▪️A life of hardship shows on the faces and in the clothes of this Galway couple, photographed in 1915 on their way to the local market. They are probably not as old as their appearance suggests, given the average life expectancy in Ireland at this time was 53 years. ▪️He seems to be reasonably well shod, but she appears to have rags tied around her feet, as she sucks on her clay pipe. But… they still walk arm in arm.
When Winchester races first took their beginning It is said the good people forgot their old Saint Not applying at all for the leave of Saint Swithin And that William of Wykeham’s approval was faint.
The races however were fixed and determined The company came and the Weather was charming The Lords and the Ladies were satine’d and ermined And nobody saw any future alarming.–
But when the old Saint was informed of these doings He made but one Spring from his Shrine to the Roof Of the Palace which now lies so sadly in ruins And then he addressed them all standing aloof.
‘Oh! subjects rebellious! Oh Venta depraved When once we are buried you think we are gone But behold me immortal! By vice you’re enslaved You have sinned and must suffer, ten farther he said
These races and revels and dissolute measures With which you’re debasing a neighboring Plain Let them stand–You shall meet with your curse in your pleasures Set off for your course, I’ll pursue with my rain.
Ye cannot but know my command o’er July Henceforward I’ll triumph in shewing my powers Shift your race as you will it shall never be dry The curse upon Venta is July in showers–‘.
High ranking Marist brother Graeme Mundine has been sentenced to at least 18 months behind bars for the sexual abuse of 5 boys in his care.
Graeme Mundine, a prominent Aboriginal rights advocate has been convicted of historic sexual abuse crimes and sentenced to three years in prison with an 18 month non-parole period for offences relating to five male victims in the 1980s.
The 58 year old faced three charges of assault, an act of indecency and four charges of indecent assault to a party under 16 in Campbelltown District Court for offences that occurred over a four-and-a-half year period while he was a Marist Brother dorm master and teacher at St Gregorys College in Sydney.
In sentencing, District Court judge Chris O’Brien acknowledged Mundine’s contribution to the Aboriginal community in the years after the crimes tool place and noted the absence of similar offences since that time. The fact is no matter who someone was before they abused a child, the moment they touched the child or hurt the child they were no longer people of good character.
The businessman and former chairman of the Abbott government’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, said the news of his brother’s crimes came as a shock and “raises a lot of questions”. What questions did it raise Mr Mundine ? He was tried and convicted in a court of law so what questions does it raise exactly ? The only question it should raise is how did you not know and the answer to that is simply, Child abusers are MASTER manipulators. That’s what they do, not your fault.
In the 1990s, Mundine became the inaugural Chair and Executive officer of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council. He also co-authored the Catholic Church’s response to the 1997 Bringing Them Home Report on the Stolen Generations. Later, he headed the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission within the National Council of Churches in Australia. He was also the Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
We did not include this to talk about how good a person Mundine was, we mentioned this to speak to the fact that child abusers can be anyone, anywhere. They do not have to be the dirty old pervert hiding behind a tree in the park wearing a trenchcoat. In fact 90% of all child abuse crimes are perpetrated by someone known to the child. People in well-respected positions of power often use that power to groom their victims and the families of their victims.
Mundine should have had aggravated charges added to his charge sheet because of the nature of trust that he broke in order to abuse the children in his care. He used his position as house master at Marist colleges to gain overnight access to his victims and no doubt used his position in the Aboriginal, Catholics and government communities to covince his victims that no one would believe them !
Judge O’Brien said Mundine had “besmirched the reputation of the religious order and the men who followed in his footsteps”.
“These are serious offences which occurred over a four-and-a-half year period,” he said.
“This was a serious breach of trust and abuse of power.
“The offender took advantage of the naivety and vulnerability of the victims.
“Disturbingly the events occurred when the victim was seeking guidance or support and was instead met with sexual abuse.
“The victim impact statements were both powerful and moving.
“There is no doubt these events have had a significant affect on their lives.”
This was not Mundine’s only brush with the law, Mr Mundine was also convicted of similar crimes against male students at another Catholic boarding school at Pagewood in 1988.
Sadly child abusers can and do exist in all levels of society, sadder still they often use the power they have gained to abuse more children. Often I wonder if they don’t seek out those positions of power with the sole purpose of offending against children.
Graeme Mundine, your brother said your conviction raised a lot of questions, we hope our article answered his questions.
A woman in love [is] a-most-beautiful-sight; [for] she smiles and floats on a cloud!
A woman in love is happy and gay – if-you’re-with-her, you-feel-so-proud,
And-people will notice – and look at you both – and jealous as H – – – will they be,
Because you’re the luckiest people-in-The-World, as-you’re-walking-right-past-merrily!
A woman in love feels safe and secure! She’ll-move-mountains, with-only-a-glance,
Because, even mountains – and rivers-and-forests will all want to join in The Dance,
A pure dance of BEING, infectious and sweet, and people are jealous, until they all see,
That BEING IN LOVE is-[also]-something-for-them! The potential is great, and it’s free!
So, please just be patient – & kind & detached – & LOOK AT THE WORLD with LOVE,
Eventually-SHE’ll-come and-visit-with-YOU! We all feel this thing I talk of!
And-There-are-romantic-examples – in every good-movie,
And NOW – YOU HAVE US! (pause) Isn’t that groovy?