Some soothing winter seascapes from The Gong

From my June 2014 archive, as in the previous post.

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Seen in June 2014

Five years ago!

At Illawarra Brewery:

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And here I am in the very early 1990s with a friend of M, a former member of the Chinese Air Force. Lovely man. Part of that post-Tiananmen crowd.

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The Steelers Club had such an excellent Chinese Restaurant — now gone:

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There was some wild weather. The highest wind gusts in the Illawarra were recorded at Albion Park with 117km/h at 4.23pm, closely followed by Bellambi with 107km/h at 4.47pm. When I poked my nose out at my place that night:

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Wollongong was changing:

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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.

The Ghan a bit off track?

I note that SBS Viceland is repeating ALL DAY the 2018 Slow TV Ghan journey. Now I seem to recall seeing it pass through Wollongong a few years back. I checked January 2013 and here it is! Well, it is Wollongong station…

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At Wollongong Station this morning.

Also from January 2013:

To the beach

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Crown Street Markets on Friday–that hottest day ever

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