Posted by: jkirkby8712 | October 8, 2011

Thursday, 6th October 2011 – Nobel prizes and literature, and old friends!

A quiet day at the office, I guess you could say I’m tidying up a few ‘loose ends’ both on the work front, and in the personal financial area, probably left my run a bit late in that respect, but not to worry.

A couple of days ago, I wrote a brief letter to a friend from school days in Ballarat – I ran into Heather’s brother, Ross, at the Neil Street 150th anniversary service in late August, but she was not there, so I decided to drop her a line, and enclose a copy of the little presentation I made at that service, as it had included reference to her family. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to receive an immediate reply today – sent by post because as Heather said ‘I don’t have a computer and I don’t want one’. In any case, it was a wonderful letter, and told me all about her family [a son & a daughter, and two ‘beautiful’ grand daughters], and I was also interested to learn that her mother, whom I’m always remembered as a quiet natured and gentle lady [when I knew them, over 50 years ago] was now aged 95, quite ill, but struggling on, and being well cared for, especially by Heather herself. I’m actually finding it quite therapeutic to be able to catch up with old friends from the past on a few occasions this year – I guess I have always been a person who likes to retain and/or refresh contacts from earlier years – and perhaps it is the passing years that is encouraging me to do this more often lately!

Meanwhile, this evening, the monthly radio committee meeting took place. A very busy month coming up for the management team, with hopefully some assistance and input  from the general membership. Apart from the planned live broadcast from the Sunbury Show venue this Saturday, we have an Open Day planned later in the month.  On Sunday 23rd October,  3NRG will host an Open Day at our Derek Rigby Studios at the top of Jacksons Hill in Sunbury, .between 10am and 3pm. There are many attractions  planned for the day, including live music, tours of the station, and so on.  A chance I guess, for the interested public to come along and see how the  local community radio station operates. 

Additionally, as a Community Radio Station,  3NRG is required from time to time to ensure that the programs that we air are meeting the needs of our listening community. To better facilitate this, the station holds a number of  community consultation meetings per annum at which all members of the community are  invited to contribute to the future programming direction of the station. The last meeting for 2011 is to be held this coming Thursday October 13th at 7.30 pm in the community hall at Rainbow Court Timins Street Sunbury. An invitation has been extended to all members of the community of Sunbury and surrounds to attend., and to provide some valuable  input. Past attempts have only produced a small number of visitors, but it is hoped that a wider section of the community will be represented on this occasion.

This week, the annual Nobel Prize awards were announced, always a long awaited for occasion in specific circles of achievement. Occasionally, these awards  attract some controversy, eg, the Peace Prize awarded to Barack Obama shortly after he took office as US President a couple of years  – awarded for ‘potential achievements, I think in that cased!!  In any case, the Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895. The prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace were first awarded in 1901. The Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway, while the other prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden. Each Nobel Prize is regarded as the most prestigious award in its field.  Between 1901 and 2010, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 543 times to 840 people and organizations. With some receiving the Nobel Prize more than once, this makes a total of 813 individuals and 20 organizations.

The Awards just recently announced for 2011 were as follows.

  • The Nobel Prize in Physics
    Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae”
  • The Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    Dan Shechtman “for the discovery of quasicrystals”
  • The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
    Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann “for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity”  Ralph M. Steinman “for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity”
  • The Nobel Prize in Literature
    Tomas Tranströmer “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality”
  • The Nobel Peace Prize
    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work
  • The Prize in Economic Sciences
    The Prize, which doesn’t appear to be a regular award, has not been awarded yet. It will be announced on Monday 10 October.


The Nobel Prize
A golden medallion with an embossed image of Alfred Nobel facing left in profile. To the left of the man is the text "ALFR•" then "NOBEL", and on the right, the text (smaller) "NAT•" then "MDCCCXXXIII" above, followed by (smaller) "OB•" then "MDCCCXCVI" below.
Awarded for Outstanding contributions in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, and Physiology or Medicine

The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, identified with the Nobel Prize, is awarded for outstanding contributions in Economics


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