Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

John F Kennedy Grave

At the foot of the old Lee mansion Arlington are the graves of John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917 – 1963 and his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis 1929 – 1994. JFK grave is lit with an eternal flame and he is one of only two presidents to be buried in Arlington.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

McKell Park Darling Point

McKell Park at Darling Point. A tranquil park on the harbour.
Opened in 1985 by Laurie Brereton, finally a piece of the harbourfront is returned to the public.. Terraces sweep down to the harbour and the ferry wharf. There are foundations of an earlier mansion Canonbury, a Federation house which was a hospital from 1920 to 1981.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Path to Newport

Newport Beach sunrise

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lightspeed Hang Glider

Above the beach, if the thermals are right, you sometimes see hang gliders. This one is a light speed and can reach speeds of 130km per hour. A friend of mine is a practitioner, he tells me of his adventures. Travelling 2 km out to sea, being attacked by eagles and landing on a crowded beach.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Palm Beach playground

The sunshine has returned to Sydney after a few days of thunderstorms. Time to revisit the beach.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Old Bush House

Early railway house out Kandos way.
Over the Blue Mountains about 150km from Sydney.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Convict Stain

There are not too many memorials to convicts in Sydney. This one is down in The Rocks.
Transportation of convicts to New South Wales was finally abolished in 1840 and shortly afterwards, in 1842, Sydney was declared a city.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pozieres War Graves France

In the words of Australian official historian Charles Bean, Pozieres "is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth."

This cemetery contain thousands of Australian war dead but there is no name of any Australian soldier buried here. The Australian soldiers who fell here are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux a few kilometres away.

It is a walled enclosure set amongst the rolling fields of northern France not far from the city of Amiens.

This grave only identified by rank.

On 23 July 1916 the 1st Division of the Australian Imperial Forces captured Pozieres Village. The division clung to its gains despite almost continuous artillery fire and repeated German counter-attacks. By the time it was relieved on 27 July it had suffered 5,285 casualties.

The 2nd Division took over from the 1st and mounted two further attacks. They were relieved on 6 August, having suffered 6,848 casualties.


The memorial encloses POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY of which contains original burials of 1916, 1917 and 1918, carried out by fighting units and field ambulances.

There are now 2,758 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,380 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 23 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There is also 1 German soldier buried here.

The cemetery and memorial were designed by W.H. Cowlishaw, with sculpture by Laurence A. Turner. The memorial was unveiled by Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien on 4 August 1930.

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Big Bolts Harbour Bridge

Looking due east across the bolts at the base of the bridge.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Morning Mist Newport

Waiting for the bus, waiting for the sunrise to hit the sandstone cliffs at Newport Beach.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Chain hanging

A father teaches his son the joys of chain hanging.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

The hinge of the bridge. They have big spanners to fit this, really.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sydeny Harbour Bridge Climb

You can see these hardy souls making their way under the bridge before the long climb.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ibiza Cafe

Iconic Avalon cafe.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Napoleon's Grave

Originally a home and hospital for aged and unwell soldiers, the name is a shortened form of hôpital des invalides. Under the golden dome of Les Invalides is the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Initiated in 1670 by King Louis XIV, the building retained its primary function of a retirement home and hospital for military veterans until the early twentieth century.

Napoleon was initially interred on Saint Helena, but King Louis-Philippe arranged for his remains to be brought to France in 1840. Napoleon's ashes were first buried in the Chapelle Saint-Jérôme in the Invalides until his final resting place was finished in 1861.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Caught in the Act

Mural man in a Paddington side street. Obviously an authorised tagger otherwise he would be wearing a uniform, of sorts.

Here is the face before the black detail.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Walsh Bay Warehouse and Bridge

The Bridge dominates the Harbour, hard to imagine it not being there.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Red Ensign

From 1901 to 1954 the Red Ensign was used as a civil flag by State and local governments, private organisations and individuals. Today the Red Ensign is the flag flown on Australian mercantile shipping.

From 1901 to 1954, the current Australian flag (the Blue Ensign), was reserved for use only by the Commonwealth Government, the Australian Olympic team and the military as a saluting flag at all reviews and ceremonial parades.

The White Ensign is a naval ensign used by ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from 1967 onwards.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Jumping off the rocks

The surf was big last Sunday and these boys decided to have some fun jumping into the alley.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Path to the pool

In the coolest summer ever we finally got a sunny hot weekend, this is the path down to Avalon Pool last Sunday. Water temperature 21 degrees Celcius.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Messerschmitt Bubble Car

This cute car is often seen around Avalon. It is a real head turner. It is a Messerschmitt KR175 Made in 1952 at their Regensburg factory in Germany.
It has a 173 cc Fichtel & Sachs air-cooled single cylinder two-stroke engine positioned in front of the rear wheel. It is good to see them out on the streets rather than in a museum.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

John Lennon's Grave

John Lennon has no known grave. After he was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York, his ashes were kept by Yoko Ono. Some believe his ashes were scattered in Strawberry Fields, a place dedicated to him in New York's Central Park. It is just across the road from the Dakota building where he was shot by Mark Chapman on 8 December 1980.

Strawberry Fields named after one of his songs, "Strawberry Fields Forever." It was designed by landscape architect Bruce Kelly.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Thong vending machine

Summer in Sydney means you wear thongs. Here in the Galeries Victoria there is a new vending machine in case you are caught short. Handy measuring templates on the floor.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bad place to park.

Knew I shouldn't have parked under that rock.
Art down near Walsh Bay.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Dog on Crown St

This scruffy fellow was left unattended on Crown Street.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Marjorie Jackson on Goat Island

On the slipway on Goat Island the Marjorie Jackson is getting repaired.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Convict Built

This is a fuller shot of the detail from last week.
Well Done to Julie in identifying the Powder Magazine on Goat Island.
One terrible story was that a convict,Charles Anderson, was chained to a rock near here for two years. Other prisoners were forbidden to talk to him, but managed to throw him some scraps of food.
The walls in this magazine are so thick the temperature inside remains steady, whatever the season.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Fairy Penguin

This one is in a zoo, although they are found in the wild in Sydney. There is a colony at Manly and one on Lion Island, I even saw one in the surf at Avalon Beach.

Part of the City Daily Photo theme day: Animals.
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