70 Gosford St, Mount Gravatt. Picture: realestate.com.auIT took just five days for this ultra-modern, five-bedroom house in Mount Gravatt to be snapped up by a keen buyer.The property at 70 Gosford St sold for $750,000 to a buyer from New Zealand, who had only lived in Brisbane for a year.Raby Bay Property’s Aaron Ngoi said it was rare for new houses of its calibre to become available in Mount Gravatt.“There was a lot of interest, around five offers,” he said.“This one’s quite special in that it’s a new house – only three years’ old – and well built.“It’s very different to many of the houses in Mount Gravatt, which are a bit older.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Down the road in Eight Mile Plains, a unique, four-bedroom home on a huge 959sq m block recently sold after auction for $910,000.The auction of 38 Arkrose St attracted five registered bidders but failed to sell at auction. It sold later that same day to a local Chinese family who plan to demolish the house and subdivide the block.LJ Hooker’s Emily Xiong said the size of the block attracted a lot of interest but the buyer didn’t like the style of the home, so plan to build a new one.She said the suburb was popular with local Chinese families interested in property around the $1 million mark. Eight Mile Plains is a high-demand market with 138 houses selling in the suburb last year.The suburb’s median house price is $764,000, according to data from property researcher CoreLogic.
Photo credit: wendesdaynightservice.comIn today’s parable the seed that God sows is his Word. He sows it everywhere, with scant regard for where it falls, because it can grow anywhere. This is the point of the seed also falling on inhospitable ground. All it needs is careful nurture. Wherever it receives nurture, it grows and blossoms. Where it does not, for whatever reason(s), it shrivels and dies.Each ground represents a particular kind of person, according to the interpretation in the text itself. Equally possible, perhaps, is the interpretation that the different grounds represent one person at different times or in different seasons. We are all sometimes lax, sometimes distracted, sometimes led astray, sometimes receptive. Becoming fruitful ground requires attentive cultivation no matter what the particular time or season of our life. When the ground is receptive, fruitfulness always follows.In another saying of Jesus what God sows is not the (seed of his) Word but (the seed of) different talents. This is the second important environment of sowing. That parable too includes the cryptic saying that he who has will be given more, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Both parables deal with what one may call the dynamics of increase. In the first, the fruitfulness of the Word depends on our receptivity. The more receptive we are, the Word becomes actual and the more fruit it bears; the less receptive we are, the more de-activated the Word remains, and the more and more diminished becomes its capacity for fruit-bearing.In the second parable the servant who receives five talents from his master, trades with them, and creates five more. The servant who receives two, does the same, and creates two more. The one who receives one talent goes away and does nothing. He buries the talent in the ground, and gets a thorough dressing down for inactivity.Where did the last servant go wrong? Why was it not prudential to play it safe? Perhaps he distrusted banks, or had no faith in the stock market. He may have said to himself: putting the money in those places is a risk – who knows if the bank will fail or the market collapse (and of course both have done so): at least this way, I know where the money is; this route is entirely free of risk.The basic import of dynamics of increase lies just here, I think. The parable is not talking about finances and investment, but about our human potential, the basic endowment God bestows on each of us. Different people receive different things, this here, that there. But how is any potential realized, whatever we receive? It is not by de-activation or playing it safe, but by being open and receptive to possibilities. This is how human potential is realized. Consider, for example, the situation of someone feeling called to do something for others, to make some commitment for justice, for example, human rights, or some cause larger than their own interests. We have had several heroic examples in this century, and we continue to have them in a variety of ways, big and small. It’s a summons to give themselves over to something larger than themselves. Before embarking on it, perhaps even during the process, they find themselves asking themselves: why am I doing this? Why should I? I have no idea what will become of it; I have no idea who will take it on; it may end up being just piece of vanity, and a waste of time.The fact is before you venture forth, you can’t see anything – or better, what you see is only in your heart. So the temptation is to settle for more safety, less risk, for something visible and tangible. The person who feels called to something beyond self-interest, and backs off is like the servant who buries potential in the ground. Often such a person remains forever haunted by a road not taken, a possibility unexplored, a life unfinished. Whatever they had before, the life they had, is taken away. When the summons is obeyed, on the other hand, they find heightened life where they anticipated only frustration and trial. He who has, in other words, will be given more and he will have an abundance; from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.By: Father Henry Charles Ph. d Share Share Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleLocalNews He who has will be given more, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away by: – July 9, 2011 Share Tweet 44 Views no discussions
Every day, we are bombarded with all sorts of news. Even if we don’t want that news, it seeps into the ubiquitous screens that infest our lives. Many companies have attempted to help us tame the flow of information. They allow us to tailor the news to suit our tastes or they crowdsource it to attempt to raise the quality. While those are great solutions, they do not really deal with the fact that news is just way too unpredictable. Luckily for all of us, the internet and the past have teamed up with a group of niche collectors to serve an unexpected solution: Old News.For years, a growing subsection of collectors has been picking up and digitizing old VHS cassettes trying to salvage valuable memories and pop culture moments as they were viewed firsthand. Some of these collectors focus on short runs of TV shows, game shows, and even commercials. One of the smaller niches in this growing group of digital archaeologists belongs to the news collector. These amazing humans spend their time digitizing and posting news shows, sometimes with and sometimes without the commercials. The end result, especially with commercials, is a perfect time capsule that summarizes a moment in time. For many, it’s the perfect way to escape the barrage of annoying and depressing news and selectively experience a time, event, or region.So, if you’re one of the people who’s tired of living on the edge of now, allow me to turn your attention backwards, where the world and the news it produces might be a little bit more to your liking (or at least a bit more predictable). Politics1/6The multi-year election cycle got you down? Grumpy your candidate is not on top? How about we step back and remember when Jimmy Carter won his improbable road to the White House or six hours of election night coverage when Ronald Reagan defeated him just four short years later? That too far in the past for you? How about this famous segment of Bill and Hillary Clinton on 60 Minutes, or perhaps leap ahead to 2000 and hear then Governor George W Bush on Face the Nation? One thing you will take away from any political news you re-watch is that not a lot has changed, but at least with the old news you know how the story turns out.<><> Watching old news is an addictive pastime, and collecting it can be a fun hobby that helps to educate people. So, the next time you are rummaging around the basement at your parent’s house and you see a box of old VHS tapes, pick them up and take them home. You never know what sort of great material you might find on them. If that isn’t your thing, please send them to me! I would be more than happy to extract digital gold from that magnetic tape.