John Doherty RIP

Portrait of Tony by John Doherty

Tonight my social media feed is carrying sad news of the death of John Doherty, artist, storyteller, smoker, Catholic and so much more.

I came to know John in my role as a community worker supporting people with disability and mental health issues to live with independence. John and I were the same age and shared a similar love of cinema, culture and religion.

We documented each other in the remarkable exchange of camera and paintbrush. On my bedroom wall I gaze with gratitude at a portrait John painted of me a few years ago. It captures my passion for Aboriginal politics with the colours that I wear around the brim of my hat.

Tonight as a tribute to John I publish for the first time an insight into my collection of portraits taken of John over the last ten or more years. This collection includes rare images of John in his home/studio where he playfully poses with the ciggie always close at hand.

Farewell John, I will miss our conversations about Audrey, Cary and those idols of the silver screen. I was always remember our last conversation in the hospital where you asked me for communion and a coffee.

Rest in peace from the struggles and the worry. May the Malboro Man and St Peter welcome you home and may the angels sing you gently as you join those heroes you brought to life on canvas.

Just Dates July

In Brisbane  this is Black History Month

Celebrate Plastic Free July

7 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday / International Day of Co-operatives

7-14  NAIDOC Week

11 World Population Day

14-12 National Diabetes Week

18 International Nelson Mandela Day

28 National Tree Day

Local events in and around Brisbane

Just Dates: May

 

28 April -4 May          Heart Week

1          International Workers Day

1- 3      World Press Freedom Day

 2         Holocaust Remembrance Day

4        World Naked Gardening Day / World Labyrinth Day

5           International Day of the  Midwife

5-11    International Composting Awareness Week Australia

7           Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy /   World Asthma Day

10          World Lupus Day

12      Mothers Day

15            International Day of Families / Al Nabka 

17            International Day Against Homophobia /  World Telecommunication and Information  Society Day

19-25    National Palliative Care Week

20-26    National Volunteers Week

20-27  Schizophrenia Awareness Week

21           World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22           International Day for Biological Diversity

25-31        Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

26           National Sorry Day

26-1 June Food Allergy Awareness Week

27 – 3 June          Reconciliation Week

29           White Wreath Day / International Day of UN Peacekeepers

31    World MS Day

Community Celebrations 

Week of Solidarity for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

How Open Are My Eyes?

Image of eyes with text: We Don't see thongs as they are, we see things as we are

Week of Solidarity for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

From 21 to 27 March is a week of solidarity for the elimination of Racial Discrimination

In Australia this usually begins with Harmony Day (which was yesterday)

This is the week when we consciously look at our own actions in regards to racial discrimination, our own attitudes, and then that of our country, our world…
• Are we discriminating against others on the basis of race and if so what can we do about it?
• How can we be compassionate to the victims of this discrimination, to those enabling this discrimination?
• How can we raise the powers of love upwards to the next stage of consciousness – consciousness that will lead to action?
Perhaps if, for one week, I lived in the shoes of someone suffering daily racial discrimination, my eyes would be opened
Read the whole reflection here

Just Dates: November

November 10-December 10 is Human Rights Month

Supporting Men’s Health in Movember

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20  Universal Children’s Day  / Transgender Day of Remembrance

24-December 2 Social Inclusion Week

August Retrospective

August 2018 - Calendar. Isolated on White Background. 3D IllustrationWelcome to the August retrospective of news and social media presence across the platforms I use.

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Gallery of Family and friends

August included travel with opportunities to catch up with old friends and new. There were themes to explore including  Multiculturalism and my status as a senior citizen.

My travel took me to Sydney and to my birth city of Geelong for a school reunion and a family celebration. With my new leisure time available as a retiree I decided to take the train using my NSW Discovery Pass which gives me three months of travel from Brisbane to Melbourne and lots of places along the way.  Travel hint: pack your own snacks and nibbles as the  trip to and from the  diner car can be an obstacle  course if the train suddenly turns a corner.

While visiting Sydney I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried the latest in hostel type accommodation at The Capsule Hotel, Sydney It’s another one for the bucket list but unlikely to be a repeat experience.

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This slide show is a montage of people, faces and places that all have a story. A few shots in my purple hoodie are from a visit to my birth city of Geeelong. I got along to an “old Boys” reunion of St Joseph’s College Geelong, where I jumped in front of the lens with Des Podbury, one of the oldest former collegians and John Mildren, former ALP politician for the seat of Ballarat. My other Geelong old boy catchup was with Russell, with whom I  went through St Pat’s Geelong West as well as “Joey’s”. The last pic in the purple hoodie was a family get together with  my late’s father’s brother and sister in law, Chris and Margaret.

The lady wearing the Geelong footy scarf is my late mother’s only surviving family  member, Majella Tracey FMM. Religion pops into a few of the other pics with a selfie taken with Bishop Vincent Long and a series of heads from St Mary’s Cathedral as well as a memorial plaque to Gough and Margaret at St James Church.

The pick of the pics is the one where I am wearing my Keffiyeh with a young Middle Eastern guy. I was in Parramatta and popped into the local Macca’s for a coffee, Ahmed, the young man in the pic noticed me and made a point of coming over to chat. He had never seen an Aussie  wearing a Keffiyeh. We chatted and he introduced himself as a Muslim from Lebanon. We talked politics, religion and peace and embraced each other in a quiet suburban space of harmony.

The group shot was taken as part of Rainbow Seniors Free Screening of Victor Victoria.

Photography

Politics

A challenge and a reminder that we are brothers and sisters in conversation and dialogue.

How do we have respectful disagreement with politicians like Peter Dutton or media moguls like Rupert Murdoch?
How do we tell Senator Fraser Anning he is not just wrong but offensive?
How do we tell John Howard he was a liar about the Iraq invasion and Tampa?
How do we tell Malcolm Turnbull he is a gutless weak political leader?
How do we have a respectful disagreement with #Indonesia about the genocide and transmigration policies in West Papua?
How do we have a respectful disagreement with weapon manufacturers and the government s like ours that support them?
How do we have a respectful disagreement with Donald Trump?

 

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Cornel West and Douglas Murray discuss euthanasia, free speech and gay wedding cakes
People Who Made News in August
Image of the Month
My profile pic celebrating Queensland Seniors Week 2018
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May Retrospective

 

Politics in May begins with Labour Day holiday and concludes with National Reconciliation Week . This is the month where we focus on the issue of Domestic Violence and acknowledge the value of volunteers in our community. There’s something for everyone during May including World Naked Gardening Day and of course the boost to the flower and card industry on Mother’s Day.

In the middle of May I posted a greeting to my my Muslim friends as they began their practice of Ramadan  i am pleased to feature the AFL image acknowledging the  Muslim community at this time.

Catholics have a busy month with the customs of honouring the Virgin Mary with processions and festivals. This year Aussies were asked to join a national rosary to “circle the country”  There was a bit of religious imperialism added to the prayer: “We are praying for the future of our country and committing our nation to God and to the immaculate Heart of Mary.” Not sure there was a plebiscite about that bit.  I like the idea of inviting people to pray for Australia at a time when the Royal Commission   has recommended sweeping changes to religious and  other institutions, when it demonizes asylum seekers and refugees, when it incarcerates First Nations peoples at an alarming rate and when corporate greed is supported by Government.

On Sunday 13th May I went on a  rosary pilgrimage to reflect on our country, its needs and our mission. I took the words of Bishop David Cremin’s message as a focus.

“I support very much this good apostolate of promoting the Rosary at this time when there is so much poverty (and) bloodshed and refugee problems in our world,”

This pilgrimage began  at 3.00 pm at the Sorry Day Plaque in King George Square and concluded at  5.00pm, at sunset at the entrance to the Botanic Gardens in Alice Street.

 

One of the May celebrations that doesn’t get a mention in Catholic Church bulletins is May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. I had a mention in the promo for my  2018 image of the Storey Bridge lit up in colours of the rainbow.

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Photography

Updated Albums

Special Features

Odd spot of the Month

The back of my head captured during a liturgy at St John’s Cathedral

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