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30 DECEMBER 2011 : LET IT SLEEP

ALTUCHER CONFIDENTIAL

Tip No 30 : Let it sleep

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/03/33-unusual-tips-to-being-a-better-writer/

THE MUD BRICK WALL WITH THE EYE.

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THE YAAN.

I am going to lie down and think about the Yaan. Back soon.

Well, I took my time getting back to you. I truly let it sleep. Me and IT. I have been asleep almost all the day. In the mudbrick house down by the river. I think I shall let it sleep entirely  for the day. I have some reflecting to do about the year which has passed before I go back to writing.

For now – LET IT ALL SLEEP.

Let the grievances sleep. And the memories. Let the hopes for 2012 sleep and the worries abut family and about where to live. LET IT SLEEP. The air is sweet and cool. The breeze is up from the river and its mighty good to be in a house made of mud and timber and stone instead of steel framed. I do not like steel frames.  I like wood under my feet and windows open onto the world. I like seashells embedded in mud walls and I really like standing around talking to like minded people for so long that we forget the time and miss the last of the shops and then we LET IT ALL SLEEP.

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15 NOVEMBER 2011 : FIRES ABOUT AND ALTUCHER

A CANE FIRE ON THE TWEED RIVER IN 2009 WITH FULL MOON.

fullmoon and cane fires in june

The ALTUCHER CONFIDENTIAL blog came up on a WordPress Blog today and despite the cognitive dissonance of me and the U.S.A. I am going work from his 33 tips and see where that leads.

TIP NO 1. Write whatever you want. Then take out the first paragraph and last paragraph.

Due to this being a 250 word post, I shall take out the first and last sentences. See what happens.

THE YAAN.

There’s a lot of smoke around today. I’m wondering what it will be like if the Summer does become a hot dry one. Wondering what will happen if the fires were to come. I saw them once come from the West right down the Valleys. I didn’t worry so much about floods or fire till 5-6 years ago when I began to see the cracks in the structures of our world. I felt quite secure that warnings would go out and that there were people TRAINED to handle the various emergencies. Not long after Hurricane Katrina, I heard Eric Idle speak and that started me thinking. I don’t recall the details but he pretty much said that it wasn’t just because so many of the victims were poor and black that no help came – but that there wasn’t anyone who knew what to do about it. He said the Fires in the wealthy L.A. districts were the same. Might as well be handled by a bucket brigade.

Then the fires hit Canberra, our National Capital and the sister of a friend was burned to death in her bathroom in a suburban street.

One gentleman of the Old School saved his entire small town by directly disobeying the orders from higher up, rounding up his townspeople and following old techniques.

The wind is up now. The kind of wind that fans fires.Its not a fire day here today although the smoke is someplace out there in the Valley. I wonder whether my daughter has a plan if the fires did come her way. I don’t worry about my son because he’s with old farmers. I reckon they will know what to do. One lesson I learned well in the 2009 Ulmarra Flood was – selectively trust your neighbours but don’t trust the Government or its agencies.

There is something truly rotten in the State.

Maybe this time they won’t  open the floodgates and   abandon their people. Then again, they don’t seem to know what they’re doing.

Now to take out first and last sentences and see how it reads then.

THE YAAN.

I’m wondering what it will be like if the Summer does become a hot dry one. Wondering what will happen if the fires were to come. I saw them once come from the West right down the Valleys. I didn’t worry so much about floods or fire till 5-6 years ago when I began to see the cracks in the structures of our world. I felt quite secure that warnings would go out and that there were people TRAINED to handle the various emergencies. Not long after Hurricane Katrina, I heard Eric Idle speak and that started me thinking. I don’t recall the details but he pretty much said that it wasn’t just because so many of the victims were poor and black that no help came – but that there wasn’t anyone who knew what to do about it. He said the Fires in the wealthy L.A. districts were the same. Might as well be handled by a bucket brigade.

Then the fires hit Canberra, our National Capital and the sister of a friend was burned to death in her bathroom in a suburban street.

One gentleman of the Old School saved his entire small town by directly disobeying the orders from higher up, rounding up his townspeople and following old techniques.

The wind is up now. The kind of wind that fans fires. Its not a fire day here today although the smoke is someplace out there in the Valley. I wonder whether my daughter has a plan if the fires did come her way. I don’t worry about my son because he’s with old farmers. I reckon they will know what to do. One lesson I learned well in the 2009 Ulmarra Flood was – selectively trust your neighbours but don’t trust the Government or its agencies.

There is something truly rotten in the State.

Maybe next time they won’t  open the floodgates and  abandon their people.

THE YAAN – Part 3.

Good Yaan, I don’t think – considering there aren’t even any fires and minimal risks of any today. No floods or flood risk either. The picture I put up top is a cane fire. I LOVE cane fires and miss them now that I live further South and out of the cane fields. I don’t know what had me thinking about bushfires – well, other than the burn off smoke and a movie on daytime TV called SCORCH.

FLOODS AND FIRES IN AUSTRALIA.

I wonder what others think of these disasters.

http://www.facebook.com/rfsmedia

I weep for the Brisbane and Lockyer Valley People and I weep for the Bushfire People. The Natural disaster is one thing BUT the official handling of these matters – that’s where the blue flame of outrage burns.

FIRES.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-reports/victorian-bushfires

Why have they been left to live in sheds?

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-reports/black-saturday-poem-from-the-heart/story-e6frf8zx-1226001103569 NO EXCUSES !

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-reports/nine-killed-in-haven-turned-hell-on-black-saturday/story-e6frf8zx-1225899501151

 

FLOODS.

In Queensland, my friend Therese Mac, a victim of the floods writes:

Therese Mac

Drove around North Booval and parts of Karalee today and yesterday – does everyone in our country, state or city know that there are houses which are still without walls, and basically have been minimally touched since January? Very sobering…..

Big to-do yesterday in the paper that 6 of 10 Ipswich flood survivors not yet in their houses – and now these bastards scrounging for money for their useless organisation go around trying to intimidate…..AFTER they just helped themselves to my house, and did not even identify themselves before starting the interrogation. The painters thought they were the electricians! Great professional conduct.

Joan B: You know all this is so crazy, everyone should be in their homes by now, the hold ups and messing around by the government, insurance companies, and goodness knows who else, is not acceptable. I wonder how much the rest of the country know of the situation here in Ipswich, and now all this nonsense with the BSA, why were’nt they around early in the piece to HELP people, not to harrass like they doing now?

http://blogs.longhaus.com.au/thegnomeknows/2011/01/24/findingsfromqldfloods/

THE GOVERNMENT’S VIEW OF ITSELF

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-01/dam-level-reduction-recommended-in-flood-inquiry-report/2819452

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THE VIEW THROUGH THE EYES OF THE BLOGGERS.

FIRES.

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2011/03/10/recovering-from-disasters-one-gps-journey-after-the-victorian-bushfires/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-01/dam-level-reduction-recommended-in-flood-inquiry-report/2819452

http://marysville.vic.au/

http://www.rowetel.com/blog/?p=89

http://www.acetree.com.au/blog/2009/7/4/victorian-bush-fires-2009.html

http://www.anotherbloodywater.com.au/blog/?p=35

http://www.listeningearth.com.au/blog/victorian-bushfires-our-update-for-friends

http://www.habitatadvocate.com.au/?p=3459

http://jamiemcintyre.com/lack-leadership-victorian-bush-fires/

http://jennifermarohasy.com/2009/03/victorian-bushfires-the-result-of-human-folly/

http://victorperton.blogspot.com/2010/07/wilfiresbushfires-2009-victorian.html

 

FLOODS.

http://magsx2.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/toowoomba-absolute-devastation-queensland-floods-2videos/

 

http://www.tamsinhowse.com/blog/2011/01/h2ohno-queensland-floods-as-told-by-rick/

Update: I’ve walked just minutes up the road to New Farm and the damage is obscene. Water has come up through the main shopping district and the water has torn a 150m slice of the Riverwalk, weighing 300tonnes, and sent it rocketing down the river like a missile. How selective our river is indeed.

http://www.silverpistol.com/blog/uncategorized/queenslands-devastating-floods-silver-lining/

7 NOVEMBER 2011 : AN ORDINARY DAY

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THE YAAN.

I don’t use the term AN ORDINARY DAY lightly. I haven’t had many of them over the last 12 months to 2 years or even more. Life has been in major disarray, A couple of weeks back, I became aware of the ‘boredom’ that assails me following an extended period of excitement, busyness, shocks and variations. Marian once told me not to destroy the boredom because Life would bring enough excitements of its own and she was surely right. Nonetheless, the familiar panic began to rise within and the sense of depression. With that came the urge to see a doctor and be given ‘something’ for it or to do something radical and change the Outside in the hope of altering the Inside. It works sometimes but sometimes it just wreaks havoc.

This time, I managed to do nothing in particular and now I have arrived at AN ORDINARY DAY.

SOME LIGHT SUMMERY HUMOUR FOR LAST THING ON A SUNDAY IN OCTOBER 2011

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Yesterday, we took a summery kind of drive South for the day to the Macleay River. More shots of the Macleay will be on SIXTYEYES2011VISION.

It got me thinking about Summertime and SWIMMING so I’m hunting through the TROVE for some light hearted summery humour from the past.

BILL The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Wednesday 31 March 1954,
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Wednesday 31 March 1954,
worm Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW 1888 - 1954), Tuesday 20 July 1954,
Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 – 1954), Tuesday 20 July 1954,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49959250
dennis The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.  1848 - 1956), Monday 1 August 1955,
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Monday 1 August 1955,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71670978
baby The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Saturday 17 January 1948,
The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), Saturday 17 January 1948,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52258548
den The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.  1848 - 1956), Tuesday 6 September 1955
mermen The Brisbane Courier (Qld. 1864 - 1933), Saturday 22 December 1928,
The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), Saturday 22 December 1928,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21340516

6 NOVEMBER 2011: ON THE INSIDE LOOKING OUT. WINDOWS AND WORKSPACES

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : WINDOWS.

http://slightlyinsightful.com/2011/11/05/weekly-photo-challenge-windows/

http://aartigarde.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/weekly-photo-challenge-windows/

http://lookingatlyrics.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/weekly-photo-challenge-windows/

http://bebenyabubu.com/2011/11/05/weekly-photo-challenge-windows/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weekly-photo-challenge-windows

http://tramirezphotography.com/2010/05/21/weekly-photo-challenge-window/

 

MY WORKSPACE AT BILAMBIL COTTAGE. 2003-2009.

my desk

The windows were of a curious wind out nature and looked out over the Bilambil Valley to the Heights on the opposite side. Just above that ridge was Queensland. Dial up internet I had then and a tiny cottage.  It was like the deck of a spaceship up there in the Cottage. I had everything within easy reach and very orderly as I like it. I also had excellent views. I don’t get distracted by beauty. I ‘need’ it.

west over whiskey grassview from bed

A FEW HIDDEN FINDS

What I actually like doing best is digging around in the Internet finding things and then leaving you to do your own thinking about it.

THE OLD PROVERBIAL RECOVERY

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verse  hidden Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. 1878 - 1954), Wednesday 27 December 1899

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 – 1954), Wednesday 27 December 1899

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52564507

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http://theoldproverbialrecovery.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/even-in-dreams-the-mind-goes-on-creating-the-world-osho/

Angry with someone?
ask yourself, what does this say about me?
ask yourself what reason do I have?
what’s the reason behind the reason?
It say more about you then the other person, we all are reflections, mirrors of each-other, hidden parts of ourselfs are being expressed by those who you feel angry with.

http://www.amethystlovelight.com/Eara-s-ZEN-TAO-Quotes.html

hidden wreck The Register (Adelaide, SA  1901 - 1929), Tuesday 14 March 1916

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929), Tuesday 14 March 1916

hidden animals The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. 1848 - 1956), Saturday 9 April 1955

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Saturday 9 April 1955

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71875388

15 SEPTEMBER 2011 : ESTAP : BRICKS AND STONES

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THE YAAN.

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My life is ground down and worn down and solid as the sandstone tunnels that the tram passes through. For years, the tunnels were almost forgotten. For years, nothing travelled along the rails and then someone had inspiration enough to put through a light rail and call it a tram.

http://www.metrotransport.com.au/index.php/home-2

There is a stop down the end of the street where I’m staying. The trams come every 15 minutes or so, make their way around the waterfront and through the old tunnels into Chinatown and Paddy’s Markets. 

As for the thoughts I was having about my own life, I am pocked and gouged and streaked like the sandstone but I think I also have the warmth and solidity and beauty of those tunnels and staircases. Maybe I am just as difficult form some people to walk on as well. A little hard perhaps. The thing is, the rock is not the only texture. I have carpets and mats and wall hangings as well. I have soft cushions in my personality where people can rest awhile.

3 days in the City and my own inability to leave the house kicks in. I don’t have a label on and it no longer matters. I shall get out a little, maybe even later today. In earlier years, it was a sorrowing thing for me. These days, it simply is.  I know that I am not always able to mix in the world as most people do. No matter. The tram will pass this way, some time soon.

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ABOVE : GEORGE READY SENIOR IN THE 1880s. MY GREAT GRANDFATHER IN HIS SYDNEY TRAMWAYS UNIFORM.

ABOVE 2: THE BELLS. POPPA BELL ( 2nd FROM LEFT) BECAME A TRAM CONDUCTOR AND SIGNALS CONTROLLER.

 

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ABOVE RIGHT. THE ANNANDALE TRAM STOP WITH HOMELESS PERSON’S TENT IN BACKGROUND.

IZZY FOREAL TRAVELLING INTO THE CITY.

PHOT CHALLENGGE SITES 2Clorikeets

TEXTURED POSTS.

Seems to me the standard has risen dramatically. some top shots around now.

http://mikehardisty.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/weekly-photo-challenge-textured/

http://ceceliafutch.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/weekly-photo-challenge-textured-2nd-go-at-it/

http://fromundermanyhats.com/2011/09/10/weekly-photo-challenge-textured/

http://jvalenta.com/blog/2011/09/weekly-photo-challenge-textured-trafkintu/

http://nandinidhiman.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/weekly-photo-challenge-textured/

http://steviereynolds.com/2011/09/09/weekly-photo-challenge-textured/

http://croppingreality.com/2011/09/10/weekly-photo-challenge-textured/

http://kaldirimlar.com/2011/09/14/weekly-photo-challenge-textured/

 

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14 SEPTEMBER 2011 : SYDNEY : ESTAP : HOT BATHS IN THE CITY AND THE TEXTURES OF GRIEVING.

AND A VOICE OF SOCIAL CONSCIENCE WHICH WON’T BE IGNORED.

LYNNEBW2

THE YAAN.

I have been in the City for a couple of days now.  The texture of it is different from my country life. Solid sandstone and rusting iron. I don’t like the look of the country towns I live in. I like some of the buildings and a lot of the landscape but I don’t like most of the  look of the towns. They continue to be raped and pillaged. Here in the Inner West of Sydney, a good deal of the buildings and trees and walkways has survived and mellowed and deepened in quality and character. I’m staying in today. The light is gentle and filtered, with the Springtime trees a lighter green than I recall.

I was here this time last year but it was a very different trip with my sister so ill and our outings were to the radiation unit at the big hospital up the road. Then we came home and tucked her onto the huge sofa in the back room and talked of many things. Grief and shock were the wraiths wrapping around us back then. Grieving is here with me now and touches everything that I do but the texture of it is changing. The sharp points are greatly rubbed off or rounded.

I was meant to stay two nights in a luxury 4 star hotel down near Darling Harbour – gratis and for free while my Partner attended a Conference on the matter of Community Centres. I wasn’t happy about it from the beginning. I am of the underclass and I sit uneasily with profit making in the Welfare Industry. Industry indeed. Nevertheless, I thought I would take a look. One look was all I needed. I don’t like skyscrapers. I don’t like air conditioning and I don’t like wank. I don’t like bad taste either.

Home we came to elegance and dignity and peace. I leave that matter to the ones who want to be involved in it.

https://www.regodirect.com.au/lcsa2011/

 

As for me, I would prefer to learn from people like http://www.peacepilgrim.org/book/chapt2.htm

“So I got busy on a very interesting project. This was to live all the good things I believed in. I did not confuse myself by trying to take them all at once, but rather if I was doing something that I knew I shouldn’t be doing I stopped doing it and I always make a quick relinquishment. That’s the easy way. Tapering off is long and hard. And if I was not doing something that I knew I should be doing, I got busy on that. It took the living quite a while to catch up with the believing, but of course it can, and now if I believe something, I live it. Otherwise it would be perfectly meaningless. As I lived according to the highest light I had, I discovered that other light was given; that I opened myself to receiving more light as I lived the light I had. “

PEACE PILGRIM

Leaving that Hotel room and coming back to a family home was a seemingly small act. Refusing to participate in a Conference costing many thousands of dollars whilst ignoring the people its meant to serve – that was another small step. But how good it feels to actually LIVE THE THINGS I BELIEVE IN ! Puts a dance in my step so it does.

This is MY holiday and I have things I want to do and see.

Now lets see what’s happened so far:

 IMAGES OF A SYDNEY SPRINGTIME 2011

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26 AUGUST 2011 : AZALEAS

It’s a no yaan week this time. The Cheery redhead fell again and it was thought that her 2nd leg was broken so things have been busy. What I have seen is the AZALEAS I have mentioned in an ealrier post. Springtime is a-coming.  One poor quality photo for you and  I shall take a look around town this week. ee what I can find in the way of Spring flowers. The jasmine has begun to bloom and all manner of flowers whose names I do not know.

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Well, when I said NO YAAN, I was feeling ready for bed but before I take myself off, I was hoping the new Photo Challenge Topic would appear. A little early for Australia, methinks. The MOB is ready for its first load of goods to be transported 1200 kms to their new home down South. The Cheery redhead and her folks are home from Hospital. The Electric fence is keeping Leo from knocking the wires down and all is quiet out there.

Well, it seems quiet. The foxes may well be out and about. I reckon Scrubby keeps them away from the 2 chooks here. Scrubby has taken to chasing Spider, the black cat. That cat takes off full pelt with the bird after it.

Yesterday, a pelican circled over here and damn near landed in the front yard and today CR and me were feeding bread to the birds out at her place when a very large white bird began circling overhead but pretty low in the sky. I thought it was an eagle but the IMM says it was probably a GossHawk.

I’m busy this week, writing a fairy tale blog for some secret people. It’s a good way to keep in touch.  Good Night to you all. Hope the Hurricane is kind to the East Coast of the U.S.A. Sleep Well , Australia.

21 AUGUST 2011 : ESTAP: FLOWERS

BASIN AND JUG SET WITH ROSES IN THE OLD HOUSE IN ULMARRA.

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Best stick with the Plan for August and take a look at the Free Online Dictionary for definition of the word FLOWERS. a TRUE ACADEMIC SOURCE is the FREE ONLINE DICTIONARY.

FLOWERS


1.

a. The reproductive structure of some seed-bearing plants, characteristically having either specialized male or female organs or both male and female organs, such as stamens and a pistil, enclosed in an outer envelope of petals and sepals.

b. Such a structure having showy or colorful parts; a blossom.

2. A plant that is cultivated or appreciated for its blossoms.

3. The condition or a time of having developed flowers: The azaleas were in full flower.

4. Something, such as an ornament or a figure of speech, that resembles a flower in shape, fineness, or attractiveness.

5. The period of highest development; the peak.

6. The highest example or best representative: the flower of our generation.

7. A natural development or outgrowth: “His attitude was simply a flower of his general good nature” (Henry James).

8. flowers Chemistry A fine powder produced by condensation or sublimation of a compound.

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FLOWERS IN ARMIDALE. PIC BY MAD O’BRIAN OF THE MOB.

Oh Dang. There are a whole lot of meanings. I was simply going to post pictures of flowers. Now I have 8 definitions to look at and that’s without going near my hard copy super duper dictionary. For today then:

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http://aborne.home.xs4all.nl/flowerstart.htm

a. The reproductive structure of some seed-bearing plants, characteristically having either specialized male or female organs or both male and female organs, such as stamens and a pistil, enclosed in an outer envelope of petals and sepals.

b. Such a structure having showy or colorful parts; a blossom.

CHINESE SYMBOL FOR FLOWER

 

WEBSTER SPEAKS

 

Such a structure having showy or colourful parts; a blossom.

THE YAAN

I’m home on a dark night with a lot of rain and a flooding edge to it. FLOWERS seemed an easy theme for the week but the definitions set me back somewhat. I am a floral ignoramus. I seem to have an inability to make floral identification. Nonetheless, I like flowers, specially the roses. I like decadent exotic flowers with perfumes. My sister had a garden with magnolias and black bamboo and allamanda and many other beautiful plants. Their wee dog Winnie was buried there and 1/3 of my parents’ combined ashes. 

 

A SONG WHICH IS NOT ABOUT FLOWERS.

 

A TRIP INTO THE TROVE

FOR FLOWER PICS AND FACTS

FLOwer The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 24 March 1936 FLOWER GLAD The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. 1848 - 1956), Friday 14 February 1930,
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Tuesday 24 March 1936
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17321800
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Friday 14 February 1930,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4068673
flower manl Illustrated Sydney News (NSW 1853 - 1872), Thursday 19 September 1889, flower The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Wednesday 24 November 1976
Illustrated Sydney News (NSW : 1853 – 1872), Thursday 19 September 1889,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63622020
The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), Wednesday 24 November 1976
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55470081

flower dahlia The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.  1848 - 1956), Friday 30 October 1953

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Friday 30 October 1953

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article23306054