Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Two children sitting with a badly damaged piano amongst the debris from the Port Douglas cyclone of 1911


747 house

"We are trying to use every piece of this aircraft, much like an Indian would use a buffalo," says Mr. Hertz.

He says the eight buildings will be scattered across the terraced hillside as if it were a "crash site." As it happens, the site lies under a jet flight path into Los Angeles International Airport. That concerns the Federal Aviation Administration, which has asked Mr. Hertz to paint special numbers on the wing pieces to alert pilots that Ms. Rehwald's retreat is not a crashed jumbo jet.
West Coast Woman To Build Crash Pad Out of an Old 747
via grow a brain

Monday, May 29, 2006

best before

He added that a biscuit wrapper with a best before date of December 1986 was found under the piano, giving a clue as to when it was taken there, but not why
Piano Found on Britain's Tallest Mountain last week...
via the presurfer


Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools

Friday, May 12, 2006


So far you know it in such a way:
Kitchen work-with ways like a marathoner.
This belongs now to the past!
You don't need to walk to the stove the stove comes to you
Views of the Circular Kitchen

via J walk


Cities' characters accompany their advances as shadows attend the footsteps of man. An ordinary citizen knows but little of the poetry or the prose of his city's life. For example, there is the pleasure-loving watering-place, half-mermaid and half-siren, that lures man to lotus eating.
Then there is the city where industry is on the move like the flying shuttle of a weaving machine. That is the city of action. Within its walls are men with strong arms, brows damp with sweat, faces and hands grimed. Such a city is the embodiment of industrial manhood. Prahran is halfway between those two types of city.

The History of Prahran From its first settlement to a city. Compiled (1912) and revised (1924) by order of the Prahran Council. By John Butler Cooper

John Butler Cooper Online

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

100 bars

- and speaking of cricket...
Johnny Cash Ring of Fire

One Hundred Bars
A collective blog dedicated to short pieces of writing inspired by pop songs. Edited in Mexico City with contributors from all over the world.

The power of this song to make tough men sing has got me thinking of other examples. I did witness a whole pub of trivia-heads break into song once when The Proclaimers 500 miles was played. It's true. Everyone started singing. Not as much cred as Cash there I guess, but then what would I know. I've been singing If You Could Read My Mind plaintively since I heard it on morning radio today.

Friday, May 05, 2006

too much

click for a better view

I arranged this sequence from a Google Image Search Too Much Cricket.
As you do. As you do when you see a link to a Live World Cricket Map. (via things)
The world cricket map is also available as a Google Hompage Module.

(Of course, this is not so timely now that the cricket calendar has finally eased. Now there's too much football... but that's another story)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

morris qotd

The years 1976-82 were absolute heaven for Morris dancers in Australia *

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


singing as they dance

I was inspired by the photo at wood s lot to find some local maypole pics.
The European Spring/fertility ritual was quite popular in the Antipodean mid Autumn.

I like this photo where the Gum is framed.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006


some found oz content from the past week around the traps:

Dame Edna Tribe at Scrapiteria

A knitted room from Tasmania
Imagine a room with 50s decor where everything's made from wool.
via I like

and Melbourne: great baking from Australia
I've been trying to think "just why is the bread so good in Victoria?" and that epicentre of a good crust, Melbourne.
via as above, kevan

Monday, May 01, 2006

lists and mowers

Oh good just what we all need..............zzzzzzzz.... another Top 50..........zzzzzzzzzzz....Best......Top 50.........Lists....of the Top 50 listzzzzzzzz......zzzzzzzz.......Top 50 Lawnmower experiences........zzzzzzzzz
Top 50 paint drying moments.................

A comment at: Culture Vulture Top 50 adaptations: what do you think?

Film of the book: top 50 adaptations revealed
via a media dragon

(Actually, a couple of months ago I found my way to a lawnmowing forum and think this would make the cut at a top 50 lawnmower experiences list)

...I broke the pull rope. :eek: It parted at the knot on the starter pulley. So I pulled the top off. Cleaned out a couple of centuries worth of dried grass, then lost a screw. Found the screw and had a long, hard worry about replacing said pull rope. Couldn't see how it would work so tied it on as I thought best and reassembled.
The flamin' pull rope won't retract. It'll spring back a little but only by one turn of the flywheel.

I managed to get the old girl started by leaving the top cover off and rewinding the rope by hand. Got her hot. Refitted the top cover, and started her, then mowed the lawn with the rope hanging loose (coz it won't retract). So, of course, I managed to get the rope under the mower whereupon it chopped a good foot off the rope and destroyed that nifty little plastic handle...