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We’re Back in Tokyo

Jill and I are back in Japan to spend a few days in Tokyo and catch up with some people we know. Perhaps because we have been here before, we find this to be a very comfortable city to visit. It is bright, bustling and very friendly (apart from the young lady that knocked Jill…

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Images of World War One

The Melbourne Museum is currently holding an exhibition of items from WW1. It commemorates the Centenary of the First World War. All of the items come from the IWM (Imperial War Museums) in London and they are first to ever leave Great Britain and visit Australia. There are over 350 precious artefacts including the artillery…

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ANZAC – Our Family Story

April 25, 2015 is the commemoration of the Centenary of ANZAC.   I have a great deal of pride in being one, of what I estimate to be perhaps as few as only 15,000 to 20,000 Australians, who are third-generation returned servicemen. I wrote this rather longish post in an attempt to describe the experience…

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Logging and Lyrebirds

I wish that I was able to predict the weather three months in advance. It was that long ago that some friends and I decided to choose last weekend to go camping and bushwalking around the Powelltown area in the Yarra ranges to the east of Melbourne. I have been walking there on many occasions…

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The Easter Sunday Cross

We have always gone to church on both Good Friday and Easter Sunday of each year. These two days remember the focal point of Christian life –  firstly the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and then, on Easter Day, celebrating his resurrection which leads to the forgiveness of our sins and offers us…

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Easter Saturday at Mt Macedon

The weather on Easter Satuday was glorious. It was a typical Autumn day in Melbourne – balmy, no wind and bright sunny skies. I had just had the car washed and it seemed a very nice day to get a little out of town and enjoy the sunshine. We knew that Keatings Hotel In the…

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The Bride Came by Elephant

   Dinner at our local Indian restaurant is normally very good with tasty food and inexpensive prices. Last night at Satgurus Indian Restaurant in North Balwyn we were treated to more than eating a good meal as we chatted to the owner and his wife. They showed us some photos of their daughter’s wedding from…

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Sydney and Seals

There’s no doubt that Sydney and its harbour is a very scenic place. The Opera House is one of the world’s iconic buildings and the Bridge is a significant feature of the city. The harbour is quite magnificent. I’ve just spent the last two days in Sydney, catching up with some wonderful friends that I…