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25 OCTOBER 2011 : NOT A CLOUD IN THE SKY

REMOVING A BELOVED BENCH FOR PURPOSES UNKNOWN

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THE YAAN.

Today I am staying home after a busy few days. The temperature is sweet and the breezes are coming up from the river. I have 2 things on my mind this morning.

The first one is the BENCH in the picture up above. I went to Bellingen yesterday to wait for  Kati B and the Cheery Redhead. That involved finding a place to park in the newly refurbished Church Street Psuedo Urban Café Precinct. The newly refurbished end of the Precinct was deserted as per usual due to direct sunlight and bizarre benching. The old section was crowded with all ages, shapes and sizes. ( We really should do an OCCUPY CHURCH STREET). Next thing, along come Bellingen Council workers who politely ask a woman who was lunching on one of our long term benches to move away. I had already seen them remove one bench a little further on. Then they whip out their tools of trade and sparks fly as they cut through the metal clamps holding the bench down and remove that one as well. Now we have a large empty space there. I WONDER WHY.

I am attempting a non-whingeing  few days but surely do get rattled when I park the Charade and look across the street to see them up to more nefarious activities. HEY COUNCIL. LEAVE OUR BENCHES ALONE.

Round the corner in Hyde Street, I took a seat on another bench outside the IGA. A gentleman sat down beside me and said – “ we need more benches ”.  He didn’t even know about the ones round the corner. And I didn’t have the heart to tell him.

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The 2nd thought which has been engaging me this morning is NEIL YOUNG.  All these many years I have had a fixation on Neil Young. I haven’t liked him AT ALL.  Izzy tells me that it was probably the many 100s of impersonators that I truly didn’t like not Neil himself. Be that as it may, I stumbled across a Neil Young clip today and then looked at his website – and now I am revising all my embedded opinions and suffering again from the results of “ CONTEMPT PRIOR TO INVESTIGATION.”

I think I just might like NEIL YOUNG after all.

http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/

HELPLESS

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

 

NEIL YOUNG obviously does BIG things. Amazing. I am going to post 2 videos for those of us who do the SMALL things. An old favourite and a new truth. 

I didn’t buy AVON yesterday – even though the wee lass selling it is a darling.

I didn’t cut my hair either.

And I have used this one before and I am doing so again for my own sake – little things is enough, Girl.

23 OCTOBER 2011 : SUNDAY. WINDY SUNDAY.

MARTIN PLACE.

OPPORTUNITY – OR NOT.
shoe shiner

A week after I took these shots, this area was OCCUPIED. I wonder whether any of these people saw it coming. I wonder what they were thinking at lunchtime in September which is our Springtime.  I wonder what its like there now.

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MARTIN PLACE IN SYDNEY. SEPTEMBER 2011.

MARTIN PLACE TODAY

HERALD SUN

THE YAAN.

Maybe I will get the images of the shoe shiner out of my mind soon and maybe I won’t.  I am back in the Country now and today has been a windy Sunday. An easy day. A happy day. That doesn’t mean I can get the image of the shoe shiner in the City out of my head. I lived somewhat on the streets from time to time. I have sat in a gutter in Kings Cross with Hare Krishna food cupped in my hands for 20 cents  a serve and I have lined up in a very long queue for the  twice a year charity clothing supply for me and my two kids. I have begged for food vouchers and electricity vouchers. I have lived in caravans and on occasion, in a tent. These things may well have been “my own fault”.  Once, I would have accepted that diagnosis. Nowadays, I don’t care whether it was “my own fault” or not.  Some of us just don’t make it in the World, not easily anyways. 

Maybe, each person could do with sitting in the gutter for a month or a year and smell it and taste it and wonder how they came to be sitting there in a gutter they weren’t looking for. Wonder, too, about how they would get up from there and walk again.  Smugness is easily soluble in misfortune.

Seems to me that the Gutter can very easily rise up to meet any one of us. 

Maybe I will get the image of the Shoe Shiner out of my head soon – but I don’t think I will so easily lose the visions of the Passers By.

HUGH LAURIE’S PROTEST SONG

MORE PHOTO CHALLENGE SITES 2C.

http://sweetdaysundertheoaks.com/2011/10/22/weekly-photo-challengeopportunity/

http://andreadreamin.com/2011/10/21/weekly-photo-challenge-opportunity-staying-on-the-path/

 

TOMORROW, I AM GOING TO DO THE 22 THINGS I HAVE NEVER DONE AND THE 22 THINGS I HAVE DONE.

FOR NOW I SHALL SLEEP ON THAT.