Thursday, December 29, 2011

Farewell: Cheetah dead at 80 -

Amazing I just did not realise he was still around
Tarzan's chimp Cheetah dead at 80 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

I liked "He could tell if I was having a good day or a bad day. He was always trying to get me to laugh if he thought I was having a bad day. He was very in tune to human feelings," Ms Cobb said.

I would say Cheetah was the best actor in those movies - a great comedian - ok Maureen O'Sullivan tolerated all the hokum well.

I actually saw Johnny Weissmuller at Earls Court Hall London in 1948. Dived into a small pool from a very high board and also filled the place with the famous Tarzan call.....

Ah they were fun movies.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Computers: News/RSS Readers - reommnded FeedDemon

I like to read news etc via RSS Feeds. RSS was rumoured to be on way out BUT still seems to be healthy.....

I used to use Bloglines then they dropped off.... So I switched to Google Reader but alas this month they changed the layout to something they implied was simple - BUT its ghastly absolutely useless for quick eyeball scan of Headlines etc.

So I went looking - Wanted features - able to read import the google reader subscription list - clearly highlights the Unread sites (I don't want to see all my subs listed) and work through them - and finally a quick for each sub as I scan "Mark All Read " ---- PLUS LOOKS GOOD

sites recommended various tools
and I tried these four
All handled the Import of sub list and mostly looked ok
But they usually failed on the Mark All Read button and the Only the Unread.....

The Winner was
FeedDemon - Free Windows RSS Reader

handled everything I wanted and looks good - even handles Facebook notifiers
but alas not Twitter - looks like it used but Twitter changed and stopped it working

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Farwell Svetlana Stalin

Stalin's daughter dies aged 85 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Well I just have to acknowledge such a momentous historical moment. I must say I was surprised Svetlana was still alive - so much suffering in her past and the pressures on her as HIS daughter. I always felt sad for her.... The last few years seem to have been reasonably peaceful

Farewell: Director Ken Russell

Director Ken Russell dies in his sleep - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

They mention his major commercial films

Ken Russell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But to me Ken is the man who wonderful films at the BBC during the 1960s about classical composers

As Wiki says

"job at the BBC, where he worked regularly from 1959 to 1970 making arts documentaries for Monitor and Omnibus. Among his better-known works were: Elgar (1962), The Debussy Film (1965), Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (1967), Song of Summer (about Frederick Delius and Eric Fenby) (1968) and Dance of the Seven Veils (1970), a film about Richard Strauss. He once said that the best film he ever made was Song of Summer, and that he wouldn't edit a single shot."

I agree with Ken about the Delius film it was a joy. The music was so lyrical and the unselfish work that Eric Fenby did for Delius was wonderful.....
And then the fun Percy Grainger arrives to his bouncy English Country Garden music and charges up, throws a tennis ball over the house and runs through the corridor to catch ball the other side....

And poor Isidora Duncan who driving in an open car managed to get her long trailing scarf around the back wheels and ...........

Elgar cycling over the hills with all his wonderful music the thought of it just brings the English countryside to life for me.........

Thanks for all the enlightenment Ken

Friday, November 18, 2011

Computers: News/RSS Readers - recommend for FeedDemon

 I like to read news etc via RSS Feeds. RSS was rumoured to be on way out BUT still seems to be healthy.....

I used to use Bloglines then they dropped off.... So I switched to Google Reader but alas this month they changed the layout to something they implied was simple - BUT its ghastly absolutely useless for quick eyeball scan of Headlines etc.

So I went looking - Wanted features - able to read import the google reader subscription list - clearly highlights the Unread sites (I don't want to see all my subs listed) and work through them - and finally a quick for each sub as I scan "Mark All Read " ---- PLUS LOOKS GOOD

sites recommended various tools
and I tried these four
JetBrains OmeaReader
All handled the Import of sub list and mostly looked ok
But they usually failed on the Mark All Read button and the Only the Unread.....

The Winner was FeedDemon - Free Windows RSS Reader

handled everything I wanted and looks good - even handles Facebook notifiers
but alas not Twitter - looks like it used but Twitter changed and stopped it working

Friday, November 11, 2011

Farewell: Edmundo Ros

While I was on a whole of one day at sea on our cruise
Edmundo Ros - died 21 Oct

Also here on Whirligig site British 1950s TV and Radio

When I was very young Edmundo was a big star in England - I remember his very infectious and very rhythmic music and always so happy........ and happy he must have been to live to over 100

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Who did write Shakespear

When I was on cruise and touring Messina in Sicily, the guide told us William was actually Italian and from Messina.
First I had ever heard of that.........
Strangely I come back to Sydney and just appearing locally is Anonymous (film) -
The film is proposing that the plays were written by Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.
The society that pushes him has some comments on the film Shakespeare-Oxford Society » Anonymous, The Movie
Quote "Of course Roland Emmerich and the screenwriter John Orloff took cinematic liberties with history in creating the film but that’s what storytellers do."
So even they say the film is not history!!!

This seems a sound discussion on Shakespeare authorship question - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Analysis says that Shakespear's works were all written by one person.
This discusses the claims for Francis Bacon, the 6th Earl of Derby, Christopher Marlowe, and the Earl of Oxford.
I understand that Oxford has replaced the other men as the main claimant.
Edward de Vere mentions some works that he wrote - I could not see any evidence that these have been analysed for similarities to Shakespear's works? De Vere died in 1604 and yet new Shakespear plays were being performed upto 1613. If Oxford had his actual own works published why would be shy about his Shakespear works? And he had his own group of players - why would he provide his Shakespear works to another group of players?
The claims for him seem to be based on his European tour and that he visited Italian places that Shakespear used in his plays. Nothing is known of Shakespear going outside England and so Oxford must have written these works. Hardly convincing - as he was around theatres perhaps Shakespear listened to his memories of these places or some other tourists.

I'll probably see Anonymous as it covers one of my favourite periods of English history and the graphics of London are said to be excellent but its ideas are nonsense.....
A review of the film - the writer supports Shakespeare
Shakespeare speculation and conspiracy tales - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
and he makes the point that Emmerich makes very Inventive history movies - well basically real history drops of of sight - for the sake of the story

Messina: The Forgotten Home of Shakespeare « Shakespeare Politics and Italy Blog
Willy or Won't He?: Crollalanza = Shakespeare?
Etheric Warriors Forum :: discusses Michelangelo Florio Crollalanza Aka The Bard?
One comments states "It's a pity the videos are not subtitled because they are very accurate with a lot more insights and coincidences; for example, one of those scholars states that one of Michelangelo Florio Crollalanza's teachers at Padua appears in one of the plays. "
Now that is interesting........

Now if this Michelangelo could learn English so well to write Shakespear and invent so many words then I think he must be a greater genius than his namesake the artist of the Sistine Chapel.
But do read the forum above - it has a lot to say - has anyone confirmed the facts etc

In meantime I'll stick with good old William of Stratford

Monday, October 10, 2011


Ship docks almost in the town just a short walk and you are there. Tours to Olympia shown at 10 euros. But just another ruin. We just wanted a restful day. Plenty of lovely shops and a cute little museum for 2 euro of Greek inventions with working models which the lady demo'd - some very funny ....
Water front coffee shops saying free Wifi but I did not bring netbook with me. Ship left at 2pm


Corfu - Noordam docks around 200m from port entrance - a free bus takes to entrance - then shuttle to Corfu town is $8usd - leaves you at entrance to old fort.. Just across the public park/square from town.
overcast and rain around but we missed actual downpour.
We went on the Achillon Palace tour. A lot of coaches and other ships also doing this.  Just a short drive down the coast. Roads around the palace very narrow and cars had to back off for our coach. Coach parking also overloaded.
Our guide Anastasia had a lot of detail about the life of Empress Elizabeth of Austria. Sissi had  a lot of personal tragedy. 2 girls died as infants. Her only son Rudolf committed suicide. Her palace is looking old and tired. It will be interesting to compare our 1965 photos. Sissi had the dying Achilles statue with arrow in his heel. The Kaiser took over the palace and replaced that statue with the Achilles with spear ....

After Palace to Kononi promontory for shots of Mouse island but overcast day..... I bought a panama hat for 10 euro s and Chris a pink hat for 6...

On to Corfu town and the sun came out. Anastasia left us at start of List Street .... in old days  you had to be on the list to be allowed in the street. Everyone comes here for coffee... Anastasia would return at 140pm for trip back
We had Greek coffees and frappes and plate of meze - which was really excellent. All in 17.50 euros for 2
We were next to pick up point but guide never appeared so at 2pm we caught shuttle to ship.
Next free time - ask re what happens if guide vanishes???
Still a lovely day


Dubrovnik - lovely but very busy.
Just too many people - most off of cruise ships.
Nice boutique shops - kuna seemed to be around 7 to a euro... some shop prices seemed expensive.
They took euros.
We had an excellent coffee at old harbour - they charged in euros and it was a reasonable price...
Getting up to the top of wall looked steep and we thought it would be too exhausting.
Many of side streets had long flights of steps.
Walking around the centre of the town was fun.............
The churches were interesting but discouraged photography.

Noordam provided a shuttle each way for $7USD it was too far to walk... 2+km

Friday, October 07, 2011


Dear All (some first thoughts written on 2nmd day)
Well Roma was a bit messy but we enjoyed the time
there ... especially the food
Trip to Civitavecchia (Ci pronounced Chee) was
great - Merc van delivered us right to the wharf
Noordam very concerned about health - antiseptic
hand wash everywhere. for 2 days buffet is not
self serve...
So we had to answer a questions on paper re any
colds etc...........
On board fairly quickly
Noordam - luxurious
Food - wonderful - so varied and well cooked
Staff - excellent - friendly and helpful
Decor - very nice
Bed - very comfortable
Cabin - spacious
All that Irena said it would be ...........
Met folk that I had chatted with on internet at Crows
Nest bar with drinks provided by ship and an
officer spoke and said Santorini would be a
highlight and there would not be many ships in port... At the
time we were sailing through Messina Straits -
wonderful clear view of Italy and Sicily. Passed
by Stromboli volcano around 645am - plume of smoke
coming out
Drinks tonight with Captain Scott

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Trade: TravelManagers - Irena Bryant

Shortly we are off on a Mediterranean Cruise. It started at a North Epping school fete. There was Irena with a table and cruise booklets.
Irena has kids in our grandkids classes. Irena operates from her home and comes to you......... Very helpful and has arranged our whole trip.
The flight with Emirates. Stopover and tours in Dubai. Then hotel and tours in Roma. And the train to Rome port. And of course the cruise itself.

Our friends agree about the help and recommended Irena to other folk and they were pleased also.......

So if you are around our part of Sydney and want to travel.............

Check out TravelManagers - Irena Bryant

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Has Noah’s Vineyard Been Discovered? | Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament

We have often discussed at Bible Studies the story of Noah starting wine making and getting drunk and what happens with his sons.....
Now could it be the storage area has been found..... Very close to Mount Ararat.... hmmmmmm
check what my good friend Claude has to say ............
Has Noah’s Vineyard Been Discovered? | Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament

A very good blogger - check other stuff on his pages example Who Killed Goliath? | Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament

Claude was recently on a vacation cruise and visited places I will be at next month
No Dollars Accepted Here | Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament
including the excursion to Ancient Corinth and the podium as used by St Paul

And today Claude posted
The Wall Paintings at Catalhoyuk | Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament
Probably the earliest Town in the world - do visit and follow the link - I've posted my thoughts

Friday, September 16, 2011

BALVENIE Distillery - Google Maps

Fife Arms in Dufftown - Google Maps

I stayed there for a week in 1960 as a trainer Officer of Customs and Excise. Dufftown was then the most concentrated distillery town in the world. Six active and another used as a giant warehouse.

The distillery we were visiting to find out how the Excise controlled them was The BALVENIE.

We came by railway from Aberdeen and the station was just up the road from Balvenie and the road had been cleared of snow into the town. A nice brisk jaunt.

I remember the local officer's wife cooked some potato scone things just right for the freezing cold......

And the Malt whisky was great

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Travel: Turkey Istanbul Hotel Neorion

A very high recommendation for an Istanbul Hotel from a friend who had a coach tour of Turkey in August 2011.
Let me tell you they had severe food poisoning elsewhere from  help your self buffet. So must have been outstanding service that caused Jill  to be so pleased with this hotel.

The Boutique hotel in the heart of Istanbul was the Neorion, Orhaniye Caddessi No. 14 Sirkeci Istanbul/Turkiye phone +90 212 527 90 90 

The Turkish are an amazing race of people and in Istanbul they did speak enough English for us to get by very, very well.   

Also, I mentioned the wonderful 'birthday treat' the people at the Neorion gave me. Which included large cake and even a lovely gift .....
I'm not sure of the restaurant we went to on the rooftop of hotel just around another corner and which had a connection to our hotel, I have asked our friends to forward the name, if they cannot remember I'll email the Neorion as also want to thank them for the birthday treat.
We had a drink at a cafe/bar just around the corner, it was called 'Home Made', the address is complicated as has those little curly things, would be best for people to look up the web site
the people at the bar were amazing, we sat in a huge open window 1 metre from the tram line and trams full of commuters whizzing by, what an experience.   Our friends whom we were meeting that night for dinner were walking by on the other side of the road, we called out to them and they came and chatted through the huge open window.   The proprietor called them in and said, please sit with your friends and have complimentary apple tea, which is very much served everywhere, like warm apple juice.   Then after we finished our drink and our friends had gone they gave us complimentary apple tea.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ephesus Excusion options

Holland America Noordam schedule is arrive Kusadasi 11 October 7am and leave 7pm I understand they normally are on time. HAL own tours - one starts at 745am and then two at 8am and then others at later time.
A good site on Kusadasi - Turkey | Kusadasi Hotels, Guide, Real Estate and more!...

Ephesus is a place we've wanted to visit for a long time....
this gives detail of places to be seen

Ephesus ancient city. Artemis temple, Virgin Mary house, Saint John basilica. Ephesus Turkey

Many people will be doing shipping company tours but friends there in mid 2011 heard many complaints from those who did.
Their tours there did not seem to be as good as at other ports......

Some people recommended this company Ephesus Tours, Private Ephesus tours and Ephesus excursions in Kusadasi

Our day in Ephesus organised with Liman Hotel - friends did a tour with the hotel this year and highly recommended Hasan... Plus when having a coffee you can use the free WiFi

Liman Hotel -is just outside the gates of the harbour. I could see it in a photo from deck of the ship.(no not this photo)... We just have to set time with Hasan for driver to be there at exit with my name on a placard - perhaps 8 need to get to Ephesus before the crowds although October should be a bit less....

If you have organised with me for this of course we need to touch base on ship and have cash ready for the day. Note it is Euros but have the cash before we get there as Turkey has its own currency so an ATM will not issue Euros. And a little bit extra as presumably we have a driver and a guide....

Eight of us at moment - perhaps 8am and finish towards 5 - back in Kusadasi there is a market and perhaps a carpet factory to visit...

So as things are I've set seeing what Hasan says are the "importand" sites
and including at 10 euros extra the Terrace Houses for a total of 75 euros each

We can be flexible on the day except I think Hasan wants around 8 hours or so.... But he said he is flexible
so if we find time at end of the Ephesus events we may add The Cave of the Seven Sleepers.
And I would like to go on to Sirince Village which will be for extra 5 euros.

8 people should be Mercedes-Benz Vito (2011)

now if we get to more than 10 people price comes down 10 euros and would be in a Mercedes-Benz - Sprinter

> To quote Hasan 
İf i know what time you will be out of the ship and what time you must be at the ship i would  tell you excatly how much time we need each > places... but as i said before please leave it on me i  would arrange it all end everyone happy.

Ephesus Tour
(1)Virgin Mary's house
(2) Ephesus, (at least 2 hours at this wonderful site)
Terrace houses in the Ephesus another 10 Euro each person entry fee!
I would like to add as pictures I have seen look tremendous)
(3) Temple of Artemis
(4) St John church
(5) place to stop at lunch

Terrace Houses 

Seven sleepers is also nice and we can stop and see it also but as i say it is all depends on time.

Above tour including Terrace Houses will be for Eight 75 Euros each
and if Ten or more it will be 65 Euros.

If we have time and decide we would like to do on the day we will go on to Sirince village for an extra 5 euros each Hasan for Liman Hotel said I belie we discuss this when you are here and tour better! you may like to spend more time in one place or you may don't want to spend much time in one place. Please leave it on me and I would do my best to make it beautiful tour..I am also trying hard to knowing by travellers. and I know best way doing business is do your best guest are happy ward of mouth..

Tuesday, August 23, 2011



Well we decided to get to town by taxi or bus - I think means getting local currency.
Once in town - up on the town wall and walk round
Look at the old harbour
It is a lovely town - well it was on my last visit in 1965

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Farewell: Googie Withers

Googie Withers dies aged 94 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Film star Googie Withers star of The Lady Vanishes, dies at 94 | Mail Online

Googie was a major film star - she was part of my growing up - some of the great British films
like One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) - IMDb

and she one of the cast in my great favourite Hitchcock comedies
The Lady Vanishes (1938) - IMDb

She married the Australian actor John McCallum and in 1958 they came here to live. They made many films together.
A great lady.......

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Carbon Tax

Sunday was the day when the PM told us what she planned - of course we'd heard it from the Greens already.
Then Monday was Q&A and a good reception for the PM - and several Tweets saying how wonderful she had been. She was All absolute spin proposing that Her Tax will fix the problem. All a Tax does is "encourage" people to do something - providing there is something to do. Has high tobacco tax stopped people smoking?

PM quote - by 2050 we will achieve reductions equivalent to taking 45,000,000 cars off the road. She mentioned we have 12,000,000 cars at moment and she is not taxing them because that would cause harm to families. And of course cost her votes. But the 45 million quote makes me think she sees cars as a major problem. So why nothing about moving to electric cars etc??????

One young person on a web question asked would we have 100% renewable energy sources by end of decade. She had to say well around 40%.

So lets get it clear the tax is to get people off carbon but there isn't anything really in her plan that creates energy in non carbon ways. So what we have is just a TAX not really direct action on alternatives.
Yes under the tax I could receive benefit providing the treasury costings are sound.
See here  to work out impact on you Clean Energy Future – Household assistance estimator

A possibly dubious Poll Carbon tax: Heat rises as voters reject Julia Gillard's plan | Herald Sun

Some good recent articles

Considered action on climate change - The Drum Opinion (ABC
Detailed discussion of Coal power station and the tax etc
Comments are also good and note Nuclear power is mentioned - surely the only way out from Coal power

How the carbon tax made me a Liberal - The Drum Opinion - A vote for the Labor Party's carbon tax is a vote for wealth redistribution. (ABC)

Abbott baits PM, Wong over carbon tax : World News Australia on SBS
"The finance minister couldn't explain the cost of the (carbon) tax," he told reporters. The opposition leader was referring to an interview Senator Wong gave on Monday when she said the revenue from the sale of carbon permits was $18 billion, when government papers say it is $25 billion. "And we now know the prime minister couldn't explain where the money was coming from ... to buy out Hazelwood (power station in Victoria)." Ms Gillard on Tuesday said an undisclosed amount of money to buy back 2000 megawatts from the nation's highest-polluting coal-fired power stations would come from the budget's contingency fund. "It's just not good enough," Mr Abbott said.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 02, 2011

Farwell: Former heavyweight champ Henry Cooper

Former heavyweight champ Henry Cooper dies at 76 : World News Australia on SBS

Back in days when I followed Boxing - well my father had fought in the Marines and he liked to watch - back then Henry was a hero.
I can remember listening on car radio to an excited moment for commentator Barrington Dalby in the 1963 fight with Cassius Clay when Henry put him down.
I just didn't believe it. And of course Cassius picked himself up and stopped playing around BUT Henry did put him down in spite of all that brilliant foot work and shadow boxing etc Henry got through.
Sadly Henry was easily cut on the face and his career was doomed but he was a nice guy and I remember him well.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Christian Writing from the First Century

24 Mar 2011 Amazing books from early days

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament: Christian Writing from the First Century

has link to
BBC News - Jordan battles to regain 'priceless' Christian relics

Dr Claude mentions an image in one book
"There is a cross in the foreground, and behind it is what has to be the tomb [of Jesus], a small building with an opening, and behind that the walls of the city. There are walls depicted on other pages of these books too and they almost certainly refer to Jerusalem."
It is the cross that is the most telling feature, in the shape of a capital T, as the crosses used by Romans for crucifixion were."

5 Apr 2011 Well a lot of people saying 

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament: The Ancient Christian Codices: A Modern-Day Forgery

There will be more on this

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Jesus Said, "I Am the Aleph and the Tav" - cfaith

Jesus Said, "I Am the Aleph and the Tav" - cfaith

Do you wonder about the Bible saying I am the Alpha and Omega - is that what Jesus really said
And if he said Aleph and Tav then check how that appears in Genesis 1:1
Please do read this page

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Moghlai Chicken Curry

Moghlai Chicken Curry
A wonderful curry so creamy and tasty.
The poppy seeds add this lovely surprise.
We make in batches and freeze portions.

2 kg (4 Ib) chicken .pieces

1/2 cup (125 g) butter
1 tablespoon paprika
3 onions, chopped
2 cups (500 ml) coconut milk
3 cloves garlic
3 bay leaves
1 cup (250 g) yoghurt
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
5 whole cloves
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) cream
2 Tomatoes, quartered
1/4 teaspoon saffron
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons lemon or lime Juice
2-3 tablespoons curry powder

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and saute the onions and garlic until
golden brown.

2. Stir in the bay leaves, cinnamon and cloves and simmer for five minutes.

3. Add the chicken and cook for ten minutes.

4. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, curry powder, paprika, coconut milk, yoghurt,
ginger and poppy seeds. Cover and cook over a low heat until chicken'is

5. Stir in the cream, saffron and lemon or lime juice and heat thoroughly.

Serves 6.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

World News Australia - Australian Coptics protest persecution

Australia's Coptic Christians are demanding the federal government use diplomacy to pressure Egypt to better protect members of their faith.

World News Australia - Australian Coptics protest persecution

More than 500 Coptics and their Muslim friends marched in central Sydney, calling on Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd to address the issue, after a bomb blast killed 21 people during a New Year's Eve Coptic church service in Alexandria, Egypt.

"We understand that Mr Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard have not personally issued statements of condemnation," said the spokeswoman, who asked not to be named for safety reasons.
"We don't understand why they're silent and other leaders aren't."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Farewell: Susannah York

Susannah York - 1939-2011

She of the cropped hair cut. She just meant 1960s British films for me

So many good films - just thinking of early one - Tom Jones - A Man for All Seasons - Battle of Britain.