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Anzac Day Montevideo 2014

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

We rose early Friday morning to attend the 7am Anzac Day Dawn  Service arranged by the Australia-Uruguay Camera/Chamber, and actually, although we were prompt starting in the cold wind, ‘Dawn’ was prolly technically about 15 minutes earlier.  When John Prentice began with the introduction to the observance, we could look out through the distinctive naval theme sculpture behind him at the Plaza Vigilio, Punta Gorda,  and on the horizon count 14 ships waiting to enter the port,  which equalled the number of attending souls, 14.  Our honorary consul Diego Paysee laid the wreath, and John Shaw, next to John P (in black) later performed the Last Post and the Reveille/Rouse.

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The piper, Gonzalo, played stirringly, and in my conversation with him afterwards, he had very complementary words about the Victorian Police Band pipers of years gone by, and one of my own favourites, The Bad Piper whom he described as a highly accomplished technically brilliant piper – and so say all of us!!!! I’m a total fan, by the way.

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At the solemn stage of the observance, yours truly is pictured reading the poem ‘On Flanders Fields’ that I always seem to get roped in to read; I know, it doesn’t look as if I am speaking, but that is just when Graciela took the shot. I got through it all without faltering – phew.

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The three young Aussie lads appearing in these two pics, were visiting Montevideo from Newcastle.    I didn’t get their names, but Marianna, the Kiwi holding their flag might have.  Their parents would have been proud of them.   They were due to leave the country a few hours after this, but they found time to come along.  Travel well boys.  It was cold this morning, as I am sure it was in many of the places that Aussies and Kiwis gathered for observances and marches.

Very New Work

Thursday, January 7th, 2010


My regular readers will remember the texture of this work which I showed in two posts oct. 22 and 31st last year.  Now it is on display at www.galerialoscaracoles and featured in the lovely little 8p colour catalogue produced for the opening event last night and now in circulation, I can post the full view of this and several other new works for all to enjoy.  Not many of you will make it to the gallery at Jose Ignacio in Uruguay this summer.

“Timetracks 15”  is large – 110cm h x 225cm w.  Like a number of other pieces in this developing series, it is about the decay that disturbs the quality of every surface you can think of, including landscape, natural and man-made objects, (animal, vegetable and mineral), landscape, skin –  any surface will show changes given the passage of enough time.  The destruction of the textile surface is often accomplished with my trusty wood burning tool acting on a suitable fabric – one that responds to burning in other words.  A couple of newer pieces appear below – first is “Timetracks 15”  The second one, “Post Apocalyptic Lace”, could herald yet another direction this group of work will take.

In the gallery I was impressed to see that these narrow vertical works are beautifully displayed against the clear glass panels of the pair of doors in the main entrance – almost looking as if they were sized for those two spots.

The season opening party at the gallery featured about 20 pieces of my work, beautifully arranged, and many people came and looked at mine and the well-stocked collections of other gallery artists’ works.  When we arrived at the gallery a few hours before the opening time to drop off some last minute things, I was a bit amazed and of course, delighted, to find so many more than the handful of pieces I expected to be out on show that evening.  They say the last week of the month my work will be ‘featured’ – what more they could do to feature my work I am not quite sure, but something tells me I should put the pedal to the metal and get a couple of wip’s completed….

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