So it goes — November 2014 five years on

Selected images from my archive.

Flame tree, West Wollongong:

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From my window:

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From The Brewery, Wollongong:

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Hot!

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Steaming road, West Wollongong:

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Crown Street Mall Friday Market, Wollongong:

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Seasonal hazard turns deadly

It’s September, and here in The Gong we know what that means, as I noted in September 2013. Go there for some videos too.

…it has been happening much longer down the east coast of Oz, not least in The Gong. I had wondered about the numbers of cyclists I have seen lately with antennae. Is this the latest in tinfoil hats, I wondered? Election season could lead to an increase in wearing such protection.

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No. Rather the guy on the left in the next image is the villain responsible.

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But this year it really has turned deadly: see Swooping magpie kills man at Woonona and Cyclist dies while fleeing swooping magpie in Woonona.

A man has died while trying to avoid a swooping magpie in a park near Wollongong which has a history of attacks.

The 76-year-old was riding his bicycle in Woonona yesterday morning when the bird started to swoop so he rode off the path in an effort to escape.

He then collided with a fence post, was thrown to the ground and suffered serious head injuries.

Locals performed CPR on him until an ambulance arrived, before he was airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.

Despite medical efforts he died last night…

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No, really! What genius is even thinking about this!

Isn’t this one of the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen? I think so, and have ever since seeing them in the wild 60+ years ago!

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See Telopea speciosissima or Waratah. It is the floral emblem of NSW.

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Apparently some turkeys want to change that! To quote Peter Hannam’s report in the Sydney Morning Herald:

No flower may be “so proud and stately and grand as the waratah”, so a popular book once told our children, but it seems devotion to the fiery red NSW emblem is fading within parts of the Berejiklian government.

The Department of Customer Service, which oversees branding, says it has “no plans” to ditch the waratah as the state’s logo, but leaked details of focus groups suggest some government staffers have other ideas….

The leak surprised government officials with one senior member on Sunday saying it would be “a bloody bad thing” to replace the waratah….

Too right it would be a bad idea!

The Herald poll seems to agree.

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…and in March 2014

Selections from my archive.

Weird sky: West Wollongong:

Mount Kembla — brooding:

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Hellenic Club, West Wollongong:

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Batty: near Figtree:

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Lunch at Steelers with long-lost cousin…

Not really lost, but as he is considerably younger than I we hadn’t seen all that much of each other over the years, though his late father unfailingly kept in touch. See What a gathering of the clan that was! and Roy Hampton Christison 1927 – 2011.

The “selfie” of the two of us is by Russell Christison, the rest by me. Dampish day, but great conversation.

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After Steelers we went to the Illawarra Brewery. When Russell left I stayed on and read for a while over a half-pint of Apocalypso.