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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 17th 2008
26 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 18, 2008 MB R There is life after the HSC THE textbooks have been laid to rest for the State's record 67,931 HSC students this year. Yesterday (Wednesday), those students received the results of years of hard labour that may or may not decide their future. And while we congratulate the eight Inner West students who are among 112 students to come first in 110 individual courses, we also say well done to all students who sat the exams. Our brightest students deserve to be recognised for their achievements. After all, they worked for them. This week they will be relieved that it is all over -- for now. The HSC marks the most stressful time in young people's lives to date, and while as many will be disappointed as delighted, the results are not as important as some students may think. There is life after the HSC -- a very long life of more study or work or both. For those whose results are lower than expected, it may take longer to attain the goals set early in life but it is possible. Whether that means studying a related course initially, or going into a traineeship, there is a place for everybody. Speaker's last word John Webster outside the NSW Art Gallery in the Domain on the soapbox in 1968. It is with profound regret that I have to announce the death of Sydney Domain's greatest speaker John Webster, who became known as just Webster. On a Sunday afternoon in the '60s, '70s and '80s, thousands of Sydneysiders converged on the Sydney Domain to listen to the speakers there. Fierce and frank debate on all the topics of the day, political, social and spiritual ensued. Speakers from their soapboxes harangued the crowds. By far the greatest speaker of all was Webster who commandeered the largest crowds. Webster began speaking at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park in London in the '30s and built a huge following there. In his colourful life, Webster moved back and forth between the Sydney Domain and Speakers Cor- ner in Hyde Park London. Webster influenced many young lives including my own, and I was enormously privileged to speak in his honour in Hyde Park in London a few months ago. Webster was born on August 8, 1913 and his colourful life covered many of the world's hot spots. He also knew many of the world's leaders and was caught up in many 20th Century mass movements. Webster came from a Salvation Army home, converted to Islam and moved freely between all religions. He proudly considered himself to be a heretic to them all. Webster regularly debated with his good friend, the late Reverend Ted Noffs on Sunday evenings at Sydney's Wayside Chapel. Their interaction drew large crowds. Their influence on each other was enor- mous. In the late '80s-early '90s Webster moved to Tasmania thinking it was from there, new beginnings could be initiated. Although in his nineties, Webster never con- sidered himself old and spent his final years with a mind as bright as ever. Webster will be cremated in Launceston on Thursday, December 18. I am honoured to be conducting his farewell. The Rev Bill Crews Exodus Foundation Ashfield WRITE TO US MAIL: The Editor Inner-West Weekly, 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046. FAX: 9018 3531 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters should be kept brief. Name, address and phone num- ber must be supplied. Letters are submitted on condition that Cumberland Newspapers, as publisher of the Inner-West Weekly, may edit and has the right to reproduce in electronic form and communicate these letters. CONDITIONS TO THE POINT What's in a tie? A writer to your paper accuses Cr Danny Lim's lack of respect for the code of office by his casual attire (IWW Dec 11). He also suggests that Cr Lim should ''get things moving!''. The massive increase of high-rise development in the Strathfield municipality and lack of parking do not leave much room to move. Two former mayors of Strathfield -- one convicted, and another still to appear before the courts -- were both suitably attired, as with past and present Labor premiers. I rest my case. Julie Passas Ashfield SES grateful On behalf of my fellow volunteers at Canada Bay State Emergency Service I would like to thank the president of Club Five Dock, Harry McKinnon, for choosing his local SES unit as the recipient of the proceeds of his president's black tie dinner. The magnificent sum of $20,000 that was raised will be used to purchase much-needed new equipment that will make the work of our volunteers so much easier -- and increase greatly our capacity to respond to floods and storms. Thank you also to the staff and CEO of Club Five Dock, whose concerted efforts and attention to detail made the evening itself so enjoyable. 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