Please excuse me for my laziness tonight. This is Iris DeMent. I am a fan of hers.IrisThis is photo I took of her 17 mths ago, at Meeniyan Town Hall, in South Gippsland, Victoria. She has an unusual voice which a lot of people cannot appreciate. That’s OK, She’s a star in my eyes and ears.  – I met her after the show but was too shy to be photographed with her.

10CC Une nuit a Bendigo

Last night it was an absolute pleasure and thrill to be entertained by the 70s rock/pop band 10CC at the Ulumbarra Theatre in Bendigo. The theatre is an ex-gaol, saved from complete demolition at the last minute and converted to a fantastic musical venue. It has seating capacity of 1500; ulumbarra seatingsmall enough for everybody to see, but I would avoid the balcony which was empty for this show. The stage is large and the lighting modern. 10CC were a little loud; my ears are still ringing, but I have tinnitus and and notice it more after a battering.ulumbarra stage

For me it’s a 100 km drive to Bendigo, picking up David on the way. However, no traffic or parking hassles and some nice samosas and aloo paratha to eat before the show.

I was teenager when 10CC were at their peak. After commencing work at a photographic processing lab, I used one of my first pays to buy this record for $5how dare you

I played it a zillion times. I know this record intimately. Luckily for me they played about half the songs off it, including ‘I’m Mandy, fly me’, and they played it note perfect.

The original band comprised of Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley, all equally talented in my view but Graham is probably the most prolific songwriter. After Lol Creme and Kevin Godley left the band in 76, Rick Fenn and Paul Burgess joined the band. Graham, Rick and Paul were all there last night, playing and singing absolutely beautifully. They were joined by Mick Wilson, plays everything and sings so well, and Mike Stevens on keyboard.

If they come to your town and you liked their music, go see them. They’re fantastic.

Where’s my backpack – Edge

The edge. For non landscape photographers there would seem no limit to Ailsa’s challenge. But for me it’s often the sky. I’ve picked one with no sky.
This greedy possum at the edge of his reach.
possum at the edge of his reach
In 1974, I visited Uluru. This is about as close to the edge of Uluru you can get!
Talking about Close to the Edge, who could forget? (Well me anyway)
Some of my friends like to venture close to the edge. Here’s some examples:
clarkey at edge and
A fun challenge.

Sunday Stills: Alcohol

I love the first beer more than any other beer. Fresh, crisp, friendly, bitter, golden, cold. The photograph below is of the first beer I was about to drink at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Trentham, Victoria at a friend’s birthday celebration last year. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. For Sunday stills. Performing is Liz Frencham, a fantastic singer and bassist.

.my beer 13 4 7

liz frencham 13 4 7