Every year on Australia Day there is a public concert in the people's park - The Domain.
A beautiful balmy evening, a friendly crowd and as usual the 1812 Overture to finish the program. A fitting end to a beaut Straya Day.
Also nice to see we also have a new Australian citizen amongst the many - Mirian Margolyes. Welcome.
Here is the program:
ROSSINI: Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 (Choral): Mvt.2, Scherzo
PURCELL: March & Canzona for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Z.860: Mvt 1, March
BACH: Concerto in C minor for oboe, violin and strings, BWV1060: Mvts. II & III Adagio & Allegro
ROSSINI: William Tell:Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH: Suite for variety orchestra: Mvt 7, Waltz No.2
BARTÓK: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: Mvt.3, Adagio
KHACHATURIAN: Suite No.1 from Gayane: Mvt. 7, Gayane's Adagio
ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance – March No.4 in G
Australia Day coming up this weekend and here is a true Australian scene - beach cricket on Clareville Beach.
Some suggested rules:
1. ball hit in the water = 6 runs and you are out.
2. one handed catch after one bounce and you are out
3. tip and run ... of course
4. can be bowled out first ball
5. no LBW!
Further suggestions welcome
Today was the hottest day in Sydney ever. It broke the 1939 record and was 45.8 degrees Celcius.
Tonight there are bushfires raging throughout the state. From my balcony I noticed a glowing horizon at 9.00pm well after sunset. I went down to the beach and saw a fire across the beach from Pittwater.
The news from RFS website said:
Major Fire Updates
Watch and Act - Towlers Bay Fire (Pittwater LGA) 18/01/13 20:49
A fire is burning in the Ku-ring-gai National Park in the Pittwater area.
Firefighters are working to contain the fire which is burning on West Head within the Ku-ring-gai National Park.
Remote properties, accessible only by water, in areas including Lovett, Morning and Elvina Bays may experience smoke and embers. Crews are in place to protect properties in these areas.
Full marks to those men and women volunteers fighting fires in this heat.
Up on the shores of Lake Maquarie is this fine establishment.
"The barber man was small and flash, as barbers mostly are,
He wore a strike-your-fancy sash, he smoked a huge cigar;
He was a humorist of note and keen at repartee,
He laid the odds and kept a "tote", whatever that may be ..."
A.B 'Banjo' Patterson from The Man from Ironbark
and, "Who are the trusted?" ... Art in a Kings Cross back alley window. "Essentially, we are on our own. That our safety and prosperity can only be guaranteed by our engagement with the rest of the world, by our energy, our ingenuity, our self-respect, our confidence in ourselves and our charity." PJK 2002