Thursday, 22 February 2007

St Valentine's Eve — Hilton Bomb

St Valentine's Eve — Hilton Bomb
There didn't seem to be very much made of the 25th Anniversary of our 'terrorist bomb', back in 2003, and the memorial actually disappeared for quite a while, first during pre-Olympic developments, then major refurbishment of the Sydney Hilton. Luckily, a plaque has re-appeared, moved to a slightly obscure pillar. But I'm hoping that next St Valentine's Eve, the 30th Anniversary, will bring some recognition (and perhaps some related government papers will get released).

Restored memorial plaque to the 3 dead in the Sydney Hilton Bombing, after major refurbishment of hotel.

Hilton Bomb Memorial (IMG_3924a-crop)
"To the memory of Alec Carter, Arthur Favell and Paul Burmistriw, two city council garbagemen and a 1st class police constable, who were killed here as a result of a bomb explosion on 13th February, 1978. Forever in our thoughts. Your workmates."
Update February 2008: Some of the coverage of the 30th Anniversary (no photo of the new memorial yet):
ABC News – Sydney Hilton blast to be remembered 30 years on ( news/ stories/ 2008/ 02/ 13/ 2161121.htm)

Sydney remembers Hilton bombings
February 13, 2008 - 4:35PM sydney-remembers-hilton-bombings/ 20080213-1s0q.html

A smile, a morning hello and their world exploded
David Humphries with Paul Bibby
February 14, 2008 articles/ 2008/ 02/ 13/ 1202760398954.html news/ national/ a-smile-a-morning-hello-and-their-world-exploded/ 2008/ 02/ 13/ 1202760398954.html
TIME and counselling have eased her pain, but Rosamund Dallow-Smith's campaign for justice is no nearer success than at any time in the 30 years since serendipity spared her life by inches but ruined innocence around her.

"I had just walked past him, smiled at him, and taken just my first step inside the staff entrance when I heard this enormous explosion,"

City of Sydney Re-dedicates Plaque Commemorating Hilton Hotel Blast Victims (Sydney City Council site)
12 February 2008 html/ 3513-city-of-sydney-re-dedicates-plaque-commemorating-hilton-hotel-blast-victims.asp

Sydney Hilton Hotel blast commemorated
February 13, 2008 - 7:44AM sydney-hilton-hotel-blast-commemorated/ 20080213-1rwb.html

Remember the Hilton bombing
by Premier Morris Iemma
February 13, 2008 12:00am dailytelegraph/ story/ 0,22049,23202422-5001031,00.html

Articles : Scams and Scoundrels
The Hilton Fiasco
by Ben Hills
12 February 1998
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald articles/ articles/ SCM38a.html

Current Wikipedia version of Sydney Hilton Bombing

White Rose Day

White Roses (at
February 22nd

It’s White Rose Day. On this day in 1943 Sophie and Hans Scholl and Christoph Probst were guillotined.
White roses and trout
The Nazis executed Probst and the Scholls for blogging, or at least for getting as close to it as they could gven the technology of the day …
The White Rose: A Lesson in Dissent
Most Germans took the traditional position, that once war breaks out, it is the duty of the citizen to support the troops by supporting the government. But Hans and Sophie Scholl believed differently. They believed that it was the duty of a citizen, even in times of war, to stand up against an evil regime, especially when it is sending hundreds of thousands of its citizens to their deaths. …
Freisler and the other accusers could not understand what had happened to these German youths. After all, they all came from nice German families. They all had attended German schools. They had been members of the Hitler Youth. How could they have turned out to be traitors? What had so twisted and warped their minds?

Sophie Scholl shocked everyone in the courtroom when she remarked to Freisler: “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don't dare to express themselves as we did.” …

No relatives visited Christoph Probst. His wife, who had just had their third child, was in the hospital. Neither she nor any members of his family even knew that he was on trial or that he had been sentenced to death. …

Unfortunately, they were not the last to die. The Gestapo's investigation was relentless. Later tried and executed were Alex Schmorell (age 25), Willi Graf (age 25), and Kurt Huber (age 49). Students at the University of Hamburg were either executed or sent to concentration camps …

Testing HTML colour samples

Purple/Indigo/Violet colours for text & such in templates

Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 443266
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — C3C3E5
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — F1F0FF
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 8C489F
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 692DAC
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 9D538E
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 484452
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — F8F2DA
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — C7AFBD
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 4C50A9
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — AF4FA2

Taken from sample colour schemes at

And from elsewhere

Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 4B0082
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 8A2BE2
Sample TEXT for colour comparison XXX — 6600FF

Now trying the non 'font' declaration version of changing colours, using whatever this editor does to change text colour.

(Note: I checked the HTML codes and they're hideous! But it is possible to extract the RGB values for the different text colours in the sentence above.)