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Society Online Has Its Villages Too

Great site.

The Neighborhood

There exist a Society Online that remains undiscovered, yet are doing things that may contribute to a more civil, peaceful society, through beauty, art, activism or sure presence of self. Season V sets off on a journey of knowledge & discover to make contact with other neighborhoods like ours. .

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria) Proverb

As we approach Opening Day of The Neighborhood’s 5th Season, the only limitations, even the most original and imaginative collaborative of artists cannot conquer, is its value in the minds of its supporters, fans, friends, family and the performers, that have benefited from its stage.

(name, city & The Neighborhood show/post)
Shrestha Bibash, Kathmandu Nepal, Mark Safe: Eyes on Nepal & Young Black  Men
Marla Davis, Denver Colorado, The Lives We Live,  A Star is Born
John Akers, Los Angeles California, A Star is Born

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Sydney Royal Easter Show 2013 – Food Displays from Regional Districts of Australia

On Saturday 30th March my sister and I went to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.  It was a beautiful sunny day, there were masses of happy people milling about and I took heaps of photos. Here are some of them. Most are of displays from different districts in New South Wales and Queensland.  The amount of work that goes into making them is incredible and they showcase all the local produce.

Part of the Central District display of produce.
Part of the Central District display of produce.  The apple arrows were all suspended by wires.
Many magnificent pumpkins.
Many magnificent pumpkins.
Some of the pumpkins close up with winning shield for best display.
Some of the pumpkins close up with winning shield for best display.
One of the Central District farmers in front of his produce and display.
One of the Central District farmers in front of his produce and display.
Part of Southern District display.  Sheep and background made of wool.
Part of Southern District display. Sheep and background made of wool.
Another view of sheep and oranges from Southern District Display.
Another view of sheep and fruit from Southern District Display.
Western District Display.  The plane represents the Flying Doctor Service which goes to remote areas of Australia to fly injured, sick or pregnant people to hospitals.
Western District Display. The plane represents the Flying Doctor Service which goes to remote areas of   Australia to fly injured, sick or pregnant people to hospitals.
Another view of Western District display.  Background scene made again out of wool.
Another view of Western District display. Background scene made again out of wool.
Beautiful illuminated display of local preserves and wines.
Beautiful illuminated display of local preserves and wines.
Giant pumpkin in centre of display.  It weighed 618kgs!!
  Giant pumpkin in centre of display. It weighed 618kgs!!
Giant pumpkin in background.  It will be used for cattle or pig feed.
Giant pumpkin in background. It will be used for cattle or pig feed.
Hilarious display of Flo & Joe (Florence and Jo Bjelke-Petersen).  Joe was Premier of Queensland years ago, and his wife Flo was renowned for her pumpkin scones.  Joe also owned a peanut farm.
Hilarious display of Flo & Joe (Florence and Jo Bjelke-Petersen). Joe was Premier of Queensland from 1968-1987 and his wife Flo was renowned for her pumpkin scones. Joe also owned a peanut farm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh_Bjelke-Petersen

Here are some of Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s quotes:

Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen throughout his political career and beyond was one of Australia’s most quotable public figures.

Quotable quotes by Sir Joh:

“Don’t you worry about that”

“Goodness gracious, I know what you’re trying to do.”

“Just you wait and see.”

“Let me tell you, what is good for Queensland is good for Australia.”

On news conferences: “I call it feeding the chooks.”

On unionism in his maiden speech on August, 1947: “It is a form of treachery and can only lead to economic upheaval of a severity not often experienced.”

On industrial relations: “The 40-hour week has given the opportunity to many to while away their time in hotels.”

On John Howard and Ian Sinclair during his Joh for PM campaign in 1987: “You can push a 44-gallon drum of molasses up a hill easier than you could push these two fellas.”

On the Joh for PM campaign: “I’m a bushfire raging across the country.” And when it failed: “I never really wanted to go anyway.”

On former Chinese leader Mao Zedong: “Red is red wherever it is – and I don’t trust any of them.”

On finances under Gough Whitlam: “Australia is bankrupt. It is even worse than that.”

On human rights: “What’s the ordinary man in the street got to do with it?”

On condoms: “We don’t want any of that sort of thing up here.”

On press criticisms: “The greatest thing that could happen to the state and nation is when we get rid of all the media … then we could live in peace and tranquillity and no one would know anything.”

Comments about Sir Joh:

Gough Whitlam in 1974: “(He) is a Bible-bashing bastard – the man is a paranoic, a bigot and fanatical.”

Columnist Phillip Adams, comparing Sir Joh with Peter Sellers’ character, the moronic Chance, in the movie, Being There: “Both (Joh and Ronald Reagan) have visions as limited as their vocabularies, yet both these grotesque garden gnomes are seen as colossi by their deluded followers. The louder we laughed at them, the more powerful they became. The more improbable their careers, the more certain their ascendancy.”

Former ALP national president Barry Jones: “He is the Ayatollah of the north: How can you have an open debate in the Kafka-like atmosphere of secrecy and cronyism of Joh-style politics?”

John Howard on the Joh for PM campaign: “Tropical cyclone Joh has already petered out.”

 

Cronulla Photos 2

Here are some more of the photos I took on the Cronulla walk on Wednesday.  Some were a bit blurry, so I have tried to bring them more into focus.  Unfortunately it is hard to see what I’m shooting with this camera as there is often too much reflection, so I have to shoot blind and hope it turns out OK, and sometimes it doesn’t.

One of Cronulla’s many swimming baths on the edge of the sea. I think there were about 6 on the foreshore.
Small yacht out at sea.
Bathers

Seagulls on rock near baths.

Ocean swimming baths
Two bathers chatting
Looking across towards Bundeena