Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Viet Nam Collection

If you haven't checked out my photography blog portfolio Reeholio recently, I have just finished posting a series of 'selective colour' photos from my trip to Viet Nam earlier this year.

Selective colourings are where you turn a colour photograph into a black and white photo but leave a small part with its colour still, to accentuate it in the photo.

Please check them out and let me know what you think. I appreciate your feedback.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Low Flight

I've just been visiting Bazza's blog, where he has posted the immortal High Flight poem, by Flying Officer John Magee.

Having flown many hours in helicopters, I would like to share a less known derivative of this famous poem. I am not able to say where I sourced it from, but I believe it originates from a US Army helicopter pilot.

I dedicate this to all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice flying helicopters in peacetime and war.

Low Flight

Oh, I have lifted vertically from the ground
And humbly joined the sky with wings swept round
Forward I've flown, while closely hugging earth
Beneath the clouds, and done a hundred things you would not dare to:
Autoed, hoisted and beeped while challenging death.
Hov'ring there I've fought the shifting winds around
And forced my balking craft through fearful turbulent air
Down amongst the low awaiting fog -
I've stayed above the sea
Through skill - where never goat nor C-130 flew
And while with silent humble stance,
I've listened to the men who flew on high
I've lowered my head and taken their abuse
And somewhere God looked at me and smiled

The Silver Eagle

Photo of an RNZAF Bell Uh-1H Iroquois helicopter on operations in East Timor. Photo courtesy of my friend Chip Lundgren

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tag You're It! - Books

While procrastinating about what to blog about next, I went to check out what Yaxlich had been up to. There I discovered Yaxlich had tagged me in his post about books. So here I go...

1. One book that changed your life

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I mentioned this book here already. I can not recommend this book enough.

2. One book that you've read more than once.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. This book only takes a couple of hours to read. When I finished it I just sat there and thought 'Wow!". Then I read it again the same day.

This book is all about the magic of flying. Not just flying for a seagull to get from one feed to another but flying for flying's sake. There are many hidden meanings and innuendos through out the book that make you stop and think about a lot of things...

3. One book that you'd want on a desert island.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (20 Volume Set). If I ever got rescued I would know a lot about science and technology. If not, I would have something to stimulate my mind while I'm there.

4. One book that made you laugh.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I have read the whole series of these books, and each one was a laugh a page.

5. One book that made you cry.

This would have to be Tuesday's With Morrie by Mitch Albom. This is a true story about Mitch, who finds out that his close friend, teacher and mentor, Morrie, from College is dying. Mitch decides to go and visit Morrie. He then spends every Tuesday with Morrie recording their interviews and memories until eventually Morrie passes away.

Often, it is only when it is too late, that we really tell a person what they mean to us. This 'too late' is normally at their funeral. At the time I read this book, a great friend of mine Chris, was dying of cancer. I kept avoiding going to see him, because I hadn't seen him for a long time and I felt uneasy about it. After reading this book, I sat down and wrote a letter to Chris thanking him for his friendship, his guidance, his mentorship, and telling him that he had a major influence on my life. I never did go to see Chris, but at his funeral a friend of mine told me that Chris had shed a tear or two when he read this letter. I don't know if I would have ever been able to tell him the things I wrote in person, but at least I told him - in a way. I still regret never going to see Chris, as Mitch did with Morrie.

6. One book that you wish you had written.

On my life list of things to do is 'Write a book'. One day...maybe.

7. One book you wish had never been written.

Mein Kamph by Adolf Hitler. maybe if he had never written this book, the atrocities that were commited under his leadership may never have happened.

8. One book that you are reading at the moment.

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. I have also read and enjoyed The Davinci Code, Angels and Demons and Deception Point.

9. One book that you've been meaning to read.

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I have heard a lot of good things about this book, and keep meaning to get hold of a copy of it to read.

10. Five others that you’d like to do this.

Frank, Debs, Richard, Penny, and Julie

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Evolution of Dance

While procrastinating about another post I am mid-way writing (about books), I was also bl-urfing at Blog Explosion and came across the following hilarious video at Mando's World. I wish I could dance like this guy. I will have to practise some of these moves to pull out next time I've had a few drinks...

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Foxxfyrre's Graffiti My Blog

Frank Sirianni from Canada is inviting people to use their creative talent and 'Graffiti My Blog' at Foxxfyrre's Black And White Art Blog . He offers a couple of brick wall designs that you can download, then draw, write, doodle and graffiti using paintshop, photoshop or the like, then send it back to him to post there. You can write or draw anything you like as long as it is not objectionable.

To help get Frank's project off the ground, I have used my (very limited) right-brained creative talent, and come up with the below design. Hopefully it is up to Frank's standard, and be posted there ;)

So check out Frank's Foxxfyrre's Black And White Art Blog, and if you are feeling 'creative', give it a go and 'Graffiti My Blog'. A bit of fun and the least it will do for you is to promote your blog there, as Frank will link to your blog with your posted design. Otherwise, if you are not very creative (like myself) you can at least admire the designs soon to be posted there.

Good luck with this project Frank...

If your blog isn't linked to A World of Bloggers already, be sure to do so here.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


The fifth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11 2001 passed the other day while I was away. To paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt: ‘A day that will live forever in infamy’.

The events affected so many billions of people from not only the USA, but from all around the world. It changed the way we live our lives forever, knowing that no one is safe, anywhere, from terrorism.

I would like to pay special tribute to the firefighters from the FDNY (Fire Department New York), who gave their lives that day, while attempting to save the lives of the innocent people who were trapped in the World Trade Centre.

It is a natural basic human instinct to run away from fire, and it takes enormous courage to do the opposite and enter a burning building to save the lives of others. These brave firefighters will tell you it is ‘just their job’ and will talk it down, but in reality their actions are no less than heroic.

343 firefighters made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11 2001, as well as many police officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD). May they all rest in peace, and God bless their families that live on without them.

The official FDNY tribute can be viewed by clicking on either of the photos above.

Monday, September 04, 2006


I'm going to be away for the next ten days and probably won't have internet access. Sorry that means no posts, comments or visits from me until after I get back next Thursday.

Meanwhile, enjoy an old classic that I found at Solace's blog:

Take care and I'll be back in the bloggersphere on Thursday September 14th.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

iSmile Update

iSmileRegular visitors to A World of Reeholio will remember my post a few weeks back titled Apple, that mentioned a blog called iSmile by Alessia from France (pictured left).

Alessia is encouraging people to submit photos to her blog, of themselves with their apple products. Her inspiration for iSmile came from the similar blog Spread Your Smile (where I also have a photo published :0)

Alessia has finally got the project up and running and has posted the first few photos. It was good to see that Alessia accepted my liberal interpretation of her 'apple' rules and posted my photo there as the first submission.

Be sure to check out iSmile and if you're brave enough; submit your apple photo too...
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