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Returning in desperation

May. 24th, 2009 | 07:27 pm


Dust me off coughing and spluttering.... I return with a request of those far wiser than I.


I'm looking for a place in Sydney that will allow me to purchase a nice frock coat... not too gaudy but definitely classy. A nice feeling fabric for a winter formal event.

I would also other ensemble and to get an overall look as one of those in the weblink below. Look at the Victorian link for my idea...

www.periodcostumeweddings.co.uk/victorian-wedding-costumes.html

The big day in 7 weeks hence. And the pressure builds.

Any helping from any of you wise folk would be most appreciated...

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I wants

Jan. 25th, 2008 | 11:07 pm

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=371514&rss=yes

My very own triceratops!!!

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I feel... potent!

Jan. 25th, 2008 | 12:39 pm

I have a new computer and new ISP...

Faster... better... stronger!!

A barbaric yawp is in order!!

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Dead Skin on Trial

Jan. 8th, 2008 | 06:58 pm
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

Reading a recent post by

hawk_eye prompted me to look at the photos of my trip to the US ('96-97). The boxes with albums and the loose photos were still sealed from my move here over 2 years ago. The albums were of the organised overseas tours (US and UK) before that organisational ennui set in which stopped my motivation in its tracks... and the rest of the photos remained loose, in a shoebox, or in those little envelopes from the photo developers...

I poured over them... some overexposed, a few blurred and a couple best forgotten. But more often than not, it showed a litany of about 8 years worth in my life and that brought more than its share of smiles. 

It showed weddings I'd been to and couples I'd known, some of which have broken apart and most of which have stayed together. It had me asking "who was that student" in the dozens of photos of school camps, charity events and Tournament of Minds comps... and wondering how they fare today. I think they show that I did work I can be proud of... or at least something to ponder.

There were a few of me... mostly with disheveled hair and more than a few with a beard. I wonder if I have changed in more than the external appearance...

It showed me places I'd been, and that I'd occasionally taken something from... or left something behind. It makes me want to wander again...

It triggered memories of dinners and parties populated by friends lost to the tumult of life and a little carelessness on my part. I saw times when I'd attended Mardi Gras, or had dinner parties at the Parramatta flat with Daniel and Surinder. But it also showed friends that remain in my circle who have changed... not only in hairstyle, but grown in attitude. I think now and then about what X would do if they were still in Sydney or if I had anything in common with Y now that they have moved on with their lives. I think as friends fall away, I'd like to value the ones that remain more. I even found a few old girlfriend ones. Occasionally, I held one that was of someone who had died...

I found a number of my family at Xmas or at weddings or birthdays. There were photos of Dad at his 90th birthday with his 3 brothers and a photo of my estranged brother with a tea-towel on his head for a forgotten Xmas... gooning it up for his kids. Although we will never be complete with Dad gone, I'd love for my brother to swallow his pride and return to us.

There weren't ethereal digital images... these were the glossy paper, physical things I could hold in my hands. Things that could be preserved or destroyed with ease... like memories... 

But I suppose that's what happens when you look back and dust things off...

 

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12 Days of Xmas

Dec. 23rd, 2007 | 07:56 am


It's the Toto bit I like best!

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Listen up you primitive screwheads

Dec. 20th, 2007 | 09:22 am

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Another one wrapped up...

Dec. 7th, 2007 | 11:46 am
mood: chipperchipper

As of now, I am officially on holidays. 

The 2007 academic year wrapped up reasonably well. Speech day, a couple of staff days, far too much food... or in some cases, not enough, a renewal of my senior First Aid qualificiation and lawn bowls. 

Three things are going to be good in 2008. I go back to teaching a Year 12 class. I missed out for a year and realised how much I missed teaching that content... and the respect of the Year 12s (even when they are being precious). I have also taken up position as Head of Hawthorne House for 2008. It means I have to change "alleigences" but I enjoyed my brief stint doing a similar job at the beginning of this year so now it is written on a more permanent tablet... and best yet... it is the black house... and I look fabbo in black!! Finally Princess Histrionic (previously referred to in many a ranty post) has left to work elsewhere... her replacement seems pleasant enough... and nowhere near as opinionated or closed-minded. No more treading on egg-shells or admonishing finger at my back.

And there is a certain joy in my future days... 

<grin>

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This is pretty awesome... and stuff!!

Nov. 24th, 2007 | 12:05 pm
mood: chipperchipper

 

It has been a while since posting and I only have a little to report... Work... Love... all those things... proceeds at pace.

Having the two mondo stress causers for the office for a week has been a wonderful change... the atmosphere and dynamic changed dramatically. I looked forward to walking into the office and others could see the difference too. One of them leaves at the end of the year (and I shall sing Halleluyah!!!) and that should have an effect on a happier year in 2008...

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/school-of-hard-knox/2007/11/23/1195753310035.html

This caught my eye in this morning's paper. I applaud this young man for showing the courage to speak out on certain "unpleasantries" in some our nations elite schools. It showed great character to speak of things such as integrity and honour when they seem in such fragile supply. I hope others emulate this young man in the future...

Speaking of speaking out... or singing rather.... I saw "Keating!" on Thursday night and found it awesome... bringing back memories and utterly appropriate so close to an election. The lampooning of Bonsai was hilarious. There is another season coming up in July... see it!! Your gods demand it!! Vol is hungry...we must feed Vol. And yes I have voted.

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Big white taxi

Nov. 4th, 2007 | 06:03 pm
mood: mellowmellow

I checked...

The big white taxi inhabiting my car space has gone. 

And here I was prepping for some interesting drama....



 

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Birthday wishies from giants in our midst...

Nov. 1st, 2007 | 05:57 pm

Hello Mr Hollingworth

I give you an awesome birthday...

 

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