What I saw in January 2009

From my photoblog’s monthly archives

Now you know….

Posted on January 31, 2009 by Neil

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So that’s where he lives: Elizabeth Street Waterloo….

Passing Parade: Redfern 25 January

Posted on January 26, 2009 by Neil

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Hot again in Prince Alfred Park 2

Posted on January 22, 2009 by Neil

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Hot again in Prince Alfred Park 1

Posted on January 21, 2009 by Neil

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Passing parade: hot Thursday in Surry Hills

Posted on January 15, 2009 by Neil

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What I saw in December 2015

Photo recycle from Monthly Archives: December 2015.

It’s Christmas already…

Posted on December 24, 2015 by Neil

My Muslim neighbour kindly wished me “Merry Christmas” last week, not inappropriately given my “real” Christmas was in Surry Hills last Friday. This morning the lovely folk at the Yum Yum Cafe gave me this.


Changes in Surry Hills

Posted on December 19, 2015 by Neil

I returned to Surry Hills yesterday and lunched with M and Max at the Japanese place we went to in October.


On the way up Elizabeth and Cleveland Streets I particularly noted so many changes since I lived there last in 2010. Here is a shot taken in March 2009:

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Back in The Gong around 6pm I called in at Diggers, then a bus home an hour or so later. The sunset presaged the hot day we would have today. It has already passed 30C.



Wollongong looking festive — 2

Posted on December 6, 2015 by Neil

Yesterday we had face-painting in Crown Street Mall:


And then I noticed at the intersection of Church Street:


Yes, the 26th annual Toy Run. See last year’s post Last Saturday: Wollongong Toy Run. Yesterday:



Wollongong looking festive

Posted on December 1, 2015 by Neil


What I saw in December 2014

Photo recycle from Monthly Archives: December 2014.

Happy Christmas to all my readers

Posted on December 24, 2014 by Neil

Feel free to substitute a more relevant greeting if that is needed.


That’s a view from my table at Diggers yesterday after lunch. Note the big x-ray envelope on the chair. As I said on Facebook: “Chest pain: not good at my age or any age. Went to doc. Probably muscular, but ECG not unambiguous. Need to recheck 27 December… If it gets worse, I call an ambulance and go to hospital. If not, better! Whatever, I still sing the praises of our health system — thanks Gough! No matter how it has altered, it is still far better than almost any country you can name. Protect it, people!”

OK so far.

Winding up the Redfern visit

Posted on December 13, 2014 by Neil

From Sunday 7 December.


In Redfern Street


These buildings have had a most interesting history over the past 40 years. Great and not so great, but rarely uncontroversial, things have happened here. See Church Mouse (A small voice from St Vincent’s Redfern), Redfern Jarjum College, and Jarjum College opens amid hopes and concerns.

REDFERN: Jarjum College, a new independent Catholic school for Indigenous children, was officially opened on April 12 [2013]  before a crowd of over 500 people. On the site of the former St Vincent’s Presbytery in Redfern Street an old building has been transformed into a small school with a current intake of 20 students…

…In officially opening the school Governor Bashir thanked the children and the work of Principal Beatrice Sheen as well as mentioning her own family connections to Redfern through her grandparents who lived in the area.

After working for a number of months at the new school, Lottie Ceissman is now one of its most vocal critics. She was recently dismissed from her role. As well as believing that she has been unfairly treated in her dismissal, she is also very critical of the direction that the school is taking and has raised strong concerns regarding the present quality of education at the school. “The Jesuits have come in with a ‘top-down’ attitude,” she said.

“They haven’t involved the local community. You cannot run a school like this. They are not learning reading, writing and arithmetic. They are learning how to do dot paintings. The principal is just trying to make it too ‘aboriginalised’. They don’t even have a proper play yard. I don’t want my job back. It’s an unsustainable place. They started 26 kids and now they are down to 20.”…

And then to Surry Hills

The Sydney visit ended with lunch with M at the Shakespeare Hotel in Devonshire Street — not as good as on earlier occasions as they mixed up our orders sending out very indifferent fish and chips instead of the much better grilled barramundi we were expecting.


In the Shakespeare Hotel

M was a bit sore and sorry too as his bike had been hit by a taxi the previous Sunday. I guess all things considered he was lucky the injuries were not worse.

More from the Redfern visit

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Neil

From Sunday’s trip to Sydney.


That’s the new building above Club Redfern


And looking back from Regent Street/Redfern Street


This street sculpture has caused some controversy. What do you think?

THE mother of deceased indigenous youth TJ Hickey is supporting a push to have the controversial Redfern Bower sculpture removed from the suburb.

The Bower was commissioned by the City of Sydney in 2008 as part of a $16 million upgrade to the Redfern St area…

Last Saturday: Wollongong Toy Run

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Neil

Back to The Gong for this entry. Last Saturday in Crown Street Mall I witnessed the 25th Wollongong Bikers’ Toy Run. This has become a Christmas fixture, not only here but elsewhere.

25th Annual Wollongong Toy Run (NSW); 6 December. Leaves 10.30 am sharp from cnr Shellharbour Road & Addison Street, Shellharbour; travelling to Wollongong Lower Mall (Crown Street). Please do not wrap toys/presents. Toys should be for ages 3—13 (ages 10—13 in most need).


That’s the Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, on stage, extreme left.




Still in the present: Redfern revisited

Posted on December 8, 2014 by Neil

Sunday I took the 7.45am express to Sydney, getting off at Redfern.


I hadn’t been to Redfern in quite a while. The immediate purpose of the trip was lunch with M at The Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills, but I decided, it being Sunday, to go early enough to attend South Sydney Uniting Church. I hadn’t been there for quite a while; I suspect this was the last time: South Sydney Uniting Church last Sunday. It proved a bit of a bonus because along with some old friends there were quite a few Indigenous Australian young people from Arnhem Land and Darwin down for some conference or other.

But on the way I paid another pilgrimage.


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Yes, home of The Bunnies!

Back in the present

Posted on December 6, 2014 by Neil

So humid, and so many storms lately! Here is the view from my window on 4 December:


See Climate change: NSW to become hotter, more fire danger days and Sydney weather: The picture that captures story of city’s early-season tempests.

Yesterday morning in Crown Street Mall, Wollongong:


Musicians from The Illawarra Grammar School

What I saw in December 2013

Photo recycle from Monthly Archives: December 2013.

Christmas lunch at Steelers

Posted on December 25, 2013 by Neil

Grey day for Christmas Day in West Wollongong:


The thing you need to know about Christmas Day is that publicly not a lot happens. Here is Wollongong Mall around 11 am.


Yes, there is one other human being if you look closely.

However, the Steelers Club offered us a wonderful if unusual Christmas menu. The flounder was to die for!




Really Sichuan style!

That restaurant is no longer with us, alas! See Steelers: Wollongong’s best Chinese restaurant gone west.

Crown Street Mall–last Friday market before Christmas — 2

Posted on December 21, 2013 by Neil




Wollongong–Crown Street Mall

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Neil


Politics-free zone–West Wollongong to Figtree — 3

Posted on December 9, 2013 by Neil





Wollongong to Figtree 1

Posted on December 3, 2013 by Neil




What I saw in December 2012

Photoblog recycle from Neil’s Wollongong & Sydney Monthly Archives


Posted on December 31, 2012 by Neil

Here is the December collage.



At City Beach – these skateboarders just had a bit of advice about road safety…

Blue wren–City Beach Wollongong

Posted on December 28, 2012 by Neil



Out my window again… Painterly

Posted on December 9, 2012 by Neil


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North Shore Sydney school orchestra in Wollongong Mall

Posted on December 8, 2012 by Neil




Flame tree again, and a Christmassy look…

Posted on December 6, 2012 by Neil

Mount Keira Road.