Rainbow over the minicipality

Rainbow over the minicipality

Wednesday 8 November 2023

Queen Camilla takes the lead.


Her Majesty Queen Camilla takes the lead in this Monarchy, wearing Her Majesty the Queen's George IV Diadem.  Compared to some of Her Majesty's tiaras, this looks small.


Here is the link to the BBC coverage of the royals in pictures.

YouTube has the full speech.  

The State Opening of the British Parliament is one of the few times the king wears the crown.  In most other monarchies, including all the European ones, the crown rests on a table and is not worn, because those monarchs are now crowned or announted but only sworn in.

Friday 7 April 2023


Republicans lose lawsuit against king’s involvement in the legal system

The Headline in DutchNews.nl

The Dutch Republican movement tried to claim that the participation of the king in Judicial matters, including having His Majesty's picture in every courtroom and swearing in Judges prevented a fair trial.  

‘The fact that the king as head of state has certain powers, that special procedures apply and that there are traditions surrounding the King (such as the portrait of the King in courtrooms) does not mean that the right to a fair hearing by an independent and impartial court is violated,’ the court said in a statement, according to  DutchNews.nl
This has Australian implications, as our Monarch has a similar role that does not impinge on anyone's rights. I suspect than no Australian Courtroom now has a picture of the king, just a coat of arms.  It is not the person of the king that is being hagiographised (?) but the Crown at the pinnacle of our Political, Legal, Social, Strategic and Cultural Systems and all the ideals of good governance that it stands for.

The Voice is Dead: a Preamble instead.

Democratic Monarchists have always preferred the symbolic Constitutional recognition of Australia's First Nations within a Preamble.   It is better than the attempt at recognition as a consequence of the formation of  a new Executive Government Department to echo the collective desires of Aboriginal individuals, language-groups and localities as a single Voice that can be heard by the Parliament.  Our Parliaments already contain Aboriginal voices.

A Preamble would turn the Constitution into a Treaty of two parts. Part A recognises Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Sovereignty as having existed for over fifty thousand years and still exists where Native Title has not been extinguished.  It acknowledges custodialship of Country, and possibly a lot more.  Part Be is the British Law we call our Constitution.

Such a Preamble could be voted into Law in a Referendum at considerable cost, but might not need to be under Constitutional Law, because it does not change the Constitution.  It would be restoring something that should have been there when the Constitution was signed into Law by Her Imperial Majesty Queen Victoria, one of her last acts.  It could signed into Law by His Majesty King Charles III as one of his first acts.

After the Coronation, the Government should hold a Plebascite with the chance for a voluntary vote of confidence in our new king and queen.  If people don't want to vote yes, then they can just stay away, but there should be the option for people to voice their negative vote, and if there is only one choice on a ballot paper, it feels as if our Free Will is being denied us.

The Voice is dead in its present form, and a good thing too.  If it were to succeed, it would be done and dusted for Aboriginal issues and any trickle-down benefits would be slow in coming.  The losers will be the Federal Bureaucracy that would have grown by another Department and also had regulatory leverage into the State Executives via boundary-transcending investigative powers.  The Legal System would also have been involved in the inevitable challenges that must arise from such a fundamental innovation.

Friday 17 December 2021

Still here after all these years

 Tonight I took my ta meal across to the park with Mao-Mao and shared meal-time with the mosquitos and read more of 'Bohemians of the Latin Quarter' by torchlight.  I am astonished these Blogs still exist. But there were more, weren't there?  I have started so many things, and none is finished.

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Falling Water

best idea ever, might get a Physics Nobel.
Was drinking too-hot tea, and thinking of cooking from the inside out if one drank boiling fluid.
But had been standing under very hot water, heating up for the day, thinking.
It is not the temperature that makes it bearable, but the fact the temperature of the water is falling.
Continually boiling water is adding heat at an aggressive rate, but as long as the temp is falling, even gradually and imperceptibly, then the water is bearable to the skin.
It is falling at a falling rate.
The temp is falling as the water is falling, in drops, like rain.
Question: is the energy released by the falling temperature converted to kinetic energy causing the drops to fall faster than they would if they were just accelerating downwards due to the principles of the Theory of Gravity.
It is a continuous process, and it would be an addition to the rate of increase, the second derivative.
I bet no one has ever measured this and it would be quite easy to film falling drops from a distance.
All of the lost heat is presumed to be transferred to the exterior of the drops where the temperature is lower.
It must be remembered that what we perceive as 'temperature' at our macro-level, is actually the kinetic energy of individual particles at an atomic level that is imperceptible to us.  Hot water is hot because the water molecules have a lot of kinetic energy and are constantly bumping into each other, exchanging energy when they do.
At the surface of the bubble of falling water some of the molecules will bounce straight out of the bubble, taking energy with them in their speed away, a form of linear kinetic energy.
However, heat lost to the surroundings of the bubble as the bubble cools might not account for all of it.
The kinetic energy of the particles is usually random in all directions equally so no direction results but in the direction of falling, where potential energy is already being converted to kinetic energy as the drop speeds up, some molecular energy will align with the over-all 'gravitational' kinetic energy and combine with it, increasing the rate of downward acceleration above Newton's predictions. 
While we are referring to movement of atoms and molecules, it is still at a vastly grosser and larger scale than the effects of Quantum Mechanics.  It is hard to imagine how very small 'very small' really is.
So what is the advantage besides something to think about under the shower?
Perhaps in Space Travel, where distances are vastly larger than my shower, some form of cooling could be converted to kinetic energy, creating a new type of hyper-drive.  Then again, at that sort of fuel storage temperature, there would probably be atomic fusion anyway, a much more efficient fuel.
While they are falling, the drops do fall a lot in temperature, but it wold be better if inverted, so the hot water fell on my feel and by the time it reached my head it wasn't brain-boiling.

Friday 8 June 2018

Wonderland at ACMI is a disapointment.

Wonderland at ACMI is a disapointment. It is good but fails to be excellent. It misses a lot of opportunities.
As soon as you walk in, it is all fake. Suspending disbelief and feeling like one is actually in Wonerland is impossible.
So many missed opportunities. The bizarre architecture of the location means walking down a huge twisted flight of stairs to reach the entrance. It could be so like falling down the rabbit hole, but no!
The pile of books on the table near the entrance look like they could be Dodgson's and are of that vintage, but cannot be picked up as they are glued together. What? Are they so worried that one or two might be slightly damaged that they destroy every single one of them? 'Oh!' they must say, 'Lewis Carrol is Somebody, his books are worth millions, but all those other old books are by worthless people.'

It is fine making it fit for children, but does it need to be run by kindeergarten teachers? All the uniformed envigilators spoke like trained robots, explaining things in slow, excrutiating detail, just in case we were about to immerse ourselves in something. At Disnyland, we interact with the Daisy and Minnie and everyone, not people dressed like security guards, and the same could happen here, but it is another opportunity missed.
Little kids like to climb, as do some very big kids, but when you climb up the huge chair towards something glowing at the top, and start to climb the ladder, there is a blastic barrier like the ones that stop possums on trees that reminds you it is all fake, and you aren't tiny or large at all, just going the wrong way. Considering the exhibition is for people of all sizes, as is the book itself, they don't make anything much at all.
It was hot as a sauna in there, and needing to crawl around on one's knees made it very difficult. Why not have steps and boxes at the little windows, so people of all heights can easily look though, instead of having them at a hight that suits only some children, and is very challenging for adults?
Something else is that it is blandly international. There is nothing at all about the exhibition that locates it in the heart of Melbourne. Considering the prominance of Aboriginal Australia in all public events, they could have structured the journey through the exhibition like a Song-Line, the traditional Australian way of recording and telling stories from history.

Friday 20 October 2017

Art Movements

Don't get me started on Economics.  Over the years it has been one of the topics I have invented my own integrated, multi-dimensional systems to describe and explain.  I am a solitary, introverted person who spends most of my time in my head thinking.  I have very little to do with the rest of the world, these outings to the Theatre are quite a recent development, and actually writing my ideas is too time-consuming, tedious and pointless.

[Written to 45 Downstairs]

Frankly, I think you should make it free.  The problem is evening out attendance on the night, so people would need to book, which implies booking costs.  Public Transport should be free.  Museums found out years ago that if they were free they would have more people, and everyone spends more in the gift shop and food hall than they saved in entry-fee.  It is the same as the amount drunk at a function is less if it is free than if there are bar prices.
There have been many 'Art Movements' that were based on the concept of Art not being a commercial commodity, including fabricating 'Art Objects' that have a Capital Value as an Investment Asset, not that there is anything wrong with that because it does increase the market for 'Art', but it is not the meaning of what 'Art' is.  Giving people an opportunity to add a donation to their ticket is something that some Arts Organisations already do.  I am convinced that if the ticket was free with no booking fee, but there were options to add a booking fee and a donation, the end result would be more revenue, not less. 

Here is a prediction.  We are Astrologically nearly through the Cusp from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, when we will live in a genuinely 'Free Society'; there are already signs of it.