Wednesday, July 08, 2020


Does education narrow the mind?  The cost of an Arts degree has risen maybe making it more of a sort of luxury. 
 How could a scholar confine themselves to one discipline? Engineering..science..business or the like. It is dismaying. Narrow.

Very often one would really like to hear again 
whats behind the latest world movements, ethical questions,  histories and much more from some obscure unfathomable thinkers likely found in arts.  It is just a pipe dream.
Some years ago, 'lived experience' and related theories sounded very interesting. Not widely liked  -  i bet. But there is gradual change and 'lived experience' is bandied all around. 

The virus is moving in with 134 cases that are of serious concern in Melbourne and the whole city is locked down.

Monday, July 06, 2020

coronavirus testing.  In the last two weeks, infections have occured in Melbourne and some suburbs and high rise are in lockdown. Today 127 cases from record breaking testing rates with 2660 total active infections.
The border will close tomorrow between NSW and Victoria. 
Social distance, hand washing, isolation while ill are uppermost responsibilities as well as mask wearing and heeding regulations about gathering. 
wind turbine....this blade has an edge. A bird expert has spoken about huge loss of bird life caused by the blades. It is understood that birds in flight look down and to the sides more  than ahead.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Wind turbine blades then bolts that hold things together.
Nationally, the incidence of Canovirus is minimal except for 288 active infections in Melbourne which is under vigorous investigation.
An innovation is making it easier to test in the community. An alternative saliva virus test has been introduced in a small number of cases. The test developed in Melbourne at Doherty Institute and validated by overseas researchers processes a small amount of saliva by the same method as the existing throat PCR test according to a local principal  researcher today. Comparison to the throat swab test is in process.
  The throat test itself is not totally effective yet best there is while the saliva test is 87% effective due to fewer virus in saliva but is easier and useful in those who have objections to testing or have other difficulties. The processing is done within three hours of collection.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

wind generators. Shipment to Port of Newcastle. Ultimately a whole field of towering alternative power generators destined for, believe it or not, Collector in  southern NSW.  

Thursday, June 18, 2020

do we live in the garden of Eden?
SBS TV showed the film The Sacrament about a cult that ended in mass tragedy. 
The leader was adept at manipulation .  In that way Trump is very reminiscent of him even down to the thousands who fail to survive the pandemic due largely to mis management.
Unlike criticism of China for spreading false info, the USA escapes criticism for being way out of line. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

from the urban scene....
Pompeo announces that attention will be given to the wronged international journalists.
Will he really try when journalists get a bad rap from the white house? 
Good reporting is all there is against the orchestration of news by the sly and sinister manipulator president Trump.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

solar energy is a winner.....
BLM is a very important issue. It demands support.  Better to protest in the future, not during a pandemic. 
 Australians have died in custody, it is a horror which will continue to be addressed and justice will develope. Although urgency is due we are not forced to conflate the two situations right now.  We are not Americans.
Seems disappointing that we  toed the line at the heigth of the lock down but now act without prudence. Objections around freedom to protest dont hold water somehow the reasoning does not work.
  If more of the efforts to hold a protest, no matter what, were put into sustained constructive work to overcome injustices for the Aborigines then all would be better off and safer.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

first nation attire....possum skin cloak.  The making of this once commonly worn item was revived for wearing at an important civic  ceremony in more recent times.  Worn from birth until buriel the cloakes were marked with the totem and country and other points about the wearer.

An official objection will follow the mishandling of Australian journalists reporting the riots in USA.
  Why would Trump et al be concerned? Journalists are mocked and supressed. We know the truth is called fake news by Trump.
 Reporting is important but an issue low on the agenda in a nation at war in a pandemic.  
 Much bigger racial and health issues are one disaster while Trump and administration are another. With friends like that....
 China will probably be a semi democracy in some years time, the Chinese people will choose change of government and human rights. Do we need to stand off and get in scraps with them while tolerating an equally alien mystery that is the USA.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

hear the bells chiming for you and me...
It looks best when TV presenters wear outfits appropriate for the season.  Their appearance sends a chill when summer clothes are worn in winter.
 But i guess that winter clothes become unnecessary when the work environment is warm. 
It is just as well to spare some energy consumption and spare the creation of carbon emissions. 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

 old timer and unrelated to following words.
Anti social men behind the wheel, burning rubber, smoke and high speed stunts are shown in media only to be copied by more hot heads.
 Victoria Police members suffer road tragedy. But their action is required against those who use the main roads as drag strips.  Motor cyclists are into this as well.  Anyone who lives near a major road hears these people roar along often, but not only, late at night.  Police presence may nip the behaviour in the bud.  It is prevention. And the newer European police vehicles might prove their worth. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

arbor update.....simple message but a difficult purposeful choice of direction...

Monday, May 18, 2020

will i be home before the sun sinks below the horizon?
Imagine if nations asked the UK or USA why they failed to better manage the pandemic? For them to be answerable for many thousands of deaths. This is just as  important as the origins of the virus.  It would not make much difference whether they knew about the origins or not their management was below standard. 
Would the UK and USA be irritated, threaten to end trade, belittle others, deflect blame and all the rest of it. You bet you.


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Not on every stroll we take do we meet a python!  Out of 'iso'.  Out of reptile hibernation in this chiily season. A Darwin carpet snake. Likes a diet of small animals. Beautiful skin.
National tally of covid is in small numbers under ten.  Lock down is eased with caution in minor aspects while keeping up usual distance, clean hands, testing, and isolation during  illness.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Australiana

a well wisher pinned these small 'pockets' to many trees in this park.  They held a little message that offered good advice or solace. And check out the bark on this tree.'hug me' was a variation. 
'Challenges are opportunities for me to grow.  The more i learn the more equipped i am to handle whatever situations come up.' 
Good intentioned but these cute messages are a source of cross infection.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

still counting

Open space, park, sports area vivid with squeeky green grass and with attention from  workers spreading top soil and mowing. Not too long before sports are resumed after lock down when very gradual easing of restrictions are commenced. 
P K on ABC tv mornings would know when sport resumes as he is a fine sport encyclopaedia.
Everything is relative as to our hardships. Cash straped and joblessness is very  significant other than that it is concerning to find a lot of problems and fragility because of the lock down. We have become too genteel or something. Or is it the media presentation?

National tally nearly 7000 and growth of spread is very diminished. So far so very good. 

Friday, May 01, 2020

Playground is out of bounds.  No crowds of little cycalists or climbers having fun. Very obiedient.
Covid total 6700 nationally.  New cases have low rates. Testing is stepped up almost for all and sundry. CovidSafe App is in use since Sunday and use is growing voluntarily.  
 If there is no secondary flare up we could share medical supplies with others.
  Did the supermarkets want high demand to develope?  It was strange that they had little foresight and failed to begin rationing far earlier than they did and their logistics put to better use. Same with the upswing in postal services.  With shops closed and people wanting items for the lock down more mail orders would naturally follow and swamp postal services.
Would be surprising if we dont go back to how we were and drop various changes. Time will tell.
 

Friday, April 24, 2020

prevention

Raw onion: a germ killer strategically placed on the counter at a take away. A Chinese remedy. 
Governments express complaints about the Middle Kingdom and its response to the virus. Many stuff ups are recorded in the USA and the UK, day after day their shortcomings are identified as to timely preperation for the pandemic or its management. We failed to test a whole ships full of passengers and crew.  We are all guilty.
Our government spoke up at the worst time as it supported the words of Trump. How could we? He is dangerous and erratic.

Nationally the spread of covid 19 is minimal. Praise be.

Monday, April 20, 2020

casualty!

plaster...fracture....the cast was rejigged with a pink plaster which is an abrasive material. Use of an abrasive material is very strange. Little children are seen with extensive casts applied. Imagine how unpleasant it is to scrape their tender skin on the cast. Or their carers skin.. Or their siblings.
Bandaging up the cast is my next move for a softer finish. Old style white plaster is smooth.
These casts are another medical mystery. Imagine the probable defensive  reaction if one was to mention this abrasiveness after all there has been good care and is doing well. What more!
Current deserved praise of health carers may lead to increased defensiveness and know-it-all-ness.
 I had a flu vacc and at no stage was any hand washing done by the doctor. Another doctor walked around
 and out to the small que on footpath in the same gloves no coverings or mask tho virus affected were excluded in theory.

Total with disease nationally 6600 and new infections are minimal. WOW.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

asleep at the wheel

unlimited time and money go into investigating a cruise liner and the virus.  It is very questionable value for money.  Regardless of anything a reasonable person would monitor the passengers for disease on arrival. There is no getting around that. All the authorities failed.
Number with disease up in 6000s. Rate has slowed.
The BCG is under research to see what protection it offers in current times. Is a  vaccine for TB. Does it last a lifetime, hope so as I received this quite some time ago? It leaves a circular scar and years ago young migrants often had the mysterous mark on the upper arm.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

days of our lives

Xxray reception with more than enough alerts about virus.
National tally of those with disease 5800 and the inctease has slowed.
We hear complaints about the response and lock down, look at Bolt, outragous words in News Corp. All they need to do is look at USA. Is that what they want?

Friday, April 03, 2020

Remember when. So far, I am fortunate and aok over lock down yet knowing i am not risk free.
Good policies are introduced. Lately, a government that you would dream of. What's the catch? A decade of the Lib mantra. And tightness on the less wealthy. Oh!
"Make America Great"  what a situation for every sane American shocked by their rediculous president and his misled followers by his insane popularity and the massive pandemic.
Real Estate is rapped about asking tennants to access super as it is illegal to give financial advice. Far too delicate to say what we really think about pressure such as that. Trust the Libs to originally suggest draw down, hardest on low incomes.



Wednesday, April 01, 2020

where visitors gather to view fairy penguins come ashore down at the beach at Phillip island. Will the penguins miss seeing everybody during the lock down?
Early March I was thinking of making designer masks, but i partially locked down ahead of the regulations and wondered about risk of shopping for a sewing machine. Op shops would have them.
National total might be close to 5000 but the rate is lower right now..

what bird is that?

these birds are ?  Shearwaters...mutton birds? Cant say. Bustards? These were on 
Phillip island.
The virus has infected 4000 plus. Right now the rate is slower.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

on day 4 the alfalfa sprouts are sprouted and need about a further 24 hours, yum.
National tally 3600 with dreaded virus.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Australiana....the fatal shore


Every person for themself. We are told we all have needs in an order of priority and our survival is on top. We are threatened so other countries no longer count for much.
We havnt developed enough to see ouselves as a global family.  Outrageous death rates almost unnoticed. Cruise ship tourists sent packing after processing. True, the cruises were a very unreasonable undertaking.

A WHO expert lost all his credibility in praising Trump for his leadership and unique national  approach to Covid 19. What??

National tally 2600

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Unique amenities..the good the bad and the ugly.
Another 4000 unemployed as the shut- down proceeds. 
Will there be lawlessness as thousands lose their jobs?
National disease tally: low 2000ns.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

a touch of homesteading

quick cats seem the vessel of choice.
Quarantine effort: Alfalfa sprouts. Step 1 soak 4 hours.
Nationally the number afflicted is 1887.

Monday, March 23, 2020

winding down

still life.
Lock down ordered yesterday but little change this morning at a large centre.. Sales persons said they dont know if their shop will shut or not.
The PM stated non essential services will close today, he ruled out supermarts, banks, fuel and pharmacies. It would have been easy to be more specific and say, for instance, whether home hardware, large  clothing and variety stores were essential or not and might remain open.
At the same time, we can live with a level of uncertainty, will read between the lines, overall we are on target. There are many ways to skin a cat.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

virus busting

will i or wont i use this! And i dont mean welding. Nation total afflicted: 1123

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

meeting my match?

a free space for a photo shoot in the pink, really, the lights focused best when sitting in the opposite direction 

I have lived in times of earthquake, tsunami, the reconciliaton walk, 9/11 and now a pandemic. If I am still around then an asteroid is on my bucket list.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

secret weapon

The end of the line and an uncommon little railway station at the bay.

 We got the US administration with a secret weapon namely our infected minister. He had to be good for something.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

fools paradise?

No obvious concerns over THE virus in this establishment. What is ahead?
 Our services are not on the back foot, we are fortunate that way. I am trialing social distance and isolation to some extent. Stocking up extra food is simply to limit my shopping trips in the event of widespread flu.

keeping in line

ScoMo: whatever was i thinking yesterday? Your benevolence is heavenly

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mr Morrison talks and talks such as in todays pronouncements which didnt say anything new at all and took ages to cover. Same old lines...treasury success (at whose cost?)...superior to the previous government ad naus... (despite our survival of the GFC)
Mr Frydenberg has totally mastered the art of never answering a question in an interview. Both of them force me to switch off.
The darn surplus we were meant to have.  

Sunday, March 08, 2020

more.

Changes to the club are well done. Difficult to say where the original ends and the updates begin.

social club

An almost historic example on the New South border 

Thursday, January 23, 2020


Imagine Phillip Island Victoria
Natural beauty is found there and a nature reserve is home to little penguins and the thousands of visitors they attract, as well it has a racing circuit for bikes or cars. In between mindless laps one can look towards the vista out to sea and along the blue coast line. Quite a setting!
Strangely, outside of the visitors centre of the GP race course is a fairly incongruous pleasant Japanese inspired garden with zen-like qualities and a small flock of peacocks. A little grove of pine trees is part of it.
A history of motor sport in Australia is presented. Strangly it comprises a small collection of early cars of no special trend as well as a very specialised collection of super bikes of only two Italian makes and probably not well known here at all.  Unusual.

Images and even mild technology needs to be sorted when there are apps and old style blogging at odds with each other and proving they are linked and who I am and downloading fun and games has not produced a working image this time.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Just another day and is it a glimpse into some country at war.  The road ahead becomes increasingly smoke filled and the sun glows red and the thick smelly air reaches the nose and lungs. the surrounding country side is dessicated.
 Apps report the highway may be closed tomorrow so get well beyond that point but what is further afield?
 "Fires Near Me" and flamed filled triangles crowd the map, semis are in their usual hurry or are they fleeing to beat any delays while they would already know any so called war zones they have traversed to the south where the temperatures are up in the forties for the coming day along with unfavourable  winds.
The Fast food declares  that due to the bushfires they may need to shut up shop unexpectedly and those fifteen year old staff reach home safely as the blackend fields are a sign that fire was near and only the highway stood between it and the village.  Subdued customers roll in for chicken with eleven herbs and spices and ice flurry is an idea to keep ahead of dehydration and one power point is located to recharge other aspects. 
In the know, the fuel service centre has large water tanks, pumps and firefighting equipment as standard.
 Just another day but also a terrific warning to act to prevent climate change.




Wednesday, January 01, 2020

 Ulmus minor var. Cornubiensis  seems to be of the maple tree group and having heard how maple trees have been lost in the UK was curious to see a maple tree in these gardens.
 What's more there must be a connection with maple syrup - didn't expect that. Waffles, ice cream and maple syrup was on a wish list I asked for regarding Christmas dinner. I regret the salted caramel popcorn just a little - caramel all over even with a short cut in the recipe.
I am old enough to recall waffles ice cream and maple syrup were on the menu at Cahills Restaurants in Sydney - a bit of an institution.
On second thoughts there is more to this. The Acer group of trees are maples and of different appearance.  
Our trees and animals are being decimated by fire.  I am glad that we have a great carbon sink in our  lightly forested vast hills and dales 'but that was yesterday' as it all goes up in smoke.