Christmas 2014 and earlier

This year’s Christmas as posted to Facebook yesterday: “Great sharing of memories back as far as the 1940s with my cousin and her husband at Mangerton today. Good food too — and shiraz. Thanks Helen and Jim Langridge.” Particularly poignant memories of Christmas 1951 at Chamberlain Avenue in Caringbah – my sister’s last one. Helen recalled it vividly – and yes I did apparently convince her that we could see Santa in the sky.


That’s Helen and Jim in 2008 on Jim’s retirement from a very distinguished career at the University of Wollongong. Read about that.

…The Vice-Chancellor said in the late 1980s Dr Langridge had led a small group from Australia’s higher education sector in pioneering international student recruitment “planting the seeds for the huge growth of international students into this country”.

“Education is now Australia’s third largest export earner after coal and iron ore – ahead of tourism and way ahead of traditional exports like wheat and wool,” Professor Sutton.

“And thanks to Jim UOW has links with most of the major US universities, and one of Australia’s largest Study Abroad programs.

“Jim has turned ITC from a $1 million company into a $75 million company employing a lot of people in this region and around the world,” he said.

“But the success of the University of Wollongong in Dubai stands out, and will be Jim’s permanent legacy. We wouldn’t be in Dubai, and wouldn’t be where we are in Dubai, without Jim Langridge.”…


The thing you need to know about Christmas Day is that publicly not a lot happens. Here is Wollongong Mall around 11 am.


Yes, there is one other human being if you look closely.

However, the Steelers Club offered us a wonderful if unusual Christmas menu. The flounder was to die for!



Replacement for Baby Toshiba

Posted on December 26, 2012 by Neil

My main Christmas celebration was the day before. M came down in the afternoon. After a chat at Diggers with a friendly old lady we went for a beer or two and a sit at Illawarra Brewery, then to Steelers for a hot pot Chinese dinner at the Long Yuan. The food passed the M test!


M supplied this potential replacement for the dear departed Baby Toshiba.

  • 26 Dec 2014: That was Baby HP, now soldiering on and keeping this blog going….


Sutherland Station, Christmas Day around 6pm

Posted on December 27, 2011 by Neil


Christmas at Sirdan’s–for the very last time

Posted on December 26, 2011 by Neil

By mid-January Sirdan will be a resident of Gympie (Queensland), so yesterday was the last of Rosebery…

It was actually quite a long day, as I left Wollongong on the early train.


Spent a couple of hours with M in Surry Hills, then over to Sirdan’s in time for lunch. Back home around 7pm.


Christmas dinner

Posted on December 25, 2010 by Neil

No, not the parrot, which is having its Christmas Eve repast at the Bates Motel. It’s a Rainbow Lorikeet, by the way, and a wild bird not a pet.

Christmas Day: Missy the Jack Russell

Posted on December 26, 2010 by Neil

Spent the day with Sirdan in Rosebery. Missy (four months old) is the latest resident there.