Posted by: Bruce | May 11, 2019

Wangi Point, Lake Macquarie – Australia

As the sun sinks slowly in the west…

Wangi Pt, Lake Macquarie, Australia

Word for today;     Lighting – good towards sunset.

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Posted by: Bruce | April 15, 2019

Counting the beat – The Swingers 1981.

Here’s a thinking kind of song to start the day and week.

Think about you,  you think about me…….

Word for today;      Thinking – hard to stop

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Posted by: Bruce | March 19, 2019

First love, remember when?

Old car, side by side

arms brush, a breath missed

perfume and aftershave inhaled away

bruised lips from lingering kisses that as yet, lead nowhere


And what a song for that year in my old car……

Words for today;      Out of my comfort zone, briefly.

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Posted by: Bruce | March 3, 2019

An Australian Kookaburra

A little while ago I had returned home and started onto the driveway when I noticed a Kookaburra sitting on our side fence not many metres away. My camera was handy and I hoped the bird wouldn’t spook.

It didn’t. I took a few shots, willing it to ‘chin up and chest out’. Luckily it did; it was carefully watching two smaller birds about to bomb it. The hassled Kookaburra flew off  but I caught one chin up shot and this is it.

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Australian Kookaburra

The Kookaburra is native to Australia and New Guinea and is a terrestrial tree kingfisher that grow to about 42cms. They also ‘laugh’ and can be a little aggressive. I was once dive bombed when shore fishing. One went for the old raw prawn about to be pinned on a hook and cast into the depths of Lake Macquarie. It missed the prawn in my fingers but surprised me big time, almost unbalancing myself and rod into the water.

While most Aussies will be bored with this info, I thought others might like a photo (not in a gumtree) and video to hear the laugh of a Kookaburra. Others being readers outside of Australia.

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Australian Kookaburra a little closer for detail.

And this video starts a little rough but is good entertainment;

While on YouTube I was reminded of a copyright court case (2009) against Aussie band Men at Work and their song Down Under from 1981. They were found to have infringed the kids rhyme of Kookaburra.

Also, I found that many of the videos lyrics included variations and verses referring to monkeys in the gum tree. Bit odd considering Australia doesn’t have monkeys. have only two verses as do one or two others. How did monkeys enter the scene when it was written by Australian Marion Sinclair?

And that’s the end of the story.

Words for today:    Kids rhymes – Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree

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Posted by: Bruce | February 18, 2019

Darlin’ by Frankie Miller – 1978

As I lined up this photograph I wondered if this woman and her faithful dog (with tongue hanging out) were alone in the world.

Darlin’ and ship not quite a match, but this song came to mind as I pressed the shutter button.

and this…

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Port of Newcastle shipping Feb 15. 2019

Words for today:     Slowly does it.

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I first thought here we go, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’. I almost rejected it outright, viewing drug testing as a green light to those who risk killing themselves for a good time.

I thought about it and read a little and to my surprise, as a dad, agreed with the idea. And, unlikely but possibly, it might be my kid saved at a concert. russian roulette
Pill Testing Vs Russian Roulette

Having said that, I am against taking drugs. You should be able to enjoy yourself without them. The next concert could be your last. Not cool for you or those left behind. Russian Roulette with pills.

In 2013, I wrote about a death at the Defqon 1 Music Festival at Penrith. One guy (a user) commented that if drug takers kill themselves then so be it. He knew his stuff and wasn’t at risk. He called their fate ‘darwinism’. A pretty cold summation. Below are some links to opinions on free pill testing. Some comments are strangely scary eg; ‘a good, reliable drug dealer’.

It is somewhat paradoxical that sound reasoning is given by users to support free pill testing to prevent themselves from harm. The harm arising from their own actions in the first place.

Anyway, perhaps you’d like to say Yes, No or Maybe. Perhaps you have an opinion you’d like to give. If so, feel free to hit a button or leave a comment. You might be first.

Thanks for reading

Word for today:        Paradoxical – If something is paradoxical, it involves two facts or qualities which seem to contradict each other.

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