Monday, 30 May 2011
"The Gap" at Watsons Bay in the Eastern Suburbs is a well-known suicide spot (according to Wikipdia, about 50 annually). It's a high sandstone cliff which drops to a rock platform.
Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute have funded this and other signage to try to assist distressed people to seek help.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
The first time I became aware of roadside memorials for people killed in accidents was in Italy. They are now reasonably common in Australia. This telegraph pole on the Princes Highway at Tempe is cvered with plastic flowers. It has been there for at least the past couple of years.
I found a website cataloguing Australian roadside memorials.
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Today I went with my lovely friend Lynelle to Sydney Theatre in the Walsh Bay area to see a compendium of 5 short ballets, called Body Torque. It features new choreographers, and younger members of the Australian Ballet.
You can watch a live streaming of it on the net on Sunday (tomorrow) at 3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Click here.
Friday, 27 May 2011
In NSW you can design your own car number plate, subject to certain styles available, and conditions. Check it out here.
Occasionally someone's idea is refused, if it is likely to cause offence. Recently there was a complaint about a plate reading "KIKI" which was a lifelong nickname of a woman of Greek heritage, a term of endearment. Apparently it means "vagina" in Tagalog, a language of the Philippines. The complaint was dismissed. See here.
I saw this one on my way home, and reckon the owner/s has/have creatively escaped the number plate censors. It made me laugh. I trust they are enjoying their life together!!
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Beautiful autumn colour in Chalmers St, Redfern.
Most native to Sydney foliage is evergreen, but these street plantings of deciduous trees add lots of colour and enable winter sun through.
Purists mightn't like them, but I love it!
Monday, 23 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Within Sydney Park are several groves of trees which have been planted as a living memorial to those who have died of HIV/AIDS.
From the SPAIDS website:
"Community groups were encouraged to plant Australian native species of trees, and SPAIDS was supported by Council in 1994 at its first planting on 15 May 1994.
"Individuals who were carers of people with HIV/AIDS felt the need for a living memorial to those who had died from the disease, so Council was approached to set aside a section of this new park project for this purpose. Council agreed. At the time the Council was organizing three plantings a year in order to accelerate growth of trees.
"SPAIDS persisted with Council and plantings, and by 2008, SPAIDS had had 33 plantings and planted over 8000 trees and commemorated over 1200 people."
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Sydney Council is doing a major upgrade of this park in inner suburb Surry Hills. I have blogged it before. This area was a bit of a wasteland with some degraded grass; now there's a kids' playground, and picnic and barbecue facilities.
I'm really looking forward to the re-opening of the pool in late 2011.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
This glass sculpture of the Southern cross is by Jon Hawley. It is in the vestibule of the Mitchell Wing of the State Library of NSW.
It is based on the earliest depiction of the stars of the Southern Cross, a woodcut engraving of 1516 by Andrea Corsali.
Monday, 2 May 2011
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Here's a modern mailbox...it delivers mail instantaneously from around the world....but it can't quite deliver the hard copy in quite the same way.....which do you prefer?
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