Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

James Newburrie writes that ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ is one of the best shows on television. It is a show worth watching on Friday night. Peter and I always make sure that we do not miss it. And here is now what James Newburrie writes about it.

Mark Scott: Save Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

James Newburrie
Petition by
James Newburrie
Clayton, Australia

Not only is Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries one of the best shows on television, but it also shows that Australia can make world-class drama. We need to save Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries because it gives hope to the next generation of Australian creative professionals.

The show has become a cultural touchstone and an educational experience for people my age and younger. Miss Fisher has taught me about:

Period fashions;
Pre-sufferage women’s rights; and,
The underlying tensions in Australian society of the time.
Some people have argued that Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries isn’t attracting viewers. This is clearly mistaken:

The show has attained 8/10 on IMDB (unheard of for an ABC drama);
The show has an dedicated following on social-media: for instance many Pinterest pages track Miss Fisher’s hats (encouraging the next generation of milliners); and,
The show has great cross-over appeal: television critics often select the show as ‘pick of the night’;
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries are critical to the mission of the ABC not merely because it is only show worth watching on Friday night, but because it may be the only show on Australian television which is still ‘appointment viewing’.

Mr Scott, please renew Miss Fisher for another season.

Best Regards,

James Newburrie



Two Years ago in December 2011

8 Responses to “2nd Sunday of Advent 2011”

December 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm Edit #
Love the coffee cup!


December 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm Edit #
I assume you mean the ‘Where’s the Cake ?’ one. Caroline, our youngest deughter, got this for her Dad because she knows he loves cake. I did get the other one with ‘mum’ printed on it. We always get excelltent gifts from Caroline. She frequently wants to please us with something or other.


pix & kardz
December 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm Edit #
you are already onto a new day, but it is still the 2nd sunday of advent here. a great post for the ‘waiting’ photo challenge, because advent is all about anticipation.
thank you for your recent visit to my blog and all your kind comments. much appreciated!
happy advent – and happy blogging 🙂


December 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm Edit #
Thank you! I love to look at your photos. They’re fantastic! And such a variety. I want to look at many more.
May the advent time bring you much joy!


December 6, 2011 at 6:55 am Edit #
I love your Advent crown! It makes a lovely centrepiece in its own right, but it’s especially lovely because of what it represents.


December 6, 2011 at 7:07 am Edit #
I love your comments about the centrepiece, Pat. I didn’t know the expression ‘Advent crown’. Have to remember this. Thanks.


December 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm Edit #
The coffee mug says it all. I love it. 🙂


December 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm Edit #
Thanks for visiting. Glad you like the coffee mug.

Diary, Saturday, 16th November 2013

More than a week ago Super Typhoon Haiyan went on its way across the Philippines. Three islands of the Philippines suffered catastrophic damage. Many aid organisations in lots of countries immediately organised aid transports to the Philippines. However the aid to the worst struck areas arrives for the survivors of the typhoon only slowly. Too great is the destruction on these islands. This makes the transport of these aid supplies very difficult.

Some people say there have always been typhoons and bush-fires. Of course this is true. But did they always occur with such frequency and severity? Do these people really believe that our way of life does not make any difference at all?

These days all first world countries have an extremely high standard of living. Would it really hurt us people in first world countries very much if we all cut back a bit on carbon emissions? Some economies in some first world countries may suffer a bit from time to time. But do we really make it a better world and a better society by spending more and more? I do not say we should not spend on ourselves anything extra at all. For Christmas for instance it is important for the economy that people should spend a bit extra. However I do not see that there has to be an increase in last year’s Christmas spending. Why not aim for a slight decrease? Why does there always have to be an increase? I don’t get it.

And here my thoughts on our Aid Budget in Australia: Why do we have to reduce it? Are we really so bad off that we cannot afford the previous level any more? And why is our Defence Budget so much more important than our Aid Budget?

We need your help!

A Dose A Day

Calling all bloggers. Please repost this to reach more people.

I was watching this morning’s newscast and there are still hungry typhoon victims not reached by help.

Typhoon Yolanda left millions of people homeless, starving and worst, without a family. Please do something to help.














You never know how much generous people can reach this.

(credits to the pics owners)

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Time Magazine


In this week’s Time Magazine JOEL STEIN writes that people are wasting a lot of time. They should really leave that to the professionals.

He says about 20% of the 31,000 volunteer Wikipedia contributors spend more than three hours a day editing entries.
People answer surveys on pop-up ads, phone calls and e-mail. – – – –

He points out that before the Internet came along, most people rarely wrote anything at all for pleasure or intellectual satisfaction after graduating from high school or college. – – – –

Armistice Day, 11th Day of the 11th Month


Today is Armistice Day. World War I ended on this day 95 years ago. We remember the soldiers from this war and all the other wars who did not grow old, who did not come home.

We arrived at Dapto Mall at 11 o’clock in the morning right at the start of the remembrance minute. Everybody stopped in their tracks for the remembrance. Where Peter and I stood there was a flower-shop nearby. Later on I started taking pictures of the beautiful flowers. The sales-woman approached me asking whether she could do anything for me.I said I’d just like to take some pictures of the flowers. And the woman let me do this and went on with her work sorting out and arranging flowers for display.




The flower shop is right in the middle of the walkway. In the shop on the other side I noticed a lot of For Sale signs and took pictures.

If I would like to travel sometime soon this would be the time to buy some luggage!
If I would like to travel sometime soon this would be the time to buy some luggage!


The Post Shop is near by
The Post Shop is near by
Peter queued up in there  to get his passport renewed.
Peter queued up in there to get his passport renewed.



Apparently the Post Shop provides a service for travellers. And last but not least I noticed a display to entice people to buy something for their babies.


Armistice means: A state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms.
Maybe ninety-five years ago people were hoping that this had been the war to end all wars. How many people have been sent to war since then? Why cannot people live in peace everywhere in every country?

Even without wars, how many people are there who loose their lives in natural disasters? Thinking of the mass casualties after super typhoon Haiyan swept the Philippines last Friday, I feel very weepy. So many people died, and so many people lost everything and need an awful lot of help just to survive. The pictures of devastation are horrendous. All the countries and agencies who are in a position to organise some kind of help work none stop to do just this right now. This is wonderful that there are people in this world to give selflessly of their expertise and time not matter what the difficulties. Sometimes they give their lives so that others can live, same as all the soldiers who are remembered today. We should never forget their sacrifice.