Monday, April 22, 2019

 Easter.  Was it in defiance? A standing room only crowd at the cathedral in Sydney. Who can explain community reaction to recent history? 
 The liturgy was a total knock out. Grandiose and thrilling music. Widor et al thundered out while elegant choristers enriched the proceedings - and how!. Many would find all this alien or worse but liturgy such as this has a long heritage good and bad as it is.
At the same time, acknowledging the human weaknesses, dreadful abuse, the folly, and the extravagantness of the institution. 
Maybe pre-vatican 2 conservatism has no role in the music ministry. Be grateful for small mercies.

Friday, April 19, 2019


Smiths Lake. Not far from here.  The smallish tranquil lake is undeveloped. A natural environment.

Bob Brown, environmental elder, arrives in convoy at Parramatta Park tomorrow Saturday for a short rally, 12md, on the long road to Queensland.  STOP ARDANI Rally - the proposed coal mine.

The next rally is in Coffs' tomorrow and so on details are on line. Donate.

Who will actually draw the line and take a stand, even while it hurts, to stop carbon pollution.  It will cost us but is a priority.  We will learn to afford what really counts. 

The major political parties are unsympathetic on this point.  Labor is not 'sticking its neck out'.  Shame on them. Climate change policy is given no priority in electioneering. Data suggests the electorate seeks policies to address climate change.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019




Walk or drive to this beach a little off the beaten track. Several days of ultra calm weather was easy to take.

Saturday, April 13, 2019


Winx wins her 33rd consecutive race this afternoon with a sell-out crowd and it did not 'go to her head' at all as far as we know how a placid horse like that responds. Her last race they say. She takes it all in her stride!  As for betting, no point, she was an outright favourite.    

Thursday, April 11, 2019

 Local event horizon

Education broadens the mind?  One tyme at university I heard a statement that no other celestial bodies were to be found beyond Pluto but I did not take that as a given. Now we find Pluto has a number of moons and other discoveries have been made in our solar system.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

 Mayfield is in transition.  Gradual change. Retail stores are closed and empty.   And Woolworth's twin is still on the drawing board - that's good, who knows what another new supermarket will do.
A pharmacy now doubles up as a newsagent amazingly.  Drugs and lotto - what else? 
 A cat in a bath - where else?

Thursday, March 28, 2019


Can we be reassured there is a majority 'out there' who would never ever vote for the shallow air heads that have come to light engaged in drivel about guns and opting for the confounded gun lobby that is a blight on the stars and stripes.
If only the ardent fans could all see, hear and take note of the words from their so called heroes they would know who are fooling them. Do they really want to pay a parliamentarian to lark around the world with nothing better to concern themselves with than the subject of guns.  Our time and money is wasted on certain elected representative who love promotion of delusional security risks and dangerous solutions. And are known for ignorant prejudice.
When nothing constructive or worthwhile emerges then some are unworthy of support.  No priority given to pressing issues. The Greens cop it. At least they address what matters. Compare that to a focus on a minority and their hang up about guns.
Be careful how you vote!
 
         

Saturday, March 23, 2019




STATE ELECTION TODAY

One form is large for the Legislative Council.

The line of voters was long mid afternoon outside the school hall one of many halls proudly built during the GFC as a stimulus. The political origins of the assembly hall come to mind at voting time in the hall.

My area is not a swing seat - far from it.