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Happy Birthday, Ron!

8 Aug

Today is a special day. It’s the birthday of my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M.

Ron was born in 1929, the year of the start of Great Depression.

His talent for organ building saw him chosen to design and construct the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

The highly acclaimed organ at Knox Grammar is also his work, as are others, including the fine instruments in Wollongong Town Hall and Perth Concert Hall.

Ron Sharp

Ron Sharp

Ron’s musicality is one of his most defining characteristics.

Happy Birthday, Ron!

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Who Says You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

4 Oct

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Certainly, not me!

Advancing age is no embargo to new interests and discoveries. Take us, for example.

Being both on the wrong side of unspecified numbers has in no way dulled our appreciation and enjoyment of rock and roll dancing. Yes, you heard me: despite being steeped in classics, both Ron and I are now unashamedly devotees of this genre.

Those who are familiar with Ron will, of course, recognise him as the world-famous creator of the Grand Organ in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall: and by extension, assume his soul is with yesterday’s musical masterpieces.
At this very moment, he is listening to new recordings of classics of another era: The Beatles. Tunes made famous by The Searchers, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, and Creedence Clearwater Revival now feature amongst his favourites: and mine!

Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Gotta be joking!

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What Music did you Grow Up With?

24 Nov

Thinking back to your early life, what music do you remember with affection?

I must have been born under a lucky star, for I was born in the mid 1950’s, and therefore grew up listening to some of the greatest, most enduring modern music.

Through the magic of the internet, I’ve just watched and listened to some of my all-time favourites. ‘Love is in the Air’, ‘The Carnival is Over’, ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘There’s a Kind of Hush’, ‘A World of Our Own’ to name just a few.

My husband Ronald Sharp the Sydney Opera House Organ builder tells me he’s only lately discovered some of these tunes, and loves them too. As a devotee of classical music, Ron’s glowing endorsement of these masterpieces of post 1950 reinforces my elevated opinion.

Our joy in this spills over to following an excellent, local band which performs these in an inspiring manner. Who can resist dancing, either on the floor or in spirit?

Can one overestimate the power and magic of music?

Need a Break? Read a Story!

18 Oct

When the doctor’s not on time, when the housework’s getting you down, when boredom’s setting in: why not read a story?

Short Stories have a lot going for them: they’re quick to read and can involve you in life outside your own immediate sphere. What better way to refresh your mind than to get involved in another’ s fortunes?

Like the idea? Willing and ready to discover a new, female author? Tell your friends: who knows,  maybe you’ll be instrumental in propelling my work to star status.

Interested? Then please read on.

My recently published four volumes of easy to read stories are all set in Australia, and I’d love you to sample them. Just Google Margaret Lynette Sharp, Amazon.com and, with luck you’ll come across the web-sites that feature ‘look inside’.

These books have all been edited by my husband Ronald Sharp, whose skill and innovation as the builder of the Grand Organ in The Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House is world renowned.

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60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences Published!

11 Oct

Today is THE DAY! The day that we break new ground, publishing our first non-Short Story book!

In a few days, Amazon.com will have it up for the world to see!

Do you love philosophical ideas, liberally laced with humourous insights? Yes?

Then this is for you!

With topics such as ‘What is Ambition?’, ‘What’s Good about Obscurity?’, ‘What’s Bad about Comedy?’, ‘What Makes a Musician?’, ‘Can you Live Without your Mobile?’, and ‘Can You Remember Cracker-night?’, you’ll find plenty of ideas to tick over.

In common with all my writing, this book is written in easy to understand language, and is, I feel, suitable for a anyone who likes lateral thinking, delivered with a smile.

Like all my books, it’s edited by my husband, Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

Remember my name: Margaret Lynette Sharp: and please, check out this boook, and tell your friends!

Thanks!

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It’d Never Have Happened, Without Ron

28 Sep

As I put the finishing touches on my fifth book, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the immense help, support and time that my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M. has given me.

From the very beginning, Story One Book One, right through to the final pages of this, my fifth book, Ron has been involved. Not just with praise and enthusiasm for my writing, although he has been more than liberal with that. No: he has spend much time and effort in the editing, compilation, and setting up of the books. The resulting work mirrors his high standards of excellence in presentation; the same excellence that is evident in his Pipe-Organs.

If you ever hold a copy of any of these books in your hand, please remember the effort made by my husband, the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, in bringing them into being.

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‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’ Published!

25 Sep

Any day now, and my fourth book of modern Australian Short Stories will be visible by the computer screen, on my Amazon.com pages.

Entitled, you guessed it, ‘Reflections of Life and Love in Australia’, this is another easy to read collection of mostly romantic tales, although this time, there are several interesting ones of  Human Interest variety.  ‘Hand in Hand’, the story of parental dilemma over sport versus musicianship, and ‘A Secret Banished’, about a grandma’s decision to improve her reading skills, are both to be found here.

The love stories are many, and delve into a variety of scenarios.  Most end happily, with the couples staying together; though, as in life, some situations end in disintegration.  All in all, there’s something for (almost ) anyone.

As Editor and collaborator, my husband Ronald Sharp B.E.M., the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House,  has stamped his mark, spacing the words out in the same musically-inspired fashion that he employed in the three previous volumes. Throughout his reading, he’s constantly praising the quality of my writing.  I hope others share his opinion!

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