Saturday, October 30, 2010

Poster 2 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville (Wed 27 Oct 2010)

Poster 2 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville - Wed 27 Oct 2010 (picasa)

Just across the road from Poster 1 (Syke) on the side of a derelict house which has been awaiting redevelopment for many years. The word Syke is more prominent here. The Acid Midget might be able to give some background on these two posters. The following photos give the poster a bit more context to its surroundings.

Poster 2 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville - Wed 27 Oct 2010 (picasa)

Poster 2 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville - Wed 27 Oct 2010 (picasa)

Afterglow - The making of (youtube)

The Making Of Afterglow - INXS (youtube)

Poster 1 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville (Wed 27 Oct 2010)

Poster 1 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville - Wed 27 Oct 2010 (picasa)

This poster has been here for quite a while. It is on part of the building that has hosted the recently featured Legs, part of which has been whitewashed out over the years (the building has had various Development Applications which appear to have come to nothing as yet). This poster seems to have survived for some reason. The top left corner one can vaguely make out the word syke. A google search might give some clues - I don't know really. Found a similar poster across the road and will show it in a future post.


Poster 1 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville - Wed 27 Oct 2010 (picasa)

Poster 1 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville - Wed 27 Oct 2010 (picasa)


Poster 1 (Syke) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville - Wed 27 Oct 2010 (picasa)

HCC 2010 - Photo Collage - Pacific Dragons and Friends (Sat/Sun 23/24 Oct 2010)

HCC 2010 - Photo Collage - Pacific Dragons and Friends - Sat/Sun 23/24 Oct 2010 (picasa)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Legs (2010) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville (Wed 27 Oct 2010)

Legs (2010) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville (Wed 27 Oct 2010)

Legs (2010) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville (Wed 27 Oct 2010)

Legs (2003) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville (Wed 8 Oct 2003)

Legs (2003) - Erskineville Road / Erskineville (Wed 8 Jun 2003)

Watch Your Step - Erskineville Road / Erskineville (Fri 18 Jun 2004)

Legs (2004) - Watch Your Step - Erskineville Road / Erskineville - Fri 18 Jun 2004

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Three Ants - Meager Street/Chippendale (Mar 2010)

Three Ants - Meager Street/Chippendale (Mar 2010)

47 - Cafe Sofia - Erskineville (Wed 01 Jul 2009)

47 - Cafe Sofia/Erskineville - Wed 01 Jul 2009 (picasa)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Peoples Republic of Newtown - Forbes St/Newtown (Wed 03 Mar 2010)

Peoples Republic of Newtown - Forbes St/Newtown (Wed 03 Mar 2010)

No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys

Good luck to everyone paddling the 2010 Hawkesbury Canoe Classic (HCC) Saturday Night. Remember, no sleep till Brooklyn (thanks Sou and Alasdair) ..

No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys (1986)

Three Clowns - Georgina Steer/Newtown (Tue 23 Feb 2010)

Three Clowns (Left) - Georgina Steer/Newtown (Tue 23 Feb 2010)

Three Clowns (Right) - Georgina Steer/Newtown (Tue 23 Feb 2010)

Three Clowns (Center) - Georgina Steer/Newtown (Tue 23 Feb 2010)


Three Clowns - Georgina Steer/Newtown (Tue 23 Feb 2010)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Save Da Koala's - Henderson Road/Alexandria (21 Oct 2010)

SAVE DA KOALA'S - Henderson Road/Alexandria (21 Oct 2010)

Save the Shark - Redfern (Thu 11 Feb 2010)

Save the Shark - Little Eveleigh St/Redfern - Thu 11 Feb 2010

Been here a couple of years. Weathered well. See it every time I go to the Gym.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Penguins - King Street/Newtown (Thu 04 Mar 2010)

Penguins - Detail - Newtown - Thu 04 Mar 2010 (picasa)

Penguins - Newtown - Thu 04 Mar 2010 (picasa)

From earlier in the year on the opposite wall to We Are Raw Meat. They are my favourite.

Crowe: Traffic Sign - Watkin Street/Newtown (Fri 12 Mar 2010)

Crowe: Traffic Sign - Watkin Street/Newtown - Fri 12 Mar 2010 (picasa)

Just remembered this photo of a crowe painted on the back of traffic sign on the corner of Wilson St and Watkin St (Sth). It is within metres of the Wilson Street Lock at Original Finish I photographed 6 years earlier. Taken towards the end of 3 months off work earlier in the year (see One Day at a Time). Must have walked past it a thousand times and not noticed it. Not sure what was different that day to make me look up? So simple yet so effective.

Forms of Street Art - SMH (19 Oct 2010)

Page 3 - Sydney Morning Herald (19 Oct 2010)

Forms of Street Art - Page 3 - Sydney Morning Herald (19 Oct 2010)

The above if from an article in todays Sydney Morning Herald. Seems like someone has gone a bit too far. Nice to know the terminology. Have seen it all, plus more.

The following is a screenshot of the Acid Midget blog found from a comment to the We Are Raw Meat Post (Thanks Charlotte).

Stencil wall in Chippendale, Sydney has heaps of character (16 Oct 2010) by Acid Midget

Have added Acid Midget to my Links and Google Reader.

Little Eveleigh Street - Redfern (Tue 19 Oct 2010)

Little Eveleigh Street - Redfern (Tue 19 Oct 2010)

Walked past here on the way to the Gym. Noticed the red marking on the road. Quickly snapped this. Just like the colours.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Democracy: We Deliver - Newtown - (Jan 2004)

Democracy - We Deliver - Newtown - Jan 2004 (picasa)


Monday, October 18, 2010

Dog UB77 - Newtown (Wed 11 Feb 2004)

Dog UB77 - Newtown - Wed 11 Feb 2004 (picasa)

Following on from yesterday's post featuring a purple and green cat, here is a dog photo.

I drove past this the night before I took the photo. Thought I saw a dog painted on the wall in the darkness and made a note to myself to come back on the way to work the next morning. Surprisingly, in the daylight it revealed itself to me as a ripped poster for a band UB77, I am guessing. For some reason, I have always seen in this photos a dog with attentive ears and a wagging tail.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

We Are Raw Meat - Newtown (13/17 Oct 2010)

There is always something new to look at when wandering around the Inner City and Newtown. Thought these go together nicely ..

We Are Raw Meat - King Street/Newtown - (Sun 17 Oct 2010)

Cat - Soudan Lane/Newtown - (Wed 13 Oct 2010)

Cat - Soudan Lane/Newtown - (Wed 13 Oct 2010)

I have seen the cat in various places - from Newtown to Enmore. This is the first to go beyond black.

Quote: Half a Life - NYT Book Review (12 Sep 2010)

Dani Shapiro writes in her NYT Book Review (12 Sep 2010) of the book, Half a Life by Darin Strauss:

What life delivers to us forms us all, but as surely as random .. events shape our lives, so too does our response to those events. Something happens, something tragic, immutable and unfair (whatever that means). So what are we going to do? Cave in? Become controlling, rageful? Shut down? Live lives of quiet desperation? At the center of this elegant, painful, stunningly honest memoir thrums a question fundamental to what it means to be human: What do we do with what we’ve been given?

An interesting observation and question. Maybe Petria King's quote might be one way to look for an answer.

Chaos - Shopfront Advertising - Singapore - Tue 29 Sep 2009 (picasa)

The Book was reviewed in last weekend's Spectrum. Will track it down and have a look. Found the review quite useful and informative.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday Night's Alright (For Paddling) ..

Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) (wikipedia) - Elton John and Anastacia

We all had to come up with a song for our 2006 HCC paddle. This video inspired my hopeless attempt, which follows ..

Saturday Night's Alright (For Paddling)

Music by Elton John
Original Lyrics by Bernie Taupin (Butchering done by Me)
Available on an album in all good record stores ..

It's getting late have you seen my mates
Steph tell me when the Windsor Start gets near
It's six o'clock and I want to paddle
Want to get a night full of cheer

Gav's funnier than a barrel full of monkeys
And Julia she does really care
Betty looks cute in her paddling suit
An orange scarf in her hair

Don't give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night's alright for paddling
Get a little steering in

Run about as smooth as the best paddling boat
Gonna set this river alight
`Cause Saturday night's the night I like
Saturday night's alright alright alright

Well we're packed pretty tight in here tonight
I'm looking for the finish that'll see me right
I may use a little muscle to get what I need
I may sink a little drink and shout out "almost here"

A couple of the sound that I really like
Are the sounds of a smooth running paddling boat
I'm a product of the PD's paddling class
Whose best friend McGinty floats around in a paddling boat


Original Lyrics ..

Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

Available on the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

It's getting late have you seen my mates
Ma tell me when the boys get here
It's seven o'clock and I want to rock
Want to get a belly full of beer

My old man's drunker than a barrel full of monkeys
And my old lady she don't care
My sister looks cute in her braces and boots
A handful of grease in her hair

Don't give us none of your aggravation
We had it with your discipline
Saturday night's alright for fighting
Get a little action in

Get about as oiled as a diesel train
Gonna set this dance alight
`Cause Saturday night's the night I like
Saturday night's alright alright alright

Well they're packed pretty tight in here tonight
I'm looking for a dolly who'll see me right
I may use a little muscle to get what I need
I may sink a little drink and shout out "She's with me!"

A couple of the sound that I really like
Are the sounds of a switchblade and a motorbike
I'm a juvenile product of the working class
Whose best friend floats in the bottom of a glass

Friday, October 15, 2010

Photo: Wilson Street Lock - Newtown (Sun 14 Apr 2002)

Wilson Street Lock - Newtown - Sun 14 Apr 2002 (photo.net)

The above photo was taken at the entrance door of an Anitque Factory called Original Finish (thanks Charlotte) on Wilson Street in Newtown.

I drive past here on days I do outrigger training. Often walk past here on weekends, as the area has unlimited parking and is convenient to the Cafes and Shops of King Street Newtown.

I had seen quite a few photos of this type on photo.net, and for some reason I noticed the lock and decided to photograph it up close using macro mode. It seemed to be more interesting cropped to a square format.

Surprisingly, a few days after uploading it to photo.net, I noticed that it seemed to be getting more views than my typical photo uploads. Normally, I would get the occasional viewer and would be lucky to get 20 to 30 views in the first week and hopefully a couple of comments. Somehow this photo found itself rotating on and off photo.net's home page and this explained the surge in views.

When I looked at this photo tonight after many years [1], I was surprised to see that it had reached almost 63,000 views. This has to be my most viewed photo on photo.net. Not a lot by popular photo.net photographers standards, but good for some one like me.

Some memories follow. I bought a small digital camera in Decmeber 2000 just before we went to the Cook Islands for a Holiday (see picasa). It was an original Canon IXUS. It cost $1,600 duty free and was all of 2 Mega Pixels (1,600 by 1,200 pixels). A small, cheap and out of date mobile phone camera would easily surpase this IXUS's pixel capabilities.

It was a great little camera and I used it to capture our memories.

I did not know anything about photography. When I overheard someone at Lunch talking about a web site called photo.net, I quickly found it and after I had figured out how the site worked, I joined up as member on Fri 16 Mar 2001. The site was a community that allowed the uploading of photos for comments, rating, and written critiques. There were also forums to discuss all things about photography, cameras, accessories and technique. It was the original photo sharing community. I can recall even the founders of flickr being ordinary members of photo.net just like me. They created flickr to develop a community that photo.net struggled to move to.

I met some great people. Also learnt a lot there and had just as much fun.

[1] I have not been really active on photo.net since late 2004 - ran out of quota to upload photos, but still lurk there.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe." - Anatole France

Joanne, Jenny and Geoff - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Windsor - Sat 28 Oct 2006 (picasa)

In 2006, Jenny, Joanne (Jenny's younger identical twin) and myself (Jenny's husband) decided to do the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic (HCC) with our paddling club, Pacific Dragons. By mid June 2006, there was enough interest to enter three mixed OC6's crews.

At the time we, along with a number of other PD's paddlers (see picasa), some who were also paddling the HCC, had also been selected to represent Australia at the 2006 Asian Dragon Boat Championships in Macau in late Sep 2006 (see picasa). It was great campaign and we even learnt how to paddle and race standing up.

On our return, via Singapore for a Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Regatta for Jenny, we had about four weeks to prepare for the HCC. Our team comprised of 5 paddlers from the Macau Campaign (Mandy, Nicci, Jenny, Joanne and Geoff) and Paul who would do the majority of our steering. We were commonly referred to as the Macau Crew, but we decided to call ourselves Team Happy for our team entry application, as we were a happy bunch of paddlers. We were in it for fun and we did have a whole 13 hours of fun and finished strongly standing up.

A year later, I was asked 3 days before the 2007 HCC to fill a seat, in a Mixed OC6, that had become vacant due to a paddler injury. They were called the Red Devil's and had been training seriously for months. They wanted to have fun, but they also wanted to break the Mixed OC6 record, which they did. I was pleased to help out at such short notice and have fond memories of the crew and night (see picasa). Jenny and Joanne even came to the start line to wave us off (picasa). It was a nice surprise as I was not expecting them to come out because of a Breast Cancer Seminar they attended that day in the City.

Sadly, we lost Jenny on Tue 30 Jun 2009. Joanne and I have tried to live fulfilling lives, something that Jenny wanted for us. We have paddled in her memory and honour. She inspires and guides us from above. It is barely 12 months, and we already have some great memories.

The Climb - Jenny's Amazing Climb (more here)

In 2009, Joanne and I did not paddle the HCC. We had only just returned from Europe after the 2009 World Dragon Boat Championships. I was able help out at quite few training sessions towards the end, and Joanne and I went to the start line to wave the PD's Mixed OC12 crew off (picasa). Lisa has some great recollections of her experience (see Part: 1, 2 and 3).

In 2010, Jo and I will paddle the HCC.

Shortly after Jenny's passing, the 2009, Prague bound, Australian Dragon Boat Squad presented Jo and I with a gift in Jenny's memory. It was a Star, located in the southern sky, named In the Memory of Jenny Petterson in the Constellation of Vela. Vela is latin for Sail and the star was picked because of the Constellation's water themed name.

Jenny, believed the 2006 HCC was an experience that created life time memories, which it surly does, as anyone who has paddled the HCC will tell you. She fondly recalled (see more further below):

It was such a great experience under a sky filled with thousands of stars.

It is something that we will be able to look back on for the rest of our lives.

So when it came time to name our 2010 Mixed OC6 (Charlotte, Rachel, Jo, Alasdair, Graeme and Geoff) Team, I tried to think of a name that allowed us to remember Jenny and to inspire us. It had to be Team ?? following our 2006 tradition. It did not take long to come up with Team Vela which I think allows us recognise the past, present and future.

I hope this goes some way to explaining the name - Team Vela.

This post includes some photos and recollections from the 2006 HCC, as well as a couple of inspirational quotes.

We will remember Jenny as we paddle under a thousand stars. In particular, we will remember Jenny and the star named in Jenny's Memory in the Constellation of Vela as it shines down brightly upon us from the southern sky.

Go Team Vela! - the most fantastic team on the Hawkesbury!!!!

Regards .. Geoff

Joanne, Jenny and Geoff - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Windsor - Sat 28 Oct 2006 (picasa)

Jenny writes about the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic ..

On our return from Macau a routine CT scan showed that I had an accumulation of fluid around my lung. I had it drained so I was able to take part in the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic. This is an 111 kilometre race from Windsor to Brooklyn along the Hawkesbury River. All types of craft including kayaks, canoes, outrigger canoes and surf skis take part in the race. It was a fantastic experience. I was a member of a six person team who paddled an outrigger canoe. Geoff and Jo were also in the team. We set off at 6pm and paddled through the night arriving 13 hours later. It was such a great experience under a sky filled with thousands of stars.

Pacific Dragons Crews and Supporters - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Windsor - Sat 28 Oct 2006 (picasa)

Jenny and Joanne - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Windsor - Sat 28 Oct 2006 (picasa)

From A Familiar Path by Doug Miller (more here) ..

"A single step repeated hundreds and thousands of times would see us eventually arrive at the end. It did not take superhuman strength or a talent that most do not have. It took a steadfast commitment. Step by step, the miles added up and the challenges slipped by. Today just like those days on the trail, is another step. Tomorrow is yet another. I walk this journey in anticipation of the end, but I also know that there is much to learn in the process. It is the process, no matter what the hardship where great beauty and adventure can be found."

Sunrise - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Hawkesbury River - Sun 29 Oct 2006 (picasa)

Sunrise - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Hawkesbury River - Sun 29 Oct 2006 (picasa)

From the Manual for Climbing Mountains by Paulo Coelho ..

Respect your soul: don’t keep repeating "I’m going to make it". Your soul already knows that, what it needs is to use the long journey to be able to grow, stretch along the horizon, touch the sky. An obsession does not help you at all to reach your objective, and even ends up taking the pleasure out of the climb. But pay attention: also, don’t keep saying "it’s harder than I thought", because that will make you lose your inner strength.

Team Happy - Geoff, Jenny, Mandy, Jo, Nicci and Paul - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Brooklyn - Sun 29 Oct 2006 (picasa)

Sarah and Gav - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Brooklyn - Sun 29 Oct 2006 (picasa)

Gav wrote on Mon 30 Oct 2006 ..

PDs, There are some very inspirational people in this club. They won't jump out at you, and they won't tell you about it - but if you stop, look and listen you will see immense courage, inner strength, and team work mixed in with a joke and a smile.

3 PD OC6s + Claire on her ski, showed some true grit on the weekend by finishing the Hawkesbury, and in good time. Each paddler taking 40,000 strokes through the night (give or take a couple).

For a race so long, you can't start the race with the mind set and strength you need to finish it. It's impossible. You have to find it along the way. Brutal mind games that get played out as the kms tick over.

The paddlers have to dig deeper and deeper in themselves in order to keep going and enduring the pain and extreme fatigue.

In the darkness, they imagine the sweet sweet moment at the finish line where they realise their goal of conquering the distance, and finally allowing their bodies to stop.

Sometimes it feels like it is getting further away. But when it finally, actually, really happens - PADDLES OUT- the sense of achievement mixed with relief is overwhelming and pure ecstasy.

Tears, smiles and hugs all round.

After the Hawkesbury, your concept of distance and yourself changes forever. From then on, you are never again afraid of 'not being able to finish' a race. It is now just a question of how hard you can go.

Well done to the 'Amazing 18' !!! May we all be made of the same stuff.

There is only one way to find out.


Joanne and Jenny - Hawkesbury Canoe Classic 2006 - Brooklyn - Oct 2006 (picasa)

On Wed 1 Nov 2006, Jenny wrote ..

Thank you all so much for the wonderful experience. It was unbelievable and seems like a bit of a dream now. It was truly an honour to be a part of Team Happy. It is something that we will be able to look back on for the rest of our lives.

We cannot thank you Gav, Sarah, Tamara and Luke (and for that matter, all of the other land crews) enough for all the support you gave us. You all made things so easy for us and looked after us soooo well. We could never have done it without you. From helping us on and off the boat, keeping us warm, feeding us, helping us change and massaging our weary bodies. You are the best!

Go Team Happy! - the most fantastic team on the Hawkesbury!!!!

Bye for now,
Jo, Geoff and Jenny


Don't wonder "What If?" - Jenny P - Our Guiding Light and Inspiration

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sydney Looking Forward (2002-2003) and Sydney Life (2004-2010) Programme Covers

Cover - Sydney Life 2010 - Art and About 2010 (picasa)

Cover - Sydney Life 2009 - Art and About 2009 (picasa)

Cover - Sydney Life 2008 - Art and About 2008 (picasa)

Cover - Sydney Life 2007 - Art and About 2007 (picasa)

Cover - Sydney Life 2006 - Art and About 2006 (picasa)

Cover - Sydney Life 2005 - Art and About 2005 (picasa)

Cover - Sydney Life 2004 - Art and About 2004 (picasa)

Cover - Sydney Looking Forward 2003 - Art and About 2003 (picasa)

Cover - Sydney Looking Forward 2002 - Art and About 2002 (picasa)