Posted by: Bruce | June 22, 2017

Friday on My Mind – The Easybeats 1966.

Haven’t heard this one for a while. A blast from the past with timeless sentiments for tomorrow. Not sure about the jackets.

When this track was out, I was too young to head for the city on Friday nights, but I remember it well and still like it. A favourite from more simple times.

Words for today;   Too young – a young shaver.

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | April 11, 2017

The wonders of me – Good morning Hungary.

Failing again to pretend statistics aren’t important, this morning I just had to look and was rewarded with a single view from a single reader. Now this is not what I call viral but I’m happy. Being just a single view, it allows me to see what post was read. Once visits increase that’s usually not possible.

Just the country of origin is shown and in this instance, the country is Hungary. The view, though shown today, April 11, was before midnight April 10 allowing for time differences.

And I wonder about this reader and from where he/she read ‘John Travolta and Girls on Film – almost’. It’s a true story of a little brush with fame for three young women and myself. I hope you liked it and for others interested you can see it HERE . To the reader in Hungary,  ‘good morning’ for when the sun arrives in a few more hours. Or should I say szia?

When I think Hungary, I think Budapest and the Danube river, I think the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss ll (from up river a little ways). It took a bit to find a short video to squeeze into busy time frames but this is not too long and the frills more contemporary. The music, timeless.

Words for today;      Waltz – 123, 123, 123, 1

More to come;   same blog time, same blog channel

This is my second post for Australia Day 2017. It’s a little bit after the event but I reckon that’s okay. Talk about daring.

There are no crude words as in the first, this is wholesome stuff. You can see the crude word by clicking here, you might even get a laugh. It’s not that crude, really. Well, it is a bit.

January 26, and I headed to my Mum’s place. The day was very warm and very muggy, a typical summer day hoping for a storm. News on the radio mentioned the Australia Day/Invasion Day debate and BBQ’s being held by Aussies of all ancestry and religions.

I really only wanted some time with Mum without controversy but acknowledged to myself that 1/ our indigenous Aussies have a point. and 2/ it must be tough being an ordinary muslim Aussie.

We drove from Tanilba Bay to Fingal Bay. The plan for Mum (92 yrs) and I was to find a water view and pork a Magnum Classic avec conversation. This was achieved after fighting through crowds at Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay, a toilet stop, find a shop and parking before the ice cream melted down our shirts. Estimated travel time approx. 45mins, today 5-9 hours.

The photos tell the story of our ordinary outing. Click on any pic for quick presentation of bigger images (low res). My images except for the thongs.

The Koala featured is the reason for this post. I have seen video and photos of Koalas crossing roads but not with my own eyeballs. This day I did. As I exited Tanilba Bay this chunky chap looked left, right, left, right, crossed the road and scaled the old gum tree. Plenty of cars and homes around too. My camera was handy.

Words for today;      The lucky country – hope it stays this way

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | February 12, 2017

Street Photography, Sydney 1941 – 1942.

Ed McCann contacted me after seeing my post on Sydney street photography in the 1940’s with photo by photographer G. McGrath. I have two such posts, here and here (desperately seeking Norma), and Ed advised that he too has an image by G. Mc Grath. A couple of messages later and ………

ted-having-joined-the-army-1942_sydney-2. Image by G.McGrath of McCann

I think it fitting to use Eds’ words in describing the photo.

‘I am happy for you to add the photo taken by G. McGrath to your blog. It was taken I believe around the end of 1941 early 1942 in Sydney.

On the left (in overcoat) is Joseph McCann who became Mayor of Bankstown after WWII. He was also a school teacher in the Bankstown/Revesby Area of Sydney. During the war he was in the airforce. He is seen in the photo with his future mother-in-law Mrs Francis in downtown Sydney. On the right in uniform is my father Edward McCann (known as ‘Ned’ by the family and his friends called him ‘Ted’). He was a sawyer at a mill in Botany before joining up.  He met his wife Jean (nee Smith) from Lidcombe, NSW and married in 1944′.

Joseph and Edward were from a family of 10 (8 brothers and sisters). They sailed with their parents (Joseph & Mary McCann nee Traynor) from Ireland (County Kildare_Newbridge/Suncroft Parish) in 1925. On arrival in Australia they settled initially in the Redfern /Newtown area, then Ryde before settling in Georges Hall.

Ed, thanks for reading and contributing with an interesting bit of history.

Words for today:   Family history – a blast from the past.

More to come:    Same blog time, same blog channel

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