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Matthew van Roden, you train your child - a review by Koulla Roussos

Matthew van Roden, you train your child - a review by Koulla Roussos

Bob GosfordMay 24, 2017

For van Roden, growing up within a Pentecostal Christian family, biblical verses and ideas were imprinted at a young age. “The spanking paddle, a manifestation of scriptural text, held within it the promise of keeping one’s children on the straight and narrow, a tool to guide them through the follies of youth; to temper the demonstrations of original sin. Disobedience of parents was rebellion against God and this scriptural inscribed spanking paddle would play its part in the righteous life.”

In Deus ex Dynamita. A Kalymnian Easter in Darwin

In Deus ex Dynamita. A Kalymnian Easter in Darwin

Bob GosfordMay 3, 2016

In Darwin, the Kalymnian dynamite ritual signifies the collective will of a small people defying the global trend towards homogenisation and celebrating their collective individuality with a bang, not a whimper.

Frontiers of feminist advocacy in the NT: cowboys, missionaries and some modern ladies

Frontiers of feminist advocacy in the NT: cowboys, missionaries and some modern ladies

Bob GosfordApr 22, 2016

Here’s the news - women risk their health and wellbeing every day by simply managing their fertility though contraceptive, pregnancy, birth and menopause options. All are risky. It is women who experience teenage pregnancies, hormonal related illnesses and cancers, maternal sickness and death so please give us some credit.

Nganana tatintja wiya - why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Nganana tatintja wiya - why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Bob GosfordApr 20, 20161 Comment

Ask a Red Centre tour guide - you can’t tell Australians anything. During school holidays we would always get a lot of school trips; of the ones I guided 100% of students climbed up Uluru along with most of their teachers. Many had decided even before they departed school grounds that it would be the crowning achievement of the trip.

Strider's Almanac Part 1 - How the rainy season began in 2012

Strider's Almanac Part 1 - How the rainy season began in 2012

Bob GosfordDec 17, 2015

9 October. On this day I noticed new leaf on the Red Bead Tree (Adenanthera pavonina) and on a young Green Plum Tree (Buchanania obovata). I also noticed that the re-leafing of the Canarium Trees had become widespread and general. 10 October. There were complex cloud patterns in the sky in the morning but it became clear later in the day. There was another White Tailed Spider on the verandah at might.

Ornithogenic Fire: Raptors as Propagators of Fire in the Australian Savanna

Ornithogenic Fire: Raptors as Propagators of Fire in the Australian Savanna

Bob GosfordNov 8, 2015

There is compelling evidence that at least two raptor species – the Brown Falcon and the Black Kite – act as propagators of fire within the Australian savanna woodlands and perhaps in other similar biomes elsewhere

Do these raptors spread fire in the Australian savanna?

Do these raptors spread fire in the Australian savanna?

Bob GosfordOct 13, 20154 Comments

Use of fire as a tool is normally considered to be restricted to humans, and hence to have played an extremely important role not only in human societal change but also in the large-scale modification of landscapes across the world. But what if animals other than humans exhibit pyrophilic behavior?

Muralkarra (Crow) by Frank Malkorda

Muralkarra (Crow) by Frank Malkorda

Bob GosfordSep 8, 2015

Crow is a creature who is intensely curious about everything to do with funerals and so, as befits their elaborate ceremonial, he is a skilled dancer and musician. He perches on hollow log coffin, called there by two names, Badurra and Maraych, just as, in fact, Djambidj owners have crow painted on the top of their ossuaries.

The Rembarrnga law for birds -

The Rembarrnga law for birds - "all the birds are your relations"

Bob GosfordMay 23, 2015

That’s what this part of Arnhem Land is like. Other places are all right but here in the middle you’ve got to talk to the country. You can’t just travel quiet, no! That’s law for the centre of Arnhem Land.

Billboards, Baptists and the

Billboards, Baptists and the "Trail of Blood"

Bob GosfordMay 3, 2015

So what are the connections between Baptists, blood and billboards? Bob Gosford explores the backroads and dusty doctrinal tracts of southern Baptist theology to find out.

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