VIDEO: Solar eclipse darkens Queensland
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 9:56a.m.
Cloudy skies haven’t prevented Australians from catching a glimpse of the solar eclipse.
The Solar Saros 133 eclipse, an event which occurs once every 18 years when the sun is obscured by the moon, was filmed from Queensland.
The total eclipse occurred there just before 10am New Zealand time.
Click the ‘Video’ tab to watch footage of the eclipse. The first 30 seconds have been sped up.
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15/11/2012 11:41:45 a.m.
Many of our institutions rely upon symbols from popular mythology and tradition to strengthen claims that they exercise powers not available to ordinary mortals. The sophisticated amongst us accept this practice - with tongues stuck solidly in cheeks - in order to ease public acceptance of the institution's functions. However, too often the mythological characters, seen walking amongst us, provide institutions with a false legitimacy that can ultimately be harmful. I cite Santa Clause and Royalty as examples. I am prepared to accept Santa because his reality is universally accepted as being a fiction, but Royalty is another matter. When we endow a mere mortal with the status of a significant symbol the institutions he or she represents are endangerd. And history has shown that the persons masquerading as superior beings are frequently endangered too. The best thing we might do - for ourselves and the Royals - would be to let them down, quietly and gently, to learn to live as we do. And perhaps, if we still crave a mythological justification symbolizing "whatever", we could, perhaps, give Santa another duty.
14/11/2012 1:37:50 p.m.
14/11/2012 11:17:32 a.m.
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