A message from Brigid ....

I have been a blogger since 2005. At the height of my blogging busy-ness, I had "a small stable" of blogs on different topics: social and political commentary; desert spirituality; food; waste and ....

A few years ago I called time and ceased blogging altogether - although there was an occasional post. I had called it quits. I am an aged woman these days with a couple of serious illnesses. I am not allowed to drive. I am no longer active in organisations. I think it fair to say that I am housebound. I am active on Facebook, although I am not there as often as once I was. I have decided to embark on a re-entry into the blogging world ... beginning with The Trad Pad and, possibly, a return to my food blog, Oz Tucker. I have always used a lot of photographs on my blogs ... and I miss not being out and about with my camera.

The Trad Pad has been my blog for the lovely things of life. The controversial or political has seldom intruded. Occasionally, the spiritual has found its way in, but I kept spirituality for the blog, Desert. I don't yet know if I will revive that. I will stick pretty much to food and the lovely things of life. If I have some regularity with those two categories, I feel that I will be doing well. I hope that, with this blog new friendships can be formed and old friendships renewed; new lovelies discovered; new reflections can enter into the meaning of modern life. I would love to hear from you - particularly if you have suggestions for new topics to enter into the conversation. So, it is a new year. Let's see what it has in store, what it can bring to us. And I hope that those who share the spirit of The Trad Pad can spread the message of a world of beauty, the creativity of humanity, and the joys of simplicity and tradition. ~~~ February, 2017

Saturday, September 18, 2010

World Matters 2010 Writers - Disturbing the Peace @ Montsalvat -Oct 27 and 30 -31

Diamond Valley Oxfam, MontsalvatELTHAMbookshop
The 6th Annual
World Matters 2010 Writers - Disturbing the Peace
Oct 27  and 30 -31
Venue: The Barn, MontsalvatHillcrest Avenue , Eltham
Melways Ref: 22 A8

 The Great Hall, Montsalvat

970 Main Road Eltham
9439 8700

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

From a Funny Picture Book to Chasing the Rainbow and Utopian Man

Do you remember this, Trad Padders?
So many Australians recall this book as part of their childhood.
Herself (born 1964) remembers all the funny or peculiar people.
Edward William Cole penetrated our lives and our leisure.

And so Lisa Lang wrote a biography.
Now she has taken all the material she acquired for this non-fiction work
and turned to a fiction work...
Utopian Man
and she launched the book last night at the

As Meyer says:
It must have been a leap to take all that research and construct a narrative out of it – to get inside Cole’s headspace, to capture the emotional dimensions of real life – of his family and friends. But [Lisa Lang] is very successful in doing so. 

Utopian ManLisa Lang
Allen & Unwin
2010 (Australia)

Stephen Fry - International Treasure and Twitterer beyond compare

Do you follow, like mois, Stephen Fry on Twitter?  If so, a few hours ago, you probably felt like you had your Twitter clogged with consecutive Stephen Fry tweets.  There was a reason.  He was being interviewed for the Evening Standard, which he explained before the interview began - but if you came in the middle you wouldn't have known that, perhaps, and couldn't understand exactly what was being said.  To see the questions being asked, you had to go to the interviewer's Twitter.

There is no doubt about Fry.  He confesses he loves everything new - and he must be breaking all records to chalk up firsts relating to Twitter.
  1. Instrumental in overturning that scandalous libel decision in the UK which meant even Parliament could not discuss the decision.
  2. Arguably the first person to make money from Twitter, by promoting his recent London event which promoted his book and which was telecast live to numerous centres across the UK - to popular demand as was his recent Melbourne appearance.
  3. Possibly the first to conduct a newspaper interview on Twitter - but will await confirmation
We have heard of people being National Treasures, I hereby nominate Stephen Fry as the very first International Treasure.  Welcome at my place anytime!

For those who don't participate in the Twitterverse,
Stephen Fry is one of the most prolific Tweeters in the world.
At last count, he was being "followed" by 1,776,170 people.
So, if Stephen Fry, says something 
that's an awful lot of people to take notice.
Related Reading
The Fry Chronicles
The Fry Chronicles
Stephen Fry in America: Fifty States and the Man Who Set Out to See Them All