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17 June 2018 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

State of the Regions

Inequality between metropolitan areas and the regions is growing, according to the latest Australian Local Government Association "State of the Regions" report.

The Wide Bay-Burnett on the Central Queensland coast has again taken the unwelcome gong for having Australia's highest unemployment rate.

We've really screwed some things up in this country and regional equality is one of them (electricity being the notable other).

17 March 2018 | comments: 0 | Categories:

Mouth of the Kolan River

I walked to the mouth of the Kolan River this morning, starting from home before sunrise at 4.50am.

The tide was rising quickly, which meant soft sand and a slower hike. I like jogging on the beach when it's low tide or the sea is in retreat.

The return journey of 13km took two hours and 28 minutes.

The Mouth of Kolan River Conservation Park boundary was nearly 3km along the beach. Mangrove snags (...)

04 February 2018 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Cooler weather

There has been some cooler weather in the Bundaberg region this week. Yesterday the mercury struggled to reach 22 degrees, which is very unusual for February. There has been steady, soaking rain.

Clouds drifted in around the middle of the week and blocked any view of the super moon. The morning afterwards I went to the beach to see if the king tide had left its mark.

Water had risen to the top of the dunes and a lot of vegetation was deposited on the beach as the tide (...)

26 January 2018 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Queensland move

I'm now living at Moore Park Beach after moving to Queensland to start a job with Bundaberg Regional Council.

Moore Park Beach is a beautiful settlement of 1600 people about 20-25km from Bundaberg. I write "20-25km" because the community is spread along a narrow strip of beach and hinterland for several kilometres.

I say "settlement" because there is not much of a town centre. There's a pub and (...)

06 January 2018 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Black Mountain

Black Mountain is an iconic Canberra landmark. It's elevation of 812 metres is 256 metres higher than Lake Burley Griffin.The imposing Telstra Tower rises another 195 metres above the summit.

Snow fell on the mountain this winter but not on the lower ground.

It's a pleasant scenic walk from the base, especially starting from the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The gardens feature a scientific collection of native plants from (...)

27 December 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Antergos Linux

I've been running Linux Mint on my Surface Pro tablet for over a year now. It's a clean, easy-to-use free operating system that's simple to update and maintain.

At one point though I messed up the bootloader and lost access to my Windows 10 installation. I decided to go without Windows and dedicated the entire hard drive to Linux. This gave me plenty of space for photos, video and music.

Later I discovered Oracle VirtualBox and (...)

26 December 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Christmas 2017

It's been a lovely Christmas to end a difficult year. My four children are all together with me for the first time in several years. My eldest son has travelled to Canberra from Adelaide with his girlfriend.

We feasted on Christmas Day. My plate shows the selection of festive fare including ham and chicken, falafel, quiche, dolmades, green salad, pasta salad, pumpkin, chickpeas and bread.

We're house sitting in Narrabundah, minding an energetic young Groodle while the owners (...)

02 December 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Pagan tradition survives at St Tecla's Well

In April 2014 I walked the 285km Offa's Dyke Path along the Wales-England border from Chepstow to Prestatyn, passing through the small Welsh village of Llandegla.

St Tecla's ChurchI was intrigued to read in the guide book the village has a (...)

26 November 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Fairfax Media dumbs down

It's hard to have confidence in the future of quality journalism when you visit The Age website and see mostly click bait.

I browsed there this morning to get a summary of the Queensland election. Possibly I should have gone to the Brisbane Times instead, but it seemed a reasonable assumption the Fairfax stable would give the inconclusive result prominent coverage Australia-wide given its national (...)

19 November 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Hyper Real exhibition

The National Gallery is currently featuring an exhibition of sculptural realism which provokes and mesmeries in equal measure.

Hyper Real presents works from Americans George Segal, John De Andrea and Duane Hanson, Australian artists Patricia Piccinini, Ron Mueck and Sam Jinks, and others.

It's a form of art I haven't witnessed before. The human likenesses are uncanny. Becoming absorbed in the experience, it requires concentration (...)