Painting

Nov. 22nd, 2008 12:28 pm
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Camo
Originally uploaded by littlestar19.

Last weekend I got in and did a painting for the living room, as you can see in the picture above. It ended up being a lot darker than I intended and looks a lot more like camo!!

but still looks cool. I think I'm gonna need to do a second one to fill the space below it.

In situ

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Right well, I'm about to shut down the machine. Everythings packed and I'm all sorted. I'll post from oz.


Holidays

Aug. 31st, 2008 02:03 pm
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Roiling clouds
Originally uploaded by littlestar19.

I'm home from my holidays now, and sorting through over 500 photos that I took!

The most exciting part of the week though was the drive down when we went to Stonehenge! I had no idea before getting down there that we would drive past so I had a bit of a surprise. It was amazing!!


A Poem

Aug. 19th, 2008 10:44 am
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For Librarians

Imagine you can consider all ideas
And images represented by all words
And numbers in all libraries worldwide.
Open the book of this consideration.
Touch the paper. See the illustration
Of you, reading, when you were ten
In your local library. Turn
Several pages. Now read how you
And that other person ignited romance
In, of all places, the stacks, third floor,
In quite a different library. Snowflakes
Brushed against dark glass as you two
Stood between PQ and PR.

Now go to the index. Find "possibility."
Look up from the book. The librarian
Who looks away was watching you.
She knows how to phrase the question
You want answered.

Librarians know where wisdom's stored.
They catalogue the countless forms
Of silence and tell people what they
Didn't know they wanted to know.
They treat the mentally fractured
As if they're whole, the dull as if they're
Sharp, Winter as if it's Summer.

A band of sunlight angles through high
Windows, brightens shoes of a librarian,
Who knows the patron in the gray enormous
Coat will steal a book about sex or wiccans.
She knows some Christians will steal books
Deemed Satanic, ignoring a commandment
And the homeless person sleeping in a chair.
She knows some atheists treat Library as
Church, so when she moves into shadows,
She does so quietly. She worries for books.

For the librarian knows books are easily burned,
Recycled, or digitized, reduced to oxygen, carbon,
Silicon, and such basic elements as hate and
Budgetary cuts. She wishes presidents of
The United States would consult librarians
Before going to war. It would save so much time,
So many lives. She knows exactly which references
Know how badly any war will go and how soon
Citizens come to loathe their leaders. She knows
How to find stories about all the libraries
Wiped out by war. She knows patrons who've
Been harmed by war. Sometimes they set off alarms.
Someone asks her, "Can you help me find out
If I'm related to Napoleon? " Yes, " she answers,
"Come with me, please."

All libraries may now gather inside invisible
Electrons. After closing time, books in Sweden
Send emails to maps in Chile. A librarian in Topeka
Posts a reply to one in Tokyo, adding to a blue thread
Wrapped around the globe.

As sincerely as librarians worry for books, for shelves,
For catalogues, buildings, and best practices,
So should we worry for librarians, for images and ideas.

At a table in a library, a circle of light
Lies on a book. The hand not writing turns
The page, and something important happens.

Hans Ostrom


http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/for-librarians/

Oktapodi

Aug. 15th, 2008 10:17 pm
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This is just gorgeous and sweet!

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IMG_1291
Originally uploaded by clipkilla.

We have a fox that likes to visit our back garden, but the neighbours cat seems a bit unimpressed by him. :)

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fight!
Originally uploaded by vermillion_moon.

Yea and verily, we did venture out onto the heath and frolicked in the snow. And it was fun. And cold. And slightly damp. But fun!

I took way too many photos, and froze my fingers, but we stopped by a cafe for hot beverages and cupcakes.

All in all, a perfectly lovely way to spend a Sunday. Even if it is April!


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Snowy Garden 1
Originally uploaded by littlestar19.

Snow!!

Well, it won't cure your hangover, but you'll be too busy squeeing to really notice it!

I'm looking forward to going walking on the heath later on. It's going to be beautiful!


snow

Mar. 24th, 2008 10:36 am
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It's currently snowing, which looks beautiful in my garden, but it's not snowing enough for it to actually stick. Plus it's too warm in London.

These big white flakes keep falling, and then melt once they land. And surprisingly, they've been falling for at least an hour now.

snow is so quiet, if I wasn't looking out the window, I probably wouldn't even notice that it was falling.

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I wouldn't normally do this, but this question jumped out at me.

My favourite memory would have to be standing on the beach at night in Hualien watching the fireworks and lanterns being released with my Dad.

Seriously one of the best moments and something I'll always remember - there was this amazing sense of joy and freedom.

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It's a colleague's birthday soon, and I've been tasked with purchasing his present. He's quite a fan of Australian music, so I thought I could maybe purchase a compliation album or two. Problem is, I'm so out of the loop, I don't even know where to start.

He's into more alternative type music, I know he likes Machine Gun Fellatio, but I can't for the life of me remember what else. He introduced me to Laibach (his dad once played trumpet with them!) and he used to be a music journalist in Eastern Europe before he moved to London.

Does anyone out there know of any compilations of good aussie music? All I can think of is Hottest 100, but that's probably not quite what I'm after.

Ice Rink

Jan. 5th, 2008 12:45 pm
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Icy
Originally uploaded by littlestar19.

One of my favourite photos from Brussels - the ice rink at dusk.


Tweeting!

Dec. 1st, 2007 10:03 pm
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  • 14:01 December 1st equals putting the tree up! Hard to believe that it's december already. #
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This year's Tree.
Originally uploaded by littlestar19.

Today we put up our xmas tree. Not too much different from last years, but there's a couple of new additions. Jen went to Amsterdam last weekend and brought back a beautiful bauble from Delft.

And as we continually seem to fail at finding a (non-tacky) topper for the tree, this year it's Cecil the curious cow, who is feeling a little confused at finding himself tied to a tree. :)

I can't believe it's December already!

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