Friday, August 17, 2018

 A Hunter valley coal mine with a mountain of tailings. Closer and further views and the dry countryside.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

 It continues to be beyond any politician to state any positive views about reduction of carbon emissions related to power generation by our coal fired generators.
  Never will they commend us to reduce power consumption or to pay the price nor commend international agreements nor promote alternative power generation.
 They are incapable of 'raising the bar' nor leading us into a sane future. Not only do they ignore carbon emissions they promote an increase and actually hate remediation.
  At the same time as a state wide drought of terrible proportions and the spectre of climate change is with us it has no real meaning.
 Scene - Bayswater coal fired power station from the highway just to our north and the more illusive Liddel coal fired power station nearby.  

Friday, August 10, 2018

 Oyster shucking...pity this endless task at Sydney fish markets which were packed with hundreds of diners.  Four deep we lined up to buy plates stacked with marine life. The crowd generated an urgency.
It was as if a day in Asia, the food, the faces, the languages, the hub bub, the eager family groups and the absence of those of my own background was a taste of adventure.          
Incidentally, the food we purchased was not amazing, too many items were laced with chili powder and bravely I returned a portion of tough dry rubbery lobster tail for a substitute half wondering how I would manage when I only speak English and why was I so out of step when everyone else was ecstatic yet I managed.
 The outdoor tables were an alternative.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Towards Central Station Sydney.

Today, NAB bank at Kotara lost its connectivity in every way and could not function, The manager was at the entrance directing customers to other branches etc.  ( I dont bank there)  Was an aggrieved customer to blame?  The enquiry into banks is revealing the bad processes that we only feared might be true.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Snouts in the trough BASEment level.  Restaurant prepares for the evening crowds. 

Coles supermarket has let the side down.  Their plastic reusable shopping bags have changed from 15c to free of charge only several weeks in, they say customers are not ready to do better. Coles cannot tolerate any threat to shoppers or to profits.
  The thick plastic reusable bags are a stupid move.  They need to give way to a long-lasting fabric bag.  Some reports are of reusable plastic bags thrown out as single use - like one might expect  - and those bags would be even worse as land fill.
  We cannot put off the transition to sustainability.