Posted by: Bruce | May 23, 2016

Avalon – Roxy Music

This one is time travel for me; specifically from the 80’s and still with me.

I really like the music and song, the images and lighting.

Lyrics (from azlyrics.com)

“Avalon”
Now the party’s over
I’m so tired
Then I see you coming
Out of nowhere
Much communication in a motion
Without conversation or a notion
Avalon
When the samba takes you
Out of nowhere
And the background’s fading
Out of focus
Yes the picture changing
Every moment
And your destination
You don’t know it
Avalon
When you bossa nova
There’s no holding
Would you have me dancing
Out of nowhere
Avalon

Words for today;    Avalon – written by Bryan Ferry

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | May 22, 2016

Gogglebox Australia – The Final Affrontier?

Gogglebox for blogGood grief Charlie Brown. In 2015, ads for Gogglebox Australia were telling us that watching others watch telly is the way to go for entertainment. Bit of insult, arrogance or desperation from somewhere within the entertainment industry I thought. Fleetingly, via some sort of unformed principle, I knew I wouldn’t watch it.

In the last month or two, I was surprised by Gogglebox ads announcing new season episodes. So it seems that someone must be watching in the world of viewers. Any show is about making money and needs an audience.

gogglebox by lifestyledotcomdotauA little net research told me that Gogglebox U.K. has been going for some time. I checked Google images and found some funny comment captions, some not so classy. I also found a review by Karl Quinn of the Sydney Morning Herald. His eloquence providing a fairly comprehensive view of Gogglebox Australia versus my short post delivering the following thought………..

donkey and carrotAs when I first saw the ads, I wondered how such a show originates. Was there an actual demand to create a show such as this or, were potential viewers led by the nose to believe they demanded such a creation? The carrot and donkey thing.

How real are the actions of the viewers being viewed? People become self conscious or play up to the camera when a lens is pointed their way. What reality is allowed according to a script?

Having delivered my question, would anyone who has watched a show or two care to give an opinion? Is it good viewing, terrible, or maybe worse than Open Slather?

Will I be swayed, weaken, forget principles, admit defeat and watch an episode? The mind boggles, or should I say Goggles?

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/gogglebox-review-this-show-is-the-human-centipede-of-popular-culture-20160517-gow4on.html

Word for today;    Affront – an action or remark that causes outrage or offence.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

While others face court for sex offences against children then head for jail without much fuss, those with public profiles usually hit the headlines for all to see.

imagesIn this case, Gary Brabham, being a son of racing identity Jack Brabham, is one of those grubs found guilty of child rape. He has been sentenced to more than two years in jail, suspended after six (6) months. The judge commented that no remorse has been shown by Brabham.

Apparently married, it was revealed that this is his second conviction on child sex offences and had already spent time in Wacol prison, Brisbane.

Six (6) months jail appears inadequate.

I can’t help but wonder how a thief would have fared if found guilty of stealing on a second occasion. The crime of stealing often seems to be treated more seriously than those committed on a person. Chances are he/she would have been looking through bars for a similar period as that of Brabham.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-15/gary-brabham-jailed-for-rape-of-young-girl/7329576

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/gold-coastbased-driver-son-of-sir-jack-brabham-a-serial-child-molestor/news-story/f83ff715635d2f6dcfe6a3d31421c7bd

Word for today;   Publicity – Yet another high profile but not an ‘untouchable’.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel.

Posted by: Bruce | April 10, 2016

Swansea Belmont SLSC and spots nearby.

Thought I’d post a few images taken when out and about in the Swansea area.

All photos reduced for quick loading, low data. Just click on any pic for fast presentation of enlarged photos.

Word for today;    Images – there for the taking

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

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