The Pole, Newcastle

Went to see Newcastle’s newest tourist attraction yesterday – the Pole!

It all started when Newcastle City Council widened the curb before energy provider Ausgrid moved the power pole. While they’ve been trading blame back and forth, the power pole has been left in the middle of the road and, naturally, it’s gone viral and become a bit of a tourist attraction. It’s even in Google Maps!

I’m sure eventually it’ll be fixed but it was fun seeing it first. A different kind of street photography for me! 🙂

Photos © CJ Levinson 2019

Ripper Little Christmas (an Aussie Christmas Song)

I finished writing another of my Aussie Christmas song earlier today. I left it a bit later than I wanted to this year but I’m glad I got it done.

This is my eighth song now and this year I settled on doing an Aussie version of Holly Jolly Christmas called Ripper Little Christmas.

I chose it as it’s very recognisable and should be an easy one to follow. I also chose it as it’s just a fun song and we could all use a bit of fun after this year, don’t you think?

It’s more inspired by the original song than a true parody (I changed the rhyming and structure a bit as I didn’t want it to seem too cutesy) but it also lets me tell a bit more of a fun story, which is what I wanted to do too.

I hope you enjoy it and if you have any suggestions for next year’s song, let me know. 😀

Kangaroo Bauble

Ripper Little Christmas

Have a ripper little Christmas
It’s a beaut time of the year
We’ll have lots of fun in the sun
And a glass or two of beer

Have a ripper little Christmas
And when you go to the beach
Say hello to mates you know
And shout em a cold one each

Oh oh look how the lights glow
So pretty on the tree
Grandma’s baked a cake again
Save a slice just for me

Have a ripper little Christmas
Enjoy the fun and cheer
And make sure you have a ripper little Christmas
This year!

Oh oh look at Uncle Joe
He’s fallen asleep by the tree
The kids are playing in the yard
While we enjoy a cup of tea

Have a ripper little Christmas
Hold your loved ones near
And make sure you have a ripper little Christmas
This year!

My other Aussie Christmas songs:
The Aussie 12 Days of Christmas (2008)
Aussie Jingle Bells (2009)
We Wish You An Aussie Christmas (2010)
Deck the Ute (an Aussie Christmas Song) (2011)
Have Yourself an Aussie Kind of Christmas (2012)
Santa Matey (an Aussie Christmas Song) (2014)

I’m Dreaming of an Aussie Christmas (2015)

Star Wars: Episode X – The Dark Side Rises

Just a bit of fun to go with all The Force Awakens hype this week. I know people are starting to think about Episode VIII now but I thought I’d turn my attention further ahead, to the next trilogy. And I think I already know who the villain might be…

(Warning: there are a couple of mild spoilers for The Force Awakens in the video if you haven’t seen it yet).

Apologies for the audio by the way. I used the StarWars.com creator to make this but for some reason the share/export isn’t working so I did a screen capture instead. It made the audio a little tinny.

What did you think of The Force Awakens? I’m going to do a post after Christmas touching on it and nostalgia in general but basically I enjoyed it. I liked it but didn’t love it I guess – I thought it felt too familiar and nostalgic at times. It sets up Episodes VIII and IX well though and hopefully they will be more original.

I’m Dreaming of an Aussie Christmas

So it’s almost Christmas again. I finished another of my Aussie Christmas songs earlier. This is my seventh song now and this year I thought I’d do an Aussie version of I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. I chose it as it’s one of those songs everyone knows so hopefully it’ll be easy to follow, and also because I wanted to tell a bit more of a story this year.

Christmas is a fun time but it can be very hard if you’re overseas and wishing you could be back home or waiting for a plane home. I wanted to try to capture that feeling as it’s a side of Christmas we don’t often see.

I hope you enjoy it and if you have any suggestions for next year’s song, let me know. 😉

Sydney Lego Santa

I’m Dreaming of an Aussie Christmas

The snow is falling, the wind is cold
The airport is crowded and grey
There’s never been a colder day
And I miss my family so far away
It’s December the twenty-fourth
And I’m still waiting here way up north…

I’m dreaming of an Aussie Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the summer sizzles
And it never drizzles
And there’s cricket on the radio

I’m dreaming of an Aussie Christmas
With friends on a warm December night
May your summer be warm and light
And may all your Christmases be bright

I’m dreaming of an Aussie Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the hot sand glimmers
And the water shimmers
And we play in the sun’s golden glow

I’m dreaming of an Aussie Christmas
With my family holding me tight
May your days be filled with delight
And may all your Christmases be bright

And may all your Christmases
May all your Chrissie days be
May all your Christmases be bright

My other Aussie Christmas songs:
The Aussie 12 Days of Christmas (2008)
Aussie Jingle Bells (2009)
We Wish You An Aussie Christmas (2010)
Deck the Ute (an Aussie Christmas Song) (2011)
Have Yourself an Aussie Kind of Christmas (2012)
Santa Matey (an Aussie Christmas Song) (2014)

It’s So Hot…

We had an absolute scorcher today. It reached 41’C near where I live in Newcastle and it was even hotter in Sydney today apparently. Scary thing is it’s not even officially summer yet.

It was so hot that everyone was talking about it and I thought I’d have some fun with it on Facebook and Twitter, so I started posting some memes. People seemed to like them so I thought I’d post them here too, with some extras.

Hope you like them. What’s your favourite it’s so hot/it’s hotter than joke? 😉

  • 39’C at the moment. And still climbing. Yowsers. It’s #HotterThan the hottest day in Hell’s hottest hotel.
  • It’s #HotterThan Smaug’s breath roasting dwarves and hobbits.
  • It’s #HotterThan bacon in a frying pan
  • It’s #SoHot I think I just saw two trees fighting over a dog
  • It’s #SoHot ice creams are melting before they’ve been opened
  • It’s #SoHot all the sprinklers have gone on strike
  • It’s #HotterThan Justin Trudeau
  • It’s #HotterThan two cheerleaders at a beach volleyball game
  • It’s #HotterThan tickets to the new Star Wars premiere
  • It’s #SoHot hens are laying hard boiled eggs
  • It’s #SoHot Olaf is just a puddle #LetItGo
  • It’s #SoHot bread is turning into toast
  • It’s #HotterThan the hottest vindaloo
  • It’s #HotterThan a taco with hot sauce
  • It’s #HotterThan Kevin Rudd’s temper
  • It’s #SoHot Donald Trump’s hair is sitting flat
  • It’s #SoHot Tony Abbott’s started to believe in climate change
  • It’s #SoHot the Transformers are turning into refrigerators
  • It’s #HotterThan a Jawa on Tatooine
  • It’s #HotterThan Rick’s haircut in The Walking Dead #YepIWentThere
  • It’s #HotterThan a firework on New Year’s Eve
  • It’s #SoHot the cat wants to use the pool
  • It’s #SoHot both taps are running hot water
  • It’s #SoHot the Sahara desert wants to sue for defamation
  • It’s #HotterThan a Vulcan going through pon farr
  • It’s #HotterThan getting stuck in a pair of skinny jeans
  • It’s #HotterThan the back of my mobile phone
  • It’s #SoHot Ben Carson is almost making sense
  • It’s #SoHot dogs are turning into hot dogs
  • It’s #SoHot all the hipsters are shaving off their beards #ExceptMe
  • It’s #HotterThan an egg frying on the sidewalk
  • It’s #HotterThan the thermostat will even show
  • It’s #HotterThan Green Arrow’s chilli recipe, the one only Batman can eat
  • It’s #SoHot Jon Snow has stopped thinking winter is coming (and also, Jon Snow? So not dead) #NeverGiveUp
  • It’s #SoHot even the flies are exhausted
  • It’s #SoHot my face burned before I’d even left the house
  • It’s #HotterThan Adele’s latest album
  • It’s #HotterThan Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers
  • Actually I take that back. Nothing is #HotterThan Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers #SorryScarlett
  • It’s #SoHot I can’t remember anything… what was I saying again?
  • It’s #SoHot my mirages are having mirages
  • It’s #SoHot I think I’ve started to crack up… #TooLate