Friday, February 17

More on Boggo Road

After my visit there yesterday, I have done more research on Boggo Road Gaol.  I found this video which explains the riot in 1988, and the subsequent closure of the Gaol.  

I was living in Brisbane at the time of the riots, but have little recall of it all.  I posted on FB that I had visited there, and one former prisoner commented that he had been an inmate there.

It certainly was not a comfortable place to be.  The cells that I saw yesterday were certainly very run down, and clearly had no running water nor toilet facilities.

Of course the prisoners were there because they had been charged with committing a crime, though we know now that some of the police officers were corrupt, so perhaps some prisoners were not guilty.

The Police Commissioner at the time was said to be corrupt.  Perhaps the truth about some convictions may never come out, but some have been well documented.  One of the crimes has been well documented in a book called Lingering Doubts, by Deb Drummond and her cousin Janice Teunis, which claims that their grandfather, Reg Brown was not guilty of murdering 19 year-old Bronia Armstrong back in 1947.  There appears to be a lot of evidence supporting their research.  

It was in this notorious Boggo Road Gaol that he took his life as a result of his conviction.  Sad.

A friend has also reported that her grandmother's brother was probably not guilty of his crime (murder) either.  It was a time of much corruption.

So, I will continue to do more research.  Interesting.

Where has the Year Gone?

Where has the year gone? Ok, we are only in the middle of the second month of the year, but it is going so fast, I am somewhat overwhelmed!!  

It has been busy.  I have been working hard on too many projects, from writing for Weekend Notes, and the local community group as well as my other writing.  Ok, I know I have to slow down.  But, no, it doesn't seem to work for me.  I am now working on another program of housing for Senior Solo Women.

I do get to escape sometimes as I get to go to places to write stories about them.

Who wouldn't like to visit places like this?   Machu Picchu at Maroochydore is a great place and I look forward to going back there next month.  I get to jump in my car and go to places.  So many times I go to visit one place, but on the way there or home, or around the place that I went to write about, I find something else.  To me it is fun.  It is "work" but I get to use my camera (Olympus EM10), and get to meet great people and when I get home, I put together one or more of the articles I have researched.

One article I wrote was about a Market at Bundamba/Ipswich, and I have pencilled in to visit it on Sunday next. I'd like to go as I love handmade items, but there is a steam train that operates there.  I love trains - so I will probably get up early and head that way, but not before I have booked my train ticket on line.  It is a journey of just over 1 hour - that is if the traffic is ok, and it should be on a Sunday.

Yesterday I was at Boggo Road Gaol, researching an article for Weekend Notes.  

Inside the old gaol.  It is on three levels and the doors are the doors to cells.

One cell had old photos.  Note the women with their backs to the camera.  They did that for privacy.

So, I am busy and having fun. 

Saturday, January 7

Happy New Year

A whole week has gone since the New Year started.  I had a huge "To Do List" that I had hoped to complete the week between Christmas and New Year, but I didn't manage it.  Maybe in the next couple of days I can do so.

Not that I have been idle.  Just had a HUGE list of things to finish.  

I've not had a great social life - I wasn't awake to see the New Year in.  I was in bed by about 10.30 pm.  There's not a lot of excitement when one is on one's own.

I have started the Ultimate Blog Challenge - and am almost up to date.  There's another challenge too, but I have not started.  Something I may get to complete over this weekend.

Sundays are to be "rest days".  Mmmmm.  Not likely.  However, my plan for tomorrow is to go up into the hills beyond Caboolture and do some research for some articles for Weekend Notes.  Might also have a companion tomorrow.

It has been wet here.  Hot and humid too.  I have had an occasional companion - a lovely butcher bird.  These black and white birds are a delight.  Especially "their singing."

This fellow took refuge from the rain in my back porch and sang for me.  It was a delight.  (The photo is a bit grainy as I had to take it through the screen door - otherwise it would not have stayed there for the photo!)

I have managed to keep up to some degree for the UBC - with posts on another site.  Click here. 

I will try and see if I can kick a few things off my "To Do List" today and then have a relaxing day tomorrow.  Oh, and I will take my camera.

Saturday, December 31

The Lucky Country

It was David Horne who coined the words "the lucky country" way back in the 1970's I think.  One only has to pick up a newspaper, or read news on the internet to see that we are well away from the wars and conflicts around the world.  

Anyone who has travelled, and compared Australia with other countries can see why we often feel we are the luckiest in the world.  Weather, scenery, business successes, development, sporting successes and a lot more contribute to this feeling that we are fortunate.

One of the things that resonates with me is the wonderful weather and fresh air.  Having spent time teaching and travelling in China, the fresh air is always high on my lit of things to appreciate about Australia.  We certainly don't have the smog of China.  

In the last couple of weeks, this article appeared about children sitting exams in smog.  It is unbelievable really.  Read about it here.

Today's China Daily has an article about the smog over the new year celebrations.  Article here.   (Above photos from that article.)

I recall in the days that we lived there, we got excited when we would see blue sky.  Such was the excitement that we often would text friends with the news.  I have been held up at airports waiting for the smog to disappear, and I have driven through foggy streets.  All a bit of a worry.

When some Chinese friends visited me in February 2016, they ran around with excitement at the sight of all the blue sky.  And the gentleman saw stars. He circled with his hands in the air, shouting excitedly.  Stars.  Stars.  He didn't recall seeing any before.

We certainly are lucky that we do not have the pollution problem of China and some other countries of the world!!!

It is not all doom and gloom in China though they have some current issues.  Click here to see photos taken in the last week in China.  

Thursday, December 29

At the Movies - Red Dog True Blue

I am staying at my daughter's home in Brisbane.  Her husband and children are in Rockhampton with his parents - and after collecting her at Brisbane Airport on Tuesday night I have stayed.  She is working - yesterday working at home, and today she is in the office.

Last night we went to the movies.  We set off to Bulimba to see Red Dog:True Blue.  I had read a review on the movie - I can't recall where, but I felt a little disappointed and not as enthusiastic as I should have been.  

Oxford St Bulimba was busy, but we found a park and after a short walk to the theatre, armed with drinks and popcorn we ventured into Theatre 3.  Cineplex. 

We both loved the movie.  It was a great movie.  I know it was a "sequel" though it really showed the story of Red Dog from his discovery as a pup after a cyclone in the north of WA.  The scenery was amazing.   

The storyline was excellent too.  Though it left me with some unanswered questions. 

It is a movie for all the family!  Everyone would enjoy it.  The Bullen family were involved in the training of the dog/s, and the horse I think too - they are incredible!

Another great movie.  Thank you, Screen Australia and everyone involved in the production of the movie.

Wednesday, December 28

Goodbye 2016

I enjoy this time of the year.  Not just the parties, the family get togethers and the feasting, but the idea that a new year is about to start.  I like making plans for the new year, and I enjoy the few days between Christmas and New Year Celebrations where I can do a lot of things while watching the Cricket.

At the same time I like to "say goodbye" to the old year and plan the new year.  I have some BIG plans for 2017 - and am excited.  Will be co-housing project come to fruition or at least go forward during the year?  Will I get to London and Europe on my search for more information about co-housing?  Will I make a move to go to university again?  What will my housing plans for me, be?  Will I lose weight?  Will I be slimmer at the end of 2017?

Many Australians are cricket tragics.  We love sitting in the loungeroom in the heat of summer, and watching the events of this amazing sport.  Read the history of cricket here.

When many families get together over the Christmas-New Year, "backyard cricket" is played.  Most of the family will participate and it can be a lot of fun.  I can remember playing that over the years.  I can remember the family Christmas get-togethers with my Aunts, Uncles and cousins  Adelaide,  We didn't play much backyard cricket with them.  Perhaps because there were more girls than boys amongst the cousins!  Still, we all think of cricket at this time of year.

Above photo from here.

Cricket can be boring. I find that I can watch as I go about other duties at home.  I  can do a range of things because I know that I miss any major event, it will be replayed.

I recall being the scorer at Cricket matches when my son played.  He was quite a good player but after he left that school, he didn't play again.

Not so long ago I went to the 'Gabba (Brisbane's major football and cricket stadium) to watch the England vs Queensland match.  I read a book.  I would watch much of the game and read at the same time.

If I had my head down reading when something BIG happened, I knew that it would be replayed on the big screen.

Summer can be very hot here in Australia, and it suits me these days to watch the cricket on television and do what I wish.  I manage a lot of catch up things at this time.

Saturday, December 24

Christmas Lights in Beachmere

It does look wonderful when you drive around your neighbourhood and many of the houses are decorated with lights to celebrate the Christmas Season!!

I live in what is described as a village, just some 50 kms north of the city of Brisbane.  A sleepy village sometimes, with not a lot of the modern facilities most suburbs have, but we like it like that.  It's usually quiet.  It's near a river and the sea, semi rural.  But it has a great sense of community.

In 2015, a couple of members of a local community group "judged" the few places that had amazing lights and awarded prizes on Christmas Eve, thankfully donated by people of substance in the community.

In 2016, we had an official competition - and many more people got into the swing of it all and though not all entered the competition, we found that the village was much more colourful than the year before.  What will 2017 bring????

These are just some of the beautiful decorations for Christmas 2016!