Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thought for the Day


(Ponder what it is about you that would cause "Syndrome" to be added after your name.)


Bygone Sydney, from the air . . .

Circular Quay, Sydney, 1920s, 1962, 2013 

Sydney and Hyde Park, 1928 

Queens Square, Sydney, 1930 

Milsons Point, Sydney, 1928 and 2015 

Taylor Square, Sydney, 1959 

Queens Square, Sydney, 1950 

Pyrmont Incinerator, Sydney, 1976 

Circular Quay, Sydney with Opera House under construction, 1960 

Bennelong Point, Sydney, 1952 and 2015. 

The Spit at Middle Harbour in the 1920s before the Spit Bridge was built. 

Men in a dole queue during the Great Depression at No. 7 Wharf, Circular Quay, Sydney, 11 June 1931 

Luna Park, Sydney. 1935 

Btw, the changing faces of the entry to Luna Park 

Central Station, Sydney, 1939 

Sydney Town Hall as it appeared in the early 1900s facing north with St. Andrew's Cathedral to the left 

David Jones, George St. Sydney, cnr. Barrack St. Tram to Dulwich Hill, c. 1900-1910 

Moore Park, corner Anzac Parade and South Dowling Street, Sydney 1881 

Circular Quay, Sydney, 1881 

Toll Gate at Victoria Barracks in 1871.It was the toll gate for Old South Head Rd, now Oxford St Paddington. 

Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney, 1874


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thought for the Day




Miscellany

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A collection of miscellaneous items . . . 
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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.


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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.” 
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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
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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