Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 63 — inspiring or interesting finds

With all that has been said and done lately about China and the weirdly named and maybe ill-begotten AUKUS (in reverse SUKU-A) this story, while featuring, has been less prominent than it deserves to be. Our ABC has been taking notice:

Cyrus Janssen is no fool but is quite admittedly friendly to China and its regime. He is worth listening to.

I just wanted to draw your attention to the story in case you haven’t noted it yet. But now I just want to share some delightful finds. First is one of the most amazing photos you will ever see — though chances are you have already seen it! This explains the context:

Yesterday CNN released a big photo and showed it to the whole world…
… a picture that will remain in history… taken by the lens of photographer Anil Prabhakar in the forest in Indonesia.
The image shows an orangutan currently under threat of extinction while stretching out his hand to help a geologist who fell into a mud pool during his search…
… a touching scene…
A great lesson for people who threaten their habitat and its kind…
When the photographer uploaded the photo, he wrote above:
In a time when the concept of humanity dies, animals lead us to the principles of humanity…
… Let’s think…

Question: Or is this a fake? FB now warns that it has insufficient context.

Rather different — very different! — is this cartoon, which appeals to me given that COVID in recent weeks has made me an online supermarket shopper!

Well, that will do for today! I am, by the way, expecting my latest Woolworth’s order to be delivered contact-free later today!

Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 39 — spring 2011 and 2009

But no tangible lockdown relief after yesterday’s 1000+ cases….

So just some posts on the season signs of which are already visible. Walking back from the bus stop yesterday I saw that the magnolia a few doors up in Mount Keira Road is in glorious bloom, much as it was in August 2011.


Ten years ago! Hard to believe!


Go back two years to Surry Hills. I called this one “simple spring image”.


And in Belmore Park between Central Station and Haymarket:


And of all my photos this is one of my favourites, Haymarket 2009 — joy of spring!


Some other July days in the past decade or so… A photo post

Looking through my archive for July 2016 I see retrospectives that are worth selecting from. So here are some, nothing too heavy.

Posted on July 13, 2009

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Passing parade — Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Posted on July 24, 2009

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Cornstalk Bookshop, Glebe — owner Paul Feain at the freebies table…

Posted on July 11, 2010

Sunday lunch — Trinity Bar, Surry Hills

Posted on July 14, 2011

On Wollongong City Beach looking towards Port Kembla.

Posted on July 19, 2011

Lunch at The Diggers Club.

Posted on July 27, 2011

Wollongong Harbour.

Posted on July 20, 2012

Lunch at the Steelers Club — the club and the neighbourhood are totally changed since then!

Posted on July 13, 2013

A rare sighting of Michael Xu in Wollongong, at the back entrance to Illawarra Grammar School in fact.

Posted on July 29, 2014 

From my window, Mount Kembla on the left.

Posted on July 11, 2016

Lunch with Chris T at Ziggy’s House of Nomms, which included two treats especially, the first being a sencha tea delicately scented with flowers. Lovely. The second we tried because we didn’t know what it might be, but it turns out to be a thing! Taiwan Taco Gua Bao.

Let’s talk about the weather…

Over in the USA, so US ABC News tells me, they have been baking east and west. Here Sydney had its coldest June day since the 1880s. (The Gong was a degree or two warmer — we got to 12C.) Oh, and in case anyone starts: I know the difference between weather and climate. Do you?

Cold June days are not entirely unprecedented of course, as I discovered back around 2000 when exploring my own family history.

The relation of Jacob Whitfield (convict arr. 1822 from Ireland) to William and Mary (such Protestant names!) now seems established: he was their father. Certainly he witnessed the wedding on 20 June 1836 at St Andrews Presbyterian Church of William Whitfield and Caroline Philadelphia West, along with the other witnesses Maria Burgess and William Burgess. On 18 September 1836 (yes, I can count!) the baptism is recorded at St James Church, King Street, of William Joseph John Whitfield, son of William and Philadelphia. William gave his profession as carpenter, and his address as Elizabeth Street. The child had been born on August 14. (By the way, it snowed in Sydney on June 28 1836.)

Some question that 28 June 1836 event as possibly just being sleet. However, it was clearly a cold week for William and his pregnant wife on their wedding day, it appears.

Victoria copped the wildest of our weather event, but the predictions of snow in the central ranges of NSW certainly came true. Mr Rabbit (once a regular on my blogs as far back as 2000) is now a teacher in the Blue Mountains; he tells me that his school closed at 10am yesterday. His school is not far from Medlow Bath railway station which looked like this:

That photo and the others here were posted yesterday on Facebook. FB friend and South Sydney Uniting Church member Julie McCrossin was staying in Blackheath:

This is an official shot warning of road conditions:

But the most brilliant photo I saw has to be this one from Mount Victoria by Gary P Hayes — and he says: “and no, not photoshopped for the trolls out there …”