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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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Winning the Watching of the Rio 2016 Olympics – Channel 7 (Seven) Coverage

This is a guide for watching the broadcasts in Australia but the same principle applies for watching television and the “app” in any Country.

First of all, you may have a Book or a newspaper item or magazine with a general Schedule of events, for example I have a magazine called “Official Australian Olympic Team Guide to the 2016 Olympic Games – what to watch in Rio” which has a very nice 2 page spread (not removable) showing coloured blocks for all days of the Olympics denoting the Events scheduled, separating out the Medal events.

However, you really need a precise guide of the exact scheduled times of the Events to make “head or tail” of watching what you really want to watch on TV or on the Channel 7 App here in Australia.  I learned this the hard way.

I found that if you simply type  Rio Olympics Schedule  ( or Olympic Games Rio 2016 ) into Google you should get the day’s scheduled events pop up, then when you click on the arrow above “All Events” down the bottom, Google kindly shows much detailed information ( but don’t worry – you won’t see any Results ).  See screenshot below.

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NOTE:  that Google will kindly show you the  LOCAL  times.  Click on “Overview” to return to the screen above, if you have navigated to one of the other Pages.

If Google isn’t the “search engine” that you use, just type Google into your search field, then click on the resultant link – to go to Google.  You will know you are using Google because their name appears at the top of the Search area.  Make sure that the Date and Time on your mobile device or computer’s clock is correct.

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Perth Royal Show 2015

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It’s on again!  The Perth Royal Show, this year, runs from Saturday 26th September until Saturday 3rd October 2015.  Just one week of games, rides, showbags, animals, exhibitions and purchases you wouldn’t normally make!

My sister and I bought our tickets earlier from our local IGA store with a saving of $4, making our Adult priced tickets $25 each rather than $29 each.  Any saving is a saving, we thought.  Having perused the parking suggestions on the official website, we decided to park at Rowe Park, the closest parking to the show at the Claremont Showgrounds.

I’m used to getting up around 6.15 am to go to work, so my sister stayed the night at my house on Friday 25th, then on Saturday 26th, we got up early, had a light breakfast & got ready.  Off we went, with my sister driving, loaded with camera, coffee in a thermos flask, hats, and a bottle of Powerade drink each.  We arrived at the little concrete car park for the actual Park, about 7.50 am, yes, at ten to 8.   We planned to get there an hour before the Show started, because we heard there was very limited parking.   We also though that one had to pay $20 for official parking.

However, because we had got there so very early, luckily, we were able to park in the official car park, rather than have to drive onto the lawn, which I think is what you have to pay for.  Rowe Park was a pleasant grassy area with swings and amenities, a great place for kids to play in or adults to sun themselves to have a sleep, or to do some pleasant reading.  In the car, I sipped my coffee eagerly, while noting a Sign reading “Surveillance Cameras” in use.

If you are driving, I recommend you turn into Langsford Street, Vaucluse Avenue or Reserve Road, off Stirling Highway, as shown below, to get to Stevens Road.   The small Car Park is off Stevens Road.  You then simply get out off your car, and bear right-ish or cross the road carefully ( two lanes ) and walk to the right under the bridge then around to the left and there is Gate One. 

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Princess Charming by Atlas – Lucite – Wicker Vintage Handbag – Seashell Design

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I just received my beautiful gorgeous Seashell Handbag from Marianna of     “Sweeties Memorable Gemz”   on Ruby Lane.

It is amazing.  I really love it and as we are heading here “Down Under” in Australia, into Spring, it is perfect for taking out and about and using on casual outings.  The Listing had the following description for this bag.  It was made in the same era as me (1960s).

Princess Charming by Atlas of Hollywood Florida – Made in Hong Kong – Front Panel decorated with Seashells, Seahorse Charms. Vintage 1950’s – 1960’s.

This charming vintage white wicker box bag is an underwater scene with faux coral, various seashells and starfish and seahorse charms all placed on a white lace type open weave fabric. The entire decorated panel is edged in fancy gold trim. There is a clear layer of plastic that covers and protects the underwater scene. The measurements inside the trim panel are 11″ x 6-1/2″.

The white wicker is a laminated wicker that shows no wear. There are also white leather accents on the bottom where the bag has 4 brass protective feet. The top is framed in white marbleized Lucite with a Lucite clasp and double Lucite handles.   This is a perfect handbag to carry during the summer.

The white plastic liner has a zipper compartment and open pouch, the inside is very clean and has no odors. The brass hardware on the top is bright. The measurements are 12″ across x 8″ high (with the Lucite handle the measurement is about 12″ high), the depth is 4″ making it a roomy box bag to carry.  This Atlas of Hollywood Florida is a highly original theme design bag that was popular in the 1950’s and 60’s and highly collectible and popular to carry today.

 

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Squid Lips, Candy Cows & Margaret River

Entrance to Lake Cave Western AustraliaMy partner and I spent a lovely 3 nights away recently in Margaret River, at the beautiful Riverside Tourist Park in Willmott Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Town centre! We left the suburbs of Perth around 11.00 am on Thursday 23rd April and arrived at our new temporary residence 3 hours later.

Margaret_River_Town_MapOur domicile was a small 2 person chalet, number 15, quite close to the Office. The park consists of a great number of different accommodation arrangements, to accommodate singles, couples and families, and includes lovely awesome cottages alongside the Margaret River.

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Hopman Cup 2015 Winners

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We are all Winners when it comes to Perth’s unique annual summer tournament, the Hopman Cup Tennis, consisting of a Women’s Single match, a Men’s Single Match, and a Mixed Doubles, all making up one “tie” or overall match between two different countries.  In my opinion, not only are the players “winners”, but so are the tournament organisers, the audience and sponsors, and anyone interested in tennis!

My sister & I attended the 2015 Final on Saturday, 10th January 2015, at the Perth Arena.  It started at 3.30 pm and finished around 10.00 pm.  This time around we were determined to get Platinum seats, so we saved and we got tickets in Block 210, Row 1.  The Platinum seating are seats at the front near the Baseline and a few blocks right at the front on the Sideline opposite the Chair Umpire, as  THIS  pdf shows ( you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it, un-tick the download of McAfee security if you don’t want the McAfee software ).  Below are the 2015 prices for the tickets.

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FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

The 2014 World Cup Soccer Quarter Finals are on soon, and who knows who will win?  I love the soccer and have been watching all of the Matches as recorded.  They are playing in the early hours of Australia.  I have been really impressed by some of the Goal-keepers, like the Nigerian goal-keeper, and of course with Lionel Messi of Argentina.  His crosses and goals have been fabulous, and he can’t win the matches by himself, but must feel alot of pressure upon him.  There have been some surprises, like Spain and Portugal out of the Round of 16.  I was impressed by Nigeria and Mexico going into the Round of 16 and disappointed that Mexico didn’t make it to the Quarter Finals. and am delighted that Costa Rica is going into the Quarter finals.  What an interesting match that was, against Greece.

With all its controversial Referee decisions, and in the background, protestors angry about the amount of money spent on the World Cup at the expense of health and education in Brazil ( why not have BOTH the World Cup and Health / Education ), I have been enjoying the Soccer.

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Of Boats and Birds, of Fremantle & Fishing

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John Steinbeck wrote “Of Mice and Men”, here I am writing of “boats and birds” and of “Fremantle and Fishing”.   The above photo (click to see it larger) was taken by me of a Crested Tern bird at the South Mole (harbour) of Fremantle city, in Western Australia.   A “Mole” in harbour terms is a massive wall built out into the sea to protect a shore or harbour from the force of waves.

Sean and I went fishing there, arriving by 6.00am, Friday 31st January 2014 (the start of Chinese New Year 2014 / 2015 ) because I had looked up the tides and best fishing days on the internet and advised him it was a time of high fish activity, after the “Super Moon.”

Well, Life is funny, because we hardly caught anything, as opposed to when we went last which was on the Public Holiday for Australia Day, Monday 27th January 2014.  He caught about 12 fish then, and you can read   what happened to two of those fish  at my other Blog, Fascinating Animals, if you really want to.

When I say “Life is funny”, of course I mean Life is curious, and it was due to curiosity that having photographed a huge cargo ship coming into Fremantle, see photos below, that I went to the trusty Internet to look up details about it.

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Late Afternoon Mosaic at Fremantle, Western Australia

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This shot is of a “tall ship” or Leeuwin II Sailboat / Yacht sailing out into the Sunset.  You can  book a three hour tour   on one of these marvelous ships, run by The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, from November until late April.

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Cavalia – Beautiful & Breathtaking

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The Media reported that the Equestrian Artistic Show CAVALIA is beautiful and breathtaking, and I found it to be just that.

Perth, Western Australia is fortunate to be graced with several Cavalia performances in 2013, and my sister and I attended the matinee show on Sunday 15 December.   Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide have been added to Cavalia’s first ever Australian tour in 2013.

The lavish production, which has been seen by over four million people in Northern America and Europe, explores the relationship between humans and horses through the ages and features 48 horses and 36 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world.

A constantly changing digital background projected onto a 60 metre-wide screen is designed to draw audiences into a dream-like world and a 50 metre-wide stage gives the horses enough space to gallop at full speed.

Cavalia is held in the largest touring tent in the world – a white, 2,440-square-metre big top, which rises about 35 metres high.

I can sum up my experience of Cavalia in a word  –  “unforgettable”.

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Cat defeats diamond ring, guitar, toy robot & helicopter

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Yes, it’s MONOPOLY.

Monopoly’s iconic tokens are said to have originated when the niece of game creator Charles Darrow suggested using charms from her charm bracelet for tokens. The game is based on the streets of Atlantic City, N.J., and has sold more than 275 million units worldwide.   Go to the  MONOPOLY WIKI   to read about the fascinating history of Monopoly.   I played the English / London edition although, because I live in Australia and that is the edition that we bought here.

Out with the Iron and in with the Cat.

A vote was held this year to replace the good old Iron.  The cat defeated the diamond ring, a guitar, a toy robot, and the helicopter to find itself among the lot.  THIS   page here has pictures of all the charms / tokens to date and a history of retirement of old pieces and introducement of new pieces.    Sadly, for those who loved the IRON, it has been retired and replaced with the silver cat.   As someone who loved the iron, and secretly thought the Wheelbarrow should have been replaced with the Cat, I had to concede that the Cat had a place in Monopoly.   Those outraged that a Cat had been chosen should know that cats have “nine lives”.

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Sunset at Fremantle, Western Australia

Sunset at Fremantle

Here is a photo of the Sun going down at Fremantle, Western Australia.   I took it with my HTC Wildfire mobile telephone at 7.15pm on Tuesday 28th January 2013.   It was a Public Holiday here Down Under for “Australia Day.”

Below is a photo of a section of the water of the Indian Ocean at Fremantle, showing it as dark navy blue.

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And following –    are photos of a huge ship, the Taiko Tonisberg, that we saw come into the Harbour (probably carrying cars).

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen at Fremantle, Western Australia, 28 January 2013

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I loved seeing the Tug boat with the ship, but by the time I got around working out how to use the camera on my phone I didn’t get a good close up photo of the impressive Tug boat.  I took the photo of the ocean (cropped above) because I was trying to take a photo of a tern (bird) swooping into the water to pick up a fish, but I missed that photo opportunity too.   Anyhow, the first sunset photo is cropped, and just above is the original photo that I took in full.


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Games and Imagination Keep us Alive

I have a Theory:   Games and Imagination keep us alive

and give us deep meaning

 

Family Feud (or Family Fortune), Blankety Blanks, Name that Tune, Letters and Numbers, Sale of the Century, Who wants to Be a Millionaire, the list goes on …

And of course it’s not only television shows that fire our creativity and intellect, our curiosity and our sense of competitive fun and wonder, and sometimes awe.
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