F-111 exhibition at Ipswich Art Gallery

One of the reason I visited Ipswich Art Gallery was my curiosity on this exhibition honouring the RAAF’s 37 years-serving fighter. Back when I was in Singapore, such exhibition only takes place at the Singapore Air Show (which I had never attended before). And talking about my hometown, I think they have their own definition for ‘art’.

So, here it goes the cockpit of the mighty F-111.
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Notes on the cockpit:
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Up and down

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Another angle of the cockpit, it’s a two-seater fighter.

But all those photos were taken by yours truly (now I’m sounding like George Negus) in the main area. The itchier, scratchier (this blog and its author have no relation with Itchy & Scratchy) part of the exhibition was located inside a dedicated room. In front of the room, there were 20 (or was it 25?) photographs by the Queensland Times photographers. As yours truly walked down the corridor, opening the glass door into the exhibition room… a diecast of the F-111 was put up.

F-111. Supersonic Speed. Innovative Design. Long Range Strike.
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But it seems yours truly missed out the uniform worn by pilots of the fighter. Though, he managed to notice a quirky kind of instruction in the uniform.

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Start here (presuming it is Amberley Air Base) then put the bombs there (why Tasmania?) and avoid South Australia. Hmm, any guess why is that so? Yours truly does not know the answer either (if you know, put a comment and it’s free).

The following pictures are some of the components of the F-111.

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Is this the hydraulic system?

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Supposedly this is a map of the world, then the coloured areas are the names of the geographical area that you must know.

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What is what in the cockpit with hundreds of buttons

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The legendary wheel

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Is this satellite located on board or is it on land?

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I suggest you don’t play with fire.

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Dump and burn. Greenpeace may have another opinion on this feature of the jet.

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The afterburner

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Yours truly is not a technical guy. Once again yours truly appeal if any of you readers know what is this, do leave a comment.

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The joystick. Even Wii can’t replace it.

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“This blog freedom of information investigation has revealed the primary flight control system of the F-111.”

And just before I leave you, here’s a look back at the entrance.

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If you are interested in knowing more about the F-111, a note is provided. Sponsor of the exhibiton is also acknowledged by this blog.

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Strike.

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Design.

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Speed.

And of course, the Super Hornet is now replacing the long-serving fighter.

That’s all for me for now. Hopefully there is free wi-fi connection at State Library of Western Australia or at Perth International Airport. I will be crossing across the continent tomorrow. Have a nice day.

25th anniversary of Kobe-Brisbane sister city relationship

As a way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of sister city relationship between the city of Kobe in Japan and the city of Brisbane in Australia, Brisbane City Council’s Brisbane Square Library puts up a mini exhibition on the city of Kobe.

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One area of the mini exhibition is dedicated on Kobe’s local products from sake to high-heeled shoes to even computer mouse. I believe all these products and some brochures are provided by Kobe City Council. All these local products are located at the Literature Lounge on the second level of Brisbane Square Library.

Kobe city shots in the form of A4-sized posters are also hung up on the wall in the non-fiction area.

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At least it provides an alternative to patrons besides just viewing the Brisbane River.

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Quite similar posters are also put up on the wall in the fiction area. However, one point of different is the posters size I believe is A3. Also, all these posters looked more like the posters you would usually see when you are visiting a travel agency.

All in all it was quite an educative exhibition, introducing Brisbane’s sister city to Brisbanites and visitors to Brisbane. I do hope when the anniversary of the sister city relationship between Brisbane and the city of Semarang in Central Java, Indonesia, they will put up a better mini exhibition.

If I didn’t read wrongly, this exhibition would end sometime next month. So, if you are in Brisbane don’t hesitate to visit Brisbane Square Library to see this exhibition. This is especially for those who have never been to Japan.

Plus, on the exhibition you could get a copy of Kobe city map and guide book in case you plan to visit Kobe. The guide book also includes Kobe city railway network which is easier to decipher (the map and networks) compared to Tokyo’s (I’ve never been to Japan but I’ve seen how complex the mass transport system in Tokyo is).

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Italian Motor Expo

As part of the Italian Week programme, the event organiser (which I do not know who) organised an Italian Motor Expo at Brisbane Square today (30/05/2010). Also in the expo was Fiat Lovers Community, if I’m not mistaken.

Please ignore the words “Italian Week 2010”, it’s just my part of preserving my artworks (who wants to steal my photos anyway?).

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Three red Ferrari of different models on show along side each other.

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This one is an antique.

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You won’t find such a nice Vespa on Indonesian streets like this.

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Ducati

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This one is definitely for adreline-seekers.

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Any idea for who the manufacturer is?

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Fiat?

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Looks like Honda Jazz with slightly longer nose to me, hey I’m not an automotive enthusiast by the way.

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I think it should be the same model as the previous one just different colour.

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If you have ever read Archie comics, this looks like his jalopy (1990s onwards).

Now, here’s more from Fiat:

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Nano’s rival from Italy

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Not sure who the manufacturer is for the last one since it was exhibited quite separate from Ferrari and Fiat.
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There was a band performance as well with Treasury Casino as the background. Not many people were interested from the look as the seats were empty.
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I hope you enjoy my reportage and wasn’t really bothered by “Italian Week 2010” at all, I’m quite dumb in photo-editing.

Anyway, the weather today was quite chilling especially if you’re not under direct sunlight. Nine News even said that the temperature didn’t even hit 20 degree in the city today (but Seven News said it did). Winter is coming (in the southern hemisphere).

Mini Automotive Exhibition at Queen Street Mall

Yesterday (Friday, 22/0/5/2010) there was a mini automotive exhibition at Queen Street Mall located just outside Myer Centre. I do not know who sponsor this event neither who the event organiser is. It’s common though for the mini stage outside Myer Centre to be used as free concert area, mini exhibition etc etc.

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First is this Mustang which the Shannons own.

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Then this three antique motorbikes which I do not know who own them.

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Fred Sayers owns this?

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On repair?

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Taken away

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Queen Street Mall that day with some patrons taking photos

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I believe this Queensland Police Yamaha motorbike is not part of the exhibition. The nearest police station though is located at Adelaide Street just next to Queen Street.

Enchanting Indonesia 3 2009 – Part 3

This is not really the last part of this report. There are miscellaneous report on Enchanting Indonesia which will come next time.

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More from Solo Batik Carnival

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Helmi Yahya and Sandra Angelia

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Sorry for the blur image

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Mr Wardana in between

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Sandra took photos with visitors

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Now taking photos with fellow Indonesians

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‘Kuda Lumping’ or also known as ‘Jaran Kepang’

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This is performance marks the end of the event for the first day

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Another one comes out

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Now what comes out?

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Definitely from East Java, but I wish the ‘kuda lumping’ dance would do some stunt shows like what their counterparts did. Eating glasses, bottles, light bulbs, nails.

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‘Reog’ dance from Ponorogo, East Java. Not ‘reot’.

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Miscellaneous report coming up soon. I hope you enjoy my report on this event.

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Compilation of my report on the event can be found below:
Enchanting Indonesia 3 2009 – Part 1
Enchanting Indonesia 3 2009 – Part 2
Enchanting Indonesia 3 2009 – Part 3

Enchanting Indonesia 3 2009 – Part 2

The second part of the exhibition. I do hope you enjoy it.

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I was the only one taking the photo, exclusive photo you can say for this blog. She is the winner of the Solo Batik Carnival.

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The dance on stage was from North Sumatra

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Photographers hunting for good angles and moments, thanks to all of them that you can find more photos from the event on Flickr. They were using DSLRs while I was using my long-serving mobile phone, it’s actually only two years.

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On the backstage, performers were preparing. Messy but thanks to Indonesian students participating, the event went smoothly despite the bombing in Jakarta.

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Helmi Yahya and Sandra Angelia, Miss Indonesia 2008 were on stage. The event organisers gave out five tour packages to Indonesia that night. The person who got the trip to Bali will stay in Ungasan whereas the winner for the trip to Yogyakarta will stay in a hotel called ‘Manohara’. All the Indonesian students including me were laughing after we heard the name of the hotel.

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Other contestants participating in the Solo Batik Carnival. It’s been seven years since I visited Solo and it was only as a transit stop for my trip that time from Surabaya to Yogyakarta by car.

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Another dance, must be from Java. Either West, Central, East or Yogya. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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How enthusiastic is that small little girl in seeing the Indonesian dances?

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The hosts that night, the woman is Miss Indonesia Favourite 2008 from North Sumatra. No idea about the guy.

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Helmi Yahya (in black) seated next to ‘Ibu Dubes’ Mrs If.

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From Solo Batik Carnival, my mobile phone camera is nothing compared to the DSLR the photographer next to me used.

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Isn’t it hard to walk in those costumes?

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In the bottom, right hand side, ‘Pak Dubes’ Mr Wardana and ‘Ibu Dubes’ Mrs If with the participants from Solo Batik Carnival.

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The crowds trying to take shots of the Solo Batik Carnival participants.

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That’s the second part of my report on Enchanting Indonesia. More is coming. For now, good day.

Enchanting Indonesia 3 2009 – Part 1

Last week, the Indonesian embassy held its annual tourism promotion exhibition for the third consecutive year in Singapore. This year event was held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza in Orchard Road. It was held from 18 – 19 July 2009.

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I decided to take a look what they’ve got to offer. There were arts performances from Sumatra and Java. I did not manage to visit the exhibition in the morning, rumour said that there were Papuans wearing ‘koteka’ or penis gourd, traditional Sulawesi and Kalimantan clothes. Part of Indonesia that I’ve been looking forward to visit is Eastern Indonesia. There was also a couple wearing Bali traditional clothes.

Well, you can visit Kaskuser’s report on Enchanting Indonesia here.

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This is my own report.

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Quite a turnout, hoping the Indonesian embassy could make such events in the near future again.

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“Welcome to Enchanting Indonesia”, sorry for the bag and it’s not mine.

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There was a Batik fashion show, supported by Batik Danar Hadi, Batik Keris and Batik Semar.

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A replica of Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world. I went to Borobudur about seven years ago and I was quite shock at that time to know that in 1962 (if I’m not mistaken), a mad man bombed the temple.

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A Garuda Indonesia’s Boeing 737-800NG plane diecast. Registered as PK-GEE, the real plane you can find the photos on Airliners.net.

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Solo Batik Carnival contestants were also there to live up the exhibition, here is one of them.

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Back to the fashion show

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All the girls come together, I know this may be useless or rrelevant information but two of the models are smokers. There were two male models, they have a ‘bule’-looking. ‘Bule’ is the Indonesian term for Caucasian.

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A dance performance from either Riau or North Sumatra

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There are many ways to call this carriage. ‘Dokar’ or ‘delman’ in most part of Indonesia, ‘andong’ in Yogyakarta and ‘cidomo’ in West Nusa Tenggara.

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‘Becak’ is also showcased. Too bad, you won’t be able to find ‘becak’ in Bali.

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This is the Javanese culture in miniature. Almost half of Indonesians are Javanese, I am one of them. But believe me, I almost know nothing about my cultures. I know Balinese culture better, probably because I was born in Bali.

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Batik textile is shown. At the back is a Balinese dancer statue made of wood and coins. My mother used to have that statue but smaller in size. She sold it about four to five years ago.

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‘Garuda’ statue, ‘garuda’ is a mythical bird originated from Indian folks as the transportation of Lord Vishnu.

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Some guests leaving

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But that’s not the end yet

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Another snapshot of the replica of the Borobudur temple

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It’s quite detail. You can find small Buddha statues on the replica.

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That’s the end of Part 1. Part 2 is coming up as soon as possible.