Category Archives: Reminisce

Weekly Reminiscence

April 5th will be the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s untimely death.  He was a unwitting leader for a lot of us at the time.  I remember a cold and wintry type of day back in 1994 when I first learned the news.  It affected me and others greatly.  A great, fantastic and modest talent lost early but leaving a great legacy.

R.I.P. Kurt Cobain.

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Triple J in Australia created this tribute.

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Weekly Reminiscence

2006 was the year and a group of friends traveled to Germany for the World Cup Soccer tournament.  I managed to score some tickets in the lottery in 2005.  We followed Croatia and then all the other matches through to the final in Berlin.

We also stayed for a short time in Bad Bruckenau where the Croatian Team was camped.  We even snuck into a press conference as well.  They were giving out these books for the media as well.  I still got it and here are some pictures from the book.

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Weekly Reminiscence

These are old currency which is no longer in use because the countries involved have now joined the Euro.  Interesting (to me at least).

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Reminiscence of the Week

Been a hard and taxing week mentally and I almost had no energy this week’s installment.  In a relaxing moment I’ve ventured over to my record collection and pulled out one of non-English language records.  Actually my music is either English or Croatian, leaving this record to be a Croatian language record  (although others may claim it to be Bosnian).  It also continues the musical theme in all my reminiscences so far, a subject that is quite easy for me to dwell on.

The record I’m talking about is the one pictured here and playing as I write:

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The record is called Kad Bi Bio Bijelo Dugme, was released in 1974 under the Jugoton Label (now Croatia Records) by eventual huge band Bijelo Dugme. It was their first album.  I picked it up second hand in Zagreb in 2013.  The record is in excellent condition with the sound crackles giving it extra warmth.

The album would be best described as progressive rock of the ilk prevalent at the time.  However, by far the most popular song and one that is instantly recognized during a Croatian get together (or any balkan get together for that matter) is the 1950’s Rock and Roll inspired Ne Spava, Mala Moja, Muzika Dok Svira (Don’t sleep, Baby, while the Music is playing), with it’s English language refrain Rock and Roll uttered during the chorus surrounded by the native language lyrics.  It’s quite a  departure from the rest of the album – it’s a bunch of fun.

Another popular song, is Selma.  The woman about whom it’s written was featured in an interview on Croatian TV only recently (2012) and was surprised (pleasantly) when original lead singer Željko Bebek appeared to perform the song.

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Reminiscence of the Week

Each weekend I’ll be posting something to remember.  Still awaiting an answer to last week’s question as well :).

These are t shirts back from the 80’s.  They sure did get a wearing out.  They no longer exist in the physical form 😦  Anyone interested in recreating them, especially the BAD one.

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Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.) were a bad formed by ex Clash guitarist, Mick Jones and was a departure from the sound of the Clash although you could hear Mick wanting to include more eclectic influences in the Clash’s music.  They released 5 studio albums.

They finally hit it big in 1991 with the monster world wide hit ‘Rush‘.

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Models were an Australian band of the early to mid 80’s.  The started out avant garde and alternative and ended up being more pop.  They released 5 studio albums and 2 mini albums.  Near the end of their career they produced a country album under the guise of ‘The Clampetts’.

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Perhaps their most famous song is ‘Out of Mind, Out of Sight


Reminiscence of the Week

Listening to an old CD. The liner lyrics are here. Anyone like to name the band, album and year of release.

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A website archive

This blog is mostly about work related stuff but from time to time I’ll put something personal up to be a little reflective. In this post I’ve put links to old websites that I created in the period 1999 to 2004.  They are all html based and they sure as hell look like it.  Thankfully we’ve progressed a long way and we have a myriad of Content Management Systems or CMS’s around that take care of the layout and styling out of the box.  I was never meant to be a web designer 🙂 although they worked for the time but are incredibly dated now.

Palindrome Magazine (or Eye Palindrome Eye)

These are images of a magazine publication I created at Curtin University in 1993.  I no longer have the original files (MS Publisher) so what we have here are the scanned in images of the pages from each issue.  There may still be copies in the archives of the Curtin University Library. Unfortunately the publication only lasted one year and didn’t continue after I left Curtin.

I think the people who rallied around it did a good job and should be proud of what they did.  Of course it also attracted its share of unhelpful detractors as well.  Maybe the name was a bit pretentious. My favourite thing that occurred was after the first issue we were approached by several people to contribute articles and content.  This was great! My personal favourite was the stories of Frivo the Frivolous Worm by Chris Hansen.  The stories where done in the comment header blocks of BASIC programs.

We also had many contributions of book and music reviews.  I also helped create an article with James Rayner on the emergence of Grunge Rock, a rock music form I’ve loved and still love.  It was all in the name of FUN.

Thanks to all the helped and contributed you credits are listed in the scanned in images. FrivoAndGrunge I created a website to store the images for posterity back in 2004 and the link is here – and any old readers and contributors – please get in touch.

Croatia Cricket

Back in year 2003 or so I was asked by friends at the Croatian Cricket Association in Zagreb to create a website for them.  I got my brother to help out and this is what we came up with.  I think CMS technology was just getting off the ground back then and could have used it.  You can browse the archive through this link.  The current site is CMS based and available at http://www.croatia-cricket.hr/ HomePage

Slayers – Indoor Soccer Team Website

This site was created way back in the year 2000 and boy is it basic.  Captured match reports and photos from the games we played.  I didn’t keep it updated for long though.  This can more or less be handled in Facebook these days.

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My first Personal Site

This was created in 1999 and hosted on freeservers.com  Again a basic site with holiday snaps and links to other materials.  Archive browsable here.  Now days we tend to use Facebook for personal sites.

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