Friday, May 28, 2010

10 years ago: Reconciliation march

28 May 2000
Taking 6 hours to march across Sydney Harbour Bridge a huge crowd estimated at something like 200,000 and 300,000, easily outstripping even the biggest anti-Vietnam War and nuclear disarmament rallies of earlier decades. A week later, about 60,000 people marched in Brisbane. Scores of smaller walks followed throughout the country, culminating in big marches in Melbourne and Perth at the end of the year.

By the time they finished, more than half a million Australians had marched, confirming reconciliation as a people's movement.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Jessica Watson: Circumnavigator

Jessica Watson has become the youngest person to sail around the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.

After 210 days and just two days shy of her 17th birthday, Watson sailed her 10-metre yacht Ella's Pink Lady up Sydney Harbour, the same spot she left from almost seven months ago.

Thousands of people lined the foreshore to welcome her home. As she made her way up the harbour, she was flanked by a flotilla and a crowd cheering loudly, waving banners with messages of support. Her name also appeared in sky writing above the harbour.
  • Jessica Watson began her journey on October 17, 2009
  • Returned to Sydney Harbour on May 15, 2010
  • Journey covered almost 23,000 nautical miles
  • Circumnavigation took 210 days

Katoomba morning

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Greek protest song

Kanellos [the protest dog]

Kanellos A song for Kanellos Τραγούδι για σ. Κανέλο

Lena Horne: 1917-2010

Lena Horne: Cotton Club 1956

Horne was long involved with the Civil Rights movement. In 1941, she sang at Cafe Society and worked with Paul Robeson. During World War II, when entertaining the troops for the USO, she refused to perform "for segregated audiences or for groups in which German POWs were seated in front of African American servicemen", according to her Kennedy Center biography. Since the US Army refused to allow integrated audiences, she wound up putting on a show for a mixed audience of black US soldiers and white German POWs. She was at an NAACP rally with Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi, the weekend before Evers was assassinated. She also met President John F. Kennedy at the White House two days before he was assassinated. She was at the March on Washington and spoke and performed on behalf of the NAACP, SNCC, and the National Council of Negro Women. She also worked with Eleanor Roosevelt to pass anti-lynching laws.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Katoomba autumn

autumn leaves
house and horse
cat and banjo
photographer and shot

winter fuel: ironbark
new planting

Steel house update

the house

the dunny
the view

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Picasso: $106.4 million

Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur ("Nude, Green Leaves and Bust")
Record price for a Picasso from the last depression
when things go bust buy a painting
when the oil runs out buy an old oil

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Mount Vic Flicks

Tanaka-san Will Not Do Callisthenics screening