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December 25, 2005

Rory and Jannene on Christmas Day

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Rory and Jannene on Christmas DayOriginally uploaded by NicksMyName.

Rory was delighted with this Santa suit but after about 2 minutes I think it got a little warm and it came straight off. Nice pic tho!

Jason, Joy and Andrew on Christmas Morning

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Jason, Joy and Andrew on Christmas MorningOriginally uploaded by NicksMyName.

On Christmas Eve I spent the night at Teresa House after going to the Cana Christmas Eve pary in Redfern Park. I’ve done this a few times and it’s a really fantastic way to start Christmas day.
It was a very quiet night with only a handful of guests. Unfortunately Maria was not in brilliant form in the morning and didn’t want to be in the picture. Here’s a picture of Jason, Joy and Andrew (the other volunteer) from that morning.

December 23, 2005

2005 Round Robin

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Jannene, Nick and Rory’s 2005

OK. So these Round Robin’s are really Daggy, but we have had a really big year and keeping in touch is hard despite the Internet, the phone, the postal system, the rumour mill etc. etc. so here’s a bit of a rundown on the latest from our little family in Oz.

Rory turned two in September and continues to amaze and enchant us with every new word, trick, colour, feat etc. that he produces. He can pick the “R in RORY? written in any script at any angle at up to 100 metres. He can count up to twenty on occasion, but doesn’t reliably count more than two objects very often yet. He can climb up onto and over almost anything and will jump off anything that is not equipped with safety netting. He’s brilliant at sharing other people’s toys but is still quite protective of his own. He brings a huge amount of joy and an uncountable number of dirty nappies into our lives.

Nick had a big year too. He finally finished his Masters of IT at Sydney University which was a huge load off his back and instantly gave him a few extra nights of free time that had sorely been missing. Somehow this free time disappeared almost as soon as it was exposed to the huge great sucking vacuum that is life, but the momentary change of pressure was nice.

He has spent a fair bit of that free time with his volunteer work with the Homeless at Teresa House. Sometimes it takes up a lot of free evenings, but it’s very rewarding and would be very hard to give up.

Work has been “interesting?. To cut a long story short I am hoping to get into a more interesting job somewhere else within Telstra soon. Fingers crossed.

Getting to spend more time with Rory has of course been the big highlight and these days he won’t go to sleep without hearing the Ballybraid stories of Piddler and The Crow. If you don’t know these stories drop over ca. 8pm and have a listen!

Jannene started the year working at Virbac three days a week. After a few broken promises and being stuffed about she went looking around and got a 3 day a week job at the Australia Quarantine Service. It involves checking the health and credentials of domestic animals that are being imported and exported from Sydney. Mostly these are people’s pets who they want to take overseas, but there is the odd horse or canister of semen (non-human as far as she knows!). The new environment has been a very welcome change however the contract will finish in July so she’s having a look around at what’s next.

We had a fantastic Easter when Pauline, Hugues, Fionnuala, Ben, Suki and Lucy all came over to visit us here. We spent some great times in the Blue Mountains and Jervis Bay. Wow. It seems like a long time ago now. Rory and Lucy met at last and caused complete Chaos.

They got to meet again when we went back to Ireland and the UK for a short trip in September. We spent some time with Nick’s granny; Chantal Chantal with Nick and Rorywho is no spring chicken these days but despite her frailness was in good form and displayed some amazing feats of memory and humour. She doesn’t fair so well in groups, but at her age I think that’s fair enough!

We also squeezed in a little socialising and a lot of good times. Socialising in Dublin Rory got to meet Tina, Dan, Grandad and Delphine for the first time and would gladly have spent the rest of his life on their trampoline in Wicklow. Ireland was looking wonderfully green, but it’s hard to fully associate the Wicklow we used to visit with the playground for Dublin’s wealthy that it is rapidly becoming.

We’re looking forward to an even bigger 2006 so stay in touch. I promise that I will get more updates onto Keep your eyes peeled!

Have a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Safe New Year.

Lots of love,

Nick, Jannene and Rory.


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A Very Merry Christmas to everyone from Nick, Rory and Jannene! Hope you have a very peaceful and safe Christmas.
Christmas 2005 Photo
So this is my first Blog post. This blog is really just a continuation of what I have been doing on the website, but I’ve moved to a Blog to save the HTML / FTP / etc. hassle so hopefully I can update more often.

I wasn’t going to put anything on just yet, but Adam caught me out so I have to things going.

December 18, 2005

The Anti-Violence March in Sydney on the 18th of December

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The Crowd at Town Hall at the start of the MarchOriginally uploaded by NicksMyName.

After an incident on Cronulla Beach where two lifeguards were attacked by a bunch of thugs, a succession of racially focussed attacks happened in Sydney culminating in a riot the following weekend in Cronulla. It was shocking to see this happen in Australia. We were disgusted at the racists, the thugs, the media’s tacit support for the “These people should learn to behave more like us or they don’t belong here” theme and the many politicians who didn’t have the guts to condemn everyone involved.

A bunch of student groups hastily organised an Anti-Violence Rally in the city. We went along to give our support. There were the usual speeches which went from the powerful to the ridiculous (“…at the next Census write your religion down as Islamic Sympathiser”). It ended up in Belmore Park where we ran into Sean and Fiona. It was a beautiful day and there was a great atmosphere.

There are more photos at

We left for Vegetarian Yum Cha before the speeches started again. Mmmm.

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