Saturday, June 28, 2014

 Many country towns out on the plains have a tower. A water tanks needs some height to work properly doh.
 Imagine a dry and dusty race track far from winter weather.  A wonderful stark landscape in imagery from Fargo (SBSTV) might make winter worthwhile - for a day or two at least.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Former Post Office Newcastle.  This grand old poisoned chalice has been handed from pillar to post.  Any capitalist worth their salt would consider opening a casino there and do something really worth while. Not.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

 Union Steam Ship Company Watt Street Newcastle. Of course, that company has gone finis.
Low-Rise. Newcastle won't be in the running with Dubai and the like - and that's AOK.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Court Chambers on King and Bolton streets.

This could be a  perfect day for airing and washing doonas and blankets. Brisk and chilly but sunny. Could have prepared for winter before this - better later than never!
Spell check on this site can't deal with the word doonas. What's needed is a local edition of spell check.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Jesmond Neighbourhood centre fun day for many cultures, seen both inside and outside by reflection - dichotomy - very pervasive. Cultures and Gender and the break down of stereotypes is a work in progress but undermined in various ways.
Try to select an old greeting card and see that from even age one upwards the cards are categorized into male and female with all the usual topics that are supposedly associated with gender.
  Dichotomy-  look at toys, offerings for girls are typically small, sickly pink and coy and pretty useless- the same with girls clothing, kids clothing specifically targets gender.
 Another point is that of increasing our consumerism by needing two of everything.
 For African Drum & Dance see

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Coffee shop creation.
Give us a break - radio interviews in which a person relates everything about themselves, me... me... me. They are familiar with every term for every problem there is.
They seem totally competent and successful yet rave on about their insecurities. Have the scales tipped too far? 
If we were ignorant about a personality problem before, well, that won't last long and will probably be followed up with self diagnosis and successfully adopted.
 Normal is on a broad spectrum. Probably.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Coffee shop, new breed, raw, Maitland road, Mayfield East. Peppertown with heavy metal designs.

From Mister Abbott, a word that is new to me: hypothecate. Goes with: give -security, -bail, go bail, pawn, impawn, hock, spout, mortage, impignorate etc.

 A local doctor is to go to Fiji to work on a surge in Dengue Fever because a new strain of Dengue has been a  serious problem there.
The incidence of Dengue is growing mostly in the warmer countries. Is spread by female mosquitoes and is flu like and can be fatal.
This month in Townsville, mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that prevents the mosquito from transmitting the disease have been unleashed in a trial according to ABC news. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Liturgy on the beach if you look closely. Another romantic wedding? A bit of a stretch.
Chilly and windswept sunny days but they are brief as we approach our longest night.

This corner of Hunter street looks terrible.  The tennants will have to do better than this right at the entrance to the mall.  And the hugh marbles have been removed from the mall.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Are these wind generators in the parking lot?  Take note Mister Abbott and climate change deniers.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Ladles. Once upon a time: at BHP Newcastle the BOS furnace is charged with hot metal from a ladle. "Each hour or so the great BOS furnace is turned down to run 200 tons of steel into the waiting ladle below.  With an absence of fuss that belies the scale of the operation, the furnace turns to receive its clanging charge of scrap, and then to the other angle for molten iron (pictured). Within minutes of the tapping, the furnace is re-charged, the oxygen lance lowered then the rising roar of sound marks the beginning of a new blow."
Lower image: No 1 BOS furnace under construction. Newcastle 1962. Drives can be seen on either side of the trunnion ring, with the water-cooled hood above.
BOS or basic oxygen steelmaking was an innovation using pure oxygen under high pressure to charge the furnace with oxygen and with hot metal from a ladle and with scrap steel from the opposite sides of the working floor. Steel production was increased a whole lot.
from Giant Strides 1965 BHP Publicity Dept.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A 'ladle' from the old BHP steel works and the overhead hooks from which it hung to move and pour white hot liquid steel.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

 Nother injun. CFCLA or Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia is part of rail transport and this could be a EL class loco built or reconditioned by Goninons who have works in several locations in this country.

Monday, June 09, 2014

A benign fragment from nature near The Washpool.  There's no crocodiles. Or forbidden plant species?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Here is The Washpool, north of Scone in a national park. Take a walk there one time.
 Imagine projects that would enrich our lives, just imagine worthwhile cultural, educational and recreational ambitions.  A spare half a billion dollars to spend in our area and all we hear about is rail and road stuff. Is that all there is? Have we lost all inspiration?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Are they watering the garden?
Lately we hear from the government ''as a tax payer you are paying for a university education for Joe Blogs.... the tax payer does not want their taxes wasted on unemployed youth or whatever.... these are words that breed bad attitudes.
 Revenue is for the common good, it is the common wealth. Not so much about your taxes.
 Unbounded potential to get ahead is possible.  Not good enough to do a simple days work but double that.  Forget about work and life balance. Self first. Out for what you can get. Often a wife accepts any and everything on her own shoulders so that partner wins all.
 No wonder penalty rates have become old fashioned and under threat.  Who needs predictable recreation times and extended family life if it stands in the way of success.
 Total dedication to extended work hours seriously underminds work conditions, raises the bar and increases the cost of living for the entire community - food, housing, education.
 A leading politician said his father, who began with nothing, worked, was it, 24 hours a day.  Not for some adequate comfortable return but for quite considerable wealth for the son.  So that is the template, the outstanding example to cast before the electorate in this sink or swim budget in the lucky country.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Deck hand multitasking on board Hunter, the Stockton ferry.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Locos in all designs and colours can be seen around the Hunter Valley in the race to transport coal from the mines.  For example, it is believed that old locos from North America are given a new lease of life and a seachange before joining the locals.
  UGL (Goninins) at Broadmeadow, where the above loco is pictured, does work on trains from the ground up. Often, contracts go to overseas fabricators which makes no sense.   

Monday, June 02, 2014

A church in Paterson.  Even some church members wish to combat global warming. President Obama is tackling that problem and targeting power generation and its emissions. What sort of a last century type government do we have for it has no initiatives around climate change.