Surfing at Shelly Beach taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

Here in Oz there is torrential rain as cyclone Dylan hits North Queensland, and at the same time South Australia is having a heat wave and would love some of that wet, as nature does her own thing.

The one day cricket series is over with Oz managing a 4 to 1 victory. Still plenty of cricket with the 20/20 games and soon the tour of South Africa.

The Australian Open tennis finished with none of the favourites winning and Stanislas Wawrinka taking out the men’s single trophy.

The Santos Tour-down–under was snipped at the finish line by Simon Gerrans for the third time, with Cadel Evans coming in second.

The 42nd Tamworth Country Music festival was held over ten days with 800 performers doing their stuff. The main street known as the “Boulevard of Dreams” was home to 600 buskers all vying for recognition. With a statue of Slim Dusty and his wife Joy McKean unveiled at this ever popular occasion. Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer were the toast of the town, as everyone starts to practice for next year.

Meanwhile there is a man drought in Oz – more women than men with Victoria taking the lead, apparently all the men are in the mining towns making a fortune.

Sadly a twelve year old boy was taken by a crocodile in the top end of Darwin.


Surfing at Shelly Beach taken by Reginald J. Dunkley

There has been an enormous response for the Anzac Ballot for Gallipoli 2015 event which closes this week, as we mark the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC Landings. 8,000 places for Australians 2,000 for New Zealanders with 400 double passes to direct descendants of WW1 and likewise for veterans, 200 for school children and 3,000 in a general ballot. Good luck to all.

Movie star Russell Crowe is in the outback doing the rounds searching for a suitable location for his next movie so it is said. Russell is smiling but not saying much at all as he is followed around in his “catch me if you can mode”

Closer to home on the beaches of the Central Coast lifesavers and lifeguards all volunteers, performed 140 rescue operations over the Australia Day long weekend, miraculously there was not one drowning. I dips my lid to these brave men and women who take care of our beaches with such dedication.

Cheers. Patricia.

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About Patricia Newell-Dunkley

I am an artist writer, born in Sussex, Shoreham-on-Sea and educated at Ealing Modern School in London. I studied amongst other subjects English Literature and Art which sowed the seeds for what would become a lifelong passion. It was not until 1970, after moving to Australia, that I began to satisfy my artistic desire when I first started Porcelain on-glaze painting using mineral oxides paint, a style which would become my forte. Within six months I had bought a kiln, and I embarked on an extensive series of courses over the following years in Grounding, Gold and Silver Gilding, Lustres, Raised Paste and Pen work. In 1980 I began to offer my art through a number of major Sydney outlets. Initially the Fine Art Department of the Myers City Store, followed by David Jones, Grace Brothers, The International Airport, Micawbers Antiques, Bourke’s Hilton Hotel, Roseville Gallery and Toowoon Bay Gallery. Over the years my painting styles have expanded to include Oil, Pastel, and Watercolours. I am a member of the Society of Authors and also a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists UK. My writing includes articles and poems published in This England, Evergreen, and The Radio ABC Pot Pourri of Poems, as well as short stories. “The Complete Guide to Painting and Decorating Porcelain,” “Wallis the Woman I Love,” a narrative poem, “Letters of a Travelling Lady,” and six romantic novels.