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2012: what you didn’t see

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If you are a follower of elladeewords you’ll have read about the demise of my beloved blogging tool, my smart phone. If you haven’t read the post I ask you to consider it’s “far better to learn the lesson than to be the lesson”… and step away from your phone if you’ve had a tough day.

Both the G.O. and my phone contracts are up next month, and we have a spare unsmart phone I’m using for calls & text while I undertake a due diligence process before making a 2 year commitment to new phones. But, the unsmart phone doesn’t take photos of any quality. Our digital camera is somewhat cumbersome to wander around with, so elladeeimages is in hiatus.

The circumstances of the demise of my phone also resulted in it requiring professional attention to recover the photos, which were last backed up in early November 2012. Of course backing up Nov 12-Feb 13 was an item on my 2013 Return to The Post Holiday World To-Do List which I hadn’t ticked off. Cross your fingers for me please. There were holiday snaps and future blog post photos that would be a blow to lose.

In the meantime, of the backed up and fortuitously downloaded photos I do have, I chose an image from the archives of each month of 2012 that didn’t get posted, and put together art in the everyday: 2012 retrospective of elladeeimages.

January 2012: Old sign art at Wellington, NSW.

January 2012: Old sign art at Wellington, NSW.

February 2012: Retro KB advertising poster on the wall of the Impy at Erskineville.

February 2012: Retro KB advertising poster on the wall of the Impy at Erskineville.

March 2012: Bollywood shop cat, King St, Newtown.

March 2012: Bollywood shop cat, King St, Newtown.

April 2012: Busker art, Circular Quay.

April 2012: Busker art, Circular Quay.

May 2012: Garden art, Lord St, Newtown.

May 2012: Garden art, Lord St, Newtown.

June 2012: Big boys' toys, Customs House.

June 2012: Big boys toys, Customs House.

July 2012: Street advertising, King St, Newtown.

July 2012: Street advertising, King St, Newtown.

August 2012: Street art, Whateley Lane, Newtown.

August 2012: Street art, Whateley Lane, Newtown.

September 2012: Street art message, Rochford St, Newtown.

September 2012: Street art message, Rochford St, Newtown.

October 2012: There's something for everyone at Surry Hills.

October 2012: There’s something for everyone at Surry Hills.

November 2012: Street art, King St, Newtown... those pesky sheep again.

November 2012: Street art, King St, Newtown… those pesky sheep again.

December 2012: The writing's on the wall. SMH newspaper mural, King St, Newtown.

December 2012: The writing’s on the wall. SMH newspaper mural, King St, Newtown.

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a walk on the wild side

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As I stepped into Sydney Park  this morning on my walk I encountered a tall pirate towing a mini-pirate on a scooter, a bad fairy, a jogging pumpkin and two girls attired in balaclava’s & t-shirts advising ‘run like you stole something’ carrying a printer box between them…

Did I mention it was early?

It was only when I saw the Halloween theme chalked messages on the path I got it… the Saturday morning runners were having a fancy dress event.

I got with it and took a few snaps.

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A gypsy fire is on the hearth, Sign of the carnival of mirth;
Through the dun fields and from the glade
Flash merry folk in masquerade,
For this is Hallowe’en!
~Author Unknown

So how could I ever refuse?

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In a nondescript laneway off Botany Road, Waterloo, near the very good Asian greengrocer, linger reminders of Sydney’s pre 2000 Olympic Games housekeeping.

Sydney‘s homeless to be removed for Olympics
In addition, the government is planning to bus homeless people up to 200 kilometres from Sydney to Wollongong, Newcastle and the Blue Mountains, and house them in disused hospitals, government buildings and caravan parks, in an attempt to triple the amount of emergency housing during the Olympics.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/feb2000/olymp-f03.shtml

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Googling “homelessness” and “London Olympics” yielded several stories.

Homeless being ‘swept away’ in London
He said: “In [the football World Cup in] South Africa in 2002, they planted trees in front of the shanty towns so you couldn’t see the people from the stadiums. In Barcelona, all the homeless people were swept out. In Greece they were moved to the other side of the country. London will do the same. They’ll be swept away so far that by the time they get back the Olympics will be over.”
http://hollowayexpress.co.uk/homeless-being-swept-away-in-london-ed-by-jane-checked-by-max/

REPORTS OF ROUGH SLEEPERS BEING “MOVED ON”
We have been contacted several times about reports that, in some areas of London, rough sleepers are being encouraged to “move on” in preparation for the Olympics.
We would be highly concerned if this was taking place but, as far we know, the only activities underway are part of the long-term strategy to end rough sleeping in London. In other words services are working to get new and long-term rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation but this should be happening whether or not the Olympics were taking place.
http://homeless.org.uk/news/100-days-go-rough-sleeping-and-olympics

Homeless performers take over Royal Opera House
The event, With One Voice, is part of the London 2012 festival – the first time that homeless people have been given a platform at an Olympic Games. Instead of being, in Peacock’s words, “overlooked, made unwelcome, or, worst-case scenario, moved on”.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/jul/02/homeless-performers-royal-opera-house?newsfeed=true

Perhaps the With One Voice performers could sing Abba’s Waterloo…

“Waterloo”

My, my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender
Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself

Waterloo – I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo – Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo

My, my, I tried to hold you back but you were stronger
Oh yeah, and now it seems my only chance is giving up the fight
And how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose

Waterloo – I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo – Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo

So how could I ever refuse
I feel like I win when I lose –

Waterloo – Couldn’t escape if I wanted to
Waterloo – Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo – Finally facing my Waterloo