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Here’s a place you can leave random comments about stuff that you feel isn’t particularly related to the News. Maybe you just want to say hi. Maybe you want to critique a piece of my work. Maybe you want to ask me where I live and come and bring me cookies. Whatever. Stick it in the box down below.

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Louise on Tuesday, 31 July 2007

should smoky get credit to maybe?? im very excited about the new tim blog. about damn time!! thanks.

Stylianos on Friday, 27 July 2007

Sorry :(

Alex on Friday, 20 July 2007

you should expect no less!!!!!!!

*Sarah* on Wednesday, 18 July 2007

If he does then he'd better give me full credit ;)

Alex on Wednesday, 18 July 2007

MAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol *Sarah* that was funny....Tim should put something like that in one of his songs!! Hi Tim..!! =D

*Sarah* on Tuesday, 17 July 2007

My juvenile mind makes me edit Smoky's post so that it reads: "I was very impressed by the length of Tim. That is why I love him" Yes I'm bored and should be in bed. Hi Tim :)

smoky on Saturday, 14 July 2007

I was very impressed by the length of tims reply to Angel. If i had been tim i probably would have just said something like "don't you get it?" but tim came out with a detailed explanation. That is why i love him:) He is nice and writes well. The fact that he is hilarious helps also

Louise on Saturday, 14 July 2007

wow the american fans are growing and growing! its exciting. and tim left a message.. how exciting. it had big words. but very enlightening. i just summed the song up as "ironic" but i think yours is slightly more detailed and intelligent and...correct. tim blogs are nice. more would be nicer. hope everyone is well. espessially TRW is seems. poor thing. love lousie xoxo

Andrew Shackelford on Friday, 13 July 2007

Hi to Tim and all the other Minchinites out there! Just showing some love and support from San Francisco, USA! Hope everyone is well! :D

Sarah on Thursday, 12 July 2007

I hope when trw says she had pig bits she doesn't mean pigs 'bits'.... as in... the pigs 'toilet bits'. That would be catastrophic. Well, not really... just a little bit yucky.

The Red Witch on Thursday, 12 July 2007

Hello Timmy, The Red Witch is still very, very sick. And at work. Funny. A sick person talking about private health insurance to upper middle-class wealthy, healthy people. Who'd thunk it? I'm thinking of bunking off tomorrow. I can't take this I'm dying. Hope the shows are going well. Hope you and Violet aren't sick any more. I had pig bits in my lunch today. Lots of love trw xxxxxx

Anonymouse on Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Took my other half to see you in Exeter (after seeing you for 3 minutes on the BBC Breakfast Show). Amazing! Please do some more shows in England soon.

Constandinos on Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Sorry :(

Alex on Saturday, 7 July 2007

i know where they are... i just meant that i wanted more up-to-date ones.... its been months since we got one..its very sad!!!!!!!!!! :'( lalalalala...i get to brag because i made Tim's myspace display picture... :D well thats all for now.. bye xo

Paws on Friday, 6 July 2007

Alex, They're at: www.timminchin.com/blog/ AKA 'News And Guest Comments', which is listed over there *points* Anyway, Hullo Tim! ^_^ I have a surprise for you XD And no, it's not anything weird. Well, it is...but, uh. Tisn't *weird* weird =P You poor man, we're in front row again. x

Alex on Friday, 6 July 2007

yay for tim messages..!!! p.s. what happened to the Tim blogs which give us regualr updates on what tim has been up to etc...???

Aleksiu on Friday, 6 July 2007


Sandy on Thursday, 5 July 2007

Hi Tim, My husband and I love your brand of musical comedy. I'd love to see you live in Brissy some time soon. Might nudge the old man to take his wondiferous wife for a night out! We watch Spicks and Specks religiously and laughed ourselves sore at your songs written specially for Adam Hill and Alan Brough! Keep making us laugh! Cheers! Sandy

*Sarah* on Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Wow, Tim left a message! I won't pretend that I completely followed everything you said, it seems my understanding of religion, politics and big words can sometimes be lacking, but you have good points. D'ya fancy nudging Gordon Brown out the way and sorting out our country for us? No? Shame.

Tim on Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Hey there, very nice to hear from you Angel. I agree, there's no doubt at all that i'm oversimplifying the problem! I guess the comedy of the piece comes from the seriousness of the stated intent (to solve the conflict with a "peace anthem") and the sincerity of the music juxtaposed with the ridiculous simplicity of the chorus. It's the sacrilege that makes people laugh: the audacity of offering such a big problem such a pathetically small solution. However - as you noted - on another level, i am making a statement about religion and the fact that Judaism and Islam share an Abrahamic origin - thus adding to the absurdity of fighting. And although you are right - i also have the experience that both Israelis and Palestinians will insist it is not a religious fight - you must agree that the origins of the conflict are religious - the only reason the land is under such bitter dispute is because both groups at some point thought (or think) they are a chosen people. I certainly don't have the knowledge nor investment to have any bias toward either Israel or Palestine - one sympathises with all people who suffer loss in any conflict. Obviously Hamas is a problem, as they are fighting for an Islamic state, which is such a fundamentally flawed idea. Which brings me to my rant: Religious people generally claim that religion is a benign force, corrupted every now and then by a radical minority. But in my view, the very philosophy of eschewing the pursuit of knowledge and human understanding and instead seeking moral guidance from an ancient mythology is fundamentally problematic. There have been good Christians and bad Christians in history just as there have been good and bad Muslims, good and bad Jews and good and bad atheists. However, as far as I'm concerned, if you promote belief in archaic doctrine, you have to accept the inevitable eventuality that some people will believe this doctrine to such an extent that they will want to kill and die for their shot at posthumous paradise... or their bit of Zion while they're still kickin'. Or at least that they will use God to justify actions beyond generally accepted morality. At some point, hopefully before mankind destroys itself, there will surely be a time when we realise that morality is a human instinct, that all people share the same desires, and that this freaky, lucky, fleeting life of ours should be lived with love and compassion, because there aint nothing waiting for us after lights-out. ... And that eating pig is a decision you should base on your feelings about animal cruelty, not on some obtuse reference by some ill-educated, superstitious, millennia-old self-proclaimed "messenger of God". I don't know what would happen in Palestine if God wasn't involved. I suppose it's a hypothetical beyond imagination. And that's what I'm trying to say in the Pigs song. It's a bit of a stretch huh?! Thanks so much for coming to my show - it's very interesting to read of your experiences. And many thanks for the link to Machsom Watch - amazing people. peas. tx

PeaceAngel on Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Dear Tim, I’m an American (Christian) who has lived and worked in the Middle East for some years. I visited the UK this summer and took in your show. It was quite uncanny, the way your monologue zoomed in on the very topic we had discussed on the way to the auditorium. My first response to your “Palestinian Peace Anthem” was, “He’s oversimplifying the problem.” On second thought, I decided I liked your approach. Peace has to start somewhere, and it has to be experienced at the person-to-person level before it can percolate up into government. As you say, the major religions have more similarities than differences. It might interest you to visit the website of Machsom Watch, the Israeli women’s volunteer organization monitoring the IDF checkpoints in the Occupied Territories. The BBC website also has much information on the suffering of ordinary Palestinian families who just want to get on with their work and school and family lives. Israel continues to expand into Palestinian land, especially with the concrete wall that is still being built. Their checkpoints – most controlling movement within Palestine, few controlling access into Israel itself -- are choking the life out of Palestine and preventing kids from going to school, patients from getting to hospital, employees from getting to work, food from reaching market, etc. Many Palestinians are without electricity or clean water. More than half live on less than $2.00 US per day. They are a people deprived of hope. I know many Palestinian refugees working away from home, and they would all tell you, “This conflict isn’t about religious differences. We don’t accept the occupation, the hardships or the humiliations we are subjected to daily. We don’t accept that Israel takes away more of our land every day.” My Palestinian neighbor lost his elderly father, who was struck by radioactive debris from an IDF rocket, then sickened and died of a fast-growing cancer. It’s a wonder that my neighbor is even willing to talk to me, being as I’m from the country which supplies the IDF with weapons. But he’s a nice man, with a lovely wife and sweet kids. I find them good neighbors, there are many ordinary Palestinians just like them, and I’d love it if they could go home safely one day. Please don’t judge all Palestinians by Hamas. We loved your show. Thanks for making people laugh while making them think. Thanks for promoting peace. All the best.

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