Look, all I am going to do today is pick my own favourite… But, to start I see that at the end of the month I had summarised thus:
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Usually I post some kind of statistical summary of the month around the last day. Yesterday I did one on Facebook.
And yes, the blog has already hit most views for 2021 — 1,585 this month so far, compared with 1,558 in March, the previous best of 2021. May 2020 still beats both at 1,945. Back in 2014 three months were 2k or better — September, October and December. On averages per day September 2014 is best. This month will definitely go past 1,600.
I am of course writing this the day before it appears in public, giving me the opportunity to update before then — and find typos! The other thing as I write is that in less than an hour the NSW Premier is to give her COVID update. When I posted Sunday’s shocker my cousin Julie, who happens to be a PhD and a health physician in Queensland commented: “Brace yourself for the next few announcements.” And indeed we are!
UPDATE: So yesterday there were 1,290 new cases in NSW. Sunday was 1,218 — and that was a record.
OK — so there were 31 posts in August, and the final score was 1,631 views from 513 visits with 141 likes. The sad events I refer to have since resolved!
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Yes, the 40th in the series! OMG! Longer actually, as our lockdown began 26 June. So Day 61 in fact.
In accordance with NSW Health advice Saturday 26th June Collegians will be closing its venues from 4pm today. This includes:
Collegians Wollongong, Collegians Balgownie, Collegians Illawarra Leagues, Collegians Figtree & Collegians Port Kembla
At this stage we hope to re-open our doors on Saturday 10th July in accordance with the end of the lock down Midnight Friday 9th July. Pending further advice from NSW Health.
Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and take care. Collegians Management
Well here we still are… As I have said City Diggers is taking advantage of the lockdown to do major renovations.
Talked to a club friend from early on in my return to The Gong, Steve Hitchens, about this yesterday on the phone. BIG changes. But as I said to him, I hope the Bistro menu is better than it was in the lead-up to lockdown — the reason I and Maurice and many others migrated to Illawarra Leagues. Be interested to see the changes though.
Speaking of The Gong, on Thursday I went to town to the chemist as I had to renew some medication. Waiting for the bus at this bus stop I had a conversation which I later reported on Facebook:
At the bus stop in The Gong this morning — a woman around my age was consulting the bus timetable as I scanned the intersection of Crown and Keira for a bus…
“Are they after you?” she suddenly said.
Apparently some kind of police or public order officers had just gone past. I hadn’t noticed…
She laughed and said, “You never know these days, do you?”
We chatted about how things were going. “It’s bad,” she said.
“Yes, but our parents lived through the War,” I replied. “This is not as bad.”
She agreed. “Yes, I was born just after and I remember…”
And told stories of shortages and rations.
“I was born during,” I replied. “And I think now we should be tapping into the spirit our parents had back then.”
“True,” she replied. And went on her way.My bus arrived. A 39. Good, Mount Keira Road service. And I was the only passenger.
Meanwhile the internet continues to deliver, especially through Facebook, some amazing things.
First a family history treasure from the Wollondilly Historical Page on Facebook. I have colourised the image.
John (Jack) Whitfield (1864-1956) joined the Police Force as a Probationary Constable on 28th October 1889. Previous to this he worked as a sawyer with his father W.J.J. Whitfield at his Bluegum Creek Sawmill near the Thirlmere Lakes.John Whitfield was the last constable with the Police Force at Appin. The Court House/Police Station was closed in 1933. Photograph from Whitfield family collection.
Then on a completely different tack is this brilliant video from journalist George Monbiot on climate change.
So very true! I am ashamed to see that Aussie motormouths like Alan Jones PhD (not) are a significant part of the picture! Game, set and match George! He uses plain and sometimes Anglo-Saxon words at times — perfectly justified, in my view! But if you are a bit precious about such things. be warned if the letter F frightens you….
Yes, I know absolutely dreadful things have been happening in Afghanistan. On Facebook first thing yesterday I wrote:
I will not spend too much time on this but like everyone I will be following these events closely. Nothing but absolute revulsion can be our attitude, There is nothing good about ISIS, nothing worthy in their cause or their tactics. They appear to hate everyone except themselves.
Any here or in the USA who turns this into partisan politics of any kind is simply contemptible.
But soon after I did share an item from blogging and FB friend in California, Kanani Fong with this note:
Kanani Fong shared this saying “I thought of this photo this morning, when I heard the news about the Kabul airport. It was the last image I saw last night before tucking in. The Marines have always brought a dose of safety and clarity wherever they go. Much love to their family, friends, and fellow Marines.”
Her husband worked as a surgeon with the US military in Afghanistan. She was involved in that excellent documentary Restrepo.
NOTE: 30th December — Facebook has delivered in the past few days some even more amazing family history — but I will save that for New Year! This post ends the month-by-month replays. Tomorrow I aim to summarise how the blog has gone all year.