No Rock or Pop

My blogging is not in strict chronological order however, I will return to the past couple of days shortly.  Tonight (Sunday) is my final night in Vienna for this trip.  I could easily return here again.  I’d even suffer the cold to see it in winter.  Tonight I left the hotel about 7pm and walked towards the grand Parliament building (apparently it has 17km of passageways) and the shopping malls – although the shops are not open on Sundays.  It was still over 40C and people were strolling along the avenues, the parks and through the grounds of beautiful and historic buildings.

Volks-garten, Vienna.

Volks-garten, Vienna.

There was music.  At first I thought that there was a street sound system through which it was being piped, but it turned out to be live performances.  I listened to a Strauss Waltz played on guitars in a beautiful park for about 20 minutes.  Becoming hungry, I wandered in the direction of the city centre and listened to a woman singing opera.

Herfen Mall, Vienna

Herfen Mall, Vienna

 

I have no idea which opera it was, but her voice was pitch perfect.  Then as I was having my dinner in the mall, an older gentleman set up his squeeze-box and he belted out more waltzes and the odd polka as well.

Bognerg Mall, Vienna

Bognerg Mall, Vienna

My dinner was filling, good ‘sausages’ and a cold, cold beer.  Then I treated myself to a gelato (three flavours) ice-cream.  Walking back past the Sisi museum I sat a listened to one of Beethoven’s compositions being played followed by a piece composed by Mozart.

 

 

 

The string music was delightful.  It was dusk as I strolled back through the Volks-garten with the faint sounds of the two guitars still playing.  A beautiful evening and wonderful memories of Vienna.

Sisi Museum, Vienna

Sisi Museum, Vienna

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Yip Yau is found

In September 2014 I wrote a short piece about the grave of a Chinese male, Yip Yau and speculated as to whether the internet could ‘discover’ anything about this person. It took six years, but the mystery was solved.

Noreen Kirkman is an independent historian researching various topics including the Chinese who worked the Wolfram mines in the Northern Territory during World War II. She contacted me by email late last year and in part wrote:

I thought you might like to know that Yip Yau was evacuated from Nauru and arrived in Brisbane in March 1942. He was sent to the Hatches Creek Wolfram Mine in the Northern Territory. Yip Yau suffered a coronary occlusion and died in Alice Springs, 26 July 1943, aged 44 years old. 

I am unsure as to how my father (whilst in the Army during WW 2) came to know him.  The story I remember dad telling me, as a child, was that Yip Yau worked in the Sergeant’s Mess at the Army base where my father was stationed.  Dad further said that Yip Yau taught him a little about growing Bonsai.  As a child I have memories of a handful of Bonsai trees on a stand in our back yard.  Interestingly I have been growing Bonsai for more than thirty years and still enjoy its challenges.

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