Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thought for the Day



A collection of miscellaneous items . . . 

Pink clouding:

I heard this expression when watching Law & Order: SVU.  It means to pretending everything is okay to everyone when it really isn't. 
(Girl jumps to her death). Cop: "I just talked to her yesterday. She was pink clouding, and I knew it." ~Amanda Rollins, Law & Order SVU

Apparently the term comes from the 12 step recovery programs, being jargon to refer to the euphoria felt in early stages as recovery begins.  According to the website Addiction Resource: 
In addiction recovery, the “pink cloud” is a term used to describe a high-on-life feeling in one’s journey to recovery. The Pink Cloud Syndrome is a curious but often short-lived phenomenon. Many people, after detoxing, feel too good about their recovery, as they’re finally able to see the real world behind a curtain of pills, drinks, and needles.

In recovery, pink clouds are common phenomena, but can provide unrealistic expectations. While the feelings of happiness may bring hope to people, they have a dark side, in that the feelings can be self-effected mechanisms that stop people from seeing their real problems. Those delusions can bring over-confidence and disappointment, which can lead back to relapse.


Pink’s look:

Speaking of things pink, Christina Aguilera did a Whitney Houston tribute at the American Music Industry Awards yesterday by singing songs from The Bodyguard.  Her rendition of I Will Always Love You was painful to listen to, a fact encapsulated by Pink’s pained expression when the camera cut to her in the audience:

By way of comment on the speculation about her feelings, she later tweeted: 
“Christina fucking killed it tonight for one of our favorite singers ever. This is about Whitney, and I am in awe of Christina’s talent. Show the clip where I’m in tears, you negative Nancy’s.” 

Rare photo find:

Also in the news yesterday, a  man by the name of Frank Abrams purchased a grainy photograph for $10 at a North Carolina flea market. Hi-tech analysis of the group photo has revealed that it shows both Billy the Kid and his killer Pat Garrett, which could potentially mean that it is worth millions of dollars.  He said that he is hanging onto it for the moment and will decide later about whether to sell it. 

This photo shows what historians believe is a photo of outlaw Billy the Kid, second from left, and Pat Garrett, far right, taken in 1880. Frank Abrams, who bought the photo at a flea market says experts in forensics and facial recognition have verified the picture after several months of examination.

Billy the Kid (born Henry McCarty, and also known as William H. Bonney) (1859 - 1881) was an American Old West gunfighter known to have killed eight men, one of them Sheriff Brady.  Captured by Sheriff Pat Garrett, he was tried and convicted of the murder of Brady in 1881 and sentenced to hang.  He escaped from jail, killing two sheriff's deputies in the process, and evaded capture for more than two months. He ultimately was shot and killed by Garrett in Fort Sumner on July 14, 1881, aged 21.

Sheriff Pat Garrett, c 1903

William Bonney, c 1880

Some trivia about the film The Bodyguard:

Rachel's mansion is the same mansion as the "horse's head in the bed" mansion in The Godfather (1972).

Kevin Costner said that he based his portrayal of Frank Farmer on actor Steve McQueen. He even went as far as to get McQueen's trademark haircut for the role.

Pat Benatar, Olivia Newton-John, Madonna, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Janet Jackson, Terri Nunn, Kim

This film was originally proposed in the mid-'70s, starring Diana Ross and Steve McQueen, but was rejected as "too controversial". The film concept was to be attempted again in the late 1970s, with Ryan O'Neal and Diana Ross cast as the leads. The project fell through after only a few months because of irreconcilable differences between O'Neal and Ross, who had been dating.

As of 2015, with over 37 million albums sold, the film had the best-selling soundtrack of all time. Saturday Night Fever (1977) places second--with nearly 10 million fewer albums sold.

The basement used as Kevin Costner's basement in the movie the bodyguard is the same basement that's used in NCIS as Gibbs basement.

"The Bodyguard" was the favourite movie of Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia (1975-1983), revealed by his granddaughter Rachel during a family tribute at his funeral in Melbourne, March 27 2015.

Kevin Costner has revealed that a sequel was planned, which would have had him protecting Princess Diana, and that she had expressed a willingness to appear in the film.  The sequel, ironically enough, would have centered on Costner’s Bodyguard character, Frank Farmer, protecting Diana’s character from paparazzi and stalkers before the pair become romantically involved. Costner has stated that he received the script for the sequel on August 31, 1997, the day before Princess Diana died in Paris in a car crash that was originally blamed on paparazzi, who were following the vehicle that carried her and Dodi Fayed.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thought for the Day

Bizarre jewellery

How many of these jewellery items would you wear?

Fake tear drop.

Snake eye ear studs

Green tea and sushi ring

Chair wrist bangle

Toilet roll neck charm

Spider necklace

Chicken feet earrings

Teeth charms

Bacon bangle

Real hair necklace

Caged mouse necklace, part of a “Fur is alive” jewellery series

Bottle cap necklace

Another bottle cap necklace

Frog earring

Spider earring

Teeth rings and bracelets

If you think teeth jewellery is bizarre, how about a teeth compact

Claw ring

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thought for the Day

Sydney Suburbs continued: Birrong, Blackett, Blacktown



Located in the local government area of Canterbury-Bankstown and located 22 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD, Birrong shares its postcode of 2143 with neighbouring suburbs Regents Park and Potts Hill.

Name origin:
The word “birrong” is aboriginal for star and was adopted as the suburb’s name in 1927.

  • In 1835 Joseph Hyde Potts received a grant of 625 acres in the area, which became known as Potts Hill.
  • Potts, a foundation employee of the Bank of New South Wales, which opened in 1817, was also the security man who slept in the bank. When he sought to marry, his employers refused to allow his wife onto the premises on the basis that it would lessen his concentration on his duties.

Passing Birrong, date unknown

Birrong Swimming Centre, 1966

Birrong railway Station


Blackett is located 48 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD in the local government area of the City of Blacktown.

Name origin:
Blackett is named after George Forster Blackett, Superintendent of the Government Cattle Station at Rooty Hill 1820–1830. 

  • Blackett is a fairly new suburb, dating from the 1970’s.


Blacktown is a suburb in the City of Blacktown, located 34 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD. 

Name origin:
From Wikipedia:
In 1819 Governor Lachlan Macquarie granted land to two indigenous men, Colebee and Nurragingy as payment their service to The Crown, for showing the passage over the Blue Mountains and for assisting in dealing with Aboriginal issues. 
A few years later in 1823, the Native Institution (a school for Aboriginal children) was moved from Parramatta to the site where Richmond Road meets Rooty Hill Road North (this intersection is now in the suburbs of Oakhurst and Glendenning) which was named "The Blacks Town". The institution was then known as Black Town Native Institute and it was synonymous with the stolen generation. Although the institution closed in 1833, the road heading out to the internment camp became known as the Black Town Road. In 1860 the Railway Department gave the name of Black Town Road Station to the railway station at the junction of the railway and the Black Town Road, with the name shortening to Blacktown by 1862.
There have been calls from time to time to change the name in that, being based on race, it is offensive.  These have not been successful, being resisted by most of the residents and by the indigenous groups, who see the name as a link to their history.

  • Blacktown is the largest of any suburb or township in New South Wales and is one of the most multicultural places in Sydney.
  • Here is something special about Blacktown: I grew up there. In 1956 my family moved to Australia from Holland, my mother, father, myself and my two younger brothers. Readers know that we initially stayed at Scheyville Migrant Hostel and that my father got us out of there as quick as he could. We settled in Blacktown where my parents bought an acre of land and built a house. My father lived there until his death in a car accident in 1978. My mother continued living there for another 30 years. My brothers and I attended Blacktown West Primary School in the year that it opened and then Doonside High School. Some pics below.

Blacktown Road before construction 21 October 1930.

Blacktown Station, 1954

The Robin Hood Hotel, early 1970’s. I recall that the milk bar next door, which made great hamburgers, was called the Maid Marian.

Blacktown Station 1955, electrification of the rail line 

Blacktown Station, 1955, electrification

Blacktown Westfield Plaza, 1966

Blacktown Station, 1885

Blacktown Post Office, 1901

Blacktown Public School, c 1890

Main street, Blacktown, 1910

Two future prime ministers: Gough Whitlam at Blacktown's Bowman Hall in 1972 after delivering his “It’s time” campaign launch speech. Bob Hawke is pictured at the front of the crowd.
Men and Women of Australia!

The decision we will make for our country on 2 December is a choice between the past and the future, between the habits and fears of the past, and the demands and opportunities of the future. There are moments in history when the whole fate and future of nations can be decided by a single decision. For Australia, this is such a time. It’s time for a new team, a new program, a new drive for equality of opportunities: it’s time to create new opportunities for Australians, time for a new vision of what we can achieve in this generation for our nation and the region in which we live. It’s time for a new government – a Labor Government.
Some (cringeworthy) family pics . . .                                                                                                                                                            
My brothers and I in De Hague,Holland, before we left for Asutralia. Me on the left, hans in the middle and Rudy (Rudolph) on the right.

1957, Blacktown.  Mum (Antoinette), Dad (Otto), Rudy, Hans and myself.

As the sign says, First Class, 1957.
That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight losing my relgion top left

Primary School sports team photo, me without the guernsey, they had run out.

Doonside High School, Year 4 (today Year 10) - me front row, 2nd from left

Year 6 (now Year 12), me in the rear row, fourth from right