Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Book Reviews in the Kuranda Paper

The Kuranda Paper is a monthly broadsheet that is produced entirely by volunteers as a community service.  It pays for itself by advertising, with any surplus going back into the community.
I write several regular columns, being the Book Review of the Month and the Profile of the Month.
These are accessible on the paper's website so please go to that site. Here are the books reviewed in date order:

February 2012 "How Culture makes Us Human", (Left Coast Press, 2012), Dwight W Read

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Prize winning fine wool sheep stud in Western Australia

My Son Iain and Daughter-in Law Lucy own an established and registered sheep stud in New Norcia WA known as Boorabbin Poll. They trade as Koolinda Park.

They breed fine wool merino sheep and have won lots of prizes in the Royal Perth Show

Above are some pictures.

        "Farmer first

“Economics must commence with the farmer and thence reach out and embrace the other classes, ….. Therefore it is becoming that the economic problem be solved for the farmer first, for the farmer is the first active agent in the body politic.”

(Baha'i Scriptures)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Visit to Turkey

House of Baha'u'llah (reconstructed), Istanbul, in the Fatih District
  House of Baha'u'llah, Adrianople
  Ancient monument, Ashklepion, birth of modern medicine
Have just returned from a great trip to the west of Turkey with Terrie, taking in some fantastic ancient sites, Istanbul, Gallipoli ANZAC  site and many other places in the west of the country. Visited Baha'i sites in Istanbul (formerly Constantinople), Edirne (formerly Adrianople) and Gallipoli Village.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chile temple (Baha'i House of Worship)

Artist's model of proposed Temple, Chile

My son, Haigh Nicholson, has been in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia and other South American countries where he has been learning Spanish and then travelling with my daughter in Chile and Argentina on bicycles before returning back to Australia.

Haigh reported that at that time the construction of the Baha'i Temple in Chile east of Santiago had apparently been held up by practical issues that caused delays.  See picture above and below.  It will have nine translucent spinaker sails.  It is in the Panelolen district in the foothills of the Andes and on the eastern fringe of the City.  It has already been given a design award (see below).

A recent report states:
Chile's "temple of light"

An early model of the Baha'i House of Worship for the South American continent, simulating how it will appear at night. Foundation work is well under way for the new Baha'i House of Worship for the South American continent, in the Chilean capital of Santiago. The House of Worship, with its surrounding water gardens of plant species native to the region, will cover some 10 hectares of a 50 hectare site. Excavation has now being completed of an area measuring 62 meters in diameter, and the building's foundations are underway. The diameter of the House of Worship itself is approximately 30 meters.

"Striking and original"
The project to construct a Baha'i House of Worship in Chile was announced in 2001. A call for submission of designs was made the following year by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Chile, eliciting 185 entries from more than 80 countries.

The design brief called for a domed structure with nine entrances which, symbolically, would welcome people from all directions of the earth for the praise and glorification of God. From a shortlist of four entries, Hariri Pontarini Architects was given the go-ahead to develop its scheme, described by the Universal House of Justice in its recent message as a "striking and original design."

The building consists of an arrangement of nine translucent "wings," rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting lily pool. The wings will allow sunlight to filter through during the day, while at night the House of Worship will emit a warm glow from its interior lighting.

The innovative design required that an entirely new form of cast glass be invented for the building's exterior. "That was an exploratory journey that took some 18 months," says Mr. Hariri, whose team needed to develop technologies that would ensure the building's survival in the environmental conditions of the location, a highly active seismic zone.

Award-winning design
Since it was first unveiled, the design for the House of Worship has been praised in more than 40 international journals, and received numerous accolades. Canadian Architect featured the building as one of its 2004 Awards of

Excellence. A judge described it as representing "a rare convergence of forces that seem destined to produce a monument so unique as to become a global landmark..."

Most recently, in August, a global panel of almost 100 judges named the House of Worship joint winner in the World Architecture News "Civic Building - Unbuilt" award category.

Baha'i temples all have 9 sides with 9 doors, representing the various great revealed religions, with the one supreme God of all represented  in the centre.  Inside are the holy books of all these religions.  The only words spoken, chanted or sung inside are from these holy books.  There are no priests or sermons and no offerings.  They are open to all people for divine worship only.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

short stories

I have recently written  short stories, as follows:

Clarence Darrow InterviewedPDF.pdf - on Aug 9, 2010 10:28 AM by Graham Nicholson (version 1) 16k View Download
Lord Orrery's Model.docx - on Aug 12, 2010 12:45 PM by Graham Nicholson (version 1) 40k View Download
A Fragile Meeting.docx - on May 22, 2011 9:26 PM by Graham Nicholson (version 1) 17k View Download

Lord Orrery’s model is still housed in England

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Visit Kuranda Village - a Tourist Mecca

Above is one of several markets in Kuranda Village.  To the left is the sign at the front of the Bookshop in Kuranda.  Kuranda is a great little village in the rainforest up in the hills behind Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Come and visit, you will enjoy the Village and the surroundings with lush forest, much of it World heritage.  There are great things to see and do. The Village itself is a tourist paradise with much character. There are native animals, butterflies, Aboriginal artefacts, arts and crafts and many other things to see. The markets are open every day. There are also great rainforest walks as well as the thunderous Barron Falls in the wet located in the Barron Gorge, plus the Barron River itself.
Come up by vintage train from the Cairns central station, or by cable car from Smithfield, or if you want a cheap but interesting trip by bus from the centre of Cairns.
We are not far from the east coast so you can still enjoy the beauties of the beaches and the Great Barrier Reef.  It is also the doorway to the marvelous Atherton Tablelands.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Boutique Bookshop in Kuranda

The Hidden Words Bookshop in Therwine Street Kuranda is going fairly well after opening on 1 March 2010.  Quite a collection of mainly new books for the thoughtful reader has been put on the shelves and sales made. Prices are being kept down. A monthly book review is appearing in the Kuranda Paper.

There is no other collection anything like that in this boutique bookshop in the north of Australia as far as I know.

So come and browse and have a free tea or coffee. If your tastes in books run to any of the topics of history, biography, psychology, science, philosophy, religion & spirituality, politics, international affairs, environment, human rights & justice, arts & culture; crafts, feminism, Aboriginals, ancient and modern classics, poetry, geography, botany, zoology, archaeology, Nth Queensland authors, self help or gift books, this is for you.  Also available is research assistance.
It is easy to find - just go to where the public buses stop opposite the Park in Kuranda, that is Therwine Street, and proceed down the hill a short way to the last shop. Personal service guaranteed.
Graham Nicholson

Tel (07) 4093 7120
PO Box 1010 Kuranda Qld 4881 Australia

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Herberton house renovations

My dear wife is renovating in period style an old house in Herberton on the Tablelands of north Queensland. Above are a few progress pictures.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

new photos

Photo of Terrie.  We had our 45th wedding anniversary in March 2012

Here are two photos, one of the Baha'i ladies from Malanda on their day out to Kuranda, sorry Diane Wellington is missing as she was the photographer.
The other photo is of myself picking paw paws at our home just out of Kuranda with my wife Terrie helping. The fruit are delicious and are served to guests.