A poem on Australia

24 01 2011

My Country – Dorothea Mackellar

The love of field and coppice,

Of green and shaded lanes.

Of ordered woods and gardens

Is running in your veins,

Strong love of grey-blue distance

Brown streams and soft dim skies

I know but cannot share it,

My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding rains.

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel-sea,

Her beauty and her terror –

The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest

All tragic to the moon,

The sapphire-misted mountains,

The hot gold hush of noon.

Green tangle of the brushes,

Where lithe lianas coil,

And orchids deck the tree-tops

And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!

Her pitiless blue sky,

When sick at heart, around us,

We see the cattle die –

But then the grey clouds gather,

And we can bless again

The drumming of an army,

The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!

Land of the Rainbow Gold,

For flood and fire and famine,

She pays us back threefold –

Over the thirsty paddocks,

Watch, after many days,

The filmy veil of greenness

That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,

A wilful, lavish land –

All you who have not loved her,

You will not understand –

Though earth holds many splendours,

Wherever I may die,

I know to what brown country

My homing thoughts will fly.





2010 in review

4 01 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 70 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 133 posts. There were 106 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 23rd with 58 views. The most popular post that day was Great Quotes From Great Thinkers...

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were blogsurfer.us, quinton.co.nr, facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, and treslola.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for if today was your last day, old man thinking, philosopher, graduation speech, and nickelback if today was your last day.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Great Quotes From Great Thinkers.. February 2010
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2

If Today Was Your Last Day June 2009
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Great Quotes From Great Thinkers… May 2009
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4

My favourite graduation speech (Wear Sunscreen!) May 2009
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Facebook vs Friends: Losing Ourselves in the Info Age February 2010
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