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Commit

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When we see the word commit we might think of marriage and the expectation of fidelity, that when you make your vows you will keep them. Or if you commit to a process, like joining a club, committee, or working group, that you will follow through. What about nations? ¬†Australia was a proud signatory to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights, including Article 14 on Refugees. In 1951 Article 14 was expanded into a full convention in its own right in 1954 .This was ammended to accomodate the changes since WW2 with the 1967 Protocol. We signed, but since 1996 we have turned our backs not only on the Convention and Protocol, we have failed in our commitment to the vulnerable. We don’t have a refugee crisis, we have a moral crisis. We have not kept our promise. We said we would commit but instead we turned away.

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Meddle (Pink Floyd)

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I haven’t played this for a while, but I love this track. ‘Fearless’ is track three on the sixth Pink Floyd album called ‘Meddle’ which was released in 1971. As all the musicphiles will tell you, ‘Meddle’ was the defining moment for Pink Floyd, where they left the psychodelia and Barrett era and moved into a progressive rock with Gilmore and Waters. ‘Meddle’ is also significant because it is a colaboration of the whole band in terms of songwriting. Many cite this album as foundational in the new direction that made Floyd and prepared the ground for ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and therfore defining in terms of sound and style.¬†It was well received in the UK and Holland, but moderately elsewhere. Later it became a classic with fans and is now viewed as one their most important albums.

I’m sure it’s foundational, and there are echoes (no pun intended) all the way to the last album. However, I just love it as it is. And perhaps it is a twist on the title, that the band meddled with their own direction and sound. It certainly was an intervention in their style at that time, and it was a shift in direction, and for me and many others, a welcome intervention in my life.

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Daily Prompt: Total

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I think this car is a total write-off. It sits nearby Boondie Rock in the Boorabbin National Park, quietly rusting. I wonder what sort of life it had, and who owned it, why was it left?

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Daily Prompt: Create

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I love creating, and I love other people’s creative ability too. February 2013 Lyn and I were down at Windy Harbour and we took time to go to the Northcliffe Visitor Centre and take in the Forest Sculpture Walk, an amazing experience.

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This photo is not as striking as it lost the sheen of the gold paint the artist used to colour the dead remnant. I was captivated by the glow of it, very creative.

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There were many sculptures to view. I’m told that there are some new additions, and that the trail is recovering well from the bush fire of 2015.

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Daily Prompt: Puncture

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Back in 2009 Lyn and I went away for a coupe of days to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We went to a place called Watson’s Way B&B north-east of Mukinbudin and near Berimbooding Rock. It was a wonderful time and we were well looked after there. But we nearly didn’t get home. We were heading home after lunch, we had done 50km and were just past Bonnie Rock when the a tyre went on the car (my work vehicle). I thought, this won’t be difficult. It wasn’t but it did get a surprise when I opened the boot because the only prospect was what is known as a ‘space saver tyre.’

It was still over 20km into Mukinbudin, and the recommended tyre usage was a travel speed of 80 kms, weighted against the time ticking away to get to a tyre repair place in Mukinbudin. The space saver tyre had all the appeal of the wrong item about it. It didn’t even look like it could do the job of a tyre let alone survive the distance, and if the tyre service in Mukinbudin couldn’t fit a new tyre, it was 79 kms back into Merredin where we lived. I had visions of having to thumb a ride.

Fortunately the tyre service in Mukinbudin had the relevant replacement. Upon investigation, the cause was a puncture caused by a tek screw.

The upshot has been that I now ask when buying, borrowing, or accepting a work vehicle – does it have a proper spare tyre. Space savers are great for saving space, they work well in the city, but not on gravel roads or rough country roads.

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Taper

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The path, the innocent path tapers off into the distance. It begins the 6 km return trail walk up Bluff Knoll. Not big by easternAustralian, or by foreign standards, with a rise to 1099m, but with a 650m gain, so quite challenging in that though it is short it is steep. It’s prominence is 854m (clear rise from lowest contour) and its isolation is 1225.5km with the next comparable peak of that size in the north west of the state.

It was late April 2015, it was warm at the base and I did get a light sun burn on my neck, it was raining half way up, and at the top it was cold and cloud had covered the peak, an amazing weather experience let alone physical challenge for me. Jon, one of my sons, who walked with me was very patient. We managed it well within the 3.5 hours return. The views were fabulous, the flora and fauna, as always, a key interest for me. The summit was worth it.

The innocent path tapers off and belies the rugged trail upwards

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This is why its challenging, that smooth path of 120m or so turns to this. Still it was well worth it.

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Volume

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The volume is loud and high. The sound of the water was wonderful as it thundered underneath the road and out into the open again. And the Blackwood River was rising high as the volume of water from upstream surged down through Boyup Brook.

The short video was taken at the crossing at Terry Road, just off Jayes Road. And in the photo you can see that the road had been gouged by the force of the water. It was refreshing because the winter rains flush the river and creek systems and bring fresh water and renewal to the ecosystems along the way.

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