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Tuesday 12 August 2008

Dazza's Australiana Limerick Collection

By Darren Stones

I'm putting together a collection of Australiana limericks which I look forward to publishing down the track.

Here's a small sample:


Shearin' sheep around there in Hay
In the heat for two bob a day
The lads get all sweaty
And think of confetti
Just in case their minds go astray


The wharf at Tathra gets laden
With blokes who leave home their maiden
They go there to fish
And not to clean dish
Suspect it’s the fish shop they’ll be raidin’


For colours that are a delight
In autumn you must visit Bright
For the young and the old
It can get a bit cold
You’ll be amazed at the glorious sight


It’s such a long way to Cobar
I’ve been there and travelled by car
Met up with my mate
Was all just darn fate
And we both headed straight to the bar

A larger sample of the collection can be found at RedBubble.

Dazza's Australiana Limerick Collection here

Sunday 10 August 2008

Darren Stones Australiana Photographic Collection

By Darren Stones

I have a growing collection of Australiana photographs that now form the Darren Stones Australiana Photographic Collection.

This ever-growing collection of images are digital photographs I've taken in various locations in Australia.

There's a mixture of landscape, seascape, architecture, wildlife, festivals, hydro electric, lakes, rural, state parks, rainforest, people, historic wharves, monuments, humpback whales, drought scenes, farms, droving, bridges, flowers, botanic gardens, outback, autumn colours, rivers, national parks, hotels, waterfalls, irrigation, etc.

The list is continually increasing and the images can be viewed in my Flickr portfolio.

Darren Stones Australiana Photographic Collection

Here's a sample of some of my favourites. Click on each image to view the larger size at Flickr.

Red Car Door Tour at Lightning Ridge, NSW

Kangaroo at Pebbly Beach, NSW

Memorial gates at Bright, VIC

Murray Valley Highway near Corryong, VIC

Humpback Whale at Hervey Bay, QLD

Canola at Deniliquin, NSW

Ute on a pole at Deniliquin, NSW

Sign at Rutherglen, VIC

The Big Cherries at Young, NSW

Christa Hughes singing the Australian National Anthem at the 2008 Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts at Grenfell, NSW

Cattle drive along the Henry Lawson Way near Young, NSW

Thursday 7 August 2008

National Library of Australia Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program

By Darren Stones

An exciting new project has been released to the public by the National Library of Australia.

The Australian Newpapers online service is a vast collection of historic newspapers dating from 1803 to 1954.

"The National Library of Australia, in collaboration with the Australian State and Territory libraries, has commenced a program to digitise out of copyright newspapers.

"We are creating a free online service that will enable full-text searching of newspaper articles. This will include newspapers published in each state and territory from the 1800s to the mid-1950s, when copyright applies. The first Australian newspaper, published in Sydney in 1803, is included in the Program."

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Text displayed in the scanned articles is electronically translated by computer, and this is leading to spelling mistakes being generated due to computers not being able to read as good as humans.

I've chosen to sign up to the service, and as time permits will carry out voluntary editing and tagging of various articles.

Samples of my editing can be viewed by visiting my Australian Newspapers profile.

Friday 1 August 2008

2008 Australian Digital Photography Awards – Dog Rocks awarded a Commended

By Darren Stones

I’m pleased to learn that my photograph Dog Rocks has been awarded a Commended in the 2008 Australian Digital Photography Awards.

Dog Rocks scored 82 points of a possible 90 from the judging panel.

Dog Rocks

The 2008 Australian Digital Photography Awards exhibition will be a projected exhibition of accepted and winning entries, and it will be presented by the Australian Photographic Society.

Venue: The Burns Club
Address: 8 Kett Street, Kambah, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Date: Friday 15 August 2008
Time: 7.30 – 10.30pm
Free event open to the public.

The event is part of the Vivid National Photography Festival.

Australian Digital Photography Awards

Australian Photographic Society