Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Song of the Day

It was 1986...  Dire Straits... in Sydney... live!

So far back in time now ... this calypso version was brilliant ... So Far Away From Me. Just the best version of all!


It was also a time of great guitar based rock ... such as .. (live again) ... with their sunglasses and their stratocasters ...ladies and gentlemen ...The Cars ... My Best Friend's Girl

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Space - the Final Frontier!

The Apollo 11 crew portrait. Left to right are...
Captain's Log: 21-July-2010.

41 years ago today (Australian time) Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.  "The Eagle has landed" - heard those famous words on the radio one cold Melbourne winter morning as I got ready for school.

Listen and watch the excitement of that 1969 morning!  What genuine excitement we all felt!  PEOPLE were on the Moon! That thing in the sky - two guys were sitting in a tiny metal craft perched there on the surface. Incredible.

My 1969 perspective:
Left: Prof. John Robinson, Centre: The Robot; Right: Dr Zachary Smith

Image via Wikipedia
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Song of the Day

Norah Jones, Blaisdell ArenaImage via Wikipedia
I love this tune. It reminds me a little of Linda Rondstat's 'Blue Bayou', because it's so soulful I suppose.

It is, of course, Norah Jones' 'Cold Cold Heart'.

The double-bass is really cool as a foil for Norah's brilliant piano work. And what a voice!
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Family History

As a child, I asked my father - where did our family come from Dad? I knew we weren't indigenous and non-indigenous folk had only arrived in Australia about 200 years earlier.

Neither of my parents knew where their ancestors came from, nor when. All they could tell me was that our families were from the United Kingdom. One exception to the generally 'blank page' was my father's mother. Dad knew she was born in Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire, England and had left England as a 3-year old when her parents migrated to Tasmania seeking work (more on the Hornby family's story a little later).

However, the general lack of family history knowledge astounded me. How could our family history have been forgotten over such a relatively short period? We had relatives in Australia - cousins, aunts and uncles; grandparents that passed away when I was still very young. It seemed no-one in my immediate family had asked the question about our origins. I was to learn, many years later, that I was not the only family member to embark upon a genealogical quest to re-discover the family history.

Across the Murrumbidgee to Mount Tennant

Thinking of visiting Australia? It's a wonderful country and NOT necessarily the place you think it is.

My home is in Canberra, a town that totally differs from your typical global concrete jungle. This scene is almost at my backdoor, its such a picture so I turned it into an oil painting : )


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