Elders IXL Art Collection

In May 2009 I ran into the former curator of the Elders / Elders-GM / Elders IXL / Foster's collection of Australian paintings, which Foster's sold in 2005.

This chance meeting is a spur to begin work later this year on developing a DVD to show most of the paintings and information about the collection - started in the 1950's by Sir Norman Giles when he was Managing Director of Elder, Smith & Co., Limited.

He continued buying more paintings during his term as Managing Director and then as Chairman of Elder Smith Goldsbrough Mort Limited (incorporated on 19 April 1962 to merge the businesses of Elders and its main competitor Goldsbrough, Mort and Company Limited).

As a start on my work to record the art collection, I created a slideshow.

The slideshow runs for about 8 minutes or so after it has loaded.

Art Collection Slideshow

This is a photo of New York City was taken in May 2015 from the Rockefeller Center, not by me, as I have never been there thanks to the events of 9/11 which caused my trip and bookings to be cancelled. Click on the image to see it enlarged.

The above was my Home Page for many years. The layout was controlled by Dreamweaver AP tags (Absolute Positioning) which are now frowned upon as old fashioned. At least they worked

Initially I used an AP tag on this page to position the Welcome section on the left of this sidebar, but it's now positioned correctly using CSS.


Tues, 27 Dec 2016

Dreamweaver is back.


4 April 2017

Time moves on, and it's tax time for me.


Crunchy Solaris

Well, I just couldn't resist adding Crunchy Solaris to welcome the return of using Dreamweaver for this website. The music was recorded in Propellerhead Reason while I improvised playing on my keyboard, with a software synthesizer and other tracks in the sequencer including drums and guitar. When I say my keyboard, I mean my computer keyboard, using the ASDFGHJKL; keys'.

The following video was recorded using a Korg 3 octave USB mini keyboard (mini in this case means smaller keys than normal).

The video is best seen full screen, and at 1080p (at which it was recorded) which can be selected in Settings in the video bottom.


27 December 2016

Dreamweaver is back, as of this morning.

After using Serif WebPlus Pro for the past 6 months, all the project files suddenly disappeared without a trace. Literally!

I searched the whole computer using Directory Opus, by name and by file extension, and nothing was to be found, except a couple of files I created in the first few days of using WebPlus Pro.

The application itself could not import the existing file from the internet, because it has no facility to do so. Unfortunately, the program cannot import, use or show HTML files because it's really a variation for the web of Serif PagePlus X9, a WYSIWYG desktop publishing program.

I tried using HTMLPad and BlueGiffon to reconstruct the home page (index.html) after importing the code into those programs, but found it too difficult, because of the unconventional way that WebPlus Pro deals with content and converts it to HTML at the time of publishing a page.

After several weeks of frustration, I decided life was too short (especially at my age), to spend my time and energies on such silly problems, when there was a simple solution available - good old Dreamweaver CC, now in a new 2017 version.

Yes, it still annoys me that I have to rent Dreamweaver, now $304 a year, with GST - about four times the price of each of the other programs mentioned - but what price sanity and the pure enjoyment I get from using it. It's like therapy to me.

However, I must point out here, that HTMLPad is an outstanding program, and it's cheap. But I'm more comfortable using my old workhorse with which I have 18 years experience and have read several books explaining how to use it.


1 September 2016

Alas, poor Dreamweaver! I knew it.


21 July 2016

Today I updated Dreamweaver CC to Release 2015.3 which is a little bit sad because in about 6 weeks my subscription will expire and I will uninstall Dreamweaver. The new up-to date release confirms that nothing of any interest or use to me has been added or improved. It tends to confirm my thoughts that Adobe are no longer able to issue new releases each year with features that users will need or want enough to pay for an upgrade. So Adobe has made it so that users have to subscribe each year to be able to use the product otherwise it will cease to operate. The $000's of dollars that loyal customers like me have spent over two decades buying the software and updates will amount to nothing.

Well, with the passing of time there are now better products out there that are not only cheaper and much easier to use, but have more advanced useful features, AND they are sold for life.

Maybe one day Adobe will be taken over by a progressive company that is more interested in service to users and their needs.


19 May 2016

As you can see I've made a few changes to this page since recreating the content on my WordPress site.

Britain's Got Talent 2016 started on Ch 9 (Ch 90 for HD) on Tuesday night. I missed quite a bit of it as it was on at the same time as Seven Year Switch (final episode aaprt from a bit of a PS next Monday night).

This videos below from the original showing in the UK are best seen at full screen as the video quality is great if you have a good computer and connection. Or just watch Ch 90 each week.

I have also isolated this touching video from the series, where Calum is nervous coming on after his sister Jade (seen in the wings offstage) auditioned but failed to win the support of the judges:



And I just had to include this one:



21 April 2016

I have moved the main contents of JTHonline to the WordPress site. If you are a newcomer here, there is a link at the top of the navigation bar to the left of this column.

The main reason for doing this is to avoid the monthly and annual subscription rates that Adobe has introduced for Dreamweaver - the program I used from version 1 onwards to create this site.

Apart from that it now seems like a good idea to keep all my new online work in the one place and focus on the posts and pages in that place.

By the way, 90th Happy Birthday to you today, Your Majesty, if you happen to be reading this page.



This is very similar staging to when I saw Dame Joan Sutherland performing in the Lucia di Lammermoor when in was performed in Adelaide in the 1970's. This is the Mad Scene ('Eccola!'), after she has just come downstairs after killing her bridegroom in the bridal bed upstairs.


There's nothing like a Dame

I enjoy this short video clip I made from the first five minutes of a YouTube recording of the Royal Variety Performance in 2013.

It has the narrator voice of Mr Carson from Downton Abbey, and Jessie J, a judge in The Voice (Australia) this year, in the line-up of artists greeting Prince Charles and Camilla before the show commenced. I think the video is a real gem.

And of course the photo below shows Prince Charles meeting the young Miss Jessica Cornish (Jessie J).

Charles neets Jessie J


Elders IXL/Foster's Art Collection

The slideshow I made some years ago is still available and the link to it is at the bottom of the sidebar on the left.


18 August 2015

While looking through my old files today I came across this video which I had downloaded in 2013.

The quality of the video is quite good, so click the 4 direction icon in the controls to go full screen.


16 January 2013

Until this month the last time I wrote on this web page was on 23 April 2011 with an update on 25 September.

It's so long ago that I'd forgotten how the CSS code works, and every time I hit Return it drew a green line across the page.

The thing I like about Dreamweaver CS5 is that when confusing things happens I can go into Code View (or Split View) and can sort it out and see the result at the same time.

I've had a second website for over two years that is dedicated to WordPress and photo galleries. But it had never been developed until I made my first real post on 23 December 2012 to show a video slideshow I had made and published on YouTube.

Since then I've changed the theme for one designed by Felix Rich who also designed the theme for my WordPress Blog site. With the new theme, the site is now starting to go ahead.


Just click on the photo to go to the site.

YouTube is a great way to share videos. But I also like Flash slideshows, and I used Flash for the Art Collection Slideshow in the left sidebar of this page (the link is at the bottom). But it was created years ago and I've forgotten how to do it.


5 January 2013

Sir Robert Menzies once famously quoted as a function attended by the Queen at Parliament House, Canberra, in 1963, "I did but see her passing by, and yet I love her till I die".

It was from the Elizabethan poet Thomas Ford. Here is the poem in full:

There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind

There is a lady sweet and kind,
Was never face so pleas'd my mind;
I did but see her passing by,
And yet I love her till I die.

Her gesture, motion, and her smiles,
Her wit, her voice, my heart beguiles,
Beguiles my heart, I know not why,
And yet I love her till I die.

Her free behaviour, winning looks,
Will make a lawyer burn his books;
I touch'd her not, alas! not I,
And yet I love her till I die.

Had I her fast betwixt mine arms,
Judge you that think such sports were harms,
Were't any harm? no, no, fie, fie,
For I will love her till I die.

Should I remain confined there
So long as Phoebus in his sphere,
I to request, she to deny,
Yet would I love her till I die.

Cupid is winged and doth range,
Her country so my love doth change:
But change she earth, or change she sky,
Yet will I love her till I die.

11 August 2010

For the past six weeks the home page of my blog has looked the following screen grab, which I've reduced in size to fit this column width.

As of today the WordPress blog now looks a bit of a mess and is a work in progress, or "under construction" as they like to say.

So please bear with me for the time it takes to develop my new WordPress theme from the newly released RichWP Framework.

Old blog theme