Hung Parliament; Photoblog recycle July 2015

Bit of a puzzle. ABC still says we have six seats in doubt; the Australian Electoral Commission Tally Room says none. According to AEC it’s Coalition 74, Labor 71, Greens 1, Katter 1, Xenophon 1, Independents 2, not yet determined 0. The government has a pledge on Supply and Confidence from Katter and the two Independents, but as Bob Katter memorably said:

“You try running a government with one vote up your sleeve,” he said. “Don’t have your mother die, because you can’t go to her funeral. Don’t go to the bathroom – you’d go to the bathroom and say ‘oh, I missed that vote because I had to go to the bathroom’. I don’t think that’ll fly and you’d take the risk of what happened to Julia Gillard. If you’re relying on a couple of votes, even a little nobody like me can knock you out of the ballgame.”

Photoblog recycle: July 2015

A piece of old Wollongong

Posted on July 26, 2015 by Neil

Yesterday Chris T and I lunched at Raw Energy on the corner of Market and Corrimal Streets. Very healthy. I walked via Market Street, passing on the way one of Wollongong’s oldest surviving buildings, the Congregational Church


Wollongong – clear winter day

Posted on July 21, 2015 by Neil

One good thing about the revamped Crown Street Mall is that it has re-opened the prospect to the sea.


Reclaiming Australia Persian-style in Wollongong

Posted on July 19, 2015 by Neil

Yesterday’s visit to Wollongong’s Shiraz Persian Restaurant coincided with a weekend when the paranoid right was out “reclaiming Australia” in various places around the nation, sometimes with the support of the nuttier members of the Australian government, alas. It was just a coincidence, mind. Our friend Persian Danny had suggested the place last weekend. Chris T and I didn’t even know it existed.

But I very happily reclaim the Australia that respects the beliefs of all Australians and doesn’t freak out over urban myths about halal food. I ate the food. I did not turn into a Muslim. As someone with Australian ancestry going back almost 200 years, or likely even 40,000 years, I am proud to reclaim multicultural Australia through such excellent food…


I had a beautiful lamb shank dish, buried under fragrant rice.


Steak and kidney – and Alan Turing

Posted on July 16, 2015 by Neil

Yesterday at City Diggers:


An excellent winter meal, and a great book, Andrew Hodges’ biography of Alan Turing

A flash in the pan

Posted on July 8, 2015 by Neil

The way the afternoon light caught Mount Keira yesterday – gone in minutes…


Around Devonshire Street — 1

Posted on July 4, 2015 by Neil

Yesterday I travelled up to Sydney, lunching in Surry Hills at The Shakespeare Hotel with M. $12.50 grilled barramundi and vegetables – excellent. M’s flatmate M2 came along – lovely man, former theatrical with a great fund of stories…

On the way to Sydney Central Station I tried to capture the afternoon light.