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Today is Sunday the 16th September 2012AD

Antoine Parent, French mathematician born this day in 1666AD. He did extensive work on the elements of 3D geometry which were later the mainstay for tension and compression members in beams and trusses.

Dennis Conner, 4-time America’s Cup winning skipper born 1943. He was voted America’s greatest sailor by his peers and was the helmsman of the yacht which was finally defeated by Alan Bond’s wing keeled Challenger ‘Australia 11’ in 1983. However he managed to get the cup back from Australia in 1987.

1741. George Frederick Handel’s ‘The Messiah’, premieres in Dublin.

1848. Slavery is abolished in all French Territories.

1940. The Luftwaffe attacks Central London.

Anno Domini.


Coolgardie is a small town in Western Australia 558 kilometres from Perth. In its heyday it was the third largest community in Western Australia. Mining alluvial gold was a major part of its economy. It’s population dwindled to about 200 as the gold ran out and it became a virtual ‘ghost town’. However with better technology gold mining has recommenced be it on a small scale and the population is now over 2000 mainly due to tourism. The name is thought to come either from the Aboriginal ‘coolgabbi’ meaning ‘tree near a watering hole’ or ‘Coorgardie’ the name of a bungarra lizard.

‘A nipper’ is a junior surf lifesaver and ‘sunnies’ are sun glasses.

Watercolour Tip.

After much thought I have decided to redo my palette. I am going back to using some of the more traditional colours that were popular in the 1930’s. More earth colours and staining colours. I will publish it as soon as I am happy with the result. Colours are a very personal thing and you may find it useful to do a similar exercise.

Lazy sunday thank goodness, after a wonderful dinner party. My daughter, Emma is becoming a very good cook, especially so with pastries and cakes!

Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!


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