Archive for September, 2016

Happy World Rhino Day!

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This is for Me

So beautiful…

SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

There’s a family of swans out on the Anne River that I’ve been watching for months now.

The seven cygnets have got very grown up and I know that one of these days they will have flown away. This makes me think of W.B. Yeats’ poetry.

Today, the swans were waiting for me so I clicked record, just in case.

Here’s how they were:

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Party Line

I wish…


still remember the number
on Grandma’s black rotary telephone
(Pershing 7-6552)
and the sound it made
when I dialed;

the breaths between numbers.

Her slender fingers
forming half – circles

calling Safeway
to check the price
of day old bread.

I wish I had the chance now
to roll my eyes
when she asked me
to button my sweater,
hang a basket of clothes
on the line

or sit in Grandpa’s lap
when all the others were playing,
flipping through national geographic
and hearing old war stories

just one more time.

It is his birthday today.

With all this new technology,
do you think there’s a chance
I could face-time Heaven?


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Life’s Little Imperfections.

A reblog:  Beautiful explanation of life’s little imperfections on The Task At Hand. I loved all three ‘examples’ – especially the first.  As a TV knitter, I often find errors and have to redo… 



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Eight Days A Week

Perhaps not worth the $18.

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maxresdefault Actually, almost anyone seeing this film does know the story.


As I walked out of a general audience screening of Eight Days A Week, I heard a mature gentlemen say to his female companion, “I’m not sure it was worth $18”. That is the across-the-board price Australian cinemas are charging for Ron Howard’s documentary on The Beatles’ touring years, and the patron’s not wrong. There is very little here that was not done better in the epic television documentary The Beatles Anthology (1995) and nothing that will be revelatory to Beatles fans of any level.

What’s being touted is new footage, and there is that. I’d never seen, for example, footage from concerts in Manilla and Tokyo, and that stuff is definitely interesting. Mostly, though, Howard’s troops seem to have found a whole lot of extra footage of young women being hysterical, and that becomes as wearisome as…

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In the mood…


When we approached the beautiful Art Deco Regal Theatre building in Subiaco yesterday, we didn’t realize we were going to watch a Broadway-style show whose tours have lasted 25 years!


Nor did we expect the emotional ending where a tribute was paid to all the branches of the armed forces. Audience members were encouraged to stand up to show their current or veteran service ~ although only a few did.


I wish they’d played ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ because it was a favourite of Mum and Dad’s, as well as ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ while thoroughly enjoying every standard they did present.

The audible, collective gasp as the first words of ‘Danny Boy’ were heard, brought tears to many eyes.

Wonderful 1940’s outfits, voices, music and emotion.  Like a huge thank you to all those brave souls~ lest we forget.

The final image of all those Zimmer Frames, numbered and lined up at the door, will never leave me.





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Mark Wahlberg in Deepwater Horizon.


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There Is You

Yes, me too.


On days when there is nothing,
There is you
And that is the best thing about love.
Constant, unchanging,
With still so much left
To which we can look forward.
Grateful and hopeful,
I spend my days in love.

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Cinema Australia


The first feature trailer has dropped for Red Dog True Blue, following a teaser trailer a few months back.

The 1960’s set followup to Kriv Stenders’ 2011 Red Dog, stars Levi Miller, Jason Isaacs, Bryan Brown and the very talented Hanna Mangan Lawrence who we aren’t seeing enough of in movies right now.

Red Dog True Blue explores the early events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier, and his ultimate rise from ordinary dog to Australian legend.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Red Dog True Blue is in cinemas Boxing Day.

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…it is what it is. But I enjoyed the retelling!

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The 35th feature film directed by Clint Eastwood, Sully, like much of his latest work, is a highly proficient, professional, refreshingly unsentimental procedural about men. (It hasn’t always been this way; Changeling (2008) , Million Dollar Baby (2004) and The Bridges of Madison County (1995) are examples of his helmsmanship of solid female-led dramas.)

The workplace in this case is not just the cockpit of a troubled aircraft but the entire infrastructure associated with large-scale commercial aviation. It turns out that the aircraft industry takes every dangerous incident extremely seriously, and, unlike the media – so quick to refer to the pilot of the “miracle on the Hudson” as a “hero” – they are required to react soberly, even skeptically.

It is in all the specific, at times technical details – of how the cockpit functions; of the relationship between pilot, co-pilot, cabin staff and air traffic control…

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