Forty Nine Years and Another Lockdown

The entire East Coast of Australia is currently in lockdown The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus has reached here and is playing havoc with our lives again. This is the second year that we have celebrated our wedding anniversary in lockdown. Yesterday, we celebrated 49 years together. Last year we had booked a luxury…

Our First Time Away in Six Months

The virus restrictions in Victoria have been further lifted to allow us to move about freely within the state. Masks are now only required indoors and pubs and restaurants are allowed to seat many more customers. It has been 24 days since our last community transmission of the virus and right now, the state is…

I’m Going Back to Work

I have been watching the judicial inquiry into the escape of coronavirus from the hotel isolation program when incompetent and apparently corrupt security companies were hired to guard people who had returned from overseas and were placed in compulsory hotel isolation. The incompetence of these guards allowed the virus to escape into the community resulting…

Our Anzac Day

This year, Anzac Day is very different. No Dawn Service, No March, No Reunion. Because of the Corona Virus restrictions, local commemorations have all been cancelled with only formal services conducted at state and national levels. These are without public participation and were broadcast over the radio or Internet live streaming services. As a veteran,…

Bristol

Our flight from Perth landed at Heathrow just a few minutes late at 5.10 am after a seventeen hour non-stop flight from Perth. We were through immigration and customs very quickly. Australians can now use the electronic passport gates at Heathrow and this helps eliminate the two-hour long queue that we faced last time we…

Friends of the 15th Brigade – Pompey Elliott Commemoration

On Saturday, I attended one of the annual memorial services conducted by the Friends of the 15th Brigade to commemorate the death of Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott at the Burwood Cemetery in Melbourne. Just after WW1, Pompey was one of the three most famous names in Australia along with General John Monash and Albert Jacka. Brigadier…

Canberra Balloon Festival

While I have been out late at night visiting Canberra’s Enlighten attractions, I have also been getting up before dawn each morning to see the hot air balloons that are also operating here over this long weekend. On Saturday, out first morning here, I woke up late but quickly threw on some clothes and bolted…

Mr Squiggle

This weekend is a long weekend in Melbourne (and Canberra) and we have flown up to Canberra to do some photography. This weekend sees two large photo worthy events overlap. One is the Enlighten Festival in which a number of government buildings by the lake are illuminated with special effects lighting. The other is a…