The School of Athens

The School of Athens
The School of Athens by Raphael (click on picture to view short documentary from Columbia University)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Injustice anywhere.....

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.

Would it not be of immeasurable benefit to humanity if this quote from the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were as indelibly engraved in our minds as it is on this wall?





Monday, 21 July 2014

The giant leap

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On the 45th anniversary of humanity's greatest achievement, the landing on the Moon of Apollo 11, it's always important to constantly remind ourselves of what is possible when humans take Stephen Hawking's advice and look up at the stars and not down at our feet.

"I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." President John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961.

"That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969.








Friday, 18 July 2014

What the world needs now

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After listening to today's news bulletins, I felt the overwhelming need for the soothing tonic of human creative genius.

Perhaps you might find it restorative too.

"What The World Needs Now Is Love" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, performed by Jackie DeShannon.



YouTube clip of live performance here:


"All You Need Is Love" written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by The Beatles.


YouTube clip of live performance here:


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Hope springs eternal

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Tomorrow, July 11, will be the 98th birthday of Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC.

To mark the day, I thought it would be worthwhile to reflect upon these two iconic photographs to remind ourselves of the great hope that he represented to many Australians.

Launch of ALP 1972 election campaign. Photo: Rick Stevens



Gough Whitlam pouring soil into the hands of Vincent Lingiari in 1975. Photo: Merv Bishop (suggested by Nugget Coombs).


It is said that hope springs eternal.

While not eternal, at 98, Gough Whitlam has had a bloody good crack at it!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Whitlam.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Not racked with guilt

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This week Essential Research published, once again, some disturbing results.

When asked: Do you think the Federal/Liberal National Government is too tough or too soft on asylum seekers or is taking the right approach?

Too tough = 27%, too soft = 18%, taking the right approach = 36%, don't know = 18%.

18%, or about 2.5 million Australian voters (which is more than the population of the city of Brisbane) think the Government is too soft on asylum seekers. 

Perhaps the addition to government policy of the appliance below might just be enough to satisfy these 2.5 million people that the Government was 'taking the right approach.'

Then again.......it might not.



Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Queen of Hollywood turns 98

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The Queen of the Silver Screen, the last great star of the 1930's 'Golden Years of Hollywood', Olivia de Havilland, turns 98 today.

Stunning at 20 years old and equally stunning nearly 80 years later:



With her great friend and co-star, Errol Flynn, in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938):


Speaking about her first meeting with Errol Flynn: "Well, I was 18, and I took one look at Errol Flynn, and I thought.....oh my!"

Happy birthday, Olivia de Havilland.

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Our home

Our home
Earthrise over the moon (click on picture to view film)

The pale blue dot

The pale blue dot
Earth viewed from Saturn (click on picture to view film clip)

Our neighbourhood

Our neighbourhood
The Solar System (click on picture to view film)

Our Home Galaxy

Our Home Galaxy
The Milky Way (click on picture to view film)

A sister galaxy

A sister galaxy
Andromeda (click on picture to view film)

Another sister galaxy

Another sister galaxy
Triangulum (click on picture to view short film clip)

The Local Group of Galaxies

The Local Group of Galaxies
Our Galactic Neighbourhood (click on picture to view film clip).

Our farthest view of the Universe

Our farthest view of the Universe
Hubble's farthest view (click on picture to view film clip)

The virgo super cluster of galaxies

The virgo super cluster of galaxies
Galaxies within 100 million light years (click on picture to view film clip)

Galaxies within 1 billion light years

Galaxies within 1 billion light years

Universe

Universe