And the winner is…!

The most popular post here in 2012 was Sniffing out the swamp then looking up…. (August 2012).

You may view my WordPress Annual Report.

Crunchy numbers

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 49,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

In 2012, there were 399 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,535 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 9th with 878 views. The most popular post that day was Australia not earthquake free.

The most viewed posts:

  1. Home page / Archives 18,610 views in 2012
  2. Sniffing out the swamp then looking up…. 1,753
  3. A very personal Australia Day 26 January – my family 1,396
  4. Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes 1,230
  5. Nostalgia and the globalising world — from Thomas Hardy to 2010 935
  6. The Rainbow Warrior 752
  7. Being Australian 11: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 4 665
  8. About 532
  9. Tomorrow is… 531
  10. This may well be the best Australian history book I have EVER read! 505
  11. Jack Vidgen–Australia’s Got Talent last night 480
  12. Niggling example of political short-sightedness: Maldon-Dombarton rail link 478
  13. Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta Episode 3–SBS last night 373
  14. Wollongong local history 336
  15. Being Australian 302
  16. Family history and mystery–the Indigenous connection 299
  17. Being Australian 20: poem and song, images, dreams, nostalgia, England 295
  18. Best documentary on climate change so far… 268
  19. Sport and multicultural Australia 259
  20. Australia’s flood crisis 257
  21. Mail me 252
  22. Australia’s Got Talent 2011 Grand Final 252


Here is the Photo Blog’s December collage.


Top posts there were:

  1. Home page / Archives 5,087
  2. Shellharbour 2 – Beverley Whitfield Pool 127
  3. Corner of Goulburn and George Streets, Sydney 125
  4. The amazing Surry Hills Library 1 112
  5. 2012 96
  6. St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Wollongong — 3 94
  7. The ultimate old photos post 93
  8. Paddy’s Market to Ultimo 2 – the markets 93
  9. Small Buddhist temple 3 89
  10. Wollongong–Boxing Day sales crowds, but not on Boxing Day 68
  11. Old Illawarra: mystery scans from my family archives 67
  12. Illawarra Flame Tree — Brachychiton acerifolius 66
  13. Waiting for Jack Vidgen — 1 65
  14. Old haunt derelict now 64
  15. 2009 Mardi Gras Fair Day 4 – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 62
  16. Volcanic eruption in Australia ’3000 years overdue’! 58
  17. Old court house, Wollongong — 2 57
  18. Lunch at The Hellenic Club, Figtree 54
  19. Revisiting Surry Hills: The Shakespeare Hotel and Devonshire Street 52
  20. The Carrington Hotel, Bourke Street 50
  21. Mount Keira 50

City Beach, Wollongong–and another letter from QuitNet.



And QuitNet sent yesterday:

Hello Neil Whitfield!
Your Quit Date is: Monday, February 28, 2011 at 12:00:00 AM
Time Smoke-Free: 669 days, 20 hours, 3 minutes and 27 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 33492
Money Saved: $21,408.00
You’ve made it! A whole 22 months without a cigarette! In that time, you’ve successfully navigated the physical chaos of withdrawal, the emotional highs and lows of early quit, and the pitfalls of relapse!
Countless times you’ve refused the offered cigs. More times than that you’ve craved nicotine, but opted for health, instead. You’ve endured teasing, lack of support, and feeling uncomfortable and out of place among smokers. You may have had issues with weight, anger, tension or sadness, but still you stayed SMOKE-FREE!

Wisdom of the sp*mmers

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Great sage—“You are amazing! Thanks!” – meditating at the Steelers Club, Wollongong, yesterday.

Jimmy Little — 1 March 1937 – 2 April 2012

In  NITV best option for Christmas Night–in my opinion I commended the Jimmy Little Celebration Concert, originally broadcast in May 2012. That link takes you to a video still on the Opera House site: “Highlights from the Celebration Concert which followed the State Memorial Service in honour of the late Jimmy Little. The story also includes interviews with Paul Kelly, Christine Anu, Dan Sultan, Col Hardy, Don Walker and many others.”  Fortunately NITV broadcast the entire concert commercial-free. Smile

Members of the public can attend the Jimmy Little Celebration Concert on Thursday 3 May commencing at 8pm in the Concert Hall. The concert will celebrate the life of the wonderful Jimmy Little. Family and friends will come together to honour in story and song the extraordinary contribution this Yorta Yorta elder has made to the cultural life of Australia. Artists including Col Joye, Judy Stone, Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, James Henry and Paul Kelly to name a few, will pay tribute to Jimmy’s amazing sixty year legacy as an artist, performer and champion for his people.


On Boxing Day NITV followed up with a documentary I had not seen before – Jimmy Little’s Gentle Journey. You can see it also today on NITV Ch34 at noon. It was originally on ABC.

From poverty and personal tragedy to Australia’s first Aboriginal pop star – Jimmy Little’s Gentle Journey is an intimate look at the life of a pioneering artist who defied incredible odds.

This timely ABC TV program touchingly traces the trials and triumphs of a remarkable survivor celebrating 50 years in the business. Awarded an Order of Australia Medal and named as a Living National Treasure earlier this year, Jimmy’s life has just recently been reinvigorated when he became the recipient of a kidney transplant.

With another new album out in June, Australia’s first gentleman of song, whose voice melts ice, continues a trailblazing career that has gently been opening doors and minds throughout his life. At a time when Aborigines were not even recognised as citizens, Jimmy Little broke down white-dominated cultural barriers as he painted images – past, present and future – with his songs. Jimmy was the first Aboriginal person to feature regularly on television, and with his incredible talent and success, subtly swept aside ignorance and negative stereotypes.

Ironically perceived by some as a conformist, Jimmy has determinedly and consistently pursued his own independent, gentle path refusing to conform to a variety of ‘bandwagons’. It is a path that has brought trials and triumphs but he has stuck to his convictions and as an artist rather than activist he has changed attitudes and encouraged reconciliation with a simple and honest love of music and humanity. Over a career as a musician, actor and educator spanning 50 years, Jimmy Little has proven himself to be a survivor whose talent and determination remain solid.

Jimmy Little’s Gentle Journey provides an intimate and comprehensive biographical portrait of his life and times.