Have a merry and safe Christmas

Agapanthus is widely grown in Sydney gardens and backyards. Its name literally means love.
We need more love and a hatred,conflicts and agony free world.
With this agapanthus flower, commonly known as Lily of the Nile, introduced to Australia from South Africa, I wish you all good health and a wonderful, safe Christmas and a happy New Year.

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Remembering Václav Havel

Václav Havel died on 18 December at the age of 75 at his country home in Hrádeček.
Who was Václav Havel?
If you do not know anything about this great man, I suggest you read further his biography on Wikipedia.
I read this sad news from BBC this morning. Havel was a a former Czech leader but the role as a playwright made him well known when he was young. He was also an essayist, poet and dissident.

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The coldest summer in 50 years

Sydney has the coldest summer in more than 50 years. The temperature has been around lower 20°C during the day and at night around 15°C-16°C for more than two weeks. This is 3°C below average the normal temperature of December.
The big chill is making us feel like living in winter days in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Camera of the Year 2011 Honorary Mention: Lytro

Camera of the Year 2011 Honorary Mention? What do you think?
This is my choice: Lytro.
The reason is simple. It is a camera to capture the decisive moment and let you refocus after you take the picture.
Lytro field camera does not “autofocus” because the camera captures the entire light field.

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Camera of the Year 2011

What is in your mind: Camera of the Year 2011?
Not easy. We know how many cameras have been announced throughout the year. If you really want to know all the names, there is a summary of all those models on Digital Photography Review site.
To be honest, I am in no position to give a fair comment because I have not played around seriously all of them.

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Big brother is everywhere

Who is the big brother?
Big Brother is a fictional character in George Orwell’s 1984. In this book, Big Brother is the dictator of a state called Oceania and its people are under complete surveillance by the authorities.
Several days ago I watched news on TV and learnt that some shopping malls use technology to track the customers when they step in.

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