My TFI Friday Playlist

Every gentleman has the right music for the right occasion. When Friday afternoon arrives, crack open a bottle of wine, start the playlist, set it to shuffle,  turn the volume up, and get up and jig!

The Weekend - Michael Gray
I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
Last Friday Night - Katy Perry
Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams) - Daft Punk
Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera) - Maroon 5
Valerie - Mark Ronson ft Amy Winehouse
You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift
Hot Stuff (Let's Dance) - Craig David
Love Me Again - John Newman
Peanut Butter Jelly - Galantis
Finally - CeCe Peniston
Aint No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehouse
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Good Times - Chic
Happy - Pharrell Williams
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
I'm Your Man - Wham
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Love Shack - The B-52's
This Charming Man - The Smiths
Common People - Pulp
Crazy in Love ft Jay Z - Beyonce
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger and The Silver Bullets
Too Young - Phoenix
I Believe In A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
Pata Pata - Miriam Makeba
Get Down Saturday Night - Oliver Cheatham
Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile - Van Morrison
Reggae Night - Jimmy Cliff
Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders
Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
St. Elmos Fire (Man in Motion) - John Parr
Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) - Mark Ronson

WTF Happened to the Royal Navy?

WTF Happened to the Royal Navy?

The UK defence budget in total has declined from over 4% of GDP in 1990 down to 2% today (the NATO minimum). In terms of manpower, the RN is down to just 30,000, compared to 39,000 in 2000.

The government has finally admitted that the continued cuts under the Strategic Defence Reviews (SDR) means Britain can't keep its commitments, and has begun quietly withdrawing from the world. 

Above the Gold Coast

Here's a couple of shots taken from the Skydeck observation deck at the top of Q1 on the Gold Coast. 

You need a lot of patience when taking shots from the Q1. The place was packed with selfie-stick wielding tourists, and of course, most of them had their flash turned on, which reflects off the glass and ruins everyone's photos including their own.

The first shot is looking north just as the last light of the day is setting on the horizon.

The second shot is looking south past Surfers Paradise down towards Broadbeach.

Twelve Apostles at Dawn

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This month we took a short trip to Melbourne and drove down the Great Ocean Road to see the Twelve Apostles. A few people remarked that only the English would holiday to Victoria in the middle of winter. While half of Melbourne flocked to Queensland to chase the sun, we headed the in the opposite direction! The Twelve Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks off the coast of Port Campbell National Park in Victoria. They're called the Twelve Apostles but in reality there are only eight left. The ninth collapsed in July 2005 and it's only a matter of time before another one collapses.

This photo was taken at dawn from the bottom of the Gibson Steps. The beach was out of bounds at the time due to bad weather, so I was being a bit naughty heading down the slippery steps.

You can buy a print of this photo at SouthEastPixels.com

First Basin Cataract Gorge

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Following on from yesterday's photo of Cataract Gorge, this is a shot from the First Basin of Cataract Gorge looking towards the suspension bridge. Now this was tranquil! What you can't see is that above where I was standing is a chair lift that you can take across the gorge. Unfortunately it stops running at 5:30pm so I missed it. On one side of the basin there's some beautiful botanical gardens, and on the other side there's a huge public swimming pool and Cafe. If this were anywhere else in the world the whole place would be packed with visitors. This being Tasmania however, it was relatively quiet for the middle of summer.

You can buy a print of this photo at SouthEastPixels.com

Reflections at Cataract Gorge

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I was only in Launceston, Tasmania for one night, and didn't think I would get time to visit Cataract Gorge, which would have been a shame as the place is amazing! I forgot about daylight savings (which we don't have in Queensland). That combined with the latitude of Tasmania meant it wasn't getting dark until around 9pm. That's a big difference when you're used to night setting in at 7pm in Queensland.

This photo was taken at the lower end of the gorge, fairly close to the city where the South Esk river flows into the Tamar river (or maybe the other way round, not sure).

Doesn't it look lovely and serene? What you can't tell from the photo is that those little shits in the bottom right had an old-school ghetto-blaster with them blasting out gangster rap music.

I'll post another photo later showing what I found when I got to the north-side of the gorge.