photos, drawings, paintings from Peceli and Wendy about Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsular
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Diary for the day of the Winter Solstice
Diary for a Day - the Winter Solstice in Geelong.
THE TRIVIA OF DAILY LIFE
12.15 a.m. listen to the quiz on ABC radio
774. Panadol pills taken at
10 p.m. not working.
Get up and fix a hot water bottle and apply Deep
Heat. Turn on lounge room heater (where
clothes are drying anyway) and warm up
4 a.m. Awake again and on internet to read Fiji media
news, Age and Addie. Make cup of tea.
6 a.m. Listen to the radio FM 3MP Classical.
7.30 Sun is at last coming up – today is Winter
Solstice. Feed guinea pigs with Dutch carrots and celery.
8. Make porridge from muesli and say gooday to
9. Look up candidates for Corio, etc. check out
a few parties not known. Justice for
Animals looks okay and of course Greens.
10. A friendbrings
a gift of vegetables and fruit. We are very grateful.
10 30 a.m. Go to early voting in Yarra Street and take walking stick. Only six in the queue. Peceli’s name not listed so someone has told
him about his passing. Senate ballot
paper is huge – as wide as a car. Walk
to Dimmeys and buy black tights and seven Rio in brilliant colours. On the way back Andrew puts recycle bin back
at church. The sun is shining, the sea is silver and the Youyangs float in a
Make hot milk coffee the way my mother used to make it, with toast.
As it’s a bit sunny, put guinea pigs onto front lawn
to eat grass blade by blade on the edges where the lawn-mover didn’t reach –
for twenty minutes but it gets cold.
They are still hungry so give them the seed stuff from the Pet Shop.
They nibble on the lot.
1 p.m. Watch old movie on Gem – comedy but rather ordinary,
not like the brilliant ‘Passage to India’ that I watched at the weekend.
1. 30 Make lunch for Andrew and me with baked beans, peppers, onions, and
2 p.m. Check email and facebook again and delete several files on stick, write some
comments, and post old story found on
stick. The Divided House. Cannot find the image of Rick Amor's painting.
Bring guinea pigs inside in a box, to be near the
heater, put Vitamin E skin lotion of Darryn’s itchy back.
4 p.m. Two grandsons call in for their laptop and
mail. They’d been to an orientation at a factory to start work tomorrow.
5 p.m. Take
flowers to cemetery, tidy Peceli’s grave
and say a prayer. It is freezing cold –
from the Antarctic it seems. It is
Peceli’s official (birth certificate) birthday though we’ve celebrated it in July for 49 years. So next month we’ll
have some kava on July 21.
5.15 to 6 p.m. Watch ‘Murder she wrote’ on TV, and then
news. Exercises for ankles
and knees from rocking chair.
6 p.m. Bones aching so take Panadol pills.
7 p.m. Andrew prepares dinner for three with ribbons
of pasta and mince steak.cooked with spinach, ginger, onions, and chillie
Watch ABC news.
8 p.m. Tuck guinea pigs in for the night by covering puppy pen with blankets.
Watch the countdown 20 to 1 on Australian movie actors. Watch Britain's got talent. 10 p.m. Wash the dishes and tidy the kitchen, eat a mandarin, then to bed with radio tuned to 3MP Classical music. Read from 'The Message' some pages from Proverbs.
Bad news for the Muslim community in Geelong. The former Uniting Church was sold to become a mosque twenty-three years ago and there has been a harmonious relationship in our community across religious groups. Perhaps the arsonists didn't even know it was a mosque because it still looks like a Christian church in design. It's a shame for all of us.
Suspicious fire destroys Geelong mosque
Kara Irving and Erin PearsonHerald Sun
A SUSPICIOUS fire that destroyed a Geelong mosque is the fifth church fire in the city since last October.
The bluestone building was fully alight when Country Fire Authority crews arrived about 2.10am this morning.
The fire is being considered suspicious and is one of a number of church blazes in Geelong in recent months.
Matt, who lives across the road from the mosque, told 3AW he heard a loud bang about 2.15am.
“There was a loud bang, the sky was alight ... bright orange,” he said.
“For the first hour or so it was crazy, lots of smoke and embers, stuff falling off the roof.”
The Imam, his wife and three children — who live at the mosque site — were evacuated.
Mohammad Ramzan didn’t know what was happening when he was woken about 2am.
“We thought it was a storm or the bin collection truck banging the bins,” he told 3AW.
“We saw a light and it was very light. Our beautiful mosque, our heritage listed building was blazing.”
Mr Ramzan said the mosque hadn’t attracted any negative attention in the community.
“In 23 years we did not have any trouble, rather we have compliments,” he said.
“We have a very love based relationship with the neighbourhood. We haven’t received any threats. We have a very nice and good relationship with everyone.”
He said the mosque would operate out of a hall at the site, which was unscathed in the fire.
“There’s been no acts of violence against people of Muslim faith (in Geelong),” he said.
“They’re a harmonious community. This is a mosque where people of all backgrounds come to worship.
Insp Banks said the Manifold Heights building was previously a church and not easily identifiable as a mosque.
Police have stepped up patrols around churches in the region following a spate of fires.
Churches in Norlane, Bannockburn and Geelong West have gone up in flames in recent months.
Police are also in regular contact with Geelong’s interfaith community, providing safety advice.
Arson chemists are waiting on the area to be secured before they investigate this morning.
“It’s got to be made safe,” Insp Banks said.
The site is the only mosque in the Geelong area.
CFA duty officer Mark Sinkinson said the bluestone walls worked in the firefighter’s favour.
“Our crews did a great job keeping (the fire) inside there, we did have the advantage of having those heavy bluestone walls to stop the spread of fire,” he told 3AW.
“At this stage it is suspicious. We are working with Victoria Police in regards to the investigation.”
Mr Sinkinson said only the walls remained at the mosque site.
“The walls are the only thing standing. Obviously the roof has come down and everything inside has totalled off.”
“We weren’t on the scene when the loud bang occurred. When our guys did get there, there was a fair bit of fire coming out of the roof.”
The building is the base for the Islamic Society of Geelong.
There were no reported injuries.
Ambulance Victoria was called and remained on standby, but did not treat anyone.
It took 35 to 40 firefighters about 50 minutes to bring the Manifold Heights fire under control.
Seven trucks from Corio, Geelong West and Geelong City were called to the scene.
The Bostock Ave bluestone building was formerly a church.
CFA said it did not know how the fire started.
Fire investigators and police will be on scene this morning to determine the cause.
Police urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
I'm never happy when children's footie teams get put to the back of the queue and millions and millions are spent on spectator/professional football such as at the local stadium. The new admin man seems to be neglectful of the ordinary Saturday games played by chldren.
Geelong council: Footy clubs bemoan funds that never came
THE Geelong Amateur, St Joseph’s and Grovedale
footy clubs want to know why Geelong’s one-man council has undone plans for
ratepayers to finance major works at their home grounds.
The interim administrator, Yehudi Blacher, endorsed
the City of Greater Geelong’s draft budget this week, revealing he had
sidelined more than $3 million worth of projects that the elected councillors
were planning to finance before they were booted from office last month.
It’s believed Mr Blacher put about 10 projects on the
backburner, including the three footy club requests, which added up to
Mr Blacher would not be drawn on which projects they
were but said he had concerns about the processes councillors used to propose
some of the projects and the business cases submitted for them.
The City also said it had taken a more conservative
forecast on some of the land sales that were planned to pay for the projects.
“There were projects proposed by particular former
councillors which hadn’t been through the normal assessment process,” he said.
“What I determined is not that those projects won’t proceed, but that
they won’t proceed in this budget until there has been an assessment process.”
The frustrated footy clubs said they’d had no word
from City Hall that anything was wrong with their applications, and — before
the council’s dismissal — they had been informally told their projects were
slated for financial backing in the budget.
They now have until June 7 to persuade the City their
projects were worthy of inclusion in this year’s budget.
But it’s likely Mr Blacher will be gone by then,
replaced by three administrators who will run the council until elections in
October next year.
The footy clubs have each said
they needed new changerooms, particularly because of the growth of girls’ and
junior footy, and they were not seeking cash for social amenities.
Ammos was awarded $400,000 in last year’s council
budget for its plan to rebuild the player changerooms on the lower level of its
double storey Queens Park clubhouse.
President Simon Farrell said the club was poised to
start the project with cotenant Newtown Chilwell Cricket Club last year but it
was delayed when council officers demanded a lift be included for disability
access, at an estimated cost of $200,000.
“We’re ready to go on this from September 4 (the day
after the Bellarine Football League grand final),” Mr Farrell said. “We’ve got
$300,000 worth of in-kind support at the ready, just like we did last year. But
now we’re in limbo again, and we can’t get a word out of the council.”
Joeys sought $400,000 to build stand-alone female
changerooms at Drew Reserve for netballers, footballers and cricketers, who now
prepare for their games in a public toilet block.
“It’s disappointing — we believed our application
ticked every box, and was submitted appropriately and in good faith,” club
spokesman Ron Threlfall said.
Grovedale facilities manager Neil Vivian said his club
applied for $350,000 to build new visitors’ rooms at Burdoo Reserve, and
planned a volunteer effort to rebuild its own changerooms.
Mr Blacher said the projects he had decided against
financing this year could still be given council funding in the future, but it
was important the budget process have “integrity”.
“They’re not dead projects, they’re still alive,” he
Houses are now very very expensive so young couples can barely start off with a house in most suburbs in Geelong. We live in Boundary Rd - our side is Newcomb, across the road is East Geelong, and that is much more expensive than our side!
from the Addie:
Average property value and percentage rise from 2014-16
This morning Ateca and I had a lovely morning tea with a near-neighbour Barbara then a walk around her prolific back garden with numerous fruit trees and vegetables. Two unusual trees (well, to me anyway) were the persimmon tree with an abundance of fruit, and a tamarella tree. I'd never seen either of them until about six years ago, don't remember any in Swan Hill. So here are some photos.
John Lay wrote an excellent book about the Mid-Murray region of Australia and contact between new settlers and the indigenous Aborigines. For more details go to https://www.facebook.com/Boodgery/
The book Boodgery is a narrative on the impact of the first 40 years of European occupation upon the Aboriginal people in the Swan Hill area. It is a detailed account of early contact and paints a picture of the colonial mindset of 'terra nullis',. misunderstandings, some hopeful meetings, some disasters. A very good read for anyone concerned about the damage that can occur with 'white' settlement. This book can be purchased for $25 at www.historyvictoria.org.au and www.bookstore.bookpod.com.au
And about time too! Geelong High has plans for redevelopment so that's good news. We have two grandchildren going to Geelong High and also our three boys went there earlier on, and we lived in Shenton nearby - the manse now part of the school.
Geelong High School unveils plans for $20.5 million three-stage
10, 2016 12:02am ELIZA
plans for redevelopment and on photo showing water damage in library that happens from time to time.
PORTABLES are out at Geelong High School, with garden
views, a dance studio and airy atrium among the brand new facilities moving in
for students to enjoy in coming years.
The 106-year-old school this week unveiled its plans
for a $20.5 million facelift, which will see seven portable classrooms banished
as part of a three-stage development spanning three years.
Assistant principal Ken Stewart is leading the project
and said works were long overdue after years of lobbying for government
funding, which attracted bipartisan support in the lead-up to the 2014 state
“We’ve missed out a bit over the past 40 years in terms of funding grants
— to have it all come together in one lot gives us the advantage of knowing we
can complete the whole project in one go,” he said.
“The whole landscape will be finished and it also allows
for new furniture, which is great.”
Designed by award-winning architect firm McGlashan
Everist, the project goes to tender on November, with construction to begin in
As crumbling walls make way for a new building for year seven students, a
new storey will also be added to the 100-year-old Kroger Building.
Additional stages of the development include
repurposing of the RJ Vague Building, with art rooms moved to the first level
so students and teachers can take in views of Eastern Gardens.
New VCE classrooms, a student lounge, cafeteria and
wellbeing offices are also on the agenda, but the school has also been mindful
of retaining its historic elements while bringing in new technology, Mr Stewart
“We have a very strong group of students interested in
sustainability and will also begin applying for grants to meet the six-star
energy rating,” he said.
“The students have been involved with the design as
well, and we’d like to involve the community as well — it brings different
perspectives about what’s important and we’ll get a better outcome.”
Previously described as “archaic” by Member for Corio
Richard Marles, the school was ranked Geelong’s most run-down in 2011, with
regular floods, asbestos, neglected ceilings and compromised disability access
among its issues.
School staff were also known for sandbagging buildings
to prevent flash flooding after torrential rain.
A community forum will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday,
May 12 in the Geelong High School hall to discuss the school’s design and the
thinking behind it.
Ross Mueller: Why I agree with Lachlan Philpott’s suggestion of a
five-year Shakespeare ban
LACHLAN Philpott is an Australian playwright. He lives
in Sydney and he writes great plays about Australia.His works often deal with young people, isolated
people. His plays often document the joys and the difficulties of living in our
country in this century.
His plays have been produced in Australia and the
United States. He is a Fulbright Scholar, a teacher and he grapples with
complex ideas. His drama is filled with great comic characters.
Philpott writes good jokes in his tragedies and this is why people like his
This week he wrote a provocative article and proposed
a five-year ban on professional performances of the works of William
This is a bold suggestion and it deserves some
unpacking. Philpott is not talking about censorship. He offers the position that
Australians should investigate Australian stories instead of bathing blind in
The Bard.“Programming Shakespeare for no particular reason is a
crime of imagination — like taking a child to McDonald’s for their birthday
meal,” he said. “What a dismal choice and miserable reflection of the
conservatism of these times.”
Fighting words in the cultural economy. But Philpott
is right to suggest that it doesn’t take too many brain cells to program
something that is low cost and high yield.
In 2016 Australia, Shakespeare is programmed by
professional companies because Shakespeare is in English and he is out of
copyright.This means the works are free.No royalties for the author and no development costs.In addition to the lack of research and development,
there is also a guaranteed box office.
Shakespeare is always part of the school curriculum.
Always. This means audiences will always come because half of them are
obligated by the education industry.
But while this cultural oppression continues in
Australia, our own voice, our own accent, our own narrative is being lost in
the shadow of a white English male.
It is important to recall what Shakespeare was doing
when he was writing. He was an innovator. He was a documenter. He was a
contemporary commentator. His works focused on politics and social mores. His
works (when they first appeared) often dealt with young people and grappled
with complex ideas.His dramas were filled with great comic characters. He
wrote good jokes in his tragedies and this is why people liked his plays.
This week Geelong After Dark is taking centre stage in
our city. It is a festival of music, performance and art that celebrates living
in Geelong. There are events and activities in a variety of venues
around the city and the programming is specifically designed to act as an
invitation to the local people of Geelong to come into the city and celebrate
Geelong after dark. This is a great little festival.
It is the same sort of thinking that lay behind the
programming of Shakespeare at The Globe, 400 years ago.
A good night out at the theatre should be like going
to the football. We should recognise ourselves on the big stage, we should be
hearing our accents and wanting to participate in our stories. This interaction grows a culture. It develops a
national library of experience and it helps us to define who we are.
A five-year ban on Shakespeare is a great idea for the
development of Australian culture. Not for what it is removes, but for what it
provokes.And provocation has always been the central task of
Mueller is a freelance writer and director.
Babasiga (pronounced bambasinga) is the dry land of Macuata in northern Fiji - our place in the sun in Fiji. Peceli is from Fiji from the village is Vatuadova and the beach is Nukutatava. Peceli Ratawa passed away on 27th December 2015 so this is Wendy's blog now. Wendy is an Australian and today live in Geelong, Australia.