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778: (228/365) Ferris Wheel

Posted by wonko on August 16, 2017 in 365-2017, machine, seasonal |

In the Brisbane CBD today is a public holiday for the RNA Show: I stopped going to the show when our kids asked whether we had to go again this year – it is huge, full of people, end of winter and full of flu.   I also had a go at capturing it in […]

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“Beyond The Folded Edge” – by Jonathan Baxter

Posted by wonko on May 14, 2017 in blarg, geometry |

It is rare, in Brisbane, to get to see Origami displayed at all, let alone an exhibition by an accomplished folder such as Jonathan Baxter: His display at the Richard Randall Art Studio, Mt Coo-tha Botanical gardens was a rare treat. His folding displays showcased numerous forms of origami including delicate unit work  like intricate spheres and […]

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683: (133/365) Pet Gripe

Posted by wonko on May 13, 2017 in 365-2017, blarg, mammal, nature |

Last weekend I mowed the lawn – that is not so much a revelation as a statement of fact – I enjoy mowing, always have. I do not, however, enjoy the “presents” that dog owners allow their pets to leave on my lawn: I recognise that part of the pleasure of owning a dog is […]

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670: (120/365) Dear World Leaders

Posted by wonko on April 30, 2017 in 365-2017, blarg, creepy crawly |

Dear Donald, Kim, Vladimir and others, I am writing to your parents regarding the bully tactics and macho posturing you seem to be engaging in while playing in the sandpit. This unacceptable behaviour has to STOP before someone gets hurt. It seems to me that the sand pit is large enough for you and all the other […]

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665: (115/365) The Last Post

Posted by wonko on April 25, 2017 in 365-2017, blarg, domestic |

I am not sure what it is about the music, but “The Last Post” always gets to me: After visiting Gallipoli 2 years ago (nearly to the day), and the Canberra war memorial last year, this is never more true. The tune is haunting, desperately sad and intimately bound up with a remembrance of Australian and […]

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654: (104/365) Neelish Kumar’s Crucifixion

Posted by wonko on April 14, 2017 in 365-2017, fantasy, humanoid, seasonal |

When I first saw NeelishK’s fold of this model I was in total awe of the boxpleating skill it showcased: He is part of a shared group on Fakebook and to my amazement shared, via photodiagram, guidelines and folding sequence suggestions.

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636: (86/365) Marking

Posted by wonko on March 27, 2017 in 365-2017, blarg, geometry, seasonal |

This time of year I add marks to student work: I want to pretend it is a life-giving activity for me, the teacher.

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635: (85/365) Earth Hour

Posted by wonko on March 26, 2017 in 365-2017, seasonal |

Last night (25th March) was Earth Hour. Between 8:30 and 9:30pm we turned off our lights: I decided to try and fold something by torchlight … great plan Einstein.

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585: (35/365) Many Hands Make Light Work

Posted by wonko on February 4, 2017 in 365-2017, blarg, geometry |

As a teacher and pastoral care “tutor”, I am always looking for ways to get kids working together. At the beginning of the year the tutor group room is a mixed-year level (6-12) mixture of strangers and established friends so “GTK” exercises (Getting To Know you) are great icebreakers if you can get them actually […]

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578: (28/365) Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

Posted by wonko on January 28, 2017 in 365-2017, bird, seasonal |

The Chinese Zodiac is rich with myth and legend, most cultures are full to the brim with such fancy. Chinese New year is based around the Lunar cycles, as such seem oddly placed to us westerners: Moon cakes, yum cha, char sui hanging in a chinese butcher’s window, the red of firecrackers, the noise and […]

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