In this case roast beef followed by apple pie.
See City Diggers and my past entries. Note too the food for thought: the October issue of The Monthly.
Abbott, as both the most idealistic and the most aggressive of John Howard’s protégés, learned to frame his battles as ones of national security wherever possible. Under Howard, national-security talk was used to reassure Australians that there was a strong hand at the wheel; under Abbott it looked specious and faintly sinister, and ever more pronounced…
But perhaps the most damning indictment of Abbott’s prime ministership was seen in his relationship to his own party. The “captain’s pick”, Abbott’s most notable leadership tactic, was never about acting like a captain – on the contrary, it was a way of sneaking things through, to avoid the effort of convincing his colleagues, knowing they would never agree. In the end, his cabinet barely functioned, riven by disapproving leaks.
So the party rejected him, and elected Malcolm Turnbull…
Can’t call it photoblog this time, as that had turned into an archive by this date. Here are some goodies from two years back:
Mount Kembla from Mount Keira Road, West Wollongong
Bottlebrush, Mount Keira Road
And I promised parakeets – well rainbow lorikeets in fact, here in West Wollongong yesterday. These are into the late afternoon sun, so not easy photographically, through my window and a fly screen.
- That coral tree is no longer there.
Yes indeed. See also Reclaiming Australia Persian-style in Wollongong and On being my own great-grandpa, and Shiraz again. Chris T and I returned to the wonderful Shiraz Persian Restaurant with a very clear purpose: to eat the one main on the menu we had not tried as yet: Lamb Neck. Melt-in-the-mouth slow cooked, it was a real winner. It looked like this, though the particular one shown may be found in Los Angeles. I am sure Wollongong’s version would be as good, if not better.
Our other main – we shared of course – was exactly as follows, given that the picture comes from Shiraz’s Facebook page.
What can I say but “Yummo!” Good to see yesterday quite a few non-Persian Wollongong people discovering and enjoying. Hope that keeps this great eatery going.
And yes – all halal. Not surprising really. But they do serve wine, if desired, including Shiraz.
Not at all surprising is this recent news item: No direct link between halal certification and Islamic terrorism, Senate inquiry told.
The evidence was given by both the Australian Crime Commission and Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the nation’s anti-money laundering intelligence agency, at the inquiry’s second hearing on Thursday morning in Sydney.
It is a common thread in the anti-halal movement to allege links between certification and terrorist organisations, but intelligence and law enforcement agencies in Australia do not think it is the case.
Towards twilight I saw them from my window.
See also Calyptorhynchus funereus.
The Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo is one of six species of Black-Cockatoo in Australia. In recent years it has been in rapid decline because of native habitat clearance, with a loss of food supply and nest sites.