Another quarter down of 2015


Wollongong Harbour in September 2012 – from my post of September 20, 2015.

The month of September on this blog has been modest. Total views are very similar to June 2015, but with the average per day (41) being a touch lower than the average for the year to date. For the blogs including archives Sitemeter – which is back – indicates an increase relative to December 2014 but a decrease relative to September 2014.

The most viewed posts have been:

  1. Home page / Archives 645 views in September 2015
  2. Outnumbered, Merlin, and other recently seen TV 28
  3. Thank God Tony Abbott’s not running the country 21
  4. Wollongong’s WIN News justifies its existence 17
  5. Exit pursued by a Turnbull… 14
  6. All my posts 14
  7. Our national flower – and an amazing photo series 12
  8. Ian Thorpe – free at last? 11
  9. Random Friday memory 17 – Caringbah 1965 11
  10. Eating halal food again… 11
  11. What a treasury of family history! 10
  12. About 10
  13. Valerie who? 10
  14. Family history–some news on the Whitfield front 9
  15. West Wollongong Mt Keira Road intersection 8.30am 8
  16. Reclaiming Australia Persian-style in Wollongong 8
  17. Friday Australian poem #NS1— John Le Gay Brereton (1871 – 1933) 8
  18. Continuing my trawling through Trove and family history 7
  19. Leunig today on Abbott’s medievalism 6
  20. William made it–or I wouldn’t be blogging, would I? 6

$10 two-course Monday lunch @ Diggers

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…

Image recycle: September 2013

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.

Eating halal food again…

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.