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ON THE BENCH. AUGUST 2012.

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THE YAAN : Come. Sit awhile on the eBENCH with me. I am on a countdown here. A personal countdown. Next Sunday, I will be 25 years clean and sober, all being well. Not everyone knows what that means but many of us do. The week leading into that day calls for reflection and some real decent bench sitting and ‘thinking it over’.

By seeming chance, I was contacted by a photographer last week who asked if she could do a sitting with me this coming Thursday. RUTH FAHEY  A local Urunga girl. I said YES. I didn’t say why. I was 37 when I got clean. Now I am 62. A day of photos looks a good thing to me.  Specially since I will have my niece and daughter and grand daughter here on that day as well. My niece is coming all the way from Newcastle on the train to clean mu house for me. Her mother was my only sister. She had impeccable taste. My niece and my daughter are like twins. On the Saturday Night, all being as I expect it to be, I will do the Bellingen meeting of Narcotics Anonymous and then go to the Bellingen Golf Club for Izzy’s first gig with the HONKY TONK WOMAN AND HER BIG, BAD, HANDSOME MEN. Sunday – the plan is the A.A. meeting at North Beach. That’s the outline. The details will fill themselves in.

This morning, I was in a room at North Beach, a  book exchange. A young man came in and talked a little and then tears came to his eyes and he sat down on the lounge. He’s in rehab and his world must look as if it has just ended. Could be that it has just begun.

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ON THE eBENCH : Watch this Space. I am going for one month of writing in the 3rd person ( more or less). Describing a photograph or topic. That should be interesting. Post of 250 words. Leaving ME out of it.(more or less)

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THE YAAN : Three cats live here on the property. They go by the names of William, Spider and Caramel. Until recent weeks, a fourth one lived wild in the big shed but he was found dead in there a little while ago. Could have been a snake that did him in.  Cats are a contentious matter in the Bush due to their destruction of small native creatures. Some People love the Cats. Some Hate them.

William is the old fellow with the collar on. He appears to be demented and lives in an alternative reality. William sees and hears things that noone else does and urinates indoors if given even a slight chance to do so.

Spider is small and young. She appears to be what is called a CANE CAT. Not very affectionate and extremely independent.

Caramel is the youngest and is bigger and more powerful and far  more inclined to climb on the roof of the Cottage and pursue the bird life. The Lorikeets and Kookaburras are teaching him a lesson or two.

As for the Chooks, the cats don’t challenge them AT ALL. The chooks strut about pecking at gardens and feet and cats if the need arises. The Chooks destroy the sunflower seeds. Just munch right into them. Nothing left at all.

Some people hate cats enough to kill them because the cats kill little animals.  Doesn’t seem a sane solution. Hatred and rage at that level don’t usually serve good purposes. Hatred and rage at that level probably NEVER serve a good purpose.

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MAY BE

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ON THE eBENCH : Watch this Space. I am going for one month of writing in the 3rd person ( more or less). Describing a photograph or topic. That should be interesting. Post of 250 words. Leaving ME out of it.

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The LUFFLEY CAFÉ is in Murwillumbah. Its small with some footpath eating. Friday Nights, back in 2008, Kel MacIntosh and his Canaries played a strange form of Jazz to a street audience. Kel is the old fella in the middle. The smile of a cherub, has Kel. He’s in his 80s.  On guitar is Scrubby Pete Hurcombe from Murwillumbah way. He’s a Blues Man from the Hillbilly Blues Banditz and on bass is Izzy Foreal from the Zarsoff Bros.

Kel, being an old Jazz Man of Murwillumbah, attracted the Ladies. He almost always received a kiss or a hug. There is a Jazz Club round on the river in Murbah. GREENHILLS, the venue is called. The Tweed Council was most peculiar about where the band could play. Despite the entire street being empty, the band was confined to the shopfront area and forbidden to overlap any other premises.

Luffley Café has some odd quirks and the desserts were not always as tasty as they looked. They did ballroom dancing there as well. They seem to have a connection with a village called Tyalgum. Incomers of course, so there are rippling after effects from tsunamis of Coastal Invasion. On occasion, good looking driftwood is left behind. Luffley is a little frilly for some tastes. Down the road is the original Murwillumbah Café. Booths and all and over the River in Tumbulgum was a wee café called the Birdwing. We certainly eat a lot and drink coffee a lot on the Northern Rivers.

http://greenhillsontweed.com/

http://www.bigvolcano.com.au/active/events.htm

NEARING THE END OF APRIL 2012 : DAY TO DAY SIGHTS

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KATI B IN THE BEER GARDEN OF CHINDERAH HOTEL IN 2006.

I have always liked the horrified look on her face but cannot recall what it was that she was looking at.

THE YAAN : The hay bales are in the paddock down near the garlic and the breezes have cooled somewhat. The Cheery redhead is going fishing with her Dad while her Mum studies for her teaching degree and the man is in his music room. Its Sunday. I have been looking at other blogs this week. Always interested in the lifestyles of the Other ad still disinclined to write many words so I shall simply post some more images of day to day things from my own life and take a look at YOUR life as well. We, once again, have toilet paper with patterns of ships and sea shells and the words “SAIL AWAY” printed on it.

DAY TO DAY SIGHTS OF LIFE IN NORTHERN NSW, AUSTRALIA.

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A GAME OF PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY. WASHING ON LINE. PUMPKINS GROWING.
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A SIGN ON THE NORTH BEACH STORE. SURFBOARD THEME AND STREETS ICE CREAM FLAG BELOW.
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AN INDUSTRIAL SHED IN THE FAMILIAR MONSTROUSLY UGLY STYLE OF TODAY. STEEL. DISGUSTING.
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RED CHOOK WITH CAT BOWL AND GARDEN SPADE AND SCARECROW BUILT FROM A PLUNGER AND XMAS DECORATIONS BY 2 YEAR OLD TO STOP THE BIRDS EATING THE SUNFLOWER GARDEN.

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A TREE BESIDE THE RIVER.  A WORK UTE IN BACKGROUND. CHILD’S CLOTHES DRYING ON TREE AND BUCKETS FOR SAND.
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THE LOCAL GARBAGE TIP. WITH WHICH I AM MOST DISPLEASED AS THE BIG CORPORATIONS TAKE OVER AND CART RUBBISH ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND CHARGE VERY HIGH FEES FOR DISPOSAL AND CLOSE OUR LOCAL RECYCLING SHOP.

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SHOPPING IN THE MAIN STREET OF BELLINGEN AUSTRALIA.

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A FEW MORE IN THE TOGETHER CHALLENGE. ONES WOT I LIKE.

http://eof737.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/weekly-photo-challenge-together/

http://thesacredcave.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/weekly-photo-challenge-together-3/

http://anuneducatedpalate.com/category/weekly-photo-challenge/

BLEEDING INTERNALLY

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THE YAAN : I would like to rant and bemoan the state of the world but due to having the complex and twisted personality of the Addict, I cannot allow myself too much of that, unsupervised, without venturing into dark and vicious realms of the Spirit. As a treatment for my outrage at the Age of Absurdity, I take a wee while each day to PROTEST. That’s my plan for this morning, followed by more Fairy Tales of Triflora.

METHINKS SHE DOTH PROTEST.

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I live in rich farming country. Potato growing country. Amongst many other things Yesterday we ate potato chips from a local shop and commented on how good they were.  When I was packing away the box we brought our food home in, I found that they were imported from Belgium.  Belgium to Bellingen. Right across the World. WHY ? WHY? WHY?  What’s more they will last until July of next year. Is that truly food ?

I live a half hour from Dorrigo.

http://www.dorrigo.com/business/dining-cafe/98-lick-the-spoon.html

 

BUT NO ! WE  SEND TO BELGIUM FOR OUR FRIES. http://www.mydibel.be/NL/Home.aspx MY DIBEL !

I have nothing against Belgium but I have a lot against my potato fries coming all the way from here to there and now Dorrigo doesn’t even have its potato festival anymore.

Maybe its simply a mistake and they think the chips are going t Bellingen in Belgium. http://www.distance-calculator.co.uk/miles-from-ukkel–belgium-to-bellingen–belgium.htm

METHINKS SHE DOTH PROTEST.

http://methinksshedothprotest.wordpress.com/

http://methinksshedothprotestaustralia.wordpress.com/

http://methinksshedothprotest.blogspot.com.au/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheeples-Twerps-and-Drongoes/75415092874

THOSE ARE THE PLACES IN WHICH I PROTEST.

Now back to TRIFLORA.

CLUTCHING THE BENCH IN THE AGE OF ABSURDITY

THE YAAN : Izzy was given book vouchers for his birthday and took on the very fine bookshops in Bellingen. He came home with several books, including one called the AGE OF ABSURDITY.

In this Monty Python Era in which we live, sparks of hope flare now and then. The Home Fires of the Recently Validated. Years in the Wilderness of Absurdity had worn me down somewhat. I feel much better now.  I identify with Guy Standing’s PRECARIAT. I see it – lurking. I lurk with it. And roll around on the floor laughing and wondering why I took so much of it so seriously. In my present moo of disinclination to write posts, I shall simply take my usual seat on the eBENCH, get out my ePHOTO ALBUMS and randomly choose a few shots. I am willing to bet ( which I don’t do – being a gambler by nature) I am willing to bet that each shot will remind me of at least one absurdity of these times.

 

TERRANORA COUNTRY CLUB.

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Up on a hill in Terranora was a fine country club, a centre for the community. One day it was sold to Koreans and not much later it was closed down.The new owners closed it down and it sits there crumbling into ruin. Acres of land, a golf course, a huge club and accommodation – all sitting there empty. Absurd.

 

ACCIDENTALLY ABSURD.

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Izzy is not an experienced Camper but with a weekend gig at WINTERMOON way up near Airlie Beach in Queensland, he equipped himself with a tent and a stretcher. Absurd Result, Izzy.

 

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Once a panelbeater played drums.

SHOE SHOP IN MURWILLUMBAH.

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I was intending to post a penetrating social justice statement here – but the Absurd has defeated me once more. Izzy in a shoe shop.

ROLL AROUND ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING.

DORRIGO MOUNTAIN ROAD

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The floods came in 2009 and years later the roads are not repaired and signs are up saying things like “ CLOSED INDEFINITELY”. That is truly absurd.

We now have digital TV and that means that when its clo0udy or raining we receive no signal.  ABSURD.

Same with mobile phones.

MACDONALDS IN ARMIDALE.

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There are problems enough regarding MACCAS. Put aside the usual non-food and corporate giant arguments and consider this seemingly minor issue. Armidale is a very cold town. The Highest  City in Australia. The Armidale MACCAS was a heated environment with images of the town’s history. Not now. Now, its generic. Redesigned in the “Australia is a hot country” style with the doors opening directly onto the outside so that every time someone enters or exits, icy winds blow in and the temperature plummets. All the photographs of Armidale have been taken down. Let’s get rid of the History.

Or for more absurdity – try this one. The University Tutor  who ……. no I am not going there.

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THE PROFOUND SOCIAL OBSERVATION JUST ISN’T WORKING TONIGHT. BACK TO THE FAIRY TALES FOR ME.

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ANZAC DAY 2012

ME, MY DAD AND A FISH.

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THE YAAN : I was raised as a child of WORLD WAR II. The daughter of a soldier. I am not even going to think about it today. I shall post a few links and then sit on the eBENCH as a woman who is VERY grateful that WAR has not come into her life first hand. I will choose peace for a day.

SOME LINKS.

http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au/conscription/moratoriums-and-opposition.php

http://brucesanders.wordpress.com/

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NORTH BEACH RIVER POOL IN THE BELLINGER RIVER.

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AS FOR ME TODAY: It’s sunny with a chilled edge. We took a look at a big house to rent on the river which could provide separate living sections. That could work well for us.

I just found a swimming blog. I LOVE swimming and I like the Blog. http://swimsallyswim.blogspot.com.au/

SWIM SALLY has me thinking on this coldish day about the Summer we didn’t really have and about all the swimming pools I have loved. Thinking too about Pools I have not Known.

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POOLS

The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954), Tuesday 20 December 1932,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32565888

 

The West Australian (Perth, WA 1879 - 1954), Tuesday 20 December 1932,

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), Saturday 23 December 1933
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11723668

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The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982), Saturday 13 October 1934

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The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982), Saturday 13 October 1934

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38023080
1934 ‘GNOWANGERUP SWIMMING POOL.’, Western Mail. Perth, WA
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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 31 January 1953

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27527423

PROPOSED SWIMMING POOL

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW  1842 - 1954), Saturday 31 January 1953

BRUCE SANDERS

AN OLD SOLDIER

AT THE TIDAL POOL IN URUNGA

KNOWN AS THE LIDO.

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BELLINGEN TOWN POOL.
TRADITIONAL POOL. $3 ENTRY. Free for under 3s.

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NORTH BEACH POOL IN FLOOD.

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2 VIDEOS THAT SEEMS TO HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SWIMMING POOLS BUT WHICH I TRULY LIKE.