Saturday, August 01, 2015

Boadicea Bronnie grounded

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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Monday, July 27, 2015

More on Choppergate

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In today's Addie is a story about why Bronnie Boadicea came flying down to Clifton Springs in a helicopter that day. It was just a fundraising for a wannabee politician.

Choppergate: Geelong councillor Ron Nelson breaks his silence on Bronwyn Bishop scandal

Geelong councillor Ron Nelson is the man at the centre of Bronwyn Bishop’s Choppergate co
Geelong councillor Ron Nelson is the man at the centre of Bronwyn Bishop’s Choppergate controversy.

Hockey drawn into expenses scandal

Hockey drawn into expenses scandal
THE man at the centre of Bronwyn Bishop’s controversial helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong has spoken publicly for the first time.
Former Liberal candidate and Geelong councillor Ron Nelson said he was not aware of Ms Bishop’s decision to charter a helicopter to his election fundraiser until she arrived at the event.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives caused outrage after it emerged she took a $5227 flight from Melbourne to Geelong to attend Mr Nelson’s fundraiser at Clifton Springs Golf Club in November.
Mr Nelson was running for the Liberal Party in seat of Bellarine in last year’s state election and said he did not know the helicopter had been arranged.
“I wasn’t aware of it,” he said on Monday. “That was a long time ago. I’ve moved on from that.”
Mr Nelson would not be drawn on whether he thought the chopper was an appropriate mode of transport for an MP to attend a party fundraiser.
Federal Speaker Bronwyn Bishop lands in a helicopter at Clifton Springs Golf Club. Pictur
Federal Speaker Bronwyn Bishop lands in a helicopter at Clifton Springs Golf Club. Picture: Neil Remeeus
“That’s up to Bronwyn Bishop to make that decision,” he said. “I won’t be commenting on that.”
Ms Bishop has already repaid the $5227 and a 25 per cent penalty for the Geelong charter.
The NSW MP said she took the flight because of her “concern for the country” even though the 100km trip would have taken just over one hour by car.
She initially charged taxpayers for the private return flight but later agreed to pay it back.
The Department of Finance guidelines say charter transport can be approved by the Special Minister of State “where no scheduled commercial services exist or a senator or member would be unduly delayed by the use of scheduled services”.

A Fiji home in Australia

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My grand-daughter and her Mum redecorated our lounge room with some new barkcloth and a very fine tongan mat so it's better than before. Here are some views.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Seasons and now it's winter

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The picture was taken in Ballarat - and our winter this year is very cold.  Picture from facebook.

A song I love to play and sing: Our Life Has Its Seasons
Our life has its seasons, and God has the reasons
       why spring follows winter, and new leaves grow,
       for there's a connection with our resurrection
that flowers will bud after frost and snow.

Refrain:  So there's never a time to stop believing,
              there's never a time for hope to die,
              there's never a time to stop loving,
              these three things go on.

There's a time to be planting, a time to be plucking,
       a time to be laughing, a time to weep,
       a time to be building, a time to be breaking,
a time to be waking, a time to sleep.

There's a time to be hurting, a time to be healing,
       a time to be saving, a time to spend,
       a time to be grieving, a time to be dancing,
a time for beginning, a time to end.
Shirley Erena Murray 
Words © 1992; KOTUKU � 1992 Hope Publishing Company

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Prints at the Wintergarden

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This morning I had a look at the Print Exhibition upstairs at the Wintergarten in McKillop Street. It's a wonderful exhibition of linocuts, etchings, colographs, monographs, and already many have been sold according to the numerous red stickers.  I've never made colographs so I'll check out the technique sometime. I used to do linocuts, woodcuts, etc. but not nowadays.

The 6th Annual Friday Printmakers Exhibition

Welcome to the 6th Annual Friday Printmakers Exhibition with 17 contributing artists including this year’s guest artist….David Jarman. This exhibition has established itself as one of the MUST SEE shows on the Gallery’s annual calendar. Including linocuts, etchings, colographs and mono prints, traditional and contemporary with familiar motifs such as florals and lighthouses this promises to be a feast for the eyes.
The strength of this show lies in the diversity of the collective from their ideas, training, aesthetic interests and print processes. Design considerations and choice of palette add to the stunning array of work being presented in this year’s show. Every year each artist produces a collectable 15cm x 15cm piece at just $70 alongside major works appealing to a broad audience.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A catamaran from Geelong to Burnie!

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Another wild idea from City Hall.  Okay, nice idea to have a quick trip from Geelong to Tasmania but in a catamaran across Bass Strait?  Rough sea - seasickness and could tumble.
Local leaders weigh in on Geelong to Burnie catamaran plan
JULY 13, 2015 1:38PM

CLIVE Palmer has weighed in on Senator Jacqui Lambie and Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons’ push for a catamaran service across Bass Strait, accusing them of watering down a Palmer United Party policy.
Mr Palmer said plans for better transportation links across Bass Strait would already be well advanced if Senator Lambie, who split from the PUP in November, had not turned her back on the people of Tasmania to become an independent.
He dismissed Senator Lambie and Cr Lyons’ push for a high-speed catamaran, which would cost about $100 million to build, as “mere lip service”.
On Friday Cr Lyons and Senator Lambie teamed up in Geelong to announce a bid for a daily, high-speed catamaran services between Geelong and Burnie. Senator Lambie said the huge catamarans could cross the strait in less than four hours, carrying up to 800 passengers and 400 cars, and that such a service would boost the ailing economies of both cities.
Cr Lyons said the Geelong council was going to form a strategic partnership with Senator Lambie to push for the funding to start the project.
But Mr Palmer said there was nothing new in the idea.
“This is a watered down idea taken from original Palmer United Party policy developed from the grassroots by our Tasmanian leader Kevin Morgan,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“The Palmer United Party had developed significant planning and budgeting for a much more substantial model than Senator Lambie is proposing, which would have been closer to delivery for the people of Tasmania if she hadn’t deserted the party.
“There is nothing new in this idea. If Senator Lambie did not break ranks with the Palmer United Party and instead remained loyal and voted with the balance of power in the Senate she would have been able to deliver this service for the people of Tasmania instead of paying it lip service.”
Meanwhile the proposed catamaran builder Incat said Tasmanians were keen for a high-speed service between Geelong and Burnie and that the boat would cost about $100 million to construct.
Judy Benson said the Hobart company had been in talks with Senator Jacqui Lambie long before she and Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons announced the idea on Friday.
Ms Benson said the project needed funding and a ship operator before any works would start on a 135m vessel, which would take up to two years to complete.
“There’s been quite a push for this in Tasmanian news. I’d use it,” Ms Benson said.
“It was quite a platform of (Senator Lambie’s) when she was campaigning in the beginning. There have been discussions on and off over a number of years for a service to a southern Victorian port.”

Meanwhile back home, the joint bid has surprised local leaders.
G21 chief Elaine Carbines said the first she had heard of the proposal was when she opened the Geelong Advertiser on Saturday.
She said, while she’d welcome a feasibility study and business case, she wasn’t sure there was much of a demand locally.
“I’m not convinced there’s a call for such a journey, but I’m happy to be convinced otherwise. You can’t have a closed mind about new ideas,” she said.
While the grand plan has attracted some criticism that Geelong was punch drunk with priority projects, Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine head Roger Grant said the idea was worth exploring.
He said, regardless of whether people wanted to travel directly between Geelong and Burnie or not, it was about creating a market rather than just responding to it.
“(Senator Lambie and Cr Lyons) are very passionate people with agendas, and both agendas seem to be about growing the Geelong economy. You can be cynical but you can’t knock the basic premise upon which they’re coming from,” he said.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The film 'Radiance'

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Today is the last day of NAIDOC week for this year and it was fitting that we watched - at least the second part of it - the film of 1998 'Radiance'  a remarkable film about three Aboriginal women - with music from 'Madame Butterfly' and 'My Island Home' - I didn't think Christine Anu was singing back then.  An excellent film, dramatic with wonderful performances.