Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Drive from Stockland Pines Shopping Centre to historic St Andrews Hotel (Draft)

This is the drive up to St Andrews which I take from my home in Doncaster East. For convenience I'll use the Stockland Pines Shopping Mall as the starting off point.

Here is the GOOGLE MAP link -
https://goo.gl/maps/Asqf7seJRJL2


Stockland The Pines Shopping Mall
Location: 181 Reynolds Rd, Doncaster East VIC 3109

Meet up at the carpark in front of the Westpac NAB banks at “Stockland The Pines” Corner of Blackburn Road and Reynolds Road. There are two other carparks and another entrance into this mall - don't confuse.

Landmarks: United Petrol Station 


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2. Route 42 - Warrandyte Road
From Reynolds Rd, turn left into Anderson Creek Rd, and then right into Warrandyte Rd. At the next roundabout turn left up the hill following Route 42.

Landmarks:  Beasley’s Nursery Tea House, Warrandyte CFA

(Warning: Redspot - Tindals Road; there’ve been bad accidents here at the intersections; avoid it) 



 
3. Warrandyte town : Route 42.
Follow Yarra Street Route 42 Warrandyte Rd it turns into Yarra Street

Landmarks:
The Grand - Grand Hotel Warrandyte (Pub serves awesome steak)
Yarra River walk path - nice walking route to sit and feed the ducks
Warrandyte Bakery which serves some of the best meat pies this side of Melbourne.

Its a busy strip and parking here can be a problem






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4. Route 9 - Kangaroo Ground- Warrandyte Road
Turn left at the roundabout into the Yarra River bridge.

Landmarks: Roundabout cafe - a small shabby chic cafe. They serve home made cakes, biscuits, scones. I love this cafe a lot. It is small and it will be hard to accomodate a large group.

(Notes: A few hairpin bends once you drive pass Flood Road and Yeoman Road. The countryside is beautiful here.) 






5. Eltham-Yarra Glen Road - Route 9 - Route C728
Turn right at the roundabout into Eltham-Yarra Glen Road (the sign has gone missing)
Landmarks: The glorious Massaros Vineyard,
A traditional Presbyterian red brick church and the red roof of the Kangaroo Ground General Store 




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6. Panton Hill - Route C728 Kangaroo Ground- St Andrews Road

You’ll pass two small roundabouts at Panton Hill - go straight

Landmarks: Panton Hill pub - black bull statue, Panton Hill post office 


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7. Destination End: St Andrews Hotel:
79 Burn St, St Andrews VIC.

Landmarks: St Andrews Forest Market area (empty on Sunday),
St Andrews Hotel pub,
Boy Named Sue cafe

Ample Parking is available in the St Andrews Community Market area and behind the Boy Named Sue cafe.

The "Boy Named Sue" cafe serves delicious wood fired pizzas. They also have draft beer.





Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Singapore justice system - enter the spider web

https://sonofadud.com/2016/03/02/shanmugam-defames-a-dead-child-and-calls-ls-president-thio-shen-yi-black/

I think most people are familiar with the case of the 14 year old boy who was accused by the police and then committed suicide. This site explains

Is it a surprise that the gahmun uses intimidation and strong arm tactics ?

Its like petting a tiger and wondering how your arm just got bitten off. Oh so THAT'S what those sharp teeth can do.

Singapore is all about efficiency - this is an example of how it works here.

Welcome to Singapore.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Christianity, the Bible and self-loathing

The Bible is a book. Its actually a collection of poems, laws, letters written by individuals - all from the same culture and race. The problem is that human beings have elevated a book written 2,000 -3,000 years ago to a sacred holy text.

God wrote it. It's God'd breathed. Its the WORD of GOD!!!!

There are a number of peculiar and even upsetting things written in the bible. But we as Christians are told to switch off our brain and believe. Its called Faith. I'd rather call it abuse of power.

God or our Creator gave all of us brains. Brains to think. Brains to reason. I don't see how switching that god given part of ourselves off and relying on faith is suppose to help - esp when it involves causing the unnecessary suffering of other people.

For too long partners in marriage, for example, are forced to stick with their spouses and live unhappy lives til the day they die. Life is too short for this sort of rubbish.

We also cannot go on living under the shadow of self-loathing. What the bible calls sin - is quite likely our natural desires. We all need to eat, sleep, work, have sex. But preachers - church leaders often condemn our desires as ungodly, carnal desires. Then a lot of them go behind closed doors and do what they preach against. lol.

I think so long as we operate under the principle - "respect others as you yourself desired to be respected" than its ok.

What I find appalling is that a lot of Christians becoming conceited proud people - quick to judge, quick to take offence. How can a religion of love, peace, and forgiveness produce arseholes? It doesn't make sense.


Taharrush gamea: Rape Game

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/01/its-not-only-germany-that-covers-up-mass-sex-attacks-by-migrant-men-swedens-record-is-shameful/

Clash of cultures. In some cultures women are to be silent, unheard, unseen - kept under lock and key by male guardians; a woman walking alone unescorted by a male guardian is fair game. When the people who believe in this anarchic belief system enter into a liberal western society - its like introducing wolves into a colony of naive bunnies.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Eunoia - its Greek to me

I'm not sure why the Ministry of Education chose the word "Eunoia" for the name of the name college.

According to http://www.vocabula.com/vrbestwords.asp

eunoia (yoo-NOH-ee-ah) — It comes from a Greek word meaning "well mind" or "beautiful thinking." It is also a rarely used medical term referring to a state of normal mental health. In rhetoric, eunoia is the goodwill a speaker cultivates between himself and his audience, a condition of receptivity. In book eight of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle uses the term to refer to the kind and benevolent feelings of goodwill a spouse has which form the basis for the ethical foundation of human life (from Wikipedia). 
This word is the shortest world in the english language that contains all 5 vowels. It means beautiful thinking, or as a medical term it means a healthy mind. I first found it in Aristotle's Nichomechean Ethics in book 8. Nichomechean ethics was written as a guide to Aristotle's son as to how to achieve a happy life, the good life. Book 8 focusses on friendship and eunoia is one of the bases needed for a trusting friendship between husband and wife. I think it's a beautiful sounding word, with a beautiful meaning and story.

Frankly they might as well have chosen Oxford, Cambridge Or Harvard. I suspect the Singaporean parents would have been delighted by those three other choices.

I'm still not sure why a Greek name was chosen - its not as if the govt appreciates the finer points of ancient Greek life - like debate or democracy very much.

I think a better choice would have been "Trinity" - a name that some of the school kids were advocating. That seemed more fitting since three schools were joining together for this effort.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Marcia Lucas - Star Wars - from http://fd.noneinc.com/secrethistoryofstarwarscom/secrethistoryofstarwars.com/marcialucas.html

One of the great mysteries of the Star Wars film series - is why the Prequels were not as good as the original Trilogy. 

The original trilogy had a better written story, better pacing, superior camera angles - I'm sure you can think of more.

The reason why the Original Trilogy was so brilliant was that Lucas had an extremely talented group of individuals behind him. Read the book by Dale Pollock's "Skywalking" and you'll find a host of other artists that helped craft Lucas' vision into an Epic.

Among that host - was George Lucas' ex-wife Marcia Lucas.

"In Tribute to Marcia Lucas Biographer Dale Pollock once wrote that Marcia was George Lucas' "secret weapon." Most people are aware that George Lucas was once married, and probably some are aware that his wife worked in the film industry herself and edited all of George's early films before their 1983 divorce. But few are aware of the implications that her presence brought, and the transformations her departure allowed. She was, in many ways, more than just the supportive wife--she was a partner as well. "Not a fifty percent partner," as she herself admits, but nonetheless an important one, and the only person that Lucas could totally confide in back then. Today, she has been practically erased from the history books at Lucasfilm."

She was able to challenge her husband and ameliorate or change his bad ideas.

After the divorce Lucas was so bitter - that he added back the scenes she and her team had deleted from the original theatrical release in 1977. I think the 1995 re-release of Star Wars - with ridiculous add ons like the "infamous Greedo shoots first" scene - speaks volumes of Lucas' failings as a story writer and fim maker - and should have served as a warning to fans that the Prequels would have issues.

This was how the original scene was shot. Its important because it shows what sort of character Han Solo is - a hard nosed smuggler - a cut throat - someone who had to be persuaded with a lot of cash to go rescue a Princess he had never met. He was no clean cut hero.

That's why his decision to come back and save the day in the Death Star battle is so powerful.

Having Solo shoot last also does not explain why he shot at an unarmed Darth Vader. He's no white knight John Wayne caricature. 

IMHO if Marcia Lucas and the rest of the original Star Wars team -  including Ainsworth, the designer of the Storm Trooper helmet (that Lucas sued) - the Prequels could have been as great as the original Trilogy.