Founder’s Day 2007

February 27, 2007

On Sunday we celebrated Founder’s Day with the Iron Cove district scout groups. It was a very wet day, on and off, so the turnout wasn’t as big as we would have liked – nonetheless those who were there had a great time.

Here is an experimental set of photos from BubbleShare from the day :

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Well I would have to call that a success – so BubbleShare away!

Founder’s Day celebrates the birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, whose writings inspired boys to start the Scouting movement 100 years ago this year.

Early reports of Autumn coming in

February 26, 2007

Here in Sydney we’re seeing the first signs of Autumn coming in. There is an edge to the morning now, it is no longer comfortable to sleep with the windows open and only be half-covered by a bedsheet.

Just a couple of days ago on my morning walk I was leaving footprints in the dew on the grass. That’s a sure sign that the seasons are turning here – time to rejoice in the coming colder weather 🙂

Two Huge Queens in Sydney Harbour on Mardi Gras 2007

February 21, 2007

QE 2 arrives in Sydney Harbour, Mardi Gras 2007

While the Queen Mary II (QM2) was in Sydney harbour for 16 hours on her maiden global circumnavigation, her sister the Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) also came into port.

A historic occasion since these (original) sister ships were last in Sydney in 1941 doing troop transport duty. It may be another 50 years before they are seen together in Sydney again!

A great many Sydneysiders came out for the spectacle, showing the two huge Queens a warm Sydney welcome. Somewhat interestingly, this was on the day known as Mardi Gras (Shrove or pancake Tuesday.) Sydney is known for a different Mardi Gras celebration that also features Queens. Hmm.

Perhaps my kids were a little over the event at the end – what do you think?
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Can you shutdown for the day?

February 21, 2007

Since Saturday the 24th will be more like Sunday the 25th here in Australia, I think I probably could shutdown for a day … could you?

Shutdown Day

Be a part of one of the biggest global experiments ever to take place on the internet. The idea behind the experiment is to find out how many people can go without a computer for one whole day, and what will happen if we all participate!

Hmm, words as accidental weapons.

February 16, 2007

The Power (and Peril) of Praising Your Kids — New York Magazine