As in London nations gather,
A princess holds a Golden Dove.
Washed from Greece to Wy this year –
the sculpted hope of peace and love.
On Mount Olympus she sets down,
this relic, Home, for Gods to bless.
The bright eyed youth who now compete,
deserve, from ancient Greece, no less.
We run as though our hearts will burst,
for medals – further still we hurl.
May the Golden Dove of Peace inspire,
Olympic dreams of boy and girl.
Post Olympic thoughts…
In Australia there has been, in some quarters, a rather ungenerous reaction to the exploits of young Olympians who have not achieved the coveted Gold Medal. To some Silver and Bronze is just not enough. The Principality of Wy, which is not currently a participant, respectfully suggests that future Olympic classifications should be GOLD, GOLDER and GOLDEST so that medal winning bronzed Aussies and all award winners around the world may come back to unreserved acclamation in their homelands
Guillaume Tourniaire at Balmoral
Over coffee at a beachside café at Balmoral beach Paul made a drawing of Guillaume Tourniaire, the amazingly youthful French orchestra conductor who is presently in Sydney to conduct with the Sydney Opera.
They discussed music and the beauty of clouds. The previous evening Paul had enjoyed Guillaume’s inspired conducting of The Pearlfishers by Georges Bizet and he had been tempted to draw the gorgeous spectacle on his (silenced) IPhone but refrained, realising that the light from the screen may irritate others. Born in Provence France Guillaume studied piano and conducting at the Geneva Conservatoire.
He knew from a very early age that music was to be his life. Singing in a children’s choir in Provence crystallised in his mind the idea of making music with others –
hence his love of conducting and our good fortune as part of his worldwide audience.
Creativity starts young. It is never ending. Later in the day Paul found a happy familial subject in a young artist drawing an IPhone intent sibling.
22 7 2012
The Mosman Historical Society invited Paul to speak at The Mosman Library on Wednesday 11th July 2012 on the subject of the Mosman artists he has been acquainted with over the years.
Gavin Souter, esteemed author of many scholarly histories, is the Patron of this highly regarded society and David Carment, brother of Paul’s friend artist Tom Carment, is the president Paul was delighted to find that John Dansie, whom he had sat alongside at Mosman Primary School, was a member of the Committee, as was the eminent Mosman General Practitioner Dr Charles Gay who had been a fellow student at Sydney Grammar School.
During his talk , which lasted 45 minutes, Paul spoke about many notable artists including; Julian Rossi Ashton, Howard Ashton, Richard and Wenda Ashton, his wife, Susan Delprat and father in law Brian Gaston, Sir Will Ashton, Salvatore Zofrea, Lloyd Rees, Nigel Thomson, Norman Lindsay, Dennis Adams, James R Jackson, Dora Toovey, Squire Morgan, Judy Lane, Ken Done, Michael Johnston, Chris Johnston, Brian Besly, Suzanne Alexander, Gerald and Rosemary Christmas, Jan Hook, Margo Freeman, Anne Cape, Nafisa Naomi, Shirley Perrott, Max Coleman, Stephen Coburn, Robert Dujin, Jessica Ashton, Guy Troughton, Kilmany Niland, Ruth Faeber and Ralph Heimans.
Paul joked that there were so many wonderful artists that he had known, or were current practitioners in Mosman, he would need to emulate Fidel Castro, who was known to speak for several days without fear of interruption.