2 APRIL 2012 : ON THE eBENCH

MONDAY’S ARRANGEMENT ON THE ENTRY TABLE.

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THE ENTRY TABLE ARRANGEMENT: MONDAY

  • camel dish from brisbane
  • keys tossed casually on camel dish
  • blue round ceramic penholder
  • susan’s stone buddha
  • my hand mirror
  • the huwaeii mobile phone
  • the north coast map souvenir dish
  • charged batteries and charger
  • cousin atkinson’s filigree ceramic
  • lens cloth
  • susan’s apple
  • kerry’s jug and bowl wash set from murwillumbah
  • nana bell’s flower vase from rosebery
  • the modem
  • phoenix rising ceramic by cassandra pomroy – my niece
  • my mum’s cup, saucer and plate set
  • glass paperweight
  • swiss house clock
  • susan’s glass fairy
  • chicken egg cup izzy bought for the girls for xmas before they went away
  • red stapler
  • jelly beans from bello sweets
  • butterscotch

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THE YAAN : Been a while since I have plain sat down mid-morning in an empty house with no noise about to do some Yaaning.

Today I am doing that very thing. We have a new horse here. Seems that Big Jack has lost sight in one eye and can’t jump etc anymore. The new lady came last night. She is tall and black but still wearing a mask and cape so I don’t know quite what she looks like as yet.  The driveway has been messed up by all the rain and flooding of the Summer and the lads were at work yesterday on the tractor, filling the holes with old roof tiles. We are to drive over them till they are ground in. It’s a good theory.

The Bream should be coming up the river round about now. When I fished, I knew the tides and the fishes. I don’t know them as well now, but I do know that Easter is the time for the Black Bream.

The Man I live with makes arrangements. He has a calendar and everything is noted. I am a notorious non-maker of arrangements. They confuse me. My plans this week have a couple of loose arrangements in them. I thought I would take a photo each day of the Entry Table to the Cottage  and see how it changes over the week. Second thing is to make a calendar of the arrangements I think I have and see what happens with them.

DATE ARRANGEMENT OUTCOMES
MONDAY APRIL 2 STAY HOME  
TUESDAY APRIL 3 URUNGA MEETING AT CWA 10AM  
WED APRIL 4    
THURSDAY APRIL 5    
FRIDAY APRIL 6 URUNGA NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE 1PM.  
SATURDAY APRIL 7 BELLINGEN MEETING 4PM
IZZY PLAYING AT NO 5 CHURCH STREET. DINNER.
 

 

THE LYRICS THEREOF

I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place.
Even your emotions had an echo
In so much space
And when you’re out there
Without care,
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
I just knew too much
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Does that make me crazy?
Possibly [radio version]
probably [album version]
And I hope that you are having the time of your life
But think twice, that’s my only advice
Come on now, who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are,
Ha ha ha bless your soul
You really think you’re in control
Well, I think you’re crazy
I think you’re crazy
I think you’re crazy
Just like me
My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember is thinking, I want to be like them
Ever since I was little, ever since I was little it looked like fun
And it’s no coincidence I’ve come
And I can die when I’m done
Maybe I’m crazy
Maybe you’re crazy
Maybe we’re crazy
Probably

CRISIS FOR BELLINGEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA

FROM THE BELLINGEN HOSPITAL ACTION GROUP

CRISIS – FOR BELLINGEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA

THE COMMUNITIES ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY

TO RAISE $20,000

I write this urgent plea for financial assistance on behalf of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra, the musicians & their teachers. The musicians and teachers have an extraordinary opportunity to acquire from the Department of Health two demountable (portable) buildings for re-location from Bellingen Hospital to both the Bellingen Primary School and the Bellingen High School.

We understand that this asset (portables) currently owned by the Dept. of Health will be transferred to the schools as the new owners. This transfer of ownership is not to the Dept. of Education & hence cannot be re-claimed & transferred to another school.

These portable buildings must be removed from the hospital site to allow the new Rehabilitation & Palliative Care wing to be built. If the Dept. of Health were to undertake this removal we were advised that it was going to cost $50-60,000 – money that the budget for the new wing could not afford without cutting back on some of the health services built into the wing. So in the words of Dr Trevor Cheney this initiative to transfer the portable buildings to the schools is a “Win, Win” for all parties. The community receives a better equipped health service facility in the new wing and the schools music fraternity receives two much needed buildings.

You may ask why the schools need more buildings for the music students. Following are two teacher’s perspective on the answer to this question.

ANN PHELAN(Music Teacher & Conductor/Leader of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra)

‘Music Teachers at Bellingen High and Primary Schools are often seen teaching under trees, along walkways and in store rooms. This is due to the drastic shortage of spaces and the high demand for tuition.

Bellingen has long been renowned for its outstanding music program which has brought kudos to the town, the schools, families and students involved.

The solution to this problem will be alleviated by the two portable hospital buildings that will provide the much needed teaching spaces in our schools.’

LIZ SCOTT(Violin Teacher)

‘On Friday I teach string students all day at the public school. My place to teach is in the new hall, but it is ridiculous to consume such a facility for two students and their parent at a time.

Yesterday I moved five times, which involves me, my instrument, stands, music and students. This was because the hall was in use.

There are 10 specialist music teachers that visit the school each week to teach specific instruments e.g. cello, violin, woodwind, drumming, guitar, brass and keyboard.

For a tiny town like Bellingen this is most unusual. Our School prides itself on its excellence in music education and we receive many of our enrolments with families seeking this.

How these teachers continue to teach in such frustrating conditions where there are few tiny rooms available and we are always being moved out of one and into the next, I don’t Know.

There is also the sound factor and the Principal often has saxophones honking right by his office! These students learn in the court yard under a shade umbrella.

Our need for a music practice room is extreme and I will do all in my power to help raise the funds needed and organize labour, as I can.’

With the immediate support by the Bellingen Shire Community you can make this happen. The most expensive & challenging component of this initiative is the physical dismantling and transport of the two portable buildings to the designated locations. $20,000 will make this happen. This money must be confirmed by Sunday 15th April 2012.

The musical future of many depends on your assistance. Please contact Liz Scott (6655 0505) or Ann Phelan (6655 9286) to arrange your generous gift.

Barbara Moore (Chair BHAG Inc.)

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