Lightning Strike Vs Fireworks 

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A spectacular photo by Matt Titmanis via abcnews.
Perth, Western Australia.

Live coverage of Australia Day 2012
including Darling Harbour fireworks.

Watching the live stream from Darling Harbour brought back memories of the year
 I took my 5′ tall, 78 year old mother to the Australia Day fireworks.

A pack of 6′ tall teenagers formed a circle around her
 to protect her from the jostling crowd.

  C’mon Grandma we’ll look after you, they said.
Stand clear, Grandma coming through, they yelled.
Laughter all round. AusDay, 1996.

The F3 Highway >> The Road Home.

Sitting here at home relaxing after spending most of the day
in Sydney to celebrate Australia Day 2011.
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Myself outside St Marys Cathedral keeping
Mary MacKillop
St Mary of the Cross company.

I’ll be heading into Sydney for the Australia Day celebrations tomorrow.
So I’m putting this on today to get everyone motivated to give freely to the Australian Floods appeal BBQs which will be held at all Oz Day events.
Click here for Australia Day events calendar.

I know I’m a little late but here are some photos of
Australia Day at The Entrance on the 26 January, 2010.
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A Little Music on a Summer’s day
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Family groups enjoying the sunshine.
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This fellow in his Oz Day shorts actually
 had corks swinging from his hat. LOL.
How Bizarre.

Its Australia Day  Tomorrow
for the Official Sydney Program

Unfortunately due to do my own busy roster and picking up the work of workmate’s-on-leave plus the high temperatures on Friday and Saturday. All the plans I had made for Oz Day went by the wayside instead I slept, catnapped and slept the day away I still feel pretty Ugh… and its back to work tomorrow with another full roster.
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I was going to put this in the comments section in response to a comment in my Bailey post but I thought I would put it on the ‘front page’. I love to read what others have to say about my posts and the response in question I felt was very thought-provoking and I would like to reply with-

Australia Day Celebrations.
When I have gone out and celebrated Oz Day in the city and towns of Australia I haven’t once come across any negative experiences from Indigenous Australians, White Australians, Asian Australians, Euro Australians, African Australian or American Australians as the people out celebrating are celebrating their joy of being Australians.

  • Their joy of being in a country not wracked by terrorism, political upheaval or excessive poverty.
  • Their joy of mingling with like-minded persons who are celebrating the Uniqueness of this Great Land so far from the rest of the world.
  • We are encourage to stand up for ourselves.
  • We have the Right to question authority if we feel it is being unfair.

“Professor Dodson accepted the Australian of the Year award at a ceremony outside Parliament House late yesterday in front of an enthusiastic crowd – several dressed in Australian flags. A self-described “persistent bugger”, Professor Dodson said many
indigenous Australians saw Australia Day as the day
“our world came crashing down”.
“Many of our people call it invasion day,” he said.”

Professor Dodson
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with
Australian of the Year Professor Mick Dodson
and cricketer Adam Gilchrist.

In my opinion, Professor Mick Dodson is the man he is today because he was not prepared to sit back and let others make his decisions and he has the Right as an Australian to question authority as any other Australian has.
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http://www.australia.gov.au/
http://www.nsw.gov.au/index.asp
Get Involved site
http://www.nsw.gov.au/getinvolved.asp

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ps I just saw the news about the trouble some youths have been making on Australian Day, according to police reports, the youth’s were out-of-towners causing mischief. As someone who lives in a tourist coastal town I understand how much trouble out-of-towners can make thinking as the local police don’t know them they can get away without being identified, they seem to forget that most shopping malls/beaches have CCTV coverage.

I am/We are Australian.
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Standing: Green Frog, Emu, Kangaroo.
Sitting: Koala, Wombat, Platypus, Possum

We Are Australian.
We are one but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We share a dream and sing with one voice
I am
You are
We are Australian –Chorus

I came from the dream time
From the dusty red soil plains
I am the ancient heart
The keeper of the flame
I stood upon the rocky shore
I watched the tall ships come
For forty thousand years I’d been
The first Australian

I came upon the prison ship
Bowed down by iron chains
I cleared the land, endured the lash
And waited for the rains
I’m a settler, I’m a farmer’s wife
In a dry and barren run
A convict then free man
I became Australian

I’m the daughter of a digger
Who sought the mother lode
The girl became a woman
On a long and dusty road
I’m a child of the depression
I saw the good times come
I’m a bushy
I’m a battler
I am Australian

I’m a teller of stories
I’m a singer of songs
I am Albert Namajera
And I paint the ghostly gums
I’m Clancy on his horse
I’m Ned Kelly on the run
I’m the one who waltzed Matilda
I am Australian

I’m the hot wind from the desert
I’m the black soil of the plains
I’m the mountains and the valleys
I’m the drought and flooding rains
I am the rock, I am the sky
The rivers when they run
The spirit of the great land

I am an Australian