Friday, May 31, 2013

Windswept tree. Up and over it goes. Hat Head NSW.

Newspapers are provided to read at some locations and the choice can be limited.  Their bias screams out or is it my imagination.  Well, Miranda D, what exactly did you discover when you went in disguise to the mosque?  Very little it seems.  What was the point of all that?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

 Find the lone board rider off O'Connors Beach.
Far along the horizon no development is obvious. From here at Crescent Head, the Hat Head National Park stretches north into the blue yonder and O'Connors Beach would be on the far distant end.  Mid north coast of NSW.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Obesity odds 3: 1
Hunter Life Education takes a stand at the markets.  Fast food is never far away.
Feeling jaded? At a loss? Get a fix and read Cloudstreet by Tim Winton about life, warts and all, and glimpses of wonder and humour.  And there was Cliffy (ABC TV) corny yet uplifting.
How well do our brash, and up and coming, enjoy the tales harking back to daggy simple days. The antithesis of our times.

Friday, May 24, 2013

A natural finish gives an all over pattern on a sheet of metal. What can be seen through the cut out?  An Asian inspired sanctum complete with garbage bin on the TAFE campus at Kurri Kurri. Whacko!  Budding winners of the Chelsea Flower show could well be tutored in a TAFE college like this one.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

SOS I'm an endangered species.  I'm fiesty with lots of character and live in the wilds in the state of Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Devils are fighting a losing battle over a contagious tumour. The deadly disfiguring problem is the subject of research and groups of the animals are kept in isolation to breed and survive.
One group of the little devils have been transfered to the Barrington, not far from here, into a captive program. Barrington has a climate that is approprite. The animal is not tiny and this toy is almost a parody.  They seem to be the size of a medium chubby dog or weasel or badger sort of size.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Beyond Coal and Gas  - a gathering for earthlings is finishing today.  The message is one of hope and people power. Well, on Saturday at least. 
Drew Hutton pointed to successes over CSGas limitation and Bob Bingaman spoke of progress limiting CSG and coal mining in the USA.  Elders of the environmental movement did good with the crowd.
Enjoy a clean green future!  Choose life! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

The highest ever concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is with us - NOW.

You would never know about this from the latest political pronouncments which do next to nothing about climate change.
What did Abbott say last night?  Nothing on this matter although I could not bring myself to listen to him but heard the commentary.   

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On Lake Macquarie, yes, the yachties were 'dragging the chain'.  Sunday was breeze less and cloudless.

Winter approaches and the sun's rays get lower and lower on the horizon at Croudace Bay and all over.
House design is best that makes good use of where the sun reaches over the seasons so as to save energy and decrease the carbon footprint and save money over heating and cooling.  Insulation and water tank requirements are in place. Maybe more is leglislated. But that's just the start.
For instance, in this climate, it is madness to build a home with next to no eves to provide shade while designs that use passive solar heating and passive cooling and lessen dependence on air-con are quite possible and responsible as earthlings if we could break away from suburban conformity.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tree house.

Lately our sunny days have been very very calm.  For a month now, while in several locations, windy days have been few and far between. It's the merry month of May.  Your cap does not get blown away as is usual on the coast.  On Sunday, the sailors on Lake Macquarie could have been disappointed while the picnic goers were very happy to find that their Mother's day lunch didn't need anchoring to the tables.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Prison chapel with the strangest ever fit-out.  Each person stood in their own tall compartment, a tall narrow door swung and divided them apart and one side of the room was divided from the other side. An old style choir and a preacher played over and over for us tourists.
Assylm. I doubt that women prisoners were held in Port Arthur. But has the system progressed?  Women are badly forsaken while in health 'care' according to the latest reports from Victoria. Is the report a game changer?  We must lift our game. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Exercise yards in the 'boot camp' that was.

Words.  Game changer.  What a thing to say in connection with the extreme humanitarian disaster in Syria or about other serious problems.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Carefree tourists take a boat to places close by such as the Isle of the Dead and get a different shot of Port Arthur Prison. Quite a fun day. Port Arthur is a world heritage site 'rescued' after a lot of neglect and patches of demolition and change.

Words.  Seen recently: ozymandian grandeur. I'd never noticed that description before. Then in the more joyous incident some activity was described as outlandish which was nice to hear again for a change.
Read about ozymandian grandeur or not in Peter Hessler's Country Driving three journeys across a changing China. HarperCollins or The Text Publishing 2010.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Down the street past the little post office and school and whatever is another spire in the colonial 'village' of Port Arthur, Tasmania.  This virtual building would be the subject of many photos.
It can be a venue for a wedding. Some choice associated as it is with convicts and tragedy. On the other hand the outdoor areas are pleasantly innocent.

Monday, May 06, 2013

A spire!  A lot of dead wood makes up this tall structure.

An official top level court enquiry into paedophilia and the church begins in Newcastle today. And whether the police force took sides.
I suspect misplaced loyalty and an attitude of denial and worse can be found among some in the church today. Other loyalty would make sure that criminal activity is outed and nothing less.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Mirambeena, the ferry to Bruny Island.
Recently, the crossing was the butt of a joke on Q & A.

Recently, I have done the impossible and published retrospectively so to speak. A bit of redundancy is built into blogspot.