30 SEPTEMBER 2011 : STILL IN THE CITY

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THE YAAN.

The traffic in George Street is banked up for half a mile
and drained of motion. The crowds are edgy with talk
and more crowds come hurrying. Many run in the back streets
which minutes ago were busy main streets, pointing:
There’s a fellow weeping down there. No one can stop him.

http://www.lesmurray.org/pm_aor.htm

That’s just a little from a very favourite poem of mine by Les Murray. I have taken it to have deep meaning and have used it often in deep and meaningful situations. Today, I discovered that its simply to do with spending a day in the heart of Sydney City. Noone could stop me weeping by the time I had covered many city blocks, eaten in a vile and fevered food court, wrassled with the crowds and suffered bleeding toes from my old Blundstone boots. Good one, Les Murray. I was going to sit down and take off my old boots and blood stained socks but I thought it would be too evocative of the Murray poem so I simply put my sunglasses on to hide the weeping and marched on.

and when he stops, he simply walks between us
mopping his face with the dignity of one
man who has wept, and now has finished weeping.

Evading believers, he hurries off down Pitt Street.

from
The Weatherboard Cathedral, 1969

http://www.lesmurray.org/pm_aor.htm

That was me alrighty. Off down Pitt Street, I went. I was looking for something orange or yellow. That’s the request from the Cheery Redhead for a present.  I didn’t come across the orange or yellow thing I would like to find so tomorrow, I am going out again.

In this week of OCCUPY WALL STREET, I have been interested in our City Streets. I am not going to verbalise what has caught my eye. Just post the pics.

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PITT STREET CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.

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And on the steps, a man sleeps, wrapped in a sleeping bag. Another man approached me, drunk and messed up. What’s going on with us ? And me, I think of home and wonder how I am going to be able to rent a place to live on $700 per fortnight with rents over $300 per week.

29 SEPTEMBER 2011 : ESTAP : IDLING IN SYDNEY

A RAMBLING LOOK BACK OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.

Just around the corner is a café. CAFÉ ON JOHNSTON .

We have had the BEST treatment there.  They think on their feet. Come up with excellent dishes. Remember our favourites and the things we don’t like.

Today I had corn fritters with mushrooms and roasted vegetable salad. Spot on !

It’s a fine thing walking a city street and sitting down to a good lunch like this. I also get my fruit juice with double ginger and do not have to explain it in detail.

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I went to the Northern Beaches and was given morning tea. I have a strong liking for  sweet things and tea with rose and floral flavours.

A  week visit to a Home City is disconcerting in many ways. Glancing visits to people and places and some people and places missed entirely.

 

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I have had one go at the Inner City bus trip. I am rather experienced at them. Some wild decadence in the city but not as much as I had expected. How good will it be if the monoliths are truly crumbling ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monolith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodafone

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I don’t think I have anything inspirational to say at this time so I shall simply post pics and links and maybe an odd comment.
THIS THEN IS SYDNEY IN BRIEF.
 

THE ROCKS.

http://www.fortuneofwar.com.au/

http://www.therocks.com/

The Rocks, in the heart of Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, encompasses the past, present and future. The Indigenous Cadigal people inhabited the rocky headland and surrounding shoreline for thousands of years. Then in 1788, Australia’s first European settlers-British convicts and their overseers-claimed the land and built their camp atop the sandstone cliffs.

The Rocks eventually grew from an open-air gaol into a vibrant port community. Its colourful history-filled with tales of ‘shanghaied’ sailors, rough gangs, and gritty life-can still be traced in the many surviving buildings from the last two centuries.

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27 SEPTEMBER 2011 : NOTHING FELL BUT IT COULD HAVE DONE SO.

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I travelled into the City on a bus today. It only costs me $2.50 for a whole day’s travelling on bus, ferry and/or train in any combination. Today was just one bus trip into Town and one bus trip home but on the way we were stopped at a red light when people began looking UP – with disconcerted expressions forming on their faces. Whatever it was,  it was above our bus.  I was rather glad when we moved on.

It was at almost the same place in the city as the one Les Murray wrote of in this poem – AN ABSOLUTELY ORDINARY RAINBOW.

The word goes round Repins,
the murmur goes round Lorenzinis,
at Tattersalls, men look up from sheets of numbers,
the Stock Exchange scribblers forget the chalk in their hands
and men with bread in their pockets leave the Greek Club:
There’s a fellow crying in Martin Place. They can’t stop him.

The traffic in George Street is banked up for half a mile
and drained of motion. The crowds are edgy with talk
and more crowds come hurrying. Many run in the back streets
which minutes ago were busy main streets, pointing:
There’s a fellow weeping down there. No one can stop him.

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MEANWHILE IN THE U.S.A.

26 SEPTEMBER 2011 : CRESTFALLEN

PAWN SHOP ON THE PARRAMATTA ROAD.

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THE YAAN.

Having claimed use of FALL for myself this week instead of Autumn, I am hunting through the pictures I have taken while I am in Sydney to think over the ideas of FALL. What better than a PAWNSHOP ? I don’t think I have ever pawned anything and hope I never do but I did once fall into the hands of an INSTANT CASH place in Queensland. For $100. A Fallen Woman for a short space of time.

I was thinking this morning of crestfallen following an online clash last night and then seeing a fellow blogger dissed by another this morning, the word CRESTFALLEN came to me.

having a drooping crest or hanging head

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AT THIS POINT IN THE YAAN, I WILL PLACE THE DETAILS OF THE 1000 WARRIORS MARCH. SHAME IS A MIGHTY WEARYING THING. HANGING THE HEAD AND DROOPING THE CREST BECOMES TEDIOUS.PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE 1000 WARRIOR MARCH. HEADS HELD HIGH.

From Richard J Frankland.

The 1000 Warrior March
On Saturday the 5th of November, Aboriginal and Islander men will March to Reclaim, Respect & Protect.
The purpose of this email is to provide full details of the March and its intended purpose.
The purpose of the 1000 Warrior March is to:
· To Show solidarity amongst Aboriginal and Islander Men
· To reinforce our place in family and community.
· To reinforce our culture as a way forward.
· To show we are role models for our families and our young.
· To make a stand for healing our country.
· To commit to the rights of Aboriginal people.
· To pledge to honour the 1000 warrior values.
Aboriginal and Islander men will be participating in the March and they will March through Melbourne in harmony to Reclaim, Respect and Protect. The men will then meet their families, friends and loved ones at Birrarung Marr (back of Federation Square) to celebrate.
Details of the 1000 Warrior March
DATE: Saturday 5th of November 2011
TIME: The March will begin at 10:00am
ADDRESS: The Fig Tree, top of Gertrude Street corner of Gertrude and Nicholson Streets Fitzroy)

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BACK TO THE YAAN.

WEATHER http://www.yr.no/place/Australia/New_South_Wales/Bellingen/

AND WRAP THE NIGHT UP WITH :

After my own soul and heart.

“They’ll always tell you how much good you can do with dirty money”. Fr Daniel Berrigan.

25 SEPTEMBER 2011 : THE FALL

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I think I have this picture the right way up now. I took it from the Starwagon as we travelled through traffic to Kogarah, a suburb I have rarely visited. I have chosen this shot for THE FALL because of all the odd angles combined with a fall in status which must surely be associated with this.

LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD : COURTESY THIRDHANDART

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    1. Post a link to the person who gave you the award thanking them for the award.
    2. Tell your readers seven random things about yourself.
    3. Award up to 15 newly discovered blogs.
    4. Send them a note letting them know you nominated them.

I am away from home on holidays in the City so my Blogging etc is disjointed but I am posting the LIEBSTER award sent me by Theresa in Kansas City while I have the chance. Thank you, Theresa. You are a sweetheart.

http://thirdhandart.wordpress.com/

 

7 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT MYSELF.

  1. I am sitting up late thinking up an Aussie award for bloggers.
  2. I am wishing I had not spilt the muesli into my laptop keyboard a couple of years ago.
  3. I once lived with dozens of other hippies and assorted freaks in one mansion in a row of mansions on the  Drummoyne waterfront. They were all to be demolished. I found them yesterday after 40 years and they are still there. Even more beautiful but I didn’t spot any hippies or assorted freaks and dissidents.
  4. I have an extremely low platelet count and my nose bleeds a lot.
  5. I really like the deep silence of the middle of the night when the world is sleeping.
  6. I take a size 3-4 in shoes ( Australian). That’s rather small. I am 5 foot tall.
  7. I do, however, have a lot of hair.

I am going to award 5 newly discovered blogs. I have not as yet discovered them so here we go – late though it is. Tired though I am.

I shall include my Photo Challenge of the  Week links while I am at it. The theme is FALL- which is a little awkward here in Australia where it is SPRING and where we call Fall , AUTUMN. I haven’t yet decided whether to stay with FALL or take my photo from this SPRING we are having over here. I shall choose the LIEBSTER BLOGS and see.

PHOT CHALLENGGE SITES 2Clorikeets

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http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/weekly-photo-challenge-fall/   

AND TO EACH OF THESE NEWLY DISCOVERED BLOGS : THE LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD.

 

http://cinova.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/weekly-photo-challenge-fall/
http://2e0mca.wordpress.com/
http://backseatview.wordpress.com/2011/09/23/092411-weekly-photo-challenge-fall/
http://www.anasofiaeugenio.com/
http://www.urbanmuser.com/2010/11/simplicity-photo-challenge-fall.html

 

LETS ALSO GIVE LIEBSTER BLOG AWARDS TO 5 AUSSIE BLOGS I HAVE KNOWN AND LOVED AWHILE.

http://newenglandaustralia.blogspot.com/
http://sydney-eye.blogspot.com/
http://neil2decade.wordpress.com/
http://wilsonsalmanac.blogspot.com/
http://bentenlaughing.blogspot.com/

AND A SPECIAL LIEBSTER TO A SPECIAL BLOGGER.

http://melonpops.wordpress.com/