History for Thursday 20th September 2012AD

Today is Thursday the 20th September 2012AD

Agnes Tyrrell, composer born this day in 1846. During her short life she managed to become one of the few women to compose symphony works in the nineteenth century.

Melvin ‘Slappy’ White, comedian born 1921. It is reputed that ‘he ran away to join the circus’ as a child, and became a master of stand up comedy appearing in such shows as ‘Sanford and Son’, ‘That’s My Mama’ and the movies ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ and ‘Amazon Women on the Moon’!

1187. Saladin begins the seige of Jerusalem.

1746. Bonnie Prince Charlie flees to France from Scotland.

1904. Orville and Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer 11.

Anno Domini.


Kuranda is a small town on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland which is surrounded by tropical rainforest. It has been the home of the Djabugay people for at least ten thousand years. It has become famous for its scenic railway and for the Barron Gorge National Park nearby. About thirty five years ago I used to do pencil portraits at the market held every Sunday in the town.

‘That’s my boy!’ or That’s my girl!’ means you are proud of someone’s achievement usually said shortly after the event, eg After the football game dad said, “That’s my boy!”

‘Pull out of it’ means to get over some emotional upset or mood.

Watercolour Tip.

If you want to see some really good drawing google ‘Franklin Booth’, the American artist whose pen and ink drawings astonished the world in the early 1900’s. I love his set of illustrations for ‘War on the tiger’ by W. G. Fitzgerald.


Arrived in Berry late this afternoon after a lovely drive through Kangaroo Valley. Plenty of mowing tomorrow.

Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!


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