Author: Ian Andrew

A Walk in the Park

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how blessed we are living in places that have beautiful spaces, parks and nature reserves, (let alone democracy, freedom, civil rights and caramel crunch ice cream). I know there are things wrong with every nation and yes there are many, many issues in Australia that make you weep (not least our last few Prime Ministers, of every political persuasion), but sometimes it is worth reflecting on the good. Today we went for a walk in Kings Park, Perth and nope I didn’t miss the apostrophe, it was officially dropped from the name in the early 20th Century....

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A punch-up in sublime surrounds

Just a small gallery of shots from the ridge…   One, Two Free Millpond Sun sinking into blue Reeds Red Flower Yellow hues Sunburst A luck duck enjoys front row seat at the boxing Good right Oh, it’s kick-boxing Bl**dy Rowdy Roos Enough already… What you lookin’ at? Calm descending Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new...

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Just a Bit of Friday Fun

“Oh come on for God’s sake,” I huffed. But not out loud. My arse was sore from lying in the one spot for so long, trying to hold still and be focussed. But it was boring and tedious. Seriously, what the hell was I thinking? Actually, I knew exactly what I was thinking. She was cute and I’d been after her for a while. All that time spent watching, trying to pick the right moment, the right time to make my approach. Problem was that I was quite scared of her Father, so I wasn’t too sure how to get...

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A Century of Illusion

This coming weekend will see many events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. Over the next four years, as each significant battle reaches its centenary, we shall be reminded of the futile waste of millions of lives, the horrendous conditions, the death on an industrial scale. Some will wonder why the young men believed the politicians lies and went forth in such numbers. Many will wonder how nationalism and patriotism were mishandled, misinterpreted and misrepresented to usher in the massacre of a generation. But that overlooks a simple truth. Many young men and women want to test themselves...

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Yep, the Kangaroo on the left is photobombing my blog 🙂 The one on the right does not seem too amused. I nearly missed updating this as I’ve been head down in the Trove online database of Australian archives. I didn’t know it existed before stumbling upon it in the State Library of WA’s blog. The Trove’s purpose is to allow you to “find and get over 382,781,884 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.” It was fascinating. I found that a great great grandfather of mine, one Thomas, back in the February of 1868, near Adelaide, South...

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