Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt

This week's theme is "metal". This is a snake-like bit of metalwork on a gate at the Ferntree Gully Arboretum.

Slytherin, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

1. My stomach does not suffer from shrinkage, unfortunately.
2. Pasta is what I ate the most of on Thursday.
3. The yard is a jungle.
4. The ocean is where I'd rather be at any given time.
5. The smell of rain on the way reminds me of yesterday.
6. A stiff drink is what I need right now!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to nada, tomorrow my plans include having no plans and Sunday, I want to take it as it comes!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Led Zeppelin or Band of Joy?

Listed as a Led Zep performance but the comments suggest it's actually the Band Of Joy - Robert Plant and John Bonham's band before they joined up with Jimmy. I'm thinking it's Band of Joy - in which case, it's a piece of gold! A cover of Hey Joe. Definitely Robert Plant, whichever band it is.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Elvis is alive and well....

... and living in Robert Plant's trousers.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Vatican discovers the 20th century...

Pope forgives Lennon for saying Beatles were bigger than Jesus

Published Date: 24 November 2008
By Stephen McGinty

IT WAS a little longer than Yesterday, but 42 years after John Lennon outraged Christians by claiming that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus, the Pope has generously decided to forgive him.
While the musician, who was murdered in 1980, imagined a world without a Heaven, wherever Lennon is now he can take comfort in the fact that the Vatican does not view him as an atheistic vandal but as a mere "show-off".

The L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper, this weekend published a long editorial to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' "White Album" in which the publication praised Lennon and the Fab Four and took a more understanding view of his controversial utterance.

In 1966, Lennon said in an interview: "Christianity will go. We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."

In Saturday's edition of L'Osservatore Romano, the paper dismissed the Beatle's comments as a youthful joke: "The remark by John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States, after many years sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend of Elvis and rock and roll."

The paper went on to praise the band stating: "The talent of Lennon and the other Beatles gave us some of the best pages in modern pop music." It argued that only "snobs" would dismiss the band's songs, which had shown "an extraordinary resistance to the effects of time, providing inspiration for several generations of pop musicians".

Back in the 60s, Lennon's comments proved more problematic, particularly in America, where five months later a teen magazine called Datebook reprinted them on their front cover. In the deeply religious American south and midwest, conservative groups organised public burnings of Beatles albums, radio stations banned their songs and some promoters cancelled concerts. The Klu Klux Klan even issued a death threat against the Beatle.

Lennon was forced to apologise at a press conference in Chicago.

He said: "I was not saying whatever they're saying I was saying. I'm sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologise if that will make you happy. I still do not know quite what I've done. I've tried to tell you what I did do, but if you want me to apologise, if that will make you happy, then OK, I'm sorry."

The article in L'Osservatore Romano is an attempt by the Vatican to address the wider world. In the past the paper only ran stories chronicling the Pope's daily events as well as extracts from his speeches. However, it now runs articles on entertainment and world affairs.

In the same edition the paper printed a headline: "Twilight of the gods" in which it regretted the disappearance of the 1950s when stars were mysterious, and complained about the current cult of the celebrity.

Lennon later wrote that he was grateful for the furore as it led to the end of his touring days. He wrote: "If I hadn't said that The Beatles were 'bigger than Jesus' and upset the very Christian Klu Klux Klan, well, Lord, I might still be up there with all the other performing fleas! God bless America. Thank you, Jesus."

from here

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Spit it out :: get it off your chest

  2. Shadow :: me and my

  3. Database :: Readerware

  4. Expression :: of interest

  5. Boss :: employer

  6. Baby :: face

  7. Mystic :: River

  8. Kate :: Hepburn

  9. Boobies :: birds

  10. Raid :: police

from here

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt

This week's theme is "reflection".

Reflections in a pond:
Warburton reflections

Reflections in a river:
Reflections in the Yarra

Reflections on the bay:
Lights on the bay

Reflections on a screen:

Reflections on a phone:

Reflections of the setting sun:
Tin Can Bay Sunset

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

1. The last band I saw live was The Cure and they were unbelievably fantastic!
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is the family gathering at Christmas. (if you don't celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday)
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is yet to begin.
4. Thoughts of Led Zeppelin fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear clothes well.
6. Bagpipes can be good but can also be awful.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a quiet night in front of the TV, probably watching the Goblet of Fire, tomorrow my plans include hopefully getting out and taking some decent photographs and Sunday, I want to maybe do more of the same!

PS. Given the weather forecast, I'm not going out anywhere with the camera!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Two books

Bombproof by Michael Robotham
The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code by Robert Rankin

Both involve a main character who's a guitarist and who is wrongly accused of various crimes. That's about as far as the comparison goes.

Bombproof was commissioned for a book promotion/award thing (I forget exactly what and I've given the book away so I can't check). It contains many references to events that have happened this year. It was obviously written in a hurry and it shows. It's a thriller of sorts and could have been a good one with proper time and editing. I liked the main character (but can't remember his name!) who was always in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's spent some time in jail for a jewel theft he didn't commit. On his release he goes looking for his sister but finds she's been lured/kidnapped into the sordid world of drugs and prostitution by some very unsavoury characters. The crooks want him to break into a safe in the Old Bailey to get rid of evidence against them. In return they'll let him have his sister back. Of course, not having committed the jewel heist in the first place, he has no idea of how to crack a safe. The story follows his attempts to 1)find his sister, 2)do what the crims tell him, in order to achieve #1 and 3)elude the police. Mayhem and chaos follow his every move and he soon becomes the most wanted man in England - a serial killer/terrorist. He's neither of these things, of course.
This could have been a great yarn but it suffers badly from poor editing and a rushed deadline. Shame.

The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code
, on the other hand, is a great read. Robert Rankin writes in the same genre as Jasper Fforde - bizarre, I think it's called. At one point in the book, Rankin pays homage to Spike Milligan - it's that sort of humour. Bizarre but very, very funny.
The main character, Jonny Hooker, is frequently diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, largely on the grounds that he talks to himself. Or, to be more precise, talks to his imaginary friend, a monkey called Mr Giggles. Jonny is a guitarist in a local band who receives a letter telling him that he's won a prize. To claim the prize he has to solve the da-da-de-da-da code. This is what he sets out to do. In hilarious fashion.
The plot involves all sorts of weird and wonderful twists. Initially Jonny works out that he needs to find Robert Johnson's 30th recording. Johnson was a delta bluesman from the 1930s who, so legend would have it, sold his soul to the Devil at the crossroads. He only ever recorded 29 songs. But, everyone who has come across this 30th song loses his head, literally. Headless corpses start to appear and Jonny, of course, is the prime suspect.
Meanwhile, a top level, top secret meeting is about to be held at the Big House in Gunnersbury Park, where most of the story takes place. The purpose of this meeting is to solve the Middle East crisis. Needless to say, security is everywhere. Police, Special operations, Extra-Special Operations. The meeting is of The Parliament of Five who, apparently, make all the big decisions. (Didn't you know that?) The Five are: the Queen, Ahab the A-rab, Elvis, Mr Bagshawe and Bob the Comical Pup.
Meanwhile, the Air Loom Gang are controlling everyone they can get to with their Air Loom machine. This "magnetises" people and sends voices into their heads to tell them what to do. The gang plans, of course, to get into the heads of the Five.
Jonny takes to wearing a hat lined with tinfoil to keep the Air Loom out of his head.
Jonny's quest to solve the code soon becomes a quest to expose the Air Loom Gang and, thereby, save the world from nuclear holocaust.
He disguises himself as a park ranger, on the basis that if you put a person who doesn't wear a uniform into one, then he becomes unrecognisable. It seems to work! There's an hilarious scene where Jonny is at a crime scene, talking to a policeman. The conversation goes on for a while until the copper tells Jonny that it's alright, he won't tell the rest who he is. Jonny is perplexed that the cop has recognised him as he doesn't know the cop. Until, that is, that the cop lets slip that he is, in fact, the bass player in Jonny's band.

This is a very funny book. Jonny, the paranoid schizophrenic, is the only sane person in the whole story. Well worth the read.

And just to get you in the mood, here is the late, great Robert Johnson (but not his 30th song!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Give me five Monday (on Tuesday)

Seen at Kwizgiver's
The 'Give Me Five' Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here's how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn't have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.

# 41 Give Me Five staples on your grocery list besides milk, bread and eggs.
Firstly, eggs are never on my list - we have chooks! (chickens)

1. Coffee - Fair Trade, organic. (the only one I have a photo of)
Bad enough not smoking
2. Pasta
3. Cheese
4. Vegetables - whatever's in season that I feel like cooking/eating.
5. Chicken - free range only.

Tuesday Tune

Gotta love the Ween boys :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Please stop :: doing that.

  2. Move over :: please

  3. Sweet as :: sugar

  4. Bet :: wager

  5. Mad about :: Jimmy

  6. It’s over :: red rover

  7. Intend to :: I always intend to. That's often as far as it gets.

  8. Blame :: me if you must.

  9. Jefferson :: Airplane

  10. Heartless :: bastard

from here

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt

this week's theme is "ruin(ed)". Here's a ruined book:

In need of repair, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Because I've got nothing better to do right now...

Seen at Kwizgiver's.

1. My eye color: blue
2. Favorite car: Toyota Corolla (but, given the choice I'd have a Ferrari and a Rolls.
3. Right-handed or left-handed: Right
4. Shoes you wore today: Adidas, white with blue stripes
5. My fears: right now - that my Superannuation savings will get lost in this almighty mess the greed merchants have created for us.
6. Goal you would like to achieve this year: Lose some weight (tho' it's a bit late in the year for that), stop smoking.
7. Thoughts first waking up: what's the time?
8. My bedtime: whatever time it is that I fall asleep.
9. Pepsi or Coke: Neither as a rule. Of the two, probably Coke 'cos I had a bad experience with Pepsi once (there was stuff in there that shouldn't have been) and I've never drunk it since.
10. Single or Group Dates: what's a date???
11. Chocolate or Vanilla: Vanilla
12. Do you smoke: Yes :(
13. Do you sing: Yes but very badly.
14. Have you been in love: Yes
15. Do you want to get married: I don't think so.
16. Do you get along with your parents: Oh yes. More so with every year.
17. Do you play a musical instrument: Yes, badly.
18. In the past month have you smoked: Yes.
19: Favorite candy bar: I don't eat many - Mars Bar maybe.
20. In the past month have you gone on a date: No
21. All-time favorite sports team: the mighty Saints!!!
22. Ideal girlfriend/boyfriend: well, that'd be the one that was prepared to have me.
23. My best friend(s): Bronnie, my sisters.
24. Do you believe in love at first sight: Lust, yes. Love, I'm not so sure.
25. Favorite clothing brand: Umm, err....
26. Dream vacation: Anywhere
27. My favorite singer: That's a toughie. Robert Smith, Robert Plant, Nick Cave, Neil Young, too many to choose from.
28. My favorite movie: Dances With Wolves
29. Have you ever fired a gun: Definitely not.
30. Do you like answering these questions: well, I'm answering them.
31. Do you like yourself: Sometimes.
32. I am addicted to: cigarettes, flickr, and youtube at the moment!
33. Favorite drink: free trade coffee, chai, alcohol
34. Do you have a crush on anyone: at the moment - Jimmy Page!
35. Are you ticklish: a little bit
36. Favorite ice cream flavor: vanilla
37. Define yourself in 3 words: me, myself and I
38. Do you believe in God: no
39. Favorite day of the week: they're all much of a muchness these days.
40. Heads or tails: Tails
41. Favorite author: JRR Tolkien
42. What magazines do you read: none
43. Sweet or sour: as long as it's tasty, it doesn't matter.
44. Favorite chewing gum brand: I don't chew gum as a rule.
45. My hair color: greying
46. Height: 5′ 6″
47. My heritage: English with Scottish and Irish ancestry
48. My weakness: hahaha, which one would you like?
49. My perfect pizza: home-made.
50. My most overused phrase on IM: IM?
51. My best physical feature: the nail on my little finger.
52. Do you get motion sickness: no
53. McDonalds or Burger King: neither
54. Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: neither
55. Cappuccino or Coffee: Coffee at home, cappucino if I'm out.
56. Do you swear: fuxk yeah
57. Do you want to go to college: again? No. Been there, done that.
58. Do you think you’re attractive: no
59. Do you like thunderstorms: yes, unless I'm driving.
60. In the past month have you drunk alcohol: yes
61. In the past month have you been on drugs: do pain killers count?
62. Favorite cartoon as a child: We had no TV when I was a child.
63. Favorite sport: Aussie Rules football
64. In the past month have you been on stage: no
65. Ever been beaten up: no
66. How you want to die: quickly
67. Number of piercings: none
68. Favorite color: blue
69. Favorite food dish: pasta
70. My parents are: John and Muriel, both still alive and well, both still married to each other.
71. Do you have children: no
72. Do you have pets: not anymore :(
73. My favorite music genre: I refuse to classify music by genre. My favourite music is by Led Zeppelin and The Cure - fit them in to one genre!
74. My favorite season: Spring
75. Silver or Gold: either, both.
76. Who was the last person that called you: my Mum, halfway through doing this!
77. Are you a good driver: yes
78. Would you rather be rich or famous: Rich
79. When I’m sad or down, I prefer to: be alone.
80. What is your phone’s current ringtone: Lullaby by The Cure
81. The longest you’ve gone without sleeping: oh jeez. Probably 3 or 4 days.
82. What would you do with a million dollars: spend it.
83. What makes you laugh: lots of stuff.
84. Your favorite book: The Lord Of The Rings
85. Most embarrassing moment: too many to mention
86. Favorite item that you currently own: my camera
87. Have you ever moved: house? Yes, several times.
88. Kisses or hugs: whichever comes my way
89. Are you a very emotional person: Externally, not very. Internally, yes.

Friday Fill-ins

1. Please feel free to offer me a job.
2. When I am cooking I can't help sniffing it occasionally.
3. My favorite thing to cook is food.
4. Money is something I can't get enough of.
5. That's the thing I love most about Led Zeppelin, the music just never ever gets old.
6. Politicians always makes me think to myself, what the heck?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to nothing special, tomorrow my plans include whatever happens, happens and Sunday, I am going to my brother's for dinner!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen recent photographs I've taken:


In shade

Dunno why, but I like this

Double yolk

A day for Poppies

Hmmm, perhaps this one is the On button?


Later that same day.....


Sunlight and shadow

Dazed and Confused.

Red rose

Black Mountain Side

Not going to happen this time.

I have to do the books for the shop. I just can't do that and give up at the same time. I need to be able to concentrate on the paperwork and not just cry.
Sorry if I've disappointed you again.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

24 hours later...

Pretty much a wasted day. Done a lot of sitting and staring at nothing in particular. Very hard to focus or concentrate on anything.
Did find some cool stuff on YouTube though - more fodder for the 365 project.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Make poverty history....

language warning...

Okay then....

9:20pm, Monday 10th November, 2008.

No cigarettes.

Here we go again.

Maybe, this time.

Learning styles?

Seen at Mary's place.

Your Learning Style: Unconventional and Insightful

You are very intuitive and ingenious. You're attracted to any field of study that lets you break the rules.

You Should Study:


Art history


Comparative religions

Eastern religion




Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Coverage :: news

  2. Cynical :: oh that'd be me!

  3. Gust :: of wind

  4. Improvised :: ad hoc

  5. V :: five

  6. Guests :: dinner

  7. Brutal :: barbaric

  8. Grant :: Peter Grant - manager of Led Zeppelin

  9. Pull :: push

  10. Streaming :: (and if you're not, you should be.)

from here

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt

This weeks's theme is "together". Here are Clare and Georgia working together so I could get a photograph for my 7 days of shooting project.


Which way is up?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

1. My blueprint for success includes hahaha, clearly I don't have one!
2. Oh gee, I can't remember, haven't had any for weeks. Probably some chocolate. was the last candy I ate.
3. The best facial moisturizer I've ever used is um, er, I don't use any.
4. A holiday, music, a good book can be good therapy.
5. I'd like to tell you about Jimmy Page.
6. Some would say stubbornness, I'll call it persistence is my strongest characteristic.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to nothing much, maybe watching Harry/Azkaban on TV, tomorrow my plans include maybe some photography, if I feel inspired and Sunday, I want to do whatever takes my fancy!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen (plus one and two repeated) shots of Mum's roses.

A rose is a rose is a rose, originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

If the world could vote

Go here to see the results. Here's hoping the USA is not the odd one out here.

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, November 03, 2008

Flickr meme - the real me ;)

Flickr meme - the real me ;), originally uploaded by jsarcadia.

1. What is your first name? Julie
2. What is your favorite food? Italian
3. What high school did you go to? Norwood
4. What is your favorite color? Blue
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Jimmy Page (of course!)
6. Favorite drink? Stoli
7. Dream vacation? Iceland
8. Favorite dessert? Trifle
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Photographer
10. What do you love most in life? Music
11. One Word to describe you. Free
12. Your flickr name. jsarcadia

Click on the pic to see credits for each photograph.

Must be Monday Meme day

Sunday Stealing: The McDanger Meme

What are your nicknames? Jules is about it.

What TV gameshow or reality show would you like to be on? One that'll let me win lots and lots of money.

What was the first movie you bought in VHS or DVD? I really can't remember, probably Dances With Wolves

What is your favorite scent? jasmine

If you had one million dollars to spend only on yourself, what would you spend it on? ME!

What is one place you've visited, can't forget and want to go back to? Byron Bay

Do you trust easily? unfortunately, yes.

Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think? Well that depends entirely on what I'm doing!

Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days? Yes

Do you have a good body image? Ha! No.

What is your favorite fruit? Banana

What websites do you visit daily? Flickr, YouTube, Jimmy Page Online

What have you been seriously addicted to lately? YouTube

What's the last song that got stuck in your head? Whole Lotta Love

What is your favorite thing to wear? comfy clothes

Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy? Never eaten any

What would you do if you saw $100 lying on the ground? Pick it up

What items couldn't you go without during the day? Jimmy, camera, something edible, water

What should you be doing right now? going to bed
Stolen form Kwizgiver

A token nod to Halloween

You Are 40% Witch

It's unlikely that you're a witch. At least, no one thinks you are.

You may still be interested in witchcraft, but you're by no means a stereotypical witch.

While you don't seem all that witchy, people may think you're a bit weird.

You're definitely a little offbeat. No one really knows what to make of you sometimes.

Seen at Shadow's place

Unconscious Mutterings

  1. In love :: Friday I'm

  2. Be my guest :: make yourself at home

  3. Number one :: Jimmy Page

  4. Swallowed whole :: pill

  5. 50 percent :: half

  6. Made in :: Australia

  7. Supplement :: additive

  8. Right for :: me

  9. Endless :: eternal

  10. Ceramic :: pottery

from here