Patrick O'Brien

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‘Georgie Gorgeous’

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Georgina  Annie  Sharpe
1925 — 2015

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“O soul at peace!
Return to your Lord,
You well pleased with God,
God well pleased with You.
Enter in my servants
And enter My heavenly garden”

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IN  MEMORY:

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An animated clip of this image which I’ve

uploaded to my YouTube channel:

Georgie Gorgeous

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About (11)

New beginnings . . .

Today is my birthday and this is the final of my About posts — a collection of small pieces that I’ve posted at irregular intervals over the past year, vignettes, peep holes to my world.

This new leg of my journey is a beautiful and humbling experience. A giant wave of Love (yes, Love!) has picked me up and carries me on, to the objective, I assume. There is a song in my heart, I hear it — and I often catch myself humming its tune.

● https://patrickobrien.wordpress.com/about/
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‘He tangata whenua ahau – Aotearoa’

“… I am of this place …”


Image: Maniapoto

Today is my mother’s birthday . . .

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From my Mother-of-mothers, Wahine o Ngati Maniapoto, I was born of this Land:

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‘Day of al-Quds’

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— Free Palestine —

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Today is International al-Qud Day — which, by tradition, is the last Friday of Ramadan. The Day of al-Quds, or Jerusalem Day, is not a religious occasion but rather a human rights event open to all people, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, an opportunity to stand with the Palestinian people in their resistance of Israel’s cruel, brutal and illegal occupation of their Land.

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Red letter day (3)

Image: K . . .

‘Ramadan’

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Image 2012 Palsharing

The gates of Heaven are opened . . .

Ramadan:
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Red letter day (2)

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There are three special people in my life — for one of whom, it’s their birthday !!!
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Friday

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. . . my lucky number . . .
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For the first time since 1984, we have had three Friday the 13ths – January 13, April 13 and July 13 – which, interestingly, are exactly 13 weeks apart. It’s been a good year . . .
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Ian Charles Chapman

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~ EULOGY ~

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Copyright 2008 © Patrick O’Brien

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January 05, 1947 — July 11, 2009

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Some comedian once wrote there are two kinds of men in the world and we can tell them apart by the way they hold their cups when drinking tea: there are those who raise their little pinky (thus!) and those who don’t. Ian Charles Chapman was definitely the latter.

I first met Ian back in 1991 at a funeral where he was busy making people cups of tea. He looked me up and down, took in the long, wavy hair I wore at that time, and, in that gruff, trademark voice of his, asked — “so, do you want a real cup or a girl’s cup?”

Frankly, I wondered what I’d struck and remember thinking ‘what a grumpy old bugger’ — for I was yet to learn he was the biggest softie and a huge tease.

Ian met Annette 28 years ago, it was the early 1980s, Masterton, both were local scout leaders, and, from there, they went on, working together with a succession of dairy farms: Kaponga in the Taranaki; Morven; Ohoka; Oxford; and, Te Awa; before settling in Temuka 23 years ago — at which time Ian returned to the building industry where he worked until the end.

“. . . Worked . . .”

Now there’s an understatement! Daughter Haidee’s strongest impression of her dad is of him always working. Constantly. Even on weekends he was always busy and the term “work ethic” epitomises him perfectly, she says. “Dad worked so hard that he fell asleep really early while watching TV — but not before satisfying a huge appetite with his very own pudding speciality, cornflakes or weet bix.”

It was this work ethic that saw Ian always helping people, and, the handwritten note on a condolence card arriving at his family’s home these past few days says it well: “we will always remember his readiness to help out when things fell apart.”

Son Richard put it this way: “any job he done, he done his best.”

It wasn’t always work, though. Ian loved . . . his salmon fishing at the Rakaia Flats where they had their batch; and, the purple camper van in which he toured the country with his beloved Annette.

Ian also loved his shed; his singing; his karaoke; country music — anything country in fact: guitars, hats, cowboy boots, the annual golden guitar event in Gore — and, lollies.

Ian l-oved lollies!

When she was little, granddaughter Cassandra was found by her nanny “testing” granddad’s lollies — licking them, then putting the ones she didn’t like back into the jar. Teasingly, sister-in-law Sandra would give him bags of chewy, lolly aeroplanes — and always with their wings or tails bitten off.

Reference then given to the floral “spray” on Ian’s coffin:
comprising pink & white carnations, symbolizing the
flowers Ian always brought for Annette, and the lolly
aeroplanes — each with their wings chewed off.

Sandra says this:
“What I loved about Ian was his sense of humour and his fierce loyalty. I always felt safe with Ian. I have a lost a friend and protector this day.”

Annette:
“My husband was my life, my joy, my everything. He always promised to look after me when I got old — he tried so hard to make sure I would be okay no matter what happened. His jokes, his laughter, his strength, and, my feeling of love and safety will be with me forever.”

Richard: “proud to call him dad.”

Brent (in a word): “funny.”

Georgie Sharpe had it in one word, too: “cheeky.”

Younger members speak of his bear-hugs . . . “so hard I couldn’t breathe and thought they would break me. But I liked them . . .” said one.

Ian’s work ethic, sense of humour and willingness to always help out others may very well have been the mark of the man, and yet, today, this gathering of members from his wider family — many of whom have made long journeys to be here and pay their respects — must surely be a measure of the depth of this man.

Ian Charles Chapman: travel well, my friend — and, when we meet again, let’s have that cup of tea . . . I’ll have the the girl’s cup.

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Patrick O’Brien
New Zealand
15 July 2009
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● DOWNLOAD : Eulogy ~ Ian Charles Chapman (*.PDF / 45 KB)
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‘Rainbow Warrior’

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Image 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

Lest we forget . . .

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Today is the 27th anniversary of the bombing of the “Rainbow Warrior” in New Zealand — a terrorist attack carried out by French secret service agents. Here is a brief history:

Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior
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Leap a Second . . .

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. . . today . . . an extra second will be added to our atomic clocks (aka “Coordinated Universal Time”) to keep them in-sync with nature. It’s something to do with the tides which generate a braking action on our planet of around 1.4 milli-seconds per day per century, according to IERS, the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service, which issues leap-seconds.

I’m not making this up. Here’s the science, courtesy of the US Navy:

● Time Service Dept – Naval Observatory
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‘Rebirth of the Sun’

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Image 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

Winter Solstice:

At 6.46 pm last evening (NZST) our sun reached it’s
Northern most point in the Cycle of Seasons and now
begins its journey South again – Spring is on the way!
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Matariki – 2012:

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Happy New Year !!!

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Matariki – Māori New Year
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Red letter day (1)

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Copyright 2007 © Patrick O’Brien

There are three special people in my life — for two of whom, it’s their birthday !!!
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Winter

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“Icebreaker” Logo ~ Image: 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

It’s the first day of winter. This morning I unrolled
my thermal skins — merino wool from Icebreaker.

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A full list of my road kit is available here:

http://succat.blogspot.com/2006/09/road-gear.html
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Birthday!

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

Greetings, birthday girl . . .
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‘Al Nakba’

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Mudalala Akel, 86, a Palestinian refugee since 1948, still has her house key:

The Catastrophe

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Today marks the 64th anniversary of the catastrophe that Zionism has inflicted on the Palestinian people and I have posted a selection of references and resources about this horrific event on my Wall at Google-Plus, here:

Al Nakba — The Catastrophe

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“Butchers of Palestine”

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Deir Yassin Day
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‘A day’

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Self-portrait: 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

Tomorrow . . .

“Join thousands of people from around the world
in photographing our daily lives, May 15, 2012″

http://www.aday.org/
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Mother’s Day

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Image: 1990 – Tahuna Beach, New Zealand

To the Gelfling — thank you for being the mother of my children.
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J-Day 2012

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J Day is an international celebration of the cannabis culture which is held on the first Saturday in May and here is a selection of related resources on my Wall at Google-Plus:

J-DAY 2012

PROTESTING  AMERICA’S  WAR-ON-DRUGS
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May Day Strike!

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“Stop contributing to our own demise . . .”

May Day Strike

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ANZAC DAY

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Lest we forget
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Image 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

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‘For The Fallen’

..“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.” ~ Robert Laurence Binyon

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ANZAC DAY
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‘Earth Day’ — 2012

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Today . . .

Earth Day 2012
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PROTESTING  AMERICA’S  WAR-ON-DRUGS
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“. . .  Happy 4.20  . . .”

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This year, for the first time, New Zealand will be joining many other
countries in celebrating 420 at 4.20 on April 20 – and the venue for
Auckland is Potters Park, corner of Dominion and Balmoral Roads:

Reference: The Daktory

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Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed
that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit
yielding seed; it shall be food for you.” ~ Genesis 1:29
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Friday

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. . . my lucky number . . .
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Deir Yassin Day

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Butchers of Palestine

Lest we forget — today is the 64th anniversary of an Israeli massacre on Palestinian villagers in Deir Yassin and here are some related references on my Wall at Google-Plus:

Deir Yassin Massacre
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Just for fun (7)

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Something for Easter Sunday
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● Select & Copy the following enquiry:

1.2+(sqrt(1-(sqrt(x^2+y^2))^2) + 1 – x^2-y^2) * (sin (10000 * (x*3+y/5+7))+1/4) from -1.6 to 1.6

Go to Google search

● Paste enquiry into the Search box

Press enter/search:
. .or, simply go to the search resulthere

Safe and harmless . . .


‘The Easter Message’

Image 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

. . . there is Hope . . .
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‘Palestinian Land Day’

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— Yom al-Ard —

. Free Palestine . . .

“Palestinian Land Day” — Yom al-Ard — commemorates the 1976 killing by Israeli forces of six young Palestinians as they protested the Israeli government’s seizure of Palestinian land. The day has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance to land theft, colonization, occupation and apartheid.

On this, its 36th Anniversary, thousands of Palestinians and supporters from all over the world will be joining a Global March to Jerusalem in opposition to Israel’s apartheid and ethnic cleansing . . . to demand access to Jerusalem for all peoples, and to uphold Palestinian rights under international law, including refugees’ right of return.

Here is a selection of related articles, plus Links to groups and supporting organisations from around the world, over on my Wall at Google-Plus:

Palestinian Land Day!
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‘Nowrūz Mobarak’

—  Persian New Year  —

.Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

To my Iranian friends
Happy New Year
With Love
 Patrick

Nowrūz ~ “The New Day”
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Happy St Patrick’s Day

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“Fáilte . . .”

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Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

  Shamrock

Hand made bobbin lace — a gift from the Gelfling on St Patrick’s Day — created using Mettler-60 pure cotton thread with 50 pairs of bobbins, and a Perle-8 gimp thread with one pair of bobbins.
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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day

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Copyright 2002 © Lin Wiu

Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, an important event on my personal calendar — even more so than my birthday. As a child growing up, our Irish nuns always gave us a holiday from class. Beginning with Mass, it was a sports day and picnic, followed by an evening of concert where we’d perform song and dance items practised for months.

I’ve kept that holiday tradition throughout my life . . .

This photograph was taken back in 2002 by a friend, Lin Wiu, who, at that time, was photo editor of the Shanghai Daily, in New Zealand on a year’s study leave. Lin had never experienced a St Patrick’s Day celebration and I invited him to accompany me for a day’s photo-shoot to document the occasion.

So, kitted out with green ribbons, a bottle of whisky and 20 rolls of film (truth be told, I had the whisky and Lin had the film) we set off. That’s me, pictured left, enjoying a Guinness with some stranger while sitting on the footpath outside O’Sullivan’s Irish bar on Manchester Street in Christchurch.

The images from this photo-shoot mark a significant point in my life — it was the last time that alcohol featured in my celebrations on St Patrick’s Day.

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.Image: Lin Wiu
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