Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

28 08 2012

Fruit stall – Melbourne, Australia.

A trip to Melbourne gave us the opportunity to wander through a different city and even enjoy the ‘mundane’ parts of life.   I enjoy the fact that I slow down enough to notice things.  This fruit vendor was all set up for sidewalk trading, opposite the Melbourne Town Hall on Swanston Street.  It’s funny; when I saw it, all I could think about was action movies that featured car chases through a city.  They inevitably ran into a fruit stand at some point, spraying oranges across the intersection while the bad guys got away.  Nothing much happened here.  We carried on walking and went to China town for dim sum.


22 08 2012


I’ve reblogged the post above from Nadia over at AlzBlog.  She gives us a beautiful collection and insight into Islamic architecture, design and calligraphy. I love the flowing and intricate forms of calligraphy and the geometric patterns found in so many decorative arts. These are examples from all over the world and I’ll probably never get to see them in person. Thanks Nadia for sharing a wonderful collection with us – they are very beautiful.  And have a blessed holiday!

Alz Blog

Today is Eid Alfitr (19.08) , a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. “Eid” is an Arabic word meaning “holiday, festival or festivity”, while “Fitr” means “breaking the fast” (Arabic: عيد الفطر). On this day, Muslims gather early in the morning in outdoor locations or mosques to perform the Eid prayer. Later, they visit various family and friends, give gifts and gathering involve cooking and eating.
Women are commonly given special gifts by their loved ones and children are normally given new clothes. They also receive a “Eid-ey-yah from their adult relatives, a small sum of money that the children receive and is used to spend on all their activities throughout the Eid.
On this holiday, Muslims need to give as much charity as is possible. Before the day of Eid, Muslim family gives a determined amount as a donation to the poor, to ensure that the needy can have a holiday meal and participate in the…

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Vietnam Veterans’ Day 2012

20 08 2012

Pocketbook - Vietnam

August 18th commemorates the Battle of Long Tan and has now been adopted by all veterans as Vietnam Veterans’ Day in Australia.

The Battle of Long Tan was fought in 1962 and saw an 108 man Australian battalion (Delta Coy) clash with more than two thousand Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam.  The Australians prevailed, but lost 18 men.  It was the largest loss of life in one operation since Australia’s involvement began and is often seen as the defining moment of Australia’s involvement in the war.

Sixty thousand Australians served in Vietnam.  Countless people at home and abroad continue to feel the ricochet of that war today.

2012 is a year for even deeper reflection as it marks 50 years since the deployment of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (known as “the team”) arriving in South Vietnam on 3rd August 1962. It is also 40 years since our main forces cam home.

Field Book – Pte Peter Mansell – 7 RAR (1970)

On this day here at home, and right around the world, Australians gather to remember.  Above all, we honour those who gave their lives in Vietnam, and whose sacrifice in Australia’s name will never be forgotten.  It is not to glorify war but to remember the comradeship, support, courage and sacrifice of those around the world who fought, those who supported them, those who died and those who still feel the loss today.

Vietnam Service Medals

Lest we forget

Victory Day – 15 August 1945

15 08 2012

V Letter!! – A letter home on Victory Day, 15 August 1945

VJ (Victory over Japan) or VP (Victory in the Pacific) is commemorated on 15th August and marks the end of World War II.  On this day in 1945 Japan accepted the Allied demand  for unconditional surrender.

The German High Command had authorised the signing of an unconditional surrender on all fronts in May 1945, which meant the war in Europe was over.  The Allied nations issued the Potsdam Declaration on 26 July 1945, calling for Japan to surrender or face ‘prompt and utter destruction’.  Japan responded with silent contempt, effectively ignoring the ultimatum, prompting the atomic bombings  of Hiroshima (6th August) and Nagasaki (9th August) after which the Japanese government agreed to comply in full.

Troops were spread all over the globe and were eager to make their way home.  Cpl A.R. (Roger) Crook, of the RAAF 21 Squadron (based in Borneo) wrote home to Australia with the news.  Here is his ‘V’ (victory) Letter to his beloved wife.

How do you like the news? – Victory Day, 15 August 1945

My darlings,
Just a line to let you know that I am OK and hope you are the same.  How do you like the NEWS?  I bet there was a fair sort of a celebration down home.  I would have to be stuck up here when it finished. We don’t know how long it will be before we get home.  But as I am a five years-er, I hope it won’t be long.  Any how it won’t be longer than 12 months, that’s all I signed up for.  I hope.  We will have a lot of work to do in the next few months I suppose but here’s hoping I get my discharge soon.  I will be straight away be having an understanding with Rowsell.  I bet he won’t like it.  Where is young Ron?  He didn’t see any operations at all.  I suppose he will be discharged now the lucky young devil.  How did Mum and Dad like the news?  We heard the news that it was over yesterday afternoon from Radio Tokyo but it was not confirmed until this morning.  Things were very quiet up here.  No celebrations at all. I only hope that I will be home for Christmas, the first in five years.  My we will have a celebration if I am.  I will get blotto once again like I did in Perth the last time, only worse!!!!!  (not if you can help it I bet).  Well my dearest, there is not much to write about up here and it is getting dark and I will close now. Give my love to all at home.  Tons of love and kisses, yours forever,  Roger x x x x

Service Medals – WWII The Pacific Star

We will remember them.
Lest we forget.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

4 08 2012

Growth – even in a hole in the granite.

This week’s challenge is to portray Growth – a part of life.  This plant makes the most of what is available – a one inch hole left in the granite which it found by a miracle.  It shelters in the cleft of the rock; not complaining that it doesn’t have enough, not lamenting that it doesn’t get much chance, not wondering how long it will be there.  Just growing.  Basking in the sunshine, enjoying the warmth and collecting rain as it falls. Growing. Surviving. Flourishing.  Maybe I need to get back to basics too.




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