Wednesday, March 14, 2012

You saw it here first!

It was Charlie's 3rd birthday last Friday. His Nanna and Grandad gave him his first proper musical instrument: a guitar! (Or, to us fully-grown people: a ukulele.)
The following video was taken less than a minute after he first tore the wrapping off. What you are seeing here is Charlie's first ever composition and musical performance.
Take it away!


  1. Awww, look at that gorgeous little happy face!
    I didn't watch all of the vid, these things just take way too long to load for me, but I loved what I saw and heard.
    Happy Birthday Charlie!

  2. "I love my Mum and Dad" - okay so my head exploded after that. Very, very cute and that smile...... utterly, deliciously adorable and he's THREE now, ohmygodwheredidthetimego?

    ....and how great is it that he's so happy with a $10 ukelele - Sapphire's shopping list for her 13th birthday includes two Wii games, a laptop, more Pandora beads, the Hunger Games trilogy and ..... Cluedo.

    She'll definitely be getting Cluedo.

  3. Franzy, can you turn the bloody word verification thingy off - recent changes mean that it now generates two words in fuzzy font, so often I can't see it clearly and get it wrong.

    "I love my Mum and Dad....."

  4. River - No, problem, I'll tell you what happens: proud Dad films son for too long on his birthday.

    Kath - We're trying very hard to not emphasise the presents aspect of birthdays and Xmas (very hard), so that he doesn't turn out like a certain present-obsessed parent ....... (me).

    "Mum and Daaaaaaad....." *BA-DOINGOINGOING*

  5. Aw. Be sure to tune it for him and his songs will sound even better.

  6. I tried that, but nothing is more nerve-wracking than trying to tighten the strings on a potentially cheap ukulele that a three-year-old has just received ten minutes ago for his birthday.

  7. AWWWWWWWW! Can we Skype a duet?
    I miss the "what's this"...


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32