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AFL International Cup 2011 Ireland -v- Sweden @ Bus Loop Oval, Moore Park







Oh, and Ireland won, by a lot!

See more photos of the game here



Portrait Project – Day 28

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Portrait Project
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Look What We’ve Done

For today’s portrait I took a screen grab from a portrait someone else took today. It’s of the likely new Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) that was posted on a blogsite with the heading ‘Look What We’ve Done’. Exactly! I did think it was a good defining picture for today and one to inspire me, and any other portrait enthusiasts, of the possibility and power of a portrait.

Jackie – from Wexford – in Sydney

Such a random picture today. I was walking down King St in Newtown and bumped into an old college friend of mine, which would not’ve been so surprising if we were in Ireland, or even Bondi but we were in Newtown, and she lives in Perth! Go figure! Anyway her sister agreed to pose for me, the first Irish emigrant to be pictured in the project, and I’m sure, not the last either.

Day 161 – Team Spain!

I’m going to skip ahead a little today and do the update for the 11th before I finish the previous days. This photo was actually taken on the 12th of July in Australia but of a live moment from the 11th in Johannesburg, where, really, the party was at!

Because Ireland are not very likely to win any sort of World Cup, at least in my lifetime, I’m claiming my Spanish heritage today! My brother did a DNA test  a while back to see where our ancestors come from and it came back as Spain. This being despite my long-held belief that our surname, and therefore ancestors, came from Scandinavia. I feel it could be right though, most of Scandinavia is freezing, and I hate the cold! Spain is a much better prospect, especially now they’ve won the World Cup! I might just wear red and yellow for the day!

The photo is from SBS’s broadcast of the final. A final I actually woke up for, then fell asleep until 5 minutes before the only goal! Good timing I reckon! I took a few photos of the tv screen but found this one the most interesting. Puyol goes right up to the camera and kisses the Spanish flag. He sees a cameraman, camera and possibly his own reflection but on the other side of the screen is the rest of the world all sharing in his moment. He’s communicating with us but I’m sure his thoughts and far removed from that fact. I’d love to see the photo from the photographer behind him to confirm the scene that he’s facing but maybe sometimes the interesting thing is we can only speculate and never really know, the same as we’ll never really know what it was like for him to exist in that moment of his life.

Anyway ¡Viva España!

Quote of the day: A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals – Robert M. Hutchins

Day 144 – Team Julia

Well I guess everyone in Australia knows what happened today Julia Gillard became the Prime Minister in place of Kevin Rudd, being the first woman to hold the position. Not that it really matters to me because I don’t get a vote anyway, but I must admitt I was fascinated by developments. I guess because, in my opinion, Abbott would be a terrible person to have in charge of a country and from what I’ve seen of Kevin Rudd recently he has come across really negatively in press conferences, like he’s about to burst in anger at someone. He definitely didn’t inspire confidence in me that he would lead Labour to win the next election.

Gillard on the other hand seems well capable of taking charge, that first press conferences for example, the journo’s didn’t get a look in! Between that and the interview with her parents I was well impressed, plus since Ryan Giggs I’ve always had a liking of Welsh people! I’ve found the reaction to the way she came into power interesting, maybe its because that’s being happening in Ireland since I can remember but, isn’t that politics?? Maybe the difference lies in the fact that in Ireland we have the power to vote for our head of state (i.e. the President) so we don’t mind letting the parties have their own leadership battles and expect that the polititions, who know the individuals involved more personally, will make a more informed choice than we could for the person who should lead the party, and ultimately the country, if they get into power.

As for her being the first woman as Prime Minister, ya it’s great to think we are finally moving on from the past yet still remembering that it wasn’t all that long ago. It wasn’t that long ago we didn’t get a vote, had unconsidered expectations. It wasn’t that long ago that I was advised on leaving school not to join the army that I’d only end up doing the cooking and things, such was the opinion of a woman’s role! And it was very recently that one of my lecturers told us that we shouldn’t laugh at the feminist movement, burning bras, not shaving bodily hair and all the stuff that we do scorn now, now we don’t have to think about doing things like that. Because if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be where we are and he meant it quite literally, women weren’t allowed attend University.

Now for equality in other areas!

Quote of the day: I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there – Maureen Reagan

Day 39 – The Russians didn’t take the soup

Watched a silent film in college today called ‘The Battleship Potemkin’. Apparently one of the best ever made. That wasn’t what interested me. Irish people take note; the Russians didn’t take the soup!

Anyway just thought I should share that. Back to the picture from today. I’m telling ye lads this bus was flying it, maybe I should apply to the RTA to become a freelance, mobile speed camera? Still it got me thinking. There was a philosopher once upon a time, whose name or gender I can’t recall, and one of his/her beliefs was that we shouldn’t travel faster than we can run. I can’t remember why either, maybe I should’ve picked a different topic to write about today?

Hmmm yes, I’ll just copy and paste a poem instead:

Questions of Travel – Elizabeth Bishop

“Is it lack of imagination that makes us come
to imagined places, not just stay at home?
Or could Pascal have been not entirely right
about just sitting quietly in one’s room?

Continent, city, country, society:
the choice is never wide and never free.
And here, or there . . . No. Should we have stayed at home,
wherever that may be?”

Quote of the day:

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen”
– Benjamin Disraeli