So we have been back 15 years. How about 5?

Looking at June 2016 I instantly saw some nice connections with those 2006 entries I have just done.

Interlude: M of Venice

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Or rather, M in Venice. One of a set he posted on Facebook on 24 June, though by then he was no longer in Venice. He was in Florence a few days ago.


Great photo!

M in Europe

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I mentioned M’s travels at the end of May.

Speaking of France, M is currently there on the first leg of quite a long European tour. He is also experimenting with his camera it seems. This is his take on the artists’ market in Montmartre.

On 16 June M sent a very detailed email from Venice.

I am in Venice, love the city, from high school I always wanted to  come here to see the city, so far my travelling so good… Paris is interesting, people quite relaxed, full of tourists, especially Chinese, I am so glad to see them enjoying themselves, many independent travellers too from China, make me proud to be Chinese.

Went to a Moroccan Belgium wedding in Brussels, it was great… I couldn’t stop dancing, North African people are so warm and love music and dancing, we had a crazy night, the wedding reception started 7pm and we just kept drink and dancing to 5am…See some pics on face book!


It felt so good to catch up with 2 friends I have not see for 15 years, since we departed from Nepal Everest base camp and India Darjeeling…

Love Amsterdam, I feel relaxed and comfortable, people are very friendly, I can easily connect to the city and its people.

Went to Switzerland for a few days and took a most famous train ride in the world ( Bernina Express), the only world heritage train ride, what was even better is I only paid 29 eur from Basel stop Zurich one day and use same ticket again for the wonderful Bernina Express.


Enjoyed 2 days in Verona and going to Bologna tomorrow. Will be in  Barcelona some times July, will keep you informed!



Voting opens in Oz 2016 election

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July 2 is polling day, but quite a number pre-poll.

Election 2016 voting officially begins on Tuesday, with the opening of pre-poll centres across the Illawarra.  

Voters in the electorates of Cunningham and Whitlam (formerly Throsby) can cast their votes at 153 Keira Street, Wollongong – the old Workout World building – from 8.30am on Tuesday…

You can vote early either in person or by post if on election day you:

  • are outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote
  • are more than 8km from a polling place
  • are travelling
  • are unable to leave your workplace to vote
  • are seriously ill, infirm or due to give birth shortly (or caring for someone who is)
  • are a patient in hospital and can’t vote at the hospital
  • have religious beliefs that prevent you from attending a polling place
  • are in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained
  • are a silent elector
  • have a reasonable fear for your safety.

In this country you have to attend a poll. Whether once there you actually vote is possibly another matter, but we do have “Compulsory Voting” in Australia. I am 100% in favour of that. See Mungo MacCallum, The case for compulsory voting.

Compulsory voting ensures people take an occasional interest in choosing a government, and therefore in public policy. If not, they risk surrendering it to the fanatical and the unscrupulous…

Here in Cunningham electorate I see we have an extra candidate for the House of Reps.

BLAKEY Cath The Greens

WATERS Nathan Science Party

BLICAVS Michelle Liberal

RYAN Michelle Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

BIRD Sharon Labor Sitting MHR

FLANAGAN John Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting)

Sharon Bird will win, but I was rather intrigued by Nathan Waters.

Entrepreneur, consultant, technologist and event coordinator always looking to combine new technology and people to make the world more awesome.

The Science Party is also running Senate candidates. They have quite a few policy objectives I can share. And speaking of the Senate. Here is how we now vote.





I think I will be doing “below the line”.  There are some weird and whacky candidates too, so I really do recommend going to Senate – New South Wales where you will find all laid out with links to more information from the candidates.

One that won’t win but will get my support somewhere on my ballot is the Arts Party, if only because I met one of the candidates many years ago when he was a teenager.

They come from all walks of life, united by their love of and belief in the Arts, in Culture, in Education and Community. These are the champions who have stepped up at this election.

And the vote — indeed the entire election — went perfectly smoothly, other than us ending up with the Coalition on top again… Such a contrast to the ridiculous song and dance act that the US Presidential election was in 2020, and since with that bat-crazy sore loser still grinding on with his lies and delusions….