Wednesday, June 13, 2018

 Beyond Darby Street, which is closed at this end, next was the Court House.  One area of design had used a balls and chain idea!   There, a section of the light rail was almost finished.


 
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018




Hunter Street revisited.  Locals may identify with this.  1.  Looking west from this side of Darby Street and light rail construction.  I'm all for workplaces observing public hols or is there a bit of urgency over finishing this work as soon as possible? Where do we draw the line.
2.  Looking east.   4.  Deserted footpath.  People were hard to spot on a rainy public holiday.  Next to no shops were open.
The shops have limited access to suppliers,to customers, to trades persons and their tools of trade, to cleaners, or for medical or fire emergencies.

Monday, June 11, 2018



Queens Birthday long weekend, I think, the city was as quiet as with rain showers in Hunter street.  1 Formal wear shop zone stand coy behind construction fences. 2  View is extended with a new glimpse up the hill where parking station was demolished in Perkin street.  3  Electric Bikes sit in wait. These sets are found around the city and are a positive move to take our minds off the general inconvenience of the moment.





Hunter Street revisited.  Images that a local may relate to.  1.  Beyond the barriers around the light rail construction is the former Newcastle Railway Station, due for reuse.  2.  Engineering works on ex shop front redevelopment. Formerly David Jones, formerly Scotts Hunter street mall.   3.  a patch of light rail in a finished stage and crossing to the wharves near corner of Scott and Wolfe Streets.

Friday, June 08, 2018


Yesterday, an unusually calm mostly warm sunny day, Jimmys Beach, north of Newcastle, inside headlands of Nelson Bay, was free of gross piles of items that had washed overboard when 83 containers fell off a ship.  The opposite northern beachface was also clear.  Other beaches have problems.
Clean-up of a range of plastic products had taken place and work was in progress in the distance close to the headland..  Several people were making their own offort  to pick up mini items of plastic.  There was littering at the extreme high tide mark I was told.
In the opposite direction, beach erosion was up to the edge of the street in a couple of places.  Development is too close to the beach.
Plastic ware degrades into unseen micro pieces and is an extreme problem for our ocean environment and marine life and down the food chain affecting animals and humans. 
Fishing boats can snag their nets on a container making for a dangerous situation.  They would rely on sonar.  The position of the containers may be 'charted' by the navy.

   

Tuesday, June 05, 2018


WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY    
Single use containers prepared in a busy stop-off  on the interstate highway.
 I must reform and keep away from this mega franchise which has no obvious recycling activities whatsoever considering that every item is single use.  Well, except for china-ware coffee cups and mugs in the cafe area which is the attraction, usually.  No sorting or recycling bins are ever in sight.

Our wonderful planet from skylab. Resources are finite.



Monday, June 04, 2018


 Strange and unearthly from Skylab.....for earthlings a truly remarkable planet like no other - so far.  Splendor is all round us. Protect our environment. 
A slow environmental revolution is stirring in the supermarkets seen at Woolworths.  In response to legislation?  Free of single-use plastic bags.  Praise be!
It takes more effort..  Is believed that single use plastic bags will remain in use in fruit and vegies. Thick white plastic bags are offered for 15 cents each and can be reused for a time.  What will become of them?
Long lasting reusable fabric bags continue to be available on sale.
The poster includes a translation into a Chinese language and is pleasing to see. An issue of importance?  Translation into several languages more commonly used in our suburbs might be of  benefit.
 

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Honeysuckle Creek near Canberra uses a number of dishes to record deep space and is operated by the CSIRO  whilst it is a NASA establishment - or so I believe.  Earlier, a number of space missions were tracked.
 
From Sky Lab is image either of the Northern Lights or the Southern Aurora. If the orbit of Sky Lab was investigated one might be better able to identify this amazing sight.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Tonight is Stargazing and a world record attempt supported by ABC media and groups of citizen astronomers all over.  Clouds will be most unpopular.

Honey Suckle deep space monitoring centre has a visitors centre and things to see from NASA.
A set of images from space was splendid.  It is presumed this image is of stars above the non-flat earth.

Monday, May 21, 2018


A little quirk is found on the main street in Sunnyside.  From time to time rolling stock come right into the suburb and cross to enter the UGL works. Does it amuse the motorists?
 This time Genesee & Wyoming coal wagons make another appearance, shunted by little Hercules in yellow! 
How is it determined if any wagon has a 'square wheel' that needs fixing, it is said that any noise from a noisy wagon is detected by sensors. Is that done to overcome negative reactions from the public?
  ....Genesee....Tennesse.....The Genesee River has many features and a lengthy history and one origin of the word has it related to Seneca... ...then there is Heracules...Hercules.....



To and from outer space

Thursday, May 17, 2018

From a train in motion is seen another diesel engine and the name is a bit surprising but the G & W company operate is in many countries after a string of mergers and takeovers. So it is just another coal mover....they are here from all over as there is little time to lose and a lot of carbon to burn.