Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Message

I will be away from my computer for a few days so there will be no Bytes over that period.

I take this opportunity to wish all Byters and readers a merry, safe and joyous Christmas. It has been fun posting Bytes items and I appreciate having received submissions and feedback.

Here are the links for a couple of my favourite Christmas videos, have a look if you get bored:

Kylie Minogue sings Santa Baby

Christmas Countdown by Frank Kelly:

Aussie Jingle Bells:

My Christmas card this year harked back to the days of childhood by using a pic that used to appear around this time of the year:

‘Santa and the Drover’
by commercial artist and illustrator Jack Waugh (1910-1996). 

Jack Waugh’s 1964 painting of Santa pausing on his travels to share a cup of billy tea with an outback drover, whilst the drover’s horse and Santa’s reindeer tentatively become acquainted, was painted for Arnott’s Biscuits and was featured on the lid of their Christmas biscuit tins. So popular that it was repeated year after year, it also appeared on the rear page of The Australian Women’s Weekly for a number of years each Christmas. Waugh, born in Lakemba and raised in Glebe, used himself as the model for the drover. Note the kelpie next to the drover

Happy trails.


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