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Learning iDraw (Graphic) software

Learning iDraw (Graphic) software

I love multi tasking projects. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Recently I’ve been teaching myself graphic design techniques in the graphic drawing software iDraw. My inspiration came from another book blogger, one of my favourites, A Work In Progress. In one of her recent blogs the blogger displayed a really nice piece of cross stitch. I was so inspired by it that I mirrored the pattern by way of a graphic design technique. Here’s the result:…

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Reading Hemingway using five magic keys

Reading Hemingway using five magic keys

A bookish observation: Hearing a voice from the Jazz Age for the first time. For me, the world of classic literature is like an old locked cupboard in the attic, I’m keen to break it open to see what’s inside. I’ve heard there’s some wonderful experiences waiting for me if I could just find the key. Recently I did just that, I found a key, well five actually and accessed a classic written by Ernest Hemingway, a voice from The Jazz Age.…

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The Footpath Philosophers at the State Library of NSW

The Footpath Philosophers at the State Library of NSW

While wandering around the main foyer of the Library of NSW in Macquarie Street Sydney I came across an interesting exhibit. A very large book was on display. It was a collection of black and white photographic portraits accompanied by a philosophical quote. They change the page displayed every two months. The quote painted on the wall above the display caught my eye. It made me smile with understanding.…

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I took off my rose-coloured glasses for a moment . . .

I took off my rose-coloured glasses for a moment . . .

I took off my rose-coloured glasses for a moment to listen to Richard Flanagan on the decline of love and freedom. Powerful stuff, 35 minutes of intelligent alternative thinking with a focus on Australians. A generous speech he gave as the closing address at the recent Melbourne Writers’ Festival and available for download from ABC Radio National’s website: ABC Bookshow Stories – Richard Flanagan – The Decline of Love and Freedom

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The Eagles 2010

The Eagles 2010

It’s not how you look it’s how you sound! said Glenn Frey of The Eagles at their Sydney Concert in early December. They sounded great! Four masters, including the supurb Don Henley, strutting their stuff along with a large group of talented musicians and lighting artists. A privilege to see them on stage and their sound has lost nothing over time. Rich voices and magic instrumentals.…

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