Tony”s Will

41667342_10156864388312033_6589598074044153856_nToday I went along to a seminar on Wills and Bequests. I really don’t expect to have much left in the account when I start climbing that Stairway to Heaven so bequests aren’t really an issue. My will I suspect will primarily contain details of my Requiem desires and enough for a decent wake.

I am happy to send out final shout outs in the document so let me know if you would like to be included in the life credits roll call.

Today’s session included a chat with the State Library Foundation staff and arrangements for an assessment of my personal memorabilia as a possible donation in lieu of a bonfire or extra trip to Vinnies. Part of pre death planning is to archive what is fast becoming a major collection of digital images.

Not sure if I want to continue having an online presence post ashing although I suspect I will continue to get into a google search for birthdays I can’t attend. Open to volunteer social media geeks who want to keep me posting into eternity.

It’s really challenging when you don’t have heirs as such for whom you are responsible or who can lay claim to your physical heritage. Add to that the tyranny of distance which probably inhibits extended family members travelling interstate to lay claim to your microwave or fridge. Pity the poor executor with all those trips to Vinnies

So now it’s off to write the document and make sure it is legit with witnesses, signatures and no cartoons. I’m tempted to include my own eulogy and some background music for a series of public readings.

There is probably a little irony in doing this seminar on #RUOK Day

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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Just Dates September

September is

1-7   Spina Bifeda Awareness Week

     Fathers Day

2-8 Legacy  Week  /  Child Protection Week

3-10 National Threatened Species Week

3 – 9 National Stroke Week

6      Indigenous Literacy Day

    White Balloon Day

8     International Literacy Day 

9 – 15  Disability Action Week Queensland

10   World Suicide Prevention Day / RUOK Day

15 International Day of Democracy

16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

16-23 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

21 International Day of Peace

29 Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison (1983) prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Local Events in and around Brisbane 

July Retrospective

Welcome to the July retrospective where I look back at highlights from  my posts on social media for the month. This selection acts both as an archive and a reference for those who may have missed some of this material.

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Photography

Because of her, we Can (NAIDOC 2018)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

NAIDOC Week Brisbane 2018

Boundary to Boundary Walk 2018

Updated Albums

Torres Strait Islander Set

 

Readings

Religion

 

 

Events

38241969_2323571587970235_7888144207213232128_oThanks to Stephen Mam for last month’s invitation to join the staff and students at KGSC celebration of First Nation People and Black History Month with a tour of their Indigenous Garden – Jagum Barrambin.

The students were well prepared to take guests on tours and a couple tested my attention with a great Q&A session at the end of their presentation. Spot me with my hat in a few of the pics of the day!!

As a card carrying senior member of the community I love opportunities like this to engage with young people working for understanding and respect of cross cultural values.

 

Politics

Laugh of the Month

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Just Dates August

Queensland Multicultural Month

29 July – 5 August Donate Life Week

1-World Breastfeeding Week

3-16 Fair Trade Fortnight

4 National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

6 Hiroshima Day

6 – 12 Homelessness Week

8 Dying to Know Day

9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

11 – 19 National Science Week

12 International Youth Day 

14 Feast of Micah the Prophet

18 – 26 Seniors Week

17 – 24  Children’s Book Week

19 World Humanitarian Day / World Photo Day

23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

31 International Overdose Awareness Day 

Local Events in and around Brisbane 

June Retrospective

34066829_10156590908997033_2933120538958102528_nJune in the Southern hemisphere ushers in winter  with extreme variations of weather across the continent.

My  adopted home in Queensland allows me to  enjoy a mellow winter but the words of Michael Leunig

We give thanks for the blessing of winter:
Season to cherish the heart.
To make warmth and quiet for the heart.
To make soups and broths for the heart.
To cook for the heart and read for the heart.
To curl up softly and nestle with the heart.
To sleep deeply and gently at one with the heart.
To dream with the heart.
To spend time with the heart.
A long, long time of peace with the heart.
We give thanks for the blessing of winter:
Season to cherish the heart.
Amen

Michael Leunig Art The Prayer Tree, Collins Dove, 1991.

 June Photography

Just Dates July

In Brisbane  this is Black History Month

Celebrate Plastic Free July

1 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

7 International Day of Co-operatives

8-15  NAIDOC Week

8-14 National Diabetes Week

11 World Population Day

18 International Nelson Mandela Day

24 Stress Down Day

29 National Tree Day

Local events in and around Brisbane