It's been a busy time of the year with the choir flying off to Ukraine in just under three months. The first concert of three for Melbourne was held at the Ukrainian Hall last Sunday (17th June). The crowd was smaller than expected but the reception from those who attended was great. With a bit of fine-tuning to do before the next concert at the Ukrainian Hall in Ardeer on the 24th of July, and for the final main Melbourne show at the Ukrainian Hall in Essendon on the 28th of August, with a few other smaller performances thrown in for good measure during this time.
Fortunate enough all the accomodation is booked and ready for Ukraine and in Germany. We're slowly gathering information about various attractions and other bits of information that will come in handy for when we're there.
It has been a few years since my last Tropical Cyclone update on Semaphore Junction. From Christmas 2010 to the beginning of 2011 has been an interesting time for Australia in regards to natural disasters. In the space of a month we've been able to break records of heat and floods and now
we're waiting with bated breath of the largest cyclone to hit Queensland, that will signify distorted weather patterns throughout this nation as this monster bears down on the Queensland coast makes landfall. Currently a Category 4 Severe Tropical Cyclone, capable of wind gusts of 250km/h with a eye 100 kilometres wide and the storm approximately 500 kilometres wide. There is a
possibility that this storm could indeed reach Category 5 strength before making landfall tonight (Wednesday 2 Feb) with wind gusts of up to 300 km/h. With 3/4 of Queensland already affected by the devastating floods, there is a strong likelihood that after TC Yasi, all of Queensland will have been affected by flooding during a short space of time.
Never has there ever been a storm especially of this size and magnitude to affect Australian shores, and right now the city of Cairns is currently being evacuated along with surrounding towns. Those who do wish to stay behind (along with storm chasers), I do wish a lot of luck and all my prayers and wishes go to everyone. This is a significant time of our lives as we try being to properly to comprehend how climate on his planet operates. One should not use climate change as an excuse for something that could be more natural than something that is man made. This planet has always changed to suit its needs in its place amongst the universe, she'll know how to fix herself, even if it means that the human race must learn from it to gain continued life from it in future.
Once again, I really wish all my prayers and wishes to those who will be affected by TC Yasi.
I have never been overseas before, but when the opportunity arose for the chance to go to Ukraine with the combined choirs of "Cheremosh" and the Ukrainian Cathedral Choir, I really couldn't say no for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I rejoined the choir after an absence of about 5 years and
performed with the choir for their 35th anniversary concert. It was a great feeling being back with the choir as I do love to sing. The moment came on Thursday, just past where the tickets for the tour would be booked, and booked they are much to my delight.
The choir will be leaving in September, but not before they do a few performances in Victoria. Starting off in Lviv in Western Ukraine, before touring Western region and then finally finishing off in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv. The tour will go for a duration of 3 weeks, after which choir members are free to do what they wish in returning back to Australia. Over the coming months, I'll be taking you on a journey through Ukraine and will keep you updated on the choirs progress.
It's time for me to get back into business and paying more attention to working on my website and not playing around too much on Facebook (I hear laughter). I did try to walk away, but then who was I kidding considering facebook is a handy site to advertise my own website. But I really need to show my serious and creative side by paying more attention to Semaphore Junction.
I'm back to working on updating the site and have decided to go back to using Frontpage since the code of Expression is to put it bluntly, Scheisshaus. Lets just keep things nice and simple. But I am still going to be updating pages. If i'm able to add new features to the site, then I'll just do my best.
Tomorrow, I'll be heading back to Glenorchy to check on how the town is going after the floods and to help out and see if how much the grass has grown on my own property. Some of the photos from the floods are available for viewing on the Northern Grampians Shire website.
I've been doing a lot more work to the site over the past few days, just
trying to fine-tune the design and work out any bugs before I start adding any
interactive menus or picture slides (I'm still working out the programming for
that). I have now added a Facebook, Twitter feature to every post, in
which you can even link a post to your own sites. At the moment, you're
only able to access individual posts via the side menu. But this might
change in the next few days as I slowly clean up and bugs in the system.
I've had some more fun personalising the menus on the right and hope to slowly
reintegrate the other pages back into the site once I finish working on the new
menu that will be compatible with Blogger.com. You will be able to access
my Glimmera (Glenorchy) page from the main menu bar.
But till then, I hope to start adding a few photos that have been missing
lately and a couple of videos using Silverlight.
Stay tuned, and all feedback is greatly appreciated.