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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“New Zealand Truth”

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Self-portrait ~ Copyright 2011 © Patrick O’Brien

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The tabloid press picks up my story
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LYING COP COMES CLEAN”

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August 16
– “A former cop who claims he lied to get more than 100 court
convictions is prepared to face his demons and go to jail for his deceit . . .”

http://www.truth.co.nz/lying-cop-comes-clean  {broken}

http://frankbeuken.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/lying-cop-comes-clean/

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RELATED POST

My open letter to the Chief Justice of New Zealand:

Confession of Perjury
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Love notes (6)

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“. . . my woman, my wife, my love, my life . . .”

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COMMENT:

In an earlier post I wrote about sitting at cafés with the Gelfling as being one of the little pleasures in my life, and how we rarely speak — quite content with the silence in each other’s company, she pictured here, quietly reading a magazine, me fiddling with my cameras or simply watching the world go by . . .
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“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways …”

21 Years
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On life (7)

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“Everything in the Universe is within you. Ask all from within.”

~  Rumi  ~
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‘Watching the watchers’

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Self-portrait ~ Copyright 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

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“The condition upon which God hath given
liberty to man is eternal vigilance . . .”

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COMMENT:

And so it was, that, in the 1970s, when the New Zealand Police first established covert surveillance squads to spy on its citizens, I was a member of that first team.

We worked in secrecy, and because bugging devices were illegal at that time, we simply smuggled their components into the country and had them built by our own technicians.

There was no provision in law for their use — so we simply burgled the homes and premises of our targets to plant them.

Remain vigilant … mindful our Governments are the enemy of our liberty and freedoms.
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“NZ police caught out illegally filming
citizens in privacy of their own homes”

Jackboots over New Zealand
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Our waking earth

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Seen beside the road today — spring will soon be here:

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Rebirth of the Sun
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Lunch with the Gelfling

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No posts today — am taking time out with the Gelfling, pictured here checking a menu outside some street-side cafe. As you can see, food is a serious business for Gelflings.
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Life’s little pleasures
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“… a day in the life of …”

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I was born and raised on a dairy farm so it’s not surprising I’m always drawn back to the land in my travels. These days, my favourite assignments are those where the women folk commission me to shoot a-day-in-the-life-of their men. It’s fun! — for around a week, simply hanging out with them, their dogs and my cameras.
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‘Jessica’

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Meet Jessica . . .

In 2007 I created an open On-line Identity for people to follow developments and/or contact me regarding my “Long Road Back” project.

As expected, this generates a large volume of hate mail and other weird junk. I never respond, and the reason I never respond is because I never receive it, and the reason I never receive it is, because … well, meet Jessica!

Jessica is my On-line Assistant who helps me keep my life a simple one. Jessica manages my public Blogs and all my social networking accounts (Google, Facebook, Twitter) plus the junk mail address at Hotmail that’s associated with all those accounts.

Don’t be fooled by my photo which makes her look all soft and dewy — she’s a tough, efficient administrator who vets all my “public” correspondence, and, although she forwards me genuine inquiries, the following are wasting their time:

(1) people who threaten my life; and (2) Zionists who attack me for my support of the Palestinian cause; and (3) females who, either (a) want to save me; or (b) want to have my babies; or (c) say they’ve had my babies.

Jessica uses blockers and sophisticated filters to lighten her workload, yet I tease her, saying she should be grateful that I’m not rich and famous.

It’s all good . . .

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On silence (4)

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“The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence . . .
Silence gives us a new perspective.”

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“God damn America”

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“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians . . . and now we are
indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to
our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

~  Rev Jeremiah Wright  ~
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Links to transcript and audio of this Sermon:

“God damn America”
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From the Street (7)

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“Paddy O’Byrne”

Busker & poseurs . . . some rejects from my work on the street
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‘Riverside’

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“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall  

be called the children of God.” ~ Jesus.

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This is Norman Cole, now well into his 90s, and the eldest surviving founding member of the “Riverside Community”. Riverside was established in 1941 by a small group of New Zealanders who refused to attend World War Two, conscientious objectors, men who went to prison rather than to kill.

Today, the Riverside Community continues to practise its founding principals — peace with humanity and peace with the planet.
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On life (6)

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“Joy is strength”

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Ian Charles Chapman

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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
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15 July 2009
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● DOWNLOAD : Eulogy ~ Ian Charles Chapman (*.PDF / 45 KB)
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An acknowledgement . . .

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Respect . . .

I wish to acknowledge and thank all of my photography assistants, who, over the years, have helped me keep my life a simple one. Pictured here is Kirri, holding my bags on a recent shoot. I’m only sorry that I cannot list you all.
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Stuff in my pockets . . .

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Image 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

“Le Zouave”

During the siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean war, a French soldier named “Zouave” had his clay pipe broken by a bullet and sorted the problem by rolling tobacco in pieces of paper torn from a gunpowder bag. For over 100 years the image of Le Zouave has been on Zig-Zag papers — a tribute to this creative soldier.
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‘Boyhood’

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Image: Boy with a violin
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Love your children
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My two sons
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‘Stuffed and Starved’

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— Raj Patel —

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Battle for the World’s Food System:

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In his book Stuffed and Starved, the UK economist, academic and activist Raj Patel conducts a global investigation into why half the world is malnourished while the other half is obese. His findings show that both are symptoms of a corporate food monopoly, where a few powerful distributors control our food supply from plantation to plate — and the health of our entire world.

Raj Patel explains the steps we might take to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance our global sustenance:

Stuffed and Starved

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NEW ZEALAND BOOK REVIEW

●  “Hunger Management”
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On grandmothers . . .

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“A grandmother is a safe haven.”

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The Client
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On sharing . . .

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“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then
you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an
idea and we exchange these ideas — then each of us will have two ideas.”

~  George Bernard Shaw  ~
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Postcards from a City (7)

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‘Dead End’

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Social Commentary:

Seven of seven images in a photo essay

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Technical Note:

The images in this series were captured on Kodak T-Max 400 B&W film which I rated at 1600 ISO – then manually processed and hand-printed. The digital files were created from camera copies of my original prints.
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Portraits of a child (3)

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Photography: 101

“A portrait is not made in the camera, but
on either side of it.” ~
Edward Steichen
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From the Street (6)

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“ghost walker”

slow shutter . . . in a series of my work from the street
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Coffee & Cake:

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Coffee and cake with the Gelfling . . .

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Life’s little pleasures
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Postcards from a City (6)

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‘lost soul(s) . . .’

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Social Commentary:

Six of seven images in a photo essay
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Red letter day (1)

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There are three special people in my life — for two of whom, it’s their birthday !!!
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Red letter day (2)
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On life (5)

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“So long as you have food in your mouth, you
have solved all questions for the time being.”

Franz Kafka  ~

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– Little –

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‘Jorja’

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I met her yesterday afternoon ... 
she calls the Gelfling . . . grandma .
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Postcards from a City (5)

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‘. . . walled views’

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Social Commentary:

Five of seven images in a photo essay
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‘Youth’

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‘Nicolas’

Love your children . . . .
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My two sons
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On love (7)

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“Let us always meet each other with smile
— for the smile is the beginning of love.”

Mother Teresa  ~
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