Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 20, 2017

Chuck didn’t make it, but Vera did.

Just a few days ago we lost Chuck Berry – who survived to the grand old age of 90. But today, Dame Vera Lynn turns 100.

From the Washington Post:

To fully fathom the meaning of Vera Lynn to the British, you have to picture a British soldier, in the depths of Britain’s despair at the outset of World War II, hunkered down somewhere in the North Africa, wondering how, if ever, it would end and whether, if ever, he’d get home.

“We were very lucky,” said one such soldier, William Pitcher, in a 1996 oral history. “All the war, even the worst of times, we had a good short wave radio system. In fact, I can remember it was desert, we’d, in the nighttime, on Saturday nights when Vera Lynn come on we’d get the radio off the truck and we’d cover ourselves up with tarp and turn it on. And we’d listen to Vera sing to the troops on a Friday night, on the radio.”

As well as her radio work Dame Vera sang in concert for British troops in Egypt and Burma.

As Barry Humprhies put it:

That voice is as much the Second World War as Winston Churchill’s voice.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 20, 2017

Astrofest reveals the western sky at night.

The eighth Astrofest Astrophoography Exhibition has attracted some first-rate images.

Moon over Lake Koorkoordine

Lagoon Nebula

The Wanderer

More images here at Perth Now.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 19, 2017

“The name’s Food. Sea Food.”

What is it with fish and memes right now?

With apologies to Ken Kesey and the mathematicians of the world:

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 14, 2017

Until they sell them to the Chinese, anyhow.

We might have just replaced one financially inept government with a really, really, financially inept government – but at least we still have our sunsets here in Perth.

They look even better when augmented by a storm.

More photos at Perth Now.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 12, 2017

And in further news from Western Australia…

Lions at Perth Zoo have just been advised of the election result.

My sentiments exactly, sir.

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 12, 2017

Am I doing this right?

Almost twelve hours now since Labor took power in WA, and I’m still waiting to be overcome by the urge to smash up a Starbucks.

So far all I’m getting is a nagging voice in the back of my head about the ironing…

Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 11, 2017

Count me out as a political pundit.

Labor have taken government in Western Australia.

Well, now I get to see if I was right about McGowan being another Andrews. Maybe I’ll be wrong twice. Here’s hoping.


Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 11, 2017

Special guest appearance by me, today, at Morning Mail.

In which I pontificate about today’s state election in Western Australia.


Posted by: Gregoryno6 | March 9, 2017

Creepy Susie keeps a tingle in hers.

You keep your what there, Cate Blanchett?


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