Posts tagged ‘Australia’

January 12, 2016

My journey with David Bowie

by eirenehogan

I was about 13 years old, in 2nd form at high school.  I lived in a small town lost in the ziggy_stardustmiddle of NSW, Australia, lost in the early 70s.  I’d spent some time listening to the Best of the Bee Gees and some Johnny Farnham.  I could remember back to 1970 and the Beatles breaking up.  I sort of knew it was the end of an era.  I had enjoyed Elton John’s Crocodile Rock, but didn’t get inspired by a stubby balding bespeckled piano player.

 

Then my best friend told me about an intriguing song called ‘Space Oddity’.  It was a re-release apparently, of a song from 1969 or 70, back in the walking on the moon era.  Apparently the same guy had a song sitting low on the Australian charts, called ‘Starman’.

 

I was also buying American teenage magazines, full of pictures of David Cassidy and Donny Osmond.  Boring!  A small black and white photo with a paragraph or two spoke of this David Bowie and his Starman.

 

So what the heck, I gave him a try.  Bought ‘Space Oddity’, and ‘Starman’.  50c for a single.  I really liked the ‘Starman’ song.  You would be lucky if you ever heard that on a radio station in country NSW in 1973.  And there was no such thing as ‘Countdown’.

 

I then branched out and spent my pocket money on the album that ‘Starman’ came from.  Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.  It was like stepping into a parallel universe.  Another world opened up to me that I have never escaped from. I became a total Ziggy and David Bowie fanatic.  I lived and breathed him.

 

By the time he had finished with his Ziggy era and moved on to Berlin and Heroes, I had branched out to many other artists.  I didn’t ever really take up the music from his later personas, (although I think ‘Heroes’ is one of the greatest songs ever) but I will always cherish my teen years with my David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust obsession.

 

And the result of it?  I not only developed a love of good quality rock music, and a love of creativity, but an awareness of gay liberation and transgender issues.  Sure, it was the era, but David Bowie certainly opened up the doors to an awareness that gender and sexuality can be very fluid, and with that comes a wider understanding that people do not fit into preconceived little boxes according to the narrow views promoted by our commercial world.  People are varied and have a great variety of needs and desires that often take a lot of exploration to understand.

 

Thank you David Bowie for all you have given me.

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April 18, 2014

EASTER – SPRING FESTIVAL

by eirenehogan

There is nothing like that feeling when, for the very first time after winter, you walk outside and feel the slight warmth in the air, and smell the scent of fresh blossoms. Ahh, spring! You can virtually feel life oozing in the air. What a wonderful time for a festival.

Easter is the modern (post pagan) Spring Festival, but in Australia it is celebrated in Autumn, which makes it more like Halloween, which is the Anglo-Celtic autumn festival.

Australia have no religious festival in spring, but I feel the football grand finals in late September, and the Melbourne Cup in early November are our modern equivalent of a spring festival, when we celebrate the coming of warmth, and look forward to relaxing as the end of the year approaches and we can enjoy Xmas (our summer festival) and relax by the beach during a long lazy summer’s day.

September 9, 2013

Election 2013 – more

by eirenehogan
Photograph of Australian Greens politician Ada...

Photograph of Australian Greens politician Adam Bandt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Federal Election last Saturday, 7th Dec.  Liberals won, with Tony Abbott as leader.  Can you believe it?  He is a catholic anti abortion, climate change sceptic conservative.  Just what the world needs in 2013!

So now we go into hibernation for 2 to 6 years, while we wait until Tony Abbott is dumped by his own party and hopefully the Libs themselves get dumped by Australia and we get back to the party that truly WAS born to rule, the ALP, in coalition with the Greens.

WHEN WILL WE DECIDE TO SAVE OUR PLANET???????

At least our local member, Catherine King, got re-elected, and she is ALP.   So that feels good, my local member is ALP.

And Adam Bandt for Greens was re-elected in the seat of Melbourne, and Vic also elected a second Greens senator. Fantastic for the Greens.

 

To quote Bob Brown, ‘the environment will win in the end, one way or the other’.

To quote  Gough, ‘Maintain the rage!’

To quote me, ‘they’ll be sorry, they voted the bastard in, not me!’

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