July 2018

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This is a relatively quick post... It's also the first time I've done this semi-properly since about 2011.

Today is my blogiversary. My 13th blogiversary to be exact.

And tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the first time I went to play D&D, hence the dice photo and all the 13s.

So there's that.

Current Mood: ...

After nearly 13 years of writing this blog, there are times when I struggle to keep up with blogging 5 times per week. This week is one of those weeks. It doesn’t help that I’m in a bit of an emotional slump at the moment, feeling old and out of shape, unsettled still staying at my sister’s house and still nursing this stupid shoulder injury.

On Saturday I was supposed to go on a hike with the Get Naked Australia group but none of my friends could go and I couldn’t work up the confidence to go along without people I knew there. It’s stupid as I had met some of the gang the first time I went on one of their adventures.

So I’m sorry about the lack of enthralling

There’s a curious old saying: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” It’s a peculiarly repellent phrase, if you pause to think about it. Does it mean “there...
How much work must have gone into this animated graphic. Just brilliant, about the expansion and shrinkage of Victorian Railways. You begin to see it start to disappear in the 1970s and increased greatly after the Lonie Report in the 80s. Some time earlier in England came the Beeching Report, which lead to the closure of many railway lines.

So, go to the above website and you may have to click animate on the left.

I don't think an animated map has been made for New South Wales, but here is a static map for Sydney folk to see when your nearest station was opened. Included is the date when each station opened. Nice work by someone.

Working as an accountant, corporate style.

What can I say?

It was what I liked at school as a sixteen, seventeen, eighteen year old and before I knew what I didn’t know, I’d gone to uni and had done a degree in it. (Just as a side note, I found uni hard, lonely and difficult. I didn't have the time of my life, like I hear people say, best time of their lives, far from it) And then I became an adult and I learned what I didn’t know and I realised what it was that I really liked. As a seventeen/eighteen year old, I didn’t have a clue that I could, actually, go to uni and study poetry and creative writing, not seriously, if only I’d had that realisation, things would have been very different. 

And then it was too late (never too late, I hear you say. I did study an english degree in my thirties at night school, for interest, and it was doing that that I got a bit of a taste of the uni life that I would have ...
Make no mistake about it. Shocking crimes of active and passive negligence were committed in London preceding, during and after the Grenfell Tower flats went up in a spectacular blaze of fire last year. I have added the reporting of the investigation by The Guardian to my RSS feed.

It is almost impossible to understand how this could have happened. Given where we live, in a highrise building, anything like this is of great interest to me.

Every official department failed. The local council who was in charge. The local government's hired minions. The government. Builders. Architects, and worst of all the Fire Brigade. Having mentioned the Fire Brigade is not a reflection on the extraordinary bravery and self sacrifice of the fire fighters. They were ill prepared and not even vaguely properly trained for this type of fire, never mind their lack of equipment and failed communication devices. But so many firefighters put their own lives at risk to ...

For those who have been following me for a while this has been a blog I have been writing since I pretty much started blogging. I usually go through my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist and pick out some of the songs I like and then pick a Song of the Week. I have decided to revamp this post as I just wasn’t feeling inspired by my Spotify playlist anymore.

This will still be a weekly post about music but I am tenornow going to leave it open to whatever I find for the week and see where down the rabbit hole it takes us.

This weekend a friend of mine showed me Ariana Grande song called God Is a Women if you haven’t heard go listen to it and watch it’s video clip now…..well not now in about 5 minutes at the end of this post. Since then I have fallen into an Ariana Grande YouTube spiral.

What started as watching this simple video

BAD is in Salerno, Italy.

My number of unfinished and unpublished posts was rising rapidly, which usually leads to a Flood Friday. Instead I have finished them and as you may have noticed you are getting two posts a day for the last few days. I am hovering around twenty, of which ten are permanently not for publication or have been published and then pulled.  Still, I am doing better than Snoskred with 60 unpublished posts.  Here is the first for today. I don't think there will be more two posts a day.

Too much writing and not enough photos of late. These were taken a while ago of local celebrations at Federation Square for Buddha's Day. There is not much to say about the photos.


Chatting to a friend today we both have a lot of change going on. He’s trying to find some balance in his life after essentially being buried in work all year so far. Apart from seeing him briefly at Mardi Gras time, I haven’t caught up with him all year and that’s been hard.

Over the course of the conversation I realised that I need to use the fresh start of my new living arrangement to foster some new habits. My bedroom is typically quite a bomb site and it frustrates the hell out of me. So once I get set up and work out what storage etc I need and settle in, it’s time to break the habit of leaving things all over the floor.

It’s also time to sort out better eating

I've never been a gamer on the net. It just does not interest me, but yet........

Mother had a black and white AWA Deep Image tv (Australia Wireless something. I can't remember ) in the seventies. It was a stylish modern television with a nice legs and and a very handsome timber veneer.  Mother still had the tv into the eighties and was rather late into colour tv, with her next set being a Rank Arena. My younger siblings had some sort of game thing they could plug into the AWA tv. I think it was called Pong. It was good fun, to hit a ball a bit back and forth from the control sticks. (I don't remember the control sticks, but it can't have been touch screen).

Such a simple game, but we had such fun.

Our Late Friend back in the early noughties asked what I was doing with my old mobile phone. He suggested I should give it to his partner as a gift. No way, I replied. It has ...