Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beyond the beach a ship enters the Port of Newcastle.  A chopper takes a pilot to the ship off shore then retrieves them time and time again.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


 Is it true or did you read it in the Courier Mail? sticker of the week!

What happened to the parking lot in the shadow of the fort?  Photo of part of the works in preparation for the supercar championship.  This very popular beach 'peninsular' is like a construction zone all over.
There is an existing
 tradition among a small group of owners of hot cars to gather nearby for show and shine on Sundays. And the days are gone of loud burn-outs that created a stir until local residents 'put their foot down'.
  The new circuit needs to be thrown open to citizens for a controlled lap at some point beyond the race.                    

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


 Four and twenty black birds baked in a pie.  Another pie shop.

Heatherbrae was chock-a-block with motorists after driving 70ks or so without much fast food in school holidays.


Monday, July 17, 2017



Drivers, cyclists, skateboard riders, walkers like the beach circuit on Sundays but it was in gridlock and a chance to get the camera out and enjoy the scene while waiting.
At the conclusion of the coming super-car race, Newcastle people could be allowed to do a lap of the   course in compensation. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Gulls and pelicans were interested in the catch of the day so it was quickly retrieved by the fisher. It seems.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Been fishing?
Eco announcements.  From the supermarkets, lagging in several states, single use plastic shopping bags will cease use months out from today. Reusable plastic bags will be sold for 15cents each.  Reusable fabric shopping bag are also sold and are used by a lot of shoppers.
 What is the point of selling PLASTIC shopping bags?  Convenience and sales. 
Will the customer bring them back to reuse or will these new bags also go straight to landfill? At best, the bags are destined for landfill or litter after several uses.
We are all paying higher prices for our groceries to cover the growth of duplicate supermarkets in many suburbs.  In theory it provides competition but it would seem that customers are mobile and shop wherever and can manage without new giant twin supermarkets on every corner. They put the familiar shops right out of business and diversity is lost all round.
Often it is easy to see the country towns that remain vibrant in their centre are those that do not have a vast supermarket on the edge of town. When that happens they become a shadow of their former selves with rows of empty shops and disjointed pockets of activity. Grand interesting shops of note go wasted. If a town is clever enough to see the trend they might integrate a smaller supermarket into the existing stock of buildings and with parking lots nearby keep the town alive.
Aldi do not have single use plastic bags but, again, reusable plastic ones are sold. 
  Secondly, a massive storage battery is to be built in South Australia, the state that has bit the bullet and established alternative energy supplies despite total lack of support by the negative Federal gov.  Out of the blue, a famous American of Tesla fame I believe , said the battery will be built in 100 days or will be free of charge.
 Recently, the G20 was centred on vital change and carbon targets to save our environment yet reporting was dominated by the antics of the US and Russian dictators and their problems unrelated to climate change.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Women in special dress. They loved it and we did too.  It was difficult to grasp the name, was possibly Uyghur tradition.

Saturday, July 08, 2017


Tradition Indonesian dress has splendid variety seen at a multicultural event recently.
 'Let the person who is without blame cast the first stone' - all the same, here goes.  In overseas media it is noticed how tiny casual racists remarks are often thrown in, Europeans often the target or the war years, as well we hear colonial attitudes expressed.
The Good Karma Hospital is not quite entirely free of that.
 In contrast, the gripping drama, Indian Summer (shown on ABC TV) when attitudes and class of some years ago were at their peak leaving the viewer anguished. 
 There is an expectation around here that newcomers will become one of 'us' we hear said. No one's perfect, how often the typical 'quaint' expat is always seen associating with other expats.
 When we see community development in the Australian Indigenous context more often than not it is led by a non-indigenous person, true opportunity needs to be further extended.

There is no temple on the rocky outcrop but spirituality is found in all places.
Future presidential material A billionaire, in media, associate of Trump, clash with the law, Harry Teno (Tanoesoedibo) is an Indonesian with friends, influence and money tho possibly he does not belong to the correct religion but really will that count?
ABC TV had a long look at new resorts in Indonesia in Bali and Bogor area by Trump Hotels plus local big names and how the development rides rough shod over areas of special significance, sacred spaces be it Hindu temple or forested valley.
Another theme park will do wonders for Harry Teno's popularity.  And a toll road.
Any citizen of means does exceedingly well in a less affluent country on the backs of the majority who earn very little.

Thursday, July 06, 2017


And one of the signs was missed out at that and at first sight of a delightful beach.
Signs of the times.
Will a disruption come about in the Illness Industry and its professionals?
 Just like Uber and Airbnb change may sweep through and a very inflexible system might totter and loosen up.
Change will be resisted.  The health kingdom has safeguards on all sides. Just like the banking sector.
Is there a link between an increase of violence in patients and with the status of medical staff and the mechanical nature of the health system?  Negative reactions to institutions are reaching a peak.
 




Sunday, July 02, 2017


From lovely Shoal Bay, the twin peaks ad nauseam. In Nelson Bay, just north of Newcastle.
School holidays again and there the pace of life will increase a little this winter, a far cry from summer crowds.
Road works to improve the turn off to Fingal Bay are causing a bit of strife.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

The same again, 'twin peaks' Tomaree Head with a 'spit' on the north and Yacaaba head on south side of Nelson Bay. A splendid bank of clouds to see way out to sea.

Friday, June 30, 2017

 Two peaks in the distance stand at the entrance to Nelson Bay.  Then much closer as seen from Shoal Bay. Cloudy one day, dazzling this morning.
 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

An old gimmick outside pie shop selling prize winning multiple varieties of this favourite despite the foodies and health consciousness in Nelson Bay.  Cool rainy day and a good appetite and a smoked chicken and camembert pie was outstanding for $6.80 and had a sprinkling of caraway seeds on top - yumm


Monday, June 26, 2017

So often the camera is ready and you wait for the best sight to appear then wait some more and more and then you could be lucky....

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Mr and Mrs Obama and family are holidaying in Indonesia in several cities.  In the course of that can Obama charm the powers that be to keep on the straight and narrow?  Security and anti-terrorists activities could be hinted at but where to start as it may be seen differently by the 'man' on the street in that country.  Only a brave guest would be so bold.
Above, old double-deckers were taken out of moth balls for the day for excursions in Sydney amidst the chaos arising from new light rail construction.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Leaving the old historical trains behind moving to Vivid in Sydney to a dark shot. That evening, Fairyfloss or Cotton Candy or Candy floss was spun like magic.
One quantity was furled into a ball about each minute and cost $14 for the waiting queue.. It wrapped around a novelty hand held illuminated stick.

Saturday, June 17, 2017



Playing trains.  Every time you go to Central from out of town a whole lot of facilities have changed.  An atmosphere of automation and facelessness has grown. Other things have been there from day one and are comforting to recognize.
 A least an enquiry counter remains staffed even when the staff seem an incongruous group of contractors.
 Homeless people take shelter in the big colonial doorways so it is not all bad in providing shelter. However, the homeless, in that manner, would never be found there even in our most depressed years. The haves and the have nots.  The next generation is unaware of how things were.  Better or for worse.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


 Historical railways and nostalgia at Central Station.  The Southern Aurora was the overnight service Sydney to Melbourne, 956ks, 1962-86. The arrangments was of sleeper rooms, lounge cars and a dining carriage with tables, white tablecloths and all the rest
Progress? On a recent journey the overnight first class service had a brown paper bag delivered containing the items for breakfast.  Maccas has set the standard!
 

Monday, June 05, 2017

Travels from Victoria to NSW

Into wilderness.  To begin the horizon was circled by mountains with familiar blue haze. Open country and broad green valleys led on to woodlands while the sunshine and cloudless stunning blue skies were memorable.
An early disused single railway line followed beside us now adapted to an adventure trail and a tall timber  tressel bridge of note was observed decaying.
Where was the path across the mountain range?  A path suitable for summer driving where long stretches have no fuel, food or drinks or mobile coverage.
Into the forests of Kosciuszko National park which were quite tall with thick green undergrowth and straight stretches that changed to endless windings on a steady, not steep, climb to the very tops of those once distant hills in sun and crisp windless conditions.
The road had a good surface, was narrow but no way perilous while dry underneath. There was a crossing over the wall of a dam at Tumut Pond Reservoir.
The green gums changed to strange leafless trees whose bare branches appeared lifeless and formed  unusual low spikey expanses up hill and down dale.
Patches of light snow began to be seen in shadowy gullies, probably the very first snow of the season, it was by the road sides then in places in a thin cover over the road all of which was a great novelty.
A notable little shelter hut came next then eventually the hydro electricity installations and a return to civilization, workers and twincabs,
then a cluster of ski related buildings in Cabramurra, including a cafe.
This worthwhile mini adventure trail is closed over winter between the long weekends of June and of October. For one, it gives access to the lake, the dam and the hydro works.
Continue past Mount Selwyn (resort) to Kiandra and down to Adaminaby etc and that section of road is kept snow free.  At Kiandra for something different, an alternative route scoots across the open tops towards the town of Tumut. 

Sunday, June 04, 2017

 Chilten, Vic, has frosts and verandah posts in the little main street which is in original style like stepping back into the days of the gold rush.  Minus the crowds!

  One often has to remind oneself that members of an organization or a religion etc all think differently and have diverse beliefs at the same time as going along with the core principles.
 Also, ideas can be latched onto as privately upheld views that don't have much foundation in the traditions.  Diversity is the name of the game.  Is brain washing done to overcome this diversity as in spy rings or in cults?  Or there are rules and dogmas to establish basics.

Saturday, June 03, 2017


Chilly morning just south of the border several days ago.  It is possible that frost is seen in a suburb or two in Newcastle, is hard to say.  Frosty autumn leaves - rare.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Are there blue skies, nothing but blue skies.....
This morning a group was addressed by an organization.  It was an appeal for funds.  'Right in your local suburbs are brothers and sisters who are poor, they are very grateful for assistance to buy food or pay energy bills etc.  A local small groups of volunteers visit those in need to provide the help we are asked to finance.'
  The maximum amount of social security for job seekers for a single person with no children is $267.80 per week.  I believe this figure has been unchanged for years and years.  A minority of our brothers and sisters will never do very well on an allowance of that size.  Most accommodation would cost more than that.
  Their difficulties and the current payments result in failure and the system puts the responsibility on the good will and actions of charity workers. The government exploits the charities.
  Mature age citizens who get social security are often allowed various generous measures at the same time as they enjoy good levels of disposable income.  Compare that to a long term job seeker and the tiny amount they exist on.
  It calls for more justice in the system, designed and championed for the common good, free of insinuations that 'my taxes are being wasted' provided that the payments are regulated against fraud. Unlike others, welfare is part and parcel of this society and does good.
  As for the mature aged and superannuation, it can be taken for granted that a high income earner will end up with relatively abundant superannuation benefits while it is the low income earner who really needs big concessions and help in order to accumulate anything for retirement.

'Together we can do heroic things'  'When you give to Vinnies you're helping our volunteers rebuild lives this winter'
$50      Can provide warm blankets for men and women experiencing homelessness
$100    Can buy a week's worth of essential groceries for a struggling family.
$200    Can help pay a family's utility bill this winter
$500    Can provide a safe haven for a woman and child escaping domestic violence
$1000  Can prevent a family from being evicted from their home this winter.
St Vincent de Paul Society NSW  vinnies@vinnies.org.au

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Its war

War on waist.  I surrender!
Australian Broadcasting Corporation is promoting a WAR ON WASTE....rethink plastic usage, the wiles of fashionable cloths, BYO coffee cups, supermarket and household wastage of good food these are but a few of our wasteful ways that demand attention. Study ABC web site and their other media.
What would be a creative use for old xray films?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Bizarre.  Tooth fairy is in demand. 
All power to free to air TV.  Bizarre lineup on TV Wednesday evenings where it is tempting to waste a  few hours of this precious life on new season, Fargo and then The Young Pope, on SBS free to air.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

 Red check patterns on and off the court.
 Red check made a political statement in Indonesia this year but Ahok and his supporters did not do well and he has been found guilty of blasphemy and gaoled.
   A similar charge of blasphemy and a three year sentence to Cipinang gaol was made against a journalist, Atmowiloto, several years ago and there may have been other convictions.
  Thus, factions have been active for some time and a move, however slowly, towards establishment of a stronger religious state is observed in Indonesia.
  It is the age of rediscovery of identity and of what a true religious believer should be.  It is also an age of secularism and of pluralism.  Some resort to conservatism and a return to the tried and true and resist change.
  One small indication possibly of the rise of nationalism is seen in early photos where once Indonesian women did not necessarily cover their heads with a scarf. .
  On one hand leaders make charges to safeguard their religion from a breech of etiquette but a sense of proportion is appropriate in a justice system where very big crimes against society would be to the fore, for instance, crimes that indirectly burden the well-being of the average person and hold back their standard of living which is not high.  
  The kingdom of heaven or a religious state ideally is all about the here and now and, without too much difficulty, seen as life-giving giving priority to true justice for all -  materially spiritually and politically.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Change


A deconstructed clown and an additional special name on a familiar company.  'Party our way' says the sign hidden behind the post.
The interior is well done and the menu had a big revision in the last year.
Self selection was commenced and the health worries over the food remain as well as the materials that go to landfill as no sorting or recycling is ever apparent.  

Saturday, May 06, 2017

More or less change


Forever Citroen cars sported a sharp chevron logo. Then the logo became more streamlined. Is nothing sacred?
 Now the logo is very abstract and unrecognizable. The logo changes and the cars become more conforming though the Cactus model has a few unlikely features.
Is it still smooth and comfortable? 
A comfortable ride has something going for it after noticing the rough ride that goes with some cars.
I know a certain medium sized van with a certain wheel base that requires certain calculations to turn and simply drive straight into the parking in a shopping centre and rarely is it just right. A minor problem really.
The massive 4x4 and over-the-top things on wheels put my driving to shame.