enlisting in the Royal Navy and staring at the terror of conflict during the Seven Years' War.
When the war ended, so did Phillip's time at sea — at least, for a while. The mariner became a farmer. He married and moved to a property near the village of Lyndhurst in Hampshire.
Angela Trend, a local councillor and historian, showed me Phillip's farm, where he grew crops and grazed cattle.
And, she added, it was there Phillip sowed the seeds of agricultural knowledge that he could call on many years later in New South Wales.
"I don't think he could have done what he did in Australia without what he learnt here," Ms Trend said.
In following Phillip's footsteps, you not only meet extraordinary people who believe he deserves greater recognition, but the memory of the man himself takes you on a twisting, often surprising journey. For that was how his life was.
Phillip's marriage ended and he left the farm. It is believed he served his country by spying in France, observing the French naval build-up in the ports and dockyards. Then, with the backing of the British, he joined the Portuguese Navy.
The Portuguese treat their maritime history with reverence. The national maritime museum is even housed in the wing of a magnificent monastery in Lisbon.
Phillip may well have seen part of that building when he arrived there sometime in late 1774 or early 1775.
Inside this building, Portuguese Navy officer and historian Lieutenant Bruno Goncalves Neves showed me original letters and maps detailing Phillip's service, how the British sailor commanded Portuguese ships, and patrolled and fought against the Spanish in South America.
It was during this time, Lt Neves believes, Phillip would have had his first contact with convicts, transporting Portuguese prisoners in South America. When their ship was damaged in a storm, the convicts helped repair the damage.
"He saw there was use for these men for something positive, for rehabilitation, and probably this was the first experience he'd had with that, and he learnt a lesson from that and saw the opportunity to do the same thing in Australia," Lt Neves explained.
Phillip would have also seen slavery in South America.

Phillip 'ahead of his time'

Michael Pembroke, a judge and the author of a recent biography, Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy, believes the British mariner would have been appalled by slavery, and that experience helped shape the future governor.
Justice Pembroke explained that when planning for the colony in New South Wales, Phillip declared "there shall be no slavery in a free land".
To the renowned lawyer and author, Geoffrey Robertson, that declaration showed how ahead of his time Phillip was.
"Australia had abolished slavery in governor Phillip's first law, 20 years before Britain," Mr Robertson said.
By the time the British government had resolved to establish a colony in New South Wales, Phillip was in his late 40s.
Yet as those who have studied his life argue, he had the sum of experience and the temperament to lead a perilous voyage into the virtual unknown and establish a colony, populated by mostly convicts, on the other side of the globe.
Still, to stand on the shore at Portsmouth and look out across the expanse of water, you can only imagine how daunting the challenge must have seen to Phillip as he set sail, and how terrifying it must have been for all those below decks.
"It's like sending today a group of citizens against their will to establish a colony on the moon," Pembroke said.
Phillip saw this colony as more than a dumping ground for the wretched and unwanted of Britain.
In Sydney's Mitchell Library, senior curator Louise Anemaat brought us face-to-face with history, retrieving from the archives one of the first letters Phillip wrote back to Britain.
In it, he praised Sydney Harbour's ability to cradle a thousand ships, revealing why he moved the colony from Botany Bay to Port Jackson, and that from the outset, this place was viewed as a vital strategic point for the British Empire.

Phillip an 'invader' to Indigenous Australians

For all the hopes Phillip held for the colony and those who had been sent to New South Wales, there were major challenges, including marines unhappy about the comparative freedom the governor extended to the convicts and the wilful moods of Mother Nature, including severe drought.
And there was the major issue of the upheaval and tensions the new arrivals had brought to the lives and traditions of the land's original inhabitants.
Phillip wanted good relations with the Aboriginal people, but as Indigenous leader Warren Mundine told me, "it was like people from Mars meeting people from Earth".
He pointed out that the social experiment of turning around convicts' lives by giving them land may have been successful, but it was at the expense of the lives of those already on that land.
"There's no doubt in regard to ... Indigenous history, he was an invader," Mr Mundine said.
"He was a man who genuinely wanted to reach out to the Aboriginal people, but he was also a man trapped of his times.
"He was here as a military officer to build a colony and make it successful."
After almost five years, the colony was growing healthier while Phillip himself was waning. The demands were taking a dreadful physical toll. Phillip resigned his commission and sailed for London at the end of 1792.
Sir Roger Carrick, a former UK High Commissioner to Australia and another admirer of Phillip, believes the founding governor wanted to return to New South Wales, to continue what he had started, once his health returned. To his disappointment, Phillip never did.
Phillip lived his final years in Bath and died in 1814.

Modern Australia Phillip's 'greatest monument'

There was some debate about his death. Some believed he killed himself, a claim dismissed by others, including Sir Roger Carrick, as gossipy rumour.
Phillip was buried in a church in the nearby village of Bathampton.
Mr Robertson believed Phillip deserved better recognition and that his remains should have been exhumed and buried in Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden, overlooking the harbour and what he helped create.
Mr Robertson looked into turning that dream into reality. The plan did not come off; rather, it deepened debate about Phillip and where he belonged.
Both Sir Roger and Justice Pembroke argue Phillip, as an Englishman, is buried where he wanted to be.
More than 200 years on from his death, Phillip is remembered in Australia and Britain, everywhere from place names and statues to a plaque unveiled in Westminster Abbey last year.
As we stood in the space of that stunning building in the heart of London, looking at the memorial, Sir Christopher quietly said: "He was a great mariner, he was the person who really established modern Australia."
And that is perhaps the greatest monument to Phillip: modern Australia.
Yet it is up to all of us to ensure we inscribe that monument by replacing blank looks with greater knowledge about Arthur Phillip and what he achieved.