Sunday, October 30, 2011

Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man - YouTube

Early psychedelica from Scottish musician Donovan. Originally he had wanted Jimmy Hendrix to play on the track, but he was unavailable.

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The Blue Nile - Headlights On The Parade: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 24/08/90

Scotland has so many great bands, musicians and singers. These guys are less well known, but brilliant. Great footage of that era in Scotland.

Ta BigRab

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The Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin

One of the Places You Can't Get To Today on Qantas

The Evolution of an Agapanthus

Alan Joyce practices to address the media on the Qantas dispute.

Hyperbole and a Half: Adventures in Depression


I can so I identify with this. A bit simplistic at the end, but it is a comic. Enjoy.

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Woody Guthrie - So long it's been good to know you - YouTube

Virgin Fly in Support Staff to Exploit Qantas Dispute

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Skywatch Friday: Planking on the Roof

My daughter took this artistic shot of my son planking on top of the air conditioner on the roof. Of course I knew nothing about it until I retrieved my phone and looked at the photographs.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Birthday Self Portraits

A quiet day at home to celebrate my birthday yesterday.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Photo Hunt: Public

A public gathering of seagulls at Glenelg yesterday morning.

The Middle East - Blood

Beautiful song and video.

older brother, restless soul, lie down
lie for a while with your ear against the earth
and you'll hear your sister sleep talking
say "your hair is long but not long enough to reach
home to me
but your beard
someday might be"

and she'll wake up in a cold sweat on the floor
next to a family portrait drawn when you were four
and beside a jar of two cent coins that are no good no more
she'll lay it aside

older father, weary soul, you'll drive
back to the home you made on the mountainside
with that ugly, terrible thing
those papers for divorce
and a lonely ring
a lonely ring
sit on your porch
and pluck your strings

and you'll find somebody you can blame
and you'll follow the creek that runs out into the sea
and you'll find the peace of the Lord.

grandfather, gentle soul, you'll fly
over your life once more before you die
since our grandma passed away
you've waited for forever and a day
just to die
and someday soon
you will die

it was the only woman you ever loved
that got burnt by the sun too often when she was young
and the cancer spread and it ran into her body and her blood
and there's nothing you can do about it now

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Friday, October 14, 2011

When Circus Was King: Rare Images from Its Golden Age, 1870-1950 | Brain Pickings


Since ancient times, spectacles and public performances have transfixed, entertained, and socialized audiences. Between the mid-1800s and mid-1900s, the American circus swelled into the largest show-biz industry in the world and Circus Day became the year’s biggest event, captivating imaginations with its marvelous minstrel shows, audacious acrobats, and crazy clowns. What made the circus extraordinary isn’t merely that it was the birth of American pop culture, the Super Bowl, Macy’s Parade, and the Olympics all rolled up into one, it’s that it created a place for outsiders to become the superheroes of their day, for women to showcase their physical strength in ways that would be socially unacceptable elsewhere, and for audiences to experience cultures from around the world long before the age of global citizenship.

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Where was Richard Wilkins?

Very dignified and no ridiculous CNN and the like entourage.

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What did you do Daddy?

Skywatch Friday

Early morning on my street.

Get your calculators out folks

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Perform This Way (Parody of "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga) Wierd Al Yankovich

I thing of great beauty.

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If Business Insider Was Around When..

Marion Cultural Centre

IMG_0854, originally uploaded by theclutterbells.

Terrier Saurus


Definitely getting one of these for our terrier.

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Congratulations Sir Bruce Forsyth

This is the Bruce Forsyth I remember from the 70s. Brilliant entertainer, on stage for about 70 years. He started his career at 14.

Nice to see you to see you nice.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On-line Choices « The Ben Lomond Free Press

Children to be banned from blowing up balloons, under EU safety rules - Telegraph


The EU toy safety directive, agreed and implemented by Government, states that balloons must not be blown up by unsupervised children under the age of eight, in case they accidentally swallow them and choke.
Despite having been popular favourites for generations of children, party games including whistles and magnetic fishing games are to be banned because their small parts or chemicals used in making them are decreed to be too risky.
Apparently harmless toys that children have enjoyed for decades are now regarded by EU regulators as posing an unacceptable safety risk.
Whistle blowers, that scroll out into a a long coloured paper tongue when sounded – a party favourite at family Christmas meals – are now classed as unsafe for all children under 14.

Why did they not apply these kinds of conservative rules to the European Banks?

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Ivanhoe Reservoir Picture – Los Angeles Photo - National Geographic Photo of the Day


In 2007, high levels of bromate—a carcinogen formed when bromide and chlorine react with sunlight—were found in Los Angeles ’s Ivanhoe Reservoir. Today three million black plastic balls help deflect UV rays.

(From the upcoming National Geographic book Visions of Earth)

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Photo Hunt: Waiting

My saw spent quite a bit of yesterday waiting for me to get inspired to finish cutting this piece of wood. I had to cut it along the grain to make a replacement for part of the floor in the lounge which collapsed. I hate sawing.

Skywatch Friday: Sunset in St Mary's

The sun was setting as I had a coffee in St Marys. Very dramatic.