I am a published writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia.
At the moment I have semi-returned, still doing some editing and at the same time keeping an eye on my stalkers.
If I wanted to make one suggestion for improving Wiki, it would be that "editors" (too complimentary a term for a lot of them) should not be able to access the contributions of other editors, because that's how the stalkers do their stalking. There is no serious reason why any of us needs to follow someone else's contributions, and it is being constantly abused by the idiots.
My other suggestion would be that we should not be able to have a watch list, because this too is being abused by the assorted stalkers and idiots. What these people do is that they put every article on a particular subject on their watch list; then, as soon as someone makes an edit to one of those articles, they pounce on it and proceed to pass judgment on it. If it doesn't completely meet with their approval, they undo what the other person did. "What's wrong with this"? you might say. What's wrong with it is that the idiots develop a proprietorial attitude towards that group of articles and start acting as if they are in charge of them. Everything has to meet with their approval and other editors often can't get a word in edgewise. If someone has a special interest in a particular article, they can go and look at it anytime. The watch-list system is making it too easy for the idiots to behave as if they are in charge of various articles, eg the Sydney suburb articles (they know who they are).
One of the worst examples is Naturopathy, which is controlled by a cabal of little people who obviously think they own the article, and who can be extremely unpleasant towards anyone who tries to change anything. Just try making some changes to this article and see what happens.
Articles I have written
- Mulberry Hill (Langwarrin South, Victoria)
- Diary of a Man in Despair (fabulous book, READ IT!!!)
- Ventnor (Sydney)
- Camelot, Kirkham
- Depression and natural therapies
- Australian bush flower essences
- Oakland Ashram
- Gurudev Siddha Peeth
- Walter Liberty Vernon
- George McRae
- Howard Joseland
- Mortimer Lewis
- Sarah Hamilton-Byrne
- Lucy Prebble
- The Sugar Syndrome
- Mount Solitary
- Mount Hay
- Mount Banks
- Hartley Vale, New South Wales
- Little Hartley, New South Wales
- Bruce's Walk
- Albion Street, Surry Hills
- Victoria Street, East Sydney
- Old South Head Road, Sydney
- Grosvenor Street, Sydney
- Sussex Street, Sydney
- The Abbey (Sydney)
- Bronte House
- Highroyd (Sydney)
- St John's Anglican Church, Darlinghurst
- Chatswood South Uniting Church, Sydney
- Heritage homes of Sydney
- Gladesville Mental Hospital
- Aboriginal sites of New South Wales
- Milbrodale, New South Wales
- Michael Guider
- List of Blue Mountains subjects
- St John's Cathedral, Parramatta
- St Jude's Church, Randwick
- Richmond Villa
- Patrick White house
- Glover cottages
Miscellaneous odds and ends:
How do I go about customizing my signature?
- Click on "my preferences" (in the default Monobook skin, it's at the top right), then type the Wikicode corresponding to the signature you want in the "Signature" textbox. Be sure to tick the "Raw signatures (without automatic link)" box! Xenon54 (Frohe Feiertage!) 11:10, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
- Yes, and you may see also Wikipedia:How to fix your signature and Wikipedia:User_Page_Design_Center/Style#Text_formatting (some very useful tips on changing fonts, colors, etc!) --PeaceNT (talk) 11:30, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
Diary of a Man in Despair (Tagebuch eines Verzweifelten) is a journal written by the German writer Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen during the 1930s and 1940s. It expresses his passionate opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism. It was originally published in 1947, but received little recognition. It has since been republished in English and has become regarded as a classic statement about Nazi Germany. The New York Times said the book is stunning to read because, in this journal, invective achieves the level of art and hatred achieves a tragic grandeur.
The journal contains thirty-nine entries covering the period from May 1936 to October 1944. The entries express Reck's passionate hatred of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, whom Reck describes as vicious apes.
Reck states that he had met Hitler a few times, and in the entry for 11 August 1936 he describes an occasion when Hitler had delivered a diatribe that had left Reck and his companions speechless. After Hitler had departed, one of Reck's companions had opened a window to let some fresh air in and dispel the feeling of "oppression". It was as if the room had been contaminated by the "unclean essence of a monstrosity."
In the entry for 11 August 1936, Reck describes how he saw Hitler dining alone in a Munich restaurant, and expresses regret that he had not shot him dead when he had the chance. He regarded Hitler at the time as a character out of a comic strip, and refrained from shooting him, although he had a loaded revolver with him. The entry ends with a prescient description of how Hitler's end will come down upon him from every possible direction.
In the entry for 9 September 1937, Reck describes how he has to hide his journal in the woods to stop the Nazis from finding it, always on the watch and changing the hiding place in case he was being observed.
The final entry, dated 14 October 1944, describes how Reck had been arrested and subsequently charged with "undermining the morale of the armed forces." This was a serious charge carrying the death penalty. In a following hearing, he was cleared and released, after the unexpected intervention of an SS general, whom Reck refers to as General Dtl. Reck then makes the prescient statement that the Nazis will be rooted out, pursued remorselessly and reduced to their true level.
The journal was first published as Tagebuch eines Verzweifelten in 1947 by the Stuttgart publishing house of Burger Verlag, but received little attention at the time. In 1966 it was reprinted as a paperback, which was followed by translation into a number of languages. An English-language translation then appeared in 1970 and was reprinted in 2000. In 2013 it was republished by New York Review Books, in a translation by Paul Rubens, with an afterword by Richard J. Evans.
Hyndes's land was later acquired by John Brown, a merchant and timber-getter. After Brown had cleared the land of timber, he planted orchards. Ada, Lucinda and Roland Avenues were named after three of his children. His name has survived in Browns Road, Browns Field and Browns Waterhole on the Lane Cove River. The last member of the Brown family was Gertrude Mary Appleton, who died in 2008 at the age of ninety-three. She is buried in the cemetery of St John the Baptist Church, Gordon.
Adolf Hitler on Islam
Albert Speer, Hitler's Armaments Minister, described how Hitler expressed approval of Islam, saying that Hitler had been particularly impressed by what he had heard from a delegation of Arabs. When the Muslims had tried to penetrate Central Europe in the 18th century, they had been driven back at the Battle of Tours; if they had won that battle, the world would have become Muslim. Theirs was a religion, Hitler said, that believed in spreading the faith by the sword and subjugating all nations to that faith. Hitler considered that Islam was perfectly suited to the "Germanic" temperament and would have been more compatible to the Germans than Christianity.
An early settler in the area was Fred Chisholm, who had an estate west of the present site of Auburn railway station. In the 1880s, John Buchanan, a timber merchant, purchased land from Fred Chisholm and built his home, Duncraggarn Hall, a two-storey Italianate mansion with a central tower and elaborate wrought-iron balconies. In 1892, Buchanan sold his thirteen-acre estate to the Sisters of Charity, who turned the house into St Joseph's Hospital for Consumptives. In 1903, extentions to the hospital were constructed and the house itself became a convent for the sisters. Further modifications and extensions took place over the years, with the eventual result that the old hospital site became St Joseph's Village -- a retirement village -- and a modern hospital was built next door.
Profile of Richard Seary
Profile of Richard Seary
Richard Seary was born in Sydney in 1952. His father John was a successful racer of motor bikes, but he abandoned the family in 1956. The children's mother also left not long after. He and his siblings were farmed out to various institutions, mostly in Queensland in Seary's case, because his father was living there. He had short-lived stays with his father, but was tormented by a stepmother he described as a psychopath. He absconded from a Brisbane institution in 1968 and went to Sydney.
Seary subsequently became a drug addict and was convicted for heroin possession in 1971, but succeeded in breaking the habit. He was then involved with the Hare Krishna group from 1972-74. In 1974, through the Hare Krishnas, he met an English woman named Sally, who had a child from a previous relationship. They went to England, where Sally gave birth to a baby girl. However, Seary and Sally split up at an early stage and Seary returned to Australia in 1976.
By early 1977, Seary was doing volunteer work as a Crisis Centre counsellor at the Wayside Chapel in Potts Point. He went to England after the trial of the Ananda Marga members, but came back to Sydney in 1985 for the inquiry headed by Justice Wood.
By 1992 he was doing welfare work at a church in Sydney. In late 1992, he fled to Queensland after an attempt was made on his life. In 2012 he published a book, Smoke'n'Mirrors: How the Australian People Were Screwed. In the introduction, he described himself as a spy and secret agent. He also claimed he was dying, without going into details. He died in 2014.
Mulberry Hill is a heritage-listed home in Langwarrin South, Victoria, Australia. It was the home of the writer Joan Lindsay and her husband Sir Daryl Lindsay from 1926 to 1984. Joan Lindsay left the house to the National Trust when she died. It is still owned by the Trust and is open to the public. It is also heritage-listed at the federal and state level.
History and description
Mulberry Hill is a two-storey building made of weatherboard, with a tile roof. Initial design was done by Daryl Lindsay, building on a pre-existing cottage from the 1880s. The studio was originally the front rooms of the cottage. Lindsay then engaged Harold Desbrowe-Annear, a successful architect of the 1920s, to develop and finish the house in the American Colonial style. It was built in 1926.
The Lindsays lived at Mulberry Hill until the Great Depression forced them to rent the house out and live in more humble accommodation at Bacchus Marsh until their financial position recovered. Joan Lindsay wrote Picnic at Hanging Rock in 1967 while living at Mulberry Hill. Daryl Lindsay died in 1976. Joan died in 1984 and left the house to the National Trust.