Friday, March 27, 2015

Skate boarding, at dawn and later.
Vote early vote late - just vote. Tomorrow. Privatisation yea or nay.
Fire in NY is shown on ABC at this time, air disaster in France.  Communication in our global village is full on as is usual. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Discover the koalas dotted all around Port. Weird. 
Getting more and more difficult to see a real koala in the wild.  Hope the real ones are getting lots of support as well.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rejoice and be glad. The grader is nigh. Country road....
 But a sealed road means more traffic.... more tourists.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Vanuatu has been devastated by cyclone Pam.
The map is from Lonely Planet guide and shows the island kingdom.
ABC media is taking donations today, Friday.
Aid donations can be made to Oxfam, Australian Red Cross, Plan Australia, Care Australia, World Vision, UNICEF, Save the Children, Adventist Development Relief.

Other islands of the Pacific have suffered.

Vanuatu is a republic with about two and a half hundred thousand people. A small population.
  Languages are Bislama and French. 40% are educated in French language schools and 60% study in English language instiutions.
  In the past the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides operated there.
  Independence came in 1980 amid years of unrest. Father Walther Lini was a figure there.
  The famous Land Diving or bungee jumping is from the island of Pentecost.

  New Caledonia/Noumea with the French connection is an island neighbour which is not usually heard about in our media.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Let there be light...
....light into mystery?

What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? (Hawking re ToE)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mostly greenery but a phone caller is busy on the arm of a heritage figure.

Monday, March 09, 2015

 Something nothing.  Different conditions of water, sky, light.

And hurrah. Summer has been free of bush fires in our region. Humid, some rain, hot, but no fires.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Like sands in an hour glass....

There was talk of postponing our census usually done every five years, in order to direct funds into updating the department you could say.
 A lot of other places have a census every ten years some with sampled surveys, for instance, Argentina, Spain and France.
 The UK (64 million) does a full census every 10 years as does the USA (320 million) where the last questionnaire was short namely ten questions. 
 In comparison, our form is giant with 61 questions but our population is low (23 mill) and a full census of every household is attempted.
In France (63 million) annual surveys and rotating samples is an unusual method. Smaller towns are counted every 5 years and larger towns are sampled annually.
To each his own.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Will green Hakea beat yellow Geebung?  Sports day 2015.
 The day became sweltering. Even a polar vortex would have been welcome.

Digging up the Road lead to a detour yesterday. It was all go as the house on the corner was under renovation as well. They're digging a hole in the road  is another likable song for children from ABC media.
  Now, the dialogue in Peppa Pig, for instance, is from real voices that have good enunciation even if they have a nice distinct accent.
 Why do most other cartoon characters on TV sound stupid and shout?    How do the neural networks under formation in a tiny child process the bizarre offerings ?
 Shock horror.  Peter Rabbit on you tube bereft of UK English. The very essence of a show is lost in any remake.
Thankfully we are adaptable to offerings from all over the world and don't need remakes.
Bananas in PJs has become unaustralian in the hands of overseas artists, the outdoors do not reflect our scene at all, the cartoon has simply gone generic. 
Hope we don't eventually dumb down on a generic diet.

Last photo is of random drug testing unit.   

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Setting up again. Newcastle Show tomorrow for three days.  The greatest show on earth- not.
Outside the show ground, the police were making a show of strength with random drug tests on motorists.
A drug bus/coach, a trailer and the latest vehicles made up the ambush. State elections are just around the corner.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A shout out for blueberries following the Hep scare.  Chinese products were suspect. Take pity on our producers. However, it turns out these are from New Zealand!  Can we live with that? 
The berries are rather good tasting.

Rail truncation work to the east towards Wickham.    Work goes ahead in leaps and bounds, after all, the state election is nearly upon us.

Sunday, March 01, 2015