Death Cab for Cutie – My Backwards Walk Lyrics

I’m working on my backwards walk
Walking with no shoes or socks
And the time rewinds to the end of May
I wish we’d never met, then met today
I’m working on my faults and cracks
Filling in the blanks and gaps
And when I write them out they don’t make sense
I need you to pencil in the rest
I’m working on drawing a straight line
And I’ll draw until I get one right
It’s bold and dark girl, can’t you see
I done drawn a line between you and me
I’m working on erasing you
Just don’t have the proper tools
I get hammered, forget that you exist
There’s no way I’m forgetting this
I’m working hard on walking out
Shoes keep sticking to the ground
My clothes won’t let me close the door
These trousers seem to love your floor
I been working on my backwards walk
There’s nowhere else for me to go
Except back to you just one last time
Say yes before I change my mind
Say yes before I…
You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it
You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it
You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it
You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it
You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it
You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it
You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it
You’re the shit and I’m knee-deep in it

Family reunited with Mrs Massey’s mourning gown after mystery solved

Descendants of the owner of a rare 100-year-old mourning gown have been reunited with the garment after a nationwide search for the family.The gown was part of the Queensland Museum’s collection, yet there was little information about its owner, Christina Massey (nee Woolridge).It had been donated to the museum in 2008 and now painstakingly recreated despite the original’s fragile condition.After hearing the story on ABC Radio Brisbane, great-granddaughter Peta Geisel called to say the gown belonged to her.”I was thrilled and honoured to see the dress, not just for myself but my family,” Ms Geisel said after seeing the garments with her brother Jason, nephew Adam, daughter Jasmine and granddaughter Asher. Photo:
Christina Massey (right) emigrated to Brisbane from Scotland. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“I visited my 97-year-old aunt, who was Christina’s granddaughter, and she reminded me that Granny Massey was quite a lady and quite refined,” she said.”Yet my aunt also said, ‘she could throw a shovel from a distance and kill a snake’.”Ms Geisel said they had learnt her great-grandmother would have a day of visiting each Sunday, when she would wear her finest and share cards.”Granny Massey certainly knew the better side of life but was also able to go out to the chook pen and look after her family and land.”Generations appreciate the gown’s historyThe great-great-grand-daughter of Mrs Massey, Jasmine Forsythe, also saw the gown with her daughter.”It was so special seeing the dress and it has such a history already and wonderful to see it looked after,” she said. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“Seeing it brought back to life in all of its glory and being appreciated by the museum is wonderful.”Having my daughter, Granny Massey’s great-great-great-granddaughter, see the gown showed her what it means to the family and its story, which has a special place in our family history.”It’s exciting to know that it will now go on show for others to learn about it.”The family hopes to return to the museum when the dress goes on show as part of an Anzac legacy galley later this year. Photo:
The descendants of Christina Massey are reunited with the gown. Photo:
The family examines the original garment while speaking to textile conservator Solitare Osei. I’m thankful I was listening to the radio at the right time.”Bringing the family and gown togetherMuseum curator Liz Bissel said reuniting families with ancestors’ items they didn’t know existed was one of the best parts of her job. Photo:
A replica of the original mourning gown worn by Christina Massey. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“I’m very thankful and grateful for the amount of work that Solitaire [textile conservator] did on the finery.”Ms Geisel said her family had been overwhelmed with the amount of interest around solving the mystery.”People embraced it and I’m tickled pink that the whole friend and family unit really got behind it.”It’s been a wonderful tale and how it’s all unfolded is another story in itself. (ABC Radio Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
“It’s really special and it was great to see a thriving line of Christina Massey still living right here in Brisbane.”It’s helped us put together the pieces of the family tree, as we didn’t realise that Christina had four children; we originally thought she only had three children, so that was great to know.”We’ve also been able to hear some funny stories about the dress and who in the family has worn it.”Learning about Mrs MasseyMrs Massey was born in Scotland in 1865 and emigrated to Queensland and married Thomas Massey in Roma in 1888.The family believe the gown was made for her husband’s funeral in 1918.Ms Geisel said the discovery of the gown had prompted her to do more research into the family.
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September 05, 2018 14:11:15

Mrs Massey’s great-granddaughter Peta Geisel and great-grandson Jason Massey.
Solving the mystery of Mrs Massey and her mourning gown
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Noisy scrub birds form song groups of male birds that all sing the same tune. (Supplied: Alan Danks )

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Night parrot sighting in WA shocks birdwatching world

A boy band, an island paradise and a private helicopter landing pad sound like things you may associate with rock stars, not a tiny semi-flightless bird.Once thought to be extinct, noisy scrub birds are native to the south-west and Great Southern regions of Western Australia, and they have more in common with a rockstar than you may think.The species form song groups of male birds that all sing the same tune.
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Noisy scrub birds are being translocated to Mondrain and Bald Islands off the coast of WA. “Land clearing over the last couple of hundred years, as a result of settlement, would have had a major impact,” Ms Comer said. “Sometimes they will come up with an innovative new song, but a lot of the time it’s just gradual modifications of those already existing song types,” she said. (Supplied: Sarah Cromer )
The chain of 104 islands have similar geology to the home of noisy scrub birds, and so far, the birds are doing well. Down-to-earth rockstars

The noisy scrub bird was presumed extinct until a population was discovered at Two Peoples Bay, east of Albany. Songs are an intrinsic part of the scrub birds’ identity and claims to territory. Sarah Comer, who is the ecologist for the Great Southern from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, said the population of birds was dwindling for a few reasons. “The male scrub birds are territorial, so they’ll defend an area with their song and they actually get quite worked up if another bird starts singing in their territory,” Ms Berryman said. Photo:
The Noisy Scrub Bird capture team near Albany in January 1964. “They’re really vulnerable to inappropriate fires because they can’t move away,” Ms Comer said.”Because of their semi-flightless nature, they can’t actually spread well from the areas where they were found and so translocating them has been a major strategy for creating new populations.” Translocation started in 1983, and in the 1990s birds were moved by helicopter from the mainland to the islands so they were protected from big fires and feral animals.The intention was to create geographically separate populations to spread out the risk of catastrophic events and Ms Comer said the process had worked well.”It’s been a major success in providing scrub birds enough individuals in enough areas to withstand the impacts of major fires,” she said.In 2015 fires in Two Peoples Bay destroyed 90 per cent of the noisy scrub bird habitat.”We were really keen following the 2015 fires to try and establish another population on an island so in a situation where there aren’t introduced predators, no feral cats no foxes,” Ms Comer said.”We started thinking a little bit more laterally about some of areas to the east of Albany.” Noisy scrub birds from Two Peoples Bay and Manypeaks in the Great Southern have been translocated to Mondrain Island in the Recherche Archipelago, off Esperance. “We just went back last week to check on them and we were really excited to have a scrub bird singing at our camp,” Ms Comer said. (Supplied: Alan Danks)
The fact that noisy scrub birds were semi-flightless also made things tricky. “There is Elvis and all his impersonators — so you’ve got the real deal with these really attractive songs and all the impersonators out there trying to copy him, so they can cash in on some of his success.” Ms Berryman spent months recording the songs of noisy scrub birds and found that the male birds formed song groups, with repertoires for defending territory and attracting mates.”There can be up to 10 males all sharing the same song types, so they average around five song types in their repertoire so all those birds in the group are singing those same shared songs,” she said.The changing repertoire The noisy scrub bird’s repertoire would change every week or two, gradually. That was done, in part, by tracking the noisy scrub bird songs. (Supplied: DBCA Rica Ericson )
There is a lot of work being done to protect the endangered species which was thought to be extinct for 70 years before being rediscovered in the 1960s. (Supplied: Alan Danks)
Songs crucial for conservation efforts Researchers have relied on the distinctive songs to identify population numbers, and use playback of those songs to capture scrub birds. “They’ll actually react to their own songs — we use playback when we’re trying to catch scrub birds and lure them into the net,” Ms Berryman said. “It’s more of a close contact sort of call that they do, and they’ll have a little song battle between them,” Ms Berryman said. In the same way bands function, there is a front man, an Elvis-like character, said Abby Berryman, who has studied the birds. “I called it the sexy song hypothesis,” Ms Berryman said. “They’ll come charging over, and switch to a short song which is a bit different from their territorial song.” They will also have sing-offs to defend their territory. Photo:
A noisy scrub-bird being released into Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. “We managed to locate all four males and a female, it’s early days, but for them to be able to survive those first four weeks and three of the males were heard singing, so fingers crossed when we head back there early next year to check up on them they’re still doing really well.”
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Mr McCartney’s daughter Danielle Smith said the ambulance staff went above and beyond to make him feel special.”He meant something, he wasn’t a number,” she said, fighting back tears.”My dad wasn’t just a number, he was my dad and he was looked after.”The QAS said it showed how a simple act of kindness could have immense impact.Paramedic Kate Hanafy said they had to ask for special permission from HQ to take the detour.”The truck’s a little bit too tall to fit through a drive-through,” she said.”We had to pull up out front and I just ducked in.”He was rapt.”He had a big smile on his face and his wife was tearing up, just pleased to see him eating.”Ron McCartney died on Saturday morning, September 1. A dying man has had his wish for one last caramel sundae granted by Queensland Ambulance officers.Gold Coast cancer patient Ron McCartney was leaving his home for the last time to go into palliative care at Robina Hospital.His wife Sharon McCartney was by his side and mentioned that Mr McCartney had barely eaten in two days.Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) officers Kate Hanafy and Hanna Hoswell asked him if he could eat anything, what would it be?Mr McCartney replied that he’d love his favourite food — a caramel sundae.The officers then stopped at a drive-through so 72-year-old Ron could savour his favourite dessert from the back of the ambulance.A photo of the kind gesture has since gone viral on social media.Ms McCartney said it was an unexpected act of kindness.”It put a smile on his face, he got a couple of pretty girls conned again. Got what he wanted,” she said.”It was typical Ron.”He’ll never say no to a caramel sundae.”

Ron McCartney’s wife Sharon and daughter Danielle thank QAS paramedics Hanna (L) and Kate (R) for caring for him.
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