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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Emmas Bears

I just finished this website for Emma: She's got some great looking Teddy Bears. Why don't you pop on over and have a look? Who knows, you might even like to adopt one of them like dozens of other people around the world have done.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The "Flat Iron" or "Gooderham" in Toronto.

A Postcrossing post card from Louise in Canada.

Thanks for the postcard, Louise.

The Gooderham, or Flatiron, Building at Front and Wellington Streets, was built by George Gooderham in in 1891, predating New York’s more famous Flatiron building by 10 years.

William Gooderham, George’s father, came from Yorkshire in 1832, to help his brother-in-law James Worts who had a bakery and mill at Parliament and Mill Sts. In 1834, James committed suicide. He was depressed because his wife had died in childbirth. William Gooderham, took control of the factory and re-named it Gooderham and Worts. (The 'Worts' being for James’ eldest son, James Gooderham Worts, who inherited his fathers' share of the firm. In 1837, with a surplus wheat, they tried their hands at producing beer and whiskey from the wheat. The Gooderhams became experts at making good tasting beer and alcohol and, as a result, very wealthy.


Napapiiri - Arctic Circle

A Postcrossing post card from Raija who livesin Joutsa, Finland.

Thanks for the interesting postcard, Raija!

Hamilton Island

A postcard from friend Stephanie who was on holidays with her family in Hamilton Island.

Hope you had a great time, Steph!

"Beautiful Holland"

A Postcrossing postcard from Milja, who lives in Hilversum in Holland with her husband and two children.

Milja explains that although the beautiful tulip is Holland's national floral emblem, it was actually imported from Turkey in the 15th or 16th century.

Thanks for the interesting card, Milja!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Good on ya Josh

Dear Josh

Congratulations on signing the contract on your new house.

Your mum and I are so proud of you. To be able to buy a house at the age of nineteen is a major achievement.

Well done!

Neil & Mum

Monday, April 13, 2009

Anyone else recognize the uncanny similarity between the photo on the Australian Governments "No Leave No Life" campaign, and the Flag Raising in Iwo Jima?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Birdsville 1993

MooSA / QLD BorderI love police womenBurke and Wills Survey Tree
'TestingThe First AIM Hospital 1923-1937'TheA coldie at noon
The Birdsville Pub
The Moo Mobile outside the Birdsville PubBrian and MeBrian at the Burke and Wills Survey Tree
Lock me up, please, Miss Police Woman
Aeroplanes at BirdsvilleFred Brophy's Boxing TentA Beer, A Hat and a Warning Sign

I visited Birdsville in August 1993 for the Birdsville Races.
I got arrested by an amazonian policewoman, drank lots of beer that cost an arm and a leg per can, sat on a toilet that got flushed by boiling bore water, slept in a tent city and had a fantastic time.
If you ever want to do something unusual when you visit Queensland in mid "winter" (I use the term loosely), then check out the Birdsville Races. It's something you just have to do :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Caloundra Wind Surfing

An old postcard I found while cleaning up today.

Liz sent it to me almost 13 years ago.

I was really into windsurfing at the time.

The place in the picture is Golden Beach, on the Pumicestone Passage, at Caloundra. I've windsurfed there a few times myself.

Thanks for the postcard, Lizzie! :)

Massif du Mont-Blanc

An old postcard I received from friend, Jean-Phillippe, in 1996 while he was visiting his native Switzerland.

He and his wife spend 3 or 4 months a year there during the Aussie winter, then come back to Australia later in the year.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Washing day at the Hostel

Mum hangs up our washing outside our Nissen hut at the Wacol Hostel in 1965.