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Reflecting on a tragedy

The remains of the Broad Arrow Cafe: 20 people died here.

The remains of the Broad Arrow Cafe: 20 people died here.

On 28 April 1996, 35 people were killed and 20 were wounded by a single gunman at and near the Port Arthur historical site in the state of Tasmania, Australia. This was the country’s worst mass shooting and led to a reform of Australia’s gun laws.

Many of the victims were in the site’s cafe and tourist shop when the massacre unfolded. That building is now empty, lacking a roof, windows and doors — a silent memorial.

Beside the eery stone building is a pool of reflection, a garden and benches, where one is gently encouraged to remember and to pay respects.

The remains of the Broad Arrow Cafe.

The remains of the Broad Arrow Cafe.

An inscription at the site reads:

“May we who come to this garden cherish life for the sake of those who died.

Cherish compassion for the sake of those who gave aid.

Cherish peace for the sake of those in pain.”

You may read a detailed account of what unfolded on that day here, but be warned that it is disturbing.

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The view from the window: Sydney Opera House from Queen Mary 2

Sydney Opera House from the Commodore's Club, Queen Mary 2

Sydney Opera House from the Commodore’s Club, Queen Mary 2

My QM2 cruise didn’t leave Sydney until midnight, giving me the chance to take this photo of the opera house from a window-side table in the Commodore’s Club. The reflections of the club’s ceiling lighting add an interesting touch.


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Random Fridays: Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves against a shiny office tower reflecting the sky and another building.

Autumn leaves against a shiny office tower reflecting the sky and another building.

Most native Australian trees don’t lose their leaves when autumn comes, but the imports certainly do. This plane tree near Circular Quay in Sydney is displaying about as much autumnal colour as we get. With late afternoon sun shining through the leaves, they glow against the reflection of the pure blue sky seen in an office tower behind.


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Random Fridays: Buttons

Buttons

How cool are these buttons? I came across this shop that sells nothing but buttons, but not ordinary boring buttons! My first thought when I saw the window displays was that these were little cakes or chocolates. If you look at the feature image, you can see that the out-of-focus buttons in the foreground do look like chocolates.


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Katherine River sunset
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Random Fridays: Ripples

Sunset on Katherine River, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.

Sunset on Katherine River, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.

This photo was taken 15 minutes after my supermoon photo — one way looking west, the other looking east. The wake of a passing small boat flung ripples through the smooth water, creating these wonderful reflections.

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