Posts Tagged ‘New South Wales’

Day 299

One of the last pictures I took before my camera was stolen, sniff, sniff! Had a class excursion to The Mint, which is the hub of the Historic Houses Trust in New South Wales. I was surprised how much emphasis is put on design, some of which were waaay too flowery for my taste! I kinda liked the one pictured below though that would’ve been used in interior design, probably as a wallpaper from the late 18th century on. Actually I could’ve just made up that date!

Day 300

An early start at Bronte this morning to take some photos of my friend’s dog

For more shots see http://www.keating18.com/#/gallery/mouse/

Day 301

Day 302

Newtown’s a great place to live near for pictures. This guy here is one of the locals, having a smoke and a break from his scooter at the cafe.

Day 303 – Playing with Light



Day 253 – Sit Down Beside Me

I’m a little behind as this should’ve been posted on the 15th, even though it’s now the 19th but I’m posting as if it were the 11th! Make sense? No, great!

On the 15th there was a campaign from students from schools and universities in New South Wales to wear purple to raise awareness about the mental health crisis affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth. But as I’ve no purple clothes I just made my daily picture purple instead! Make sense? Kinda, great!

Bullying. Make sense? Definitely not. Idiot kids (or in some cases adults) that need to belittle people in order to get any self-esteem. The problem is not that they exist, they are in a minority amongst a usually good world. The problem is the people who laugh at them and facilitate them and allow them the power to keep on bullying and ruin more lives. Unfortunately children do not always have the courage to stand up in situations where they know wrong is being done but as adults the rest of us should and should be leading by example. Not by wearing purple or making purple photos but by standing up to these types of people and by being aware of the effects of our own actions and words also.

To make someone feel so bad that the only solution they see is ending their life is horrific. Yet some governments and religious leaders are a catalyst for suicide as an answer. Julia Gillard says Australia isn’t ready for gay marriage but even if it were to be put into law, it would never effect those people she feels aren’t ready as the message that not allowing it, sends to at risk teenagers and their would be tormentors. The Pope denounces homosexuality as evil yet it’s not something that effects his day-to-day life. As these people so willing to cause pain and suffering for such little reason? Politicians fine, I understand they are competing for votes but the religious people of our society are supposed to be compassionate. I would hope they consider that first.

Kids – It gets better. Make sense? Yes, great!

Day 27 – Mardi Gras!

So the Sydney Mardi Gras parade was on today and as I’m a bit tired (as you would if you had a few beers and then spent about 6 hours navigating from milk crate to milk crate amongst a 10-person deep crowd to take one of about 400 photos – i filled 2 memory cards!) I’m going to quote some poems instead of writing much today! It was a great event with the theme of the parade being History of the World, obviously encompassing gay history and the fact that when the first march was held in 1978 homosexuality was illegal in New South Wales and all the marchers were arrested.

It was a fantastic night and the highlight for me was just being there seeing the smiles on everyones faces, absolutely everyone I met was smiling! A party for half a million people as only Sydney can do! Anyway some poetry!

Sonnet 116 – William Shakesphere

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Ode to a Grecian Urn – John Keats

O Attic shape!  Fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st,
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Lastly I have all the 365 pictures on flickr in bigger size so its a bit easier to see photo montages like above! The address is http://www.flickr.com/photos/keating18/sets/72157623224659113/