Philomena was one that I was luke-warm about seeing, but thought I had better hurry and catch a viewing before its cinema run comes to an end.
So I headed out to the Schonell twin cinema at the
University of Queensland to catch the 3:45 pm session
(the only one of the day).
|The Schonell Theatre entrance. Just remember to duck, or lose an eye;-)|
|That tree is almost a part of the building the way it is growing around it.|
|That stop sign should stop the Rush. Hey, wasn't he in The King's Speech?|
|Poster display outside the cinema for In Bob We Trust.|
I sent in a phrase to his church sign competition and got a mention.
It was a play on the words "presence" and "presents" in church at Christmas-time.
|Graffiti under the theatre of past plays staged at the theatre.|
|Feeding the poor?|
Then I hopped in the car and headed off to check out the recently opened bridge that brings buses, pedestrians and cyclists across the river and into the university's grounds.
|Eleanor Schonell Bridge (formerly called the Green Bridge) during its construction|
Her work with cerebral palsy children led to international recognition and she also contributed substantially to the education of children with intellectual disabilities.During its conception and construction, the bridge was known as the "Green Bridge" because it was a sustainable transport initiative and since the naming many people have continued to call it the Green Bridge in preference to its official name."
Eleanor Schonell Bridge
When I was walking up to the bridge from my car I stumbled across a strange statue.
|St.Vladimir the Great.|
"In Sweden, with the help from his relative Ladejarl Håkon Sigurdsson, ruler of Norway, he assembled a Varangian army and reconquered Novgorod from Yaropolk.
By 980 Vladimir had consolidated the Kievan realm from modern-day Ukraine to the Baltic Sea and had solidified the frontiers against incursions of Bulgarian, Baltic, and Eastern nomads.
Originally a Slavic pagan, Vladimir converted to Christianity in 988
and Christianized the Kievan Rus' ".
|Modern statue of Vladimir in London with the inscription "Ruler of Ukraine"|
|The Baptism of Saint Prince Vladimir, by Viktor Vasnetsov (1890)|
This statue must have gone under in the Brisbane river floods a few years back.
If it didn't, I would be very surprised.
|St.Vlad is in that clump of trees to the right.|
The statue of St.Vlad is in that clump of trees to the right.
"Sakhalin", means "black" in Manchu and is the proper Manchu name of the Amur River (sahaliyan ula, literally means "Black River").
Among the indigenous people of Sakhalin are the Ainu on the southern half, the Oroks in the central region and the Nivkhs on the northern part.
Despite a long history tied to Asian roots - Chinese and Japanese - in August 1945, according to Yalta Conference agreements, the Soviet Union took over the control of Sakhalin.
This Russian presence continues today."
When I got home that evening I saw the news about a Russian church shooting -
Silva: So, what's yours?
James Bond: Resurrection.
Then I read a blog post by Loren Coleman about a few weird coincidences -
Darkness At Sakhalin: Another Russian Mass Shooting
|Darkness At Sakhalin: Another Russian Mass Shooting|
I quite like these intelligent birds.
Crows are also related to the magpies as a species, so I have read.
"On September 1, 1983, the Korean Air Flight 007, a South Korean civilian airliner, flew over Sakhalin and was shot down by the Soviet Union, just west of Sakhalin Island, near the smaller Moneron Island; the Soviet Union claimed it was a spy plane.
All 269 passengers and crew died, including a U.S. Congressman, Larry McDonald."
"On 24 October 2009, 21 year old University of Queensland student Whitney Heuvel urged his friends to use a cellular phone to film him jumping off the bridge.
Intoxicated, he misjudged the rails and fell awkwardly, resulting in his death. "
Daredevil student plunges to his death
"University of Queensland student Whitney Heuvel plunged to his death from the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, connecting the university campus to Dutton Park, at 1am on Saturday to the horror of his close friend and flatmate who filmed the fatal stunt on a mobile phone.
He was due to celebrate his 22nd birthday the next day.
Mr Heuvel's father, John, said his son lived and died an adrenaline junkie, having previously jumped from Brisbane's Victoria Bridge."
This is the view of the bridge when walking to the Dutton Park side of the river.
It's very hard to see what's on the right-hand side of the bridge unless you make a special effort, and then I don't know how successful that would be.
This is the view that greets you as you cross the bridge on the pedestrian side.
But this is the view as you cross to the right-hand side (below).
|The Dutton Park Cemetery.|
This is what greets you on the cemetery side of the bridge, which means no pedestrians, as it is only for cyclists.
I also found lots of "Bird of Paradise" growing on the cemetery side of the bridge.
Although you may have to blow up the photo to see them.
The thing that really blew me away though was on Monday morning I see in the news that the river Thames in London is about to burst it's banks, just like the Brisbane River did in 2013 and 2011.
|The Queen's land floods?|
As noted above there is a statue of St.Vlad on the banks of the Thames also that could go under.
|Royal washout: Swans and geese take advantage of the new lake that formed below Windsor Castle|
As it says in the Philomena poster right at the top of this post, director Stephen Frears also directed the movie The Queen.
I thought it was rather amusing that once the buses cross to the cemetery side of the river they have to travel underground.
I also noticed that before the bridge was here the only way to get across the river to Dutton Park was to pay the ferryman.
|The Dutton Park ferry terminal, as seen from the bridge.|
|Philomena Lee, the real-life woman behind the hit movie Philomena|
Lee, 80, traveled to Rome at the invitation of the Vatican to meet the Pope, the head of the same Catholic Church that, six decades ago, forced her to give up her baby son for adoption by an American family because she was an unwed mother."
As one of the three writer's for the Philomena screenplay is named Jeff POPE.
" Jeff Pope is a producer and writer, known for
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005) and
Dirty Filthy Love (2004)."
|(L-R) Actor Steve Coogan, Philomena Lee, producer Gabrielle Tana and Jane Libberton attend the premiere of "Philomena" during AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California.|
|Oops! Only four rings.|
|Born 7 October 1952, or as Americans write 10/07/52.|
|A scene from the Superputin comics|
He is currently ranked as the world's most powerful man according to Forbes."
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
|Vladimir with George W. Bush at a pier along the Black Sea, in Sochi, 5 April 2008|
|Statue of St. Lucy at Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Church in the North End of Boston|
The Iceman Cometh in March Sync
While I knew there was a big stink about police and politicians passing laws to go after bikie gangs, I never knew the official name was VLAD.
|"If you ride like lightning you're going to crash like thunder"?|
|Still from Imagine Dragons I'm on top of the World video.|
It wouldn't take much to picture VLAD riding a Harley D along the freeway in a bikie gang, would it?-)
In the Imagine Dragons clip for I'm on Top of the World, The Shining imagery is scattered throughout the clip, in fact the bikie rides along route 237, which is the famous numbered room in Kubrick's filmed version of Stephen King's novel.