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Recognition on Australia Day !!

26 January 2008 25 comments

Across the nation, Australia Day has become the country's biggest annual day of celebration with over 5,000 events planned across NSW.
Australia Day celebrations will take place on 26 January with a public holiday on 28 January.


an excellent article written by the Premier of NSW -Morris Iemma
Love thy neighbour - it's in our hands

thanks Lakshmi for this illuminating email


    (taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

    Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of her
    own. They like other people's.

    A grandfather is a man & a grandmother is a lady!

    Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to
    see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if
    they drive us to the shops and give us money.

    When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty
    leaves and caterpillars.

    They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also why
    we shouldn't step on "cracks."

    They don't say, "Hurry up."

    Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

    They wear glasses and funny underwear.

    They can take their teeth and gums out.

    Grandparents don't have to be smart.

    They have to answer questions like "Why isn't God married?" and "How
    come dogs chase cats?".

    When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the
    same story over again.

    Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have
    television because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with

    They know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers
    with us every time and kiss us even when we've acted bad.



William Dobell: hard drawing - 15 December to 10 February 08
Radical or conservative? This exhibition examines the practice of Newcastle’s most famous artist and includes previously unexhibited artist’s sketchbooks and archival photographs, in conjunction with selected works from both public and private collections.
Allow yourself a couple of hours at least to view this exhibition as there is a marvellous DVD (approx 55 mins) that is a must see as well!!

I am recognising my fellow bloggers today by posting "my neighbours" in Australia

Australian Blogs

Message from NSW Ambulance Service
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than if we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as "ICE".
It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

thanks to John & Jude for this email

What’s On Australia Day

Happy Australia Day!
Click here to view favourite Aussie Photos for Australia Day at Aussie Bloggers

André Rieu is coming to Australia in 2008 !!

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25 comments: to “ Recognition on Australia Day !! so far...

  • Kris Cahill 26.1.08

    Happy Australia Day! Enjoy the festivities. What do you like to do to celebrate?

    I enjoyed the What is a Grandparent? Poignant and funny. Children are wise, and they do see everything.

  • John M. Mora 26.1.08

    Kim, you made my day again. I would never drown you, but if I could I would buy you a drink. You are most kind.

    Happy Australia Day. Love the kingfishers, I think they are kingfishers.

  • Anonymous 26.1.08

    Happy Australia Day back to you. A wonderful post.
    We're having a leg of lamb for tea tonight - apart from that we are not doing anything exciting. Neither of us have the energy. There is a "Sorry" march that I may go and join - our Indigenous Australians often get forgotten on Australia Day and I am happy to throw my hand up and say, "Sorry, for everything that our white ancestors did to you, your people, your land and your country."
    Maybe I'll also eat a lamington or have some pavlova. I most certainly won't be having vegemite on toast.
    Have a wonderful day and don't forget the Carnival of Australia - posts are due by Monday evening and the theme is - Australia Day.

  • Kim 26.1.08

    I had quite a laugh reading the Grandparent descriptions too Kris....
    kids are so perceptive :)

    Today will be a quiet one as we live on the quieter side of The Entrance ..

    we will probably watch the festivities from the balcony with a barbie and fireworks later this evening...

    we have a glorious sky with fluffy white clouds and temperatures that are pretty close to we can't ask for more than that eh ...

    John....I'm glad you saw the humour in it ...

    who knows you may break the record for getting the most 'make my day" awards....and that wouldn't surprise me ;)
    a future drink sounds great....

    yes you're right...these are our resident Kookaburras which are members of the Kingfisher family.......
    have a great day too !!

    oh a leg of lamb sounds yum Megan
    ...a "Sorry" march sounds like a pretty grand idea and yes you're right that our Indigenous Australians are pretty much unrecognised on this day of all days...

    hmmm I think I might have some vegemite on toast :) and lamington afterwards...

    you have a wonderful day with your family and I will certainly check out your carnival ...though I am a novice at them :)

  • Colin Campbell 26.1.08

    Happy Australia Day to you. Astonishingly Andre Rieu is actually coming to Adelaide. Looks very spectacular. The ABC Morning Guys here in Adelaide are big fans and have had him on a few times. I cannot believe what an extraveganza it is with a cast of hundreds. I should start saving now.

  • Kim 26.1.08

    best Australia Day wishes to you too Colin !!
    I imagine Andre Rieu's concerts will be out of this world !!

    Extravaganza is definitely the right word for him and his entourage !!

    I heard recently that Perth finally succeeded in persuading him to tour there as well ...
    I think the tickets will be pretty hard to come by in the near future :)

  • Anonymous 26.1.08

    Thank you for the mention. Our family will be down at the Celebrations at Eventide on the Gold Coast today and have a BBQ tonight. BBQ , can't get more Australian I think.

    I notice you are Do Follow, good going. I have done this for my blogspot blogs but have no idea about the free wordpress one.

  • Kim 26.1.08

    sounds like you will be having a real Aussie day Goldcoaster ...and it's such gorgeous weather too !!!
    especially after the rain all week...

    I have a wordpress blog too ...but I've never looked into the Do Follow as I have the very basic version...I've finally got used to blogger....I know Sublimely and Debbie Dolphin are pretty expert on all things Wordpress and I think the new Aussie Bloggers Forum is excellent for help and advice in that area...

    thanks for dropping by and
    have a great afternoon :)

  • Edward Mouret 26.1.08

    Happy Australia Day!!

  • Kim 26.1.08

    thanks John...
    a happy day to you too :)

  • Loz 26.1.08

    Barbies on Oz Day are always great. Have a good one Kim and enjoy the fireworks

  • Kim 26.1.08

    thanks Laurie
    the Barbie was great !!
    we have a front row seat on the balcony for the fireworks and without the crowds....

    Happy Oz Day to you too and
    have a great evening down your way :)

  • Anonymous 27.1.08

    I want the credit for the holiday seeing it's on my birthday....:):):)

  • Anonymous 27.1.08

    Kim, I loved "What is a grandparent?" very funny. In addition, Happy Australia Day! I hope you have a wonderful day! This is the first I've heard of Australia Day. Although, it sounds as if there is a carnival involved, and I do understand carnivals. We have our annual "Mardi Gras" State carnival coming soon. Cultural holidays are the most fun, that is, if you can find the energy...LOL Anyway, I enjoyed reading your blog~ I ought to stop by more often. :))


  • Kim 27.1.08

    haha Robert
    LOL...I'll let the Australia Day Officials know.....
    Happy Birthday to you :)) for the 26th...
    and best wishes :)

    thanks Ann
    What is a Grandparent? had me smiling too :)
    I'm a novice at these carnival events and hopefully I will work out the Australia Day Carnival over at Megans before the 30th...
    the 'Mardi Gras' State Carnival sounds like a big event...
    thanks for dropping by and have a great day :)...

  • BoydGreeneArt 27.1.08

    Australian Day sounds like a blast. I love the little article on grandparents and nice choice for the artists. Your blog just keeps growing better every article. Great job!!!

  • Kim 27.1.08

    I thought you might appreciate the Grandparents comments Boyd...
    hope the wedding preparations are going to plan :)
    have a terrific weekend !!!!

  • Deborah Paris 27.1.08

    Happy Australia Day, Kim! We have family in Eugene, Oregon USA who are going to an Australia Day party today given by some Australian friends there. When I heard about it, I thought of you and clicked over. Have a good one!

  • Anonymous 27.1.08

    What an enjoyable post. Thank you so much.

  • Sugarqueensdream 27.1.08

    Hi, I love your Blog, Jackie has talked so nicely of you so I thought I'd come for a visit!
    Glad I did, Hugs...
    Sugar Queen

  • Catsy_Carpe Diem 27.1.08

    Hi kim.Happy Australia Day!! anyway, i hope ul include me in your link coz u have been added a long time ago..Lol.. tnx.. i have a tag for u girl

  • Kim 27.1.08

    thanks very much Deborah.....
    it was great and I keep forgetting that Australia Day ...your time today was yesterday here :)
    so your family is celebrating Australia Day over there?
    ha... trust the Aussies...they do like to spread the word :)

    hi Anne
    and yours too....
    have a great Sunday :)

    thanks Sugar Queen ...
    what a great name.....
    thanks for coming by...that's very nice of Jackie to mention me...
    have a lovely weekend xxx

    hi Catsy
    thanks for the tag ...
    it looks like a good one :)

  • Anonymous 27.1.08

    ah i find the links to OZ blogs rather interesting..

    happy australia day to you!

  • ♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys 29.1.08

    thanks for the blogroll link - love that Kookaburra/kingfisher picture.
    We have a lot of kookaburra stuff in our house.
    This is a great Australian Post.
    I love the grandparent quotes too.

  • Kim 29.1.08

    thanks Bingo Online !!

    thanks Baby~amore'
    you're welcome :)
    kookaburras are beautiful birds and they're my favourites too....:)

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Kim Barker is a Visual Artist (Diploma in Art and Graduate Diploma in Education). She is also a fully trained Reading Recovery Teacher. She has taught RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) and Cecchetti Ballet Syllabii. Kim also manages the Top Artist' Directory and PoeARTica as well as her blog laketrees She lives with her family on the Eastern Central Coast of Australia. Follow Kim at laketrees on Twitter for updates and news