Australiana by Patrick Thomas

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One Poet's Odyssey
When one thinks about things in Australia today, it’s plain that in many ways we are well off compared to some other nations, and have right to feel blessed. After all, we have relatively stable governments; banking, commercial and financial systems that work; judicial and educational ones too. There are internal political flaws, of course, but mostly things are managed pretty well, though the Australian “she’ll be right mate” and often lack-lustre attitude must, at times, lessen our country’s reputation and international competitiveness.
Whilst compiling this collection, I often thought of my own good fortune in having had caring parents who sacrificed and provided security, moral training and home-life. It seems often nowadays, the focus is not on things we took for granted in our youth: e.g., those classic plays and stage musicals with their fairy-tale endings. It was a less frenetic lifestyle, with safe late-night travel, going to the picture theatre for a Saturday Matinee; steam-train or tram rides, and no violence or threats of terrorism. In short, those far off times revealed a less complicated society despite international warfare; hence now, one’s memories of lost things and personalities from yesteryear recalled between the following covers. Bring it back, please!
I hope you enjoy sharing some of those recollections with me. Patrick Thomas, August 2017
Foreword by Larry Sitsky AO

Sadly, this was to be Patrick's last book of prose. Patrick passed away in August 2017.

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Behind the Scenes and A Visit to Russia by Patrick Thomas

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Unashamedly anecdotal material which includes career experiences, stories of people who were of influence, backstage dramas, the perils of travel and a range of incidents which occurred along the way for the author.  An interesting and at times, hilarious read!
 ISBN 978 1 876829 25 4

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Dogs, Cats, Feathered Friends - and a Possum! by Patrick Thomas

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Another collection of delightful and humourous verse by Patrick Thomas. Among some of his personal favourites have been dogs and birds - owls in various forms being of particular interest!  Yet other fauna, domestic and wild, have provided wonder and amazement when viewed in their natural habitat, in Game Parks, Zoos, Documentaries and the like. 
Many of the sketches were prompted by birds and animals that added greatly to his quality of life. Hopefully, some will resonate with readers and rekindle a few of their own memories and experiences.  


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Kaleidoscope by Patrick Thomas

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Apart from the humour experienced in daily living, there are lots of things in life that, though seemingly innocuous or inconsequential at the time, leave an enduring imprint.  So, whilst Patrick's earlier collections of poetry have revolved almost entirely around his life’s passion, music, this one is different and embraces subjects such as flora, fauna - especially two personal favourites of the author viz., owls and dogs - as well as many other day-to-day topics, both humorous and serious. 

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Music in Brisbane and the QSO by Patrick Thomas

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Personal pieces of a large jigsaw.
Recollections of the author's early years in Brisbane and the music scene post WWII.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane's wider music scene have contributed significantly to Australia's cultural development and many noteworthy and progressive things happened over the years with several early innovations that were well ahead of their time. Among these were Queensland Government's establishment of two professional String Quartets; the State Opera Scheme; and its contribution to the new QSO which, when born in 1947, was only the second such fulltime Australian Orchestra of symphonic strength.  These and many more cultural achievements are discussed in this book.

 

 

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Music Lover's Anthology, A by Patrick Thomas

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Some musical vignettes, thoughts and profiles.
"This collection of poems is typical of Patrick's personality, professionalism, depth of feeling, and his dry sense of humour which really can tickle" ... "some quirky insights into the "magic of music". Gerard Willems.
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Panorama by Patrick Thomas

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Panorama - People, Places and Perspectives.
A collection of original verse covering subjects - topical, philosophical, humorous - and a selection of portraits of some eminent Australians.

 ISBN 978 1 876829 36 0

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Poet's Potpourri, A by Patrick Thomas

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When, some years ago, conducting became impracticable, due to muscular weakness in limbs and hands, I sought to keep trickling whatever creative juices remained, by writing books, articles and radio scripts. The first of numerous sets of verse also began arriving – most, simple narratives in rhyming couplets. As the confirmed Nostalgic mentioned above, I have included in this book, sketches of the Brisbane I once knew, and verses about flowers, birds and animals, hoping these and others provide readers with some relaxed reading.   Foreword by Anthony Steel AM.





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Smorgasbord by Patrick Thomas

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Smorgasbord -
Plates for mixed tastes.

A farewell collection of Poems. This collection of 80 sets of verse includes twenty poems that comprise a calendar of great composers, born in respective months of the year. Other verses include biographical, historical, philosophical, and also, occasional tongue-in-cheek material. And, whilst a few of the last-mentioned are suggestive, mostly through a play on words, double entendre, etc., surely not all poetry needs be straight-laced and serious? 
Foreword of Smorgasbord has been graciously supplied by one of Australia’s most gifted classical and cross-over musicians, the multi award-winning pianist, Simon Tedeschi. 





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Some Fine Music Composers by Patrick Thomas

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This book of poetic profiles of various composers should appeal to music-lovers, as it has been written by someone whose lengthy career and contribution to Australia's national music scene has ensured a revered place in its arts annals.  Through his profiles, Conductor, Patrick Thomas, reminds us of some great composers whose music he found personally inspiring and that continues to uplift so many of us today; and how many of them created their masterpieces midst social and living conditions that we, in modern society, would find daunting.  (2013)



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Symphony of Limericks by Patrick Thomas

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Patrick Thomas' latest collection of poetry, "SYMPHONY OF LIMERICKS", contains 80 sets of verse. In the main, these sketch some of the many fine musicians who influenced him during his career. Also there are verses that dare to comment on some of Music's less serious aspects, as foreshadowed by the clever cover drawing of Sydney artist, Bunty Morrison. Symphony of Limericks is the tribute, that one hopes will spark people's recollections of some outstanding performers and contributors from earlier years.
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They Beat Time by Patrick Thomas

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Pioneers of Australia's Orchestras.  The poetic sketches in this booklet mainly portray conductors who, through their vision and initiative, pioneered today's excellence in performance.  Few know that evolving scene more intimately than conductor, Patrick Thomas.   (2014)



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