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Conversational Ellipsis

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I'm growing tired of improper starts and stops. Why is it whenever I'm watching an interview on the television that the person being interviewed doesn't know how to stop when done with a thought? Why is it that it takes a bit to warm up and get going? It all falls on the word ellipsis.

Ellipsis (plural ellipses; from the Ancient Greek: ἔλλειψις, élleipsis, "omission") is a mark or series of marks that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word in the original text. An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought, or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis) (apostrophe and ellipsis mixed). When placed at the end of a sentence, the ellipsis can also inspire a feeling of melancholy longing. The ellipsis calls for a slight pause in speech.
The most common form of an ellipsis is a row of three periods or full stops (...) or pre-composed triple-dot glyph (…). The usage of the em dash (—) can overlap th…

Australia Day

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Fireworks
Originally uploaded by bobmendo Today we celebrate Australia Day, the day in 1788 when Captain Phillip and the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Harbour from nearby Botany Bay. More history is below (below the line) for those who want more details. And to celebrate that arrival, Australian people will have already eaten barbecued breakfasts and lunches, gathered at the beaches, kicked footballs and smashed cricket bats against balls, and celebrated the landing these 223 years later.

To add to that, the celebrations at the Harbour tonight with fireworks, and in fact, all across the country from the Yarra to the Swan, will be met with tens of thousands of co-celebrants. We love to toast the country and the opportunities.

Of course, some Australians, most notably the native Aborigines, don't celebrate today in the same way. For them this is Invasion Day when they lost their footing and standing in so many ways.

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Some see the glass ha…

Country Music Awards and Disappointment

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Jasmine Rae
Originally uploaded by bobmendo Last weekend the announcements were made. And the Award goes to...

Here then is the full list of winners from the 39th Country Music Awards of Australia at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Saturday:

Album Of The Year
Lee Kernaghan - Planet Country

Male Artist Of The Year
Graeme Connors - A Good Life

Female Artist Of The Year
Kasey Chambers - Little Bird

Maton New Talent Of The Year
McAlister Kemp - All Kinds Of Tough

Group Or Duo Of The Year
The McClymonts - Wrapped Up Good

Vocal Collaboration Of The Year
Kasey Chambers and Kevin Bennett - Love Like A Hurricane

Single Of The Year
Kasey Chambers - Little Bird

Video Clip Of The Year
Sara Storer - Calling Me Home

Toyota Heritage Song Of The Year
Recorded by Luke Austen, written by Luke Austen and Troy Cassar-Daley - Sacred Bones

APRA Song Of The Year
Kasey Chambers - Little Bird

Sanity Music Top Selling Album Of The Year
Lee Kernaghan - Planet Country

Bush Ballad Of The Year
Recorded by Luke Austen, written by Pete…

If you know the result, can you watch?

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Scrum
Originally uploaded by bobmendo Monday morning our family gathered around the television to watch what is at the same time Sunday afternoon in the US, for playoff football. We were going to watch a couple games, the Kansas City Chiefs at home against Baltimore and what we had taped the day before of the New York Jets playing in Indianapolis against the Colts. My daughter has been living in New York and her boyfriend is there, and like most New Yorkers, they cheer for anything in a New York uniform.

We sat down to watch and she like most young people opened her laptop to see who had written her in the last while. Seemed Byron, her boyfriend had written, rejoicing that the Jets had beaten the Colts. Oh no, now she knew the result, would she still watch the recorded game?

Last night I stayed up very very late watching the 20/20 Cricket match between Australia and England. And it was a delayed broadcast from earlier in the day. And if you knew the result, that England won by one run, o…

Where is this going?

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Erich Zimmermann
Originally uploaded by bobmendo The world has changed after 9/11. Worry, fear, anxiety... all known in measure before that day nine years ago, now have escalated into an 'ism.' Terrorism we call it. We issue declarations of war against it. We send troops into battle about it. We frisk people at airports and train stations. Four stolen airplanes and now we have a fear that is settling in like an English fog.

Once again this revelation hit me yesterday. I was playing golf at St Michaels Golf Course in Sydney. For a couple years I've been taking my Nikon camera along with me now and then to the games we play. And taking pictures and putting them into the website so that the men can see the places and their own photos...kind of a service I perform. (The site is Golfers here )

The group ahead of us looked like candidates for such photojournalism, and I pulled out my mobile phone to shoot them. It was too rainy to bring my good camera out yesterday. One of them, …

Fast Food Axe Attack

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Terrible news from Melbourne about robbers hitting McDonalds. Is nowhere safe? Even playland?