Sunday, May 30, 2010
Eurovision Song contest on SBS TV. Please do what you do best, quirky style entertainment with an earthy flavour fused with folk and burlesque with fiesty women often in extremely long boots.
Down with globalisation and American lookalikes and overthe top ballads. Stop progress. Stop English. Use European languges as a must. Bare feet were fine as were dresses with burlesque flounces.
And the camera person....please allow a view of what's on stage...please focus long enough to catch more action and more details instead of all the non-stop wandering around the lights and the roof, all of which is creative and magical but is simply overdone.We can take reality...I think. Thank you SBS hosts.
Friday, May 28, 2010
e-Books....i-pad. Where do picture books fit in?
This tale from ancient Java is filled with striking detail in illustrations highlighted in gold and makes wonderful use of traditional motifs.
Indonesian culture has a traditional world of wayang puppets such as these and tell grande tales such as Rama and Sita taken from the Hindu epic The Ramayana. Adventures and the ageless struggle of good against evil is told again and again.
I suspect the same theme is found in other cultures of South-East Asia.
Rama and Sita. A Tale from Ancient Java. Retold and Illustrated by David Weitzman
Published by David R Godine Boston 2002
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Muster Point memorial to the steel industry is created in heavy duty metal work.
Just now lemons are plentiful and for a change have inspired some cookery. There's old fashioned Lemon Delicious pudding as well as Lemon Meringue pie where the egg yolks go into the lemon filling, heated while stirring endlessly, and egg whites go into the meringue on top.
Fresh vegies are liked best but frozen are always kept on hand. In Woolworths supermarket a lot of frozen vegies are from China and these products meet with my resistance even while knowing this is unreasonable as it can probably be assumed that quality control is operative. As well, it is very strange to transport vegies all those miles.
Every cent counts in the mega food commodity industry. Basic foods are sidelined when there's bucks to be made in the processed, the ready made, the imported bargains.
ABC Radio investigated local food and fruit picking and the role of illegal immigrants and backpackers who meet all sorts of problems working on Australian farms.
Steel making, food crops, you name it and it's gone off shore.
De-skilled but not defeated!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Why pick on that perverse feature and fail to show this coffee outlet to advantage? Had I known how this business dominates the search engine I could have given it more attention - maybe.
The location is close to Newcastle Beach where a take-away coffee is an idea. Shame the view is blocked by the fence! Perversity rules.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Convict prisoner symbol near the archaeological remains of convict era, Lumber Yard, Newcastle.
In 1819 the town gang of 256 convicts worked on construction projects around the settlement of Newcastle using the Lumber Yard as their base. Later the site housed convicts. Afterwards it was leased to a store keeper but eventually burned down.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010
New fence. It's all or nothing!
Regardlessly, images are posted here every few days while, in counterpoint, day to day life continues with highs and lows, joys and sorrows, birth and death, sickness and health and personal space is usually held private from public persona in the blog. Much more is probably revealed by others via social networking.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Classic figures, cast in iron, were truly a curiosity at a country pub (pictured yesterday on this site). The explanation was the hotel manager had a foundry in the city. The hotel held a collection of memorabilia. And served large tender steaks!
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