A Valhalla for the Sixties

The heroes depart – Lemmy, Bowie, and now Glen Frey of the Eagles, who wrote or co-wrote with Don Henley their most enduring songs. These are the times of parting and we must get used to it. History has its cycle of highs and bummers, although we never know just where we are in the […]

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A Second Bird Bath and the Course of Empire

We have a bird bath. When we moved in it was buried in the shrubbery, just a wide bowl with no plinth, so I put it on top of a large pot next to the barbed-wire tree and the birds came. Parrots various, our resident blackbirds, Indian Minahs, the odd pigeon, and Magpies. Magpies are […]

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Recycled resolutions

New Year’s resolutions don’t wear well. Virtuous and high-minded does not have much survival value in the heat of summer when staying cool and un-fried by the UV tops priorities. So a few years ago I decided on one that I could hope to follow with minimal effort and maximum delight. ‘Drink More Coffee!’ This […]

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7 Fascinating Ways Music Can Affect Your Emotions

Music has power. It can alter your mood in ways that are sometimes beyond control. Whether that means switching from happy to sad, angry to calm or nonchalant to nostalgic – there is no doubt that music affects you. While you probably know the impact music has on your moods and emotions, there are many […]

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Blog moved to New Web Host

I’ve moved to a new web host, Panthur. Everything is still here I think but not coming up quite as I would like. Also I’m not getting comment notification and the linked email address doesn’t work. I hope to get this sorted soon, and some new stuff posted.

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Blood Moon Eclipse 4/4/2015 Melbourne

On Saturday night we were treated to a Blood Moon Eclipse. These are fairly common, though they are visible from different places each time. This was the third of a set of four consecutive lunar eclipses. The fourth will not be visible from my back garden. The red is caused by light from the Sun […]

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If you ask yourself where’s Charlie

Si tu te demandes où est Charlie, à jamais dans nos esprits par Jean-Baptiste Bullet Translated by Evelyne Chibleur J’ai pas peur te toi extrémiste                                          I am not frightened by you extremist, Qui vient descendre nos journalistes                              When you come and kill our jurnalists […]

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