Skynet: Calling all Internet Lab Rats


New app tests how mood affects cognitive performance. How much do you think your mood affects your brain’s ability to perform under ...

Bewildered by Australian’s Negativity Towards it’s Leadership?


This topic has so many levels of irony, Throsby’s not sure how rant on it. So he’ll just put it out there. ...

Blackhawk Down? Worse. Twitter Down


Throsby told them not to do it. He begged them. But, nooo, they just had to try a “new Twitter.” There’s a saying ...

Anything But a Curate’s Egg


Throsby likes nothing better than 1.) eggs Benedict for brekky, and 2.) good news from research funded by the partisans it favours. ...

Singleton’s Big Party ~ Howe’s That!


As mining cancerously erodes St. Patrick Plains’ alluvial bounty - “the finest sheep country he (John Howe) had seen since leaving England” - ...

Hunter Region Place Names


On Saturday, 11 December, 1954, someone named “Boscobel” had the following article published in the Newcastle Morning Herald. Throsby simply cannot ...

Cessnock Council plea: Stop giving rubbish to charities.


Have you recently visited a local charity shop and received a “Give good or bin it” ...

More Facebook & Insta Changes (groan)


Privacy, hidden likes & dating your mates! Throsby – like anyone concerned with privacy – has a love-hate relationship with Facebook. ...

No Cruise Terminal for You, Newcastle.


Infrastructure NSW has withdrawn the $12.7 million funding for a cruise terminal project in Newcastle port. Port of Newcastle was working on ...

Party on the Platforms


New regular Friday food and music event lands at The Station . Throsby reminds readers that NewcastleOnHunter derives no remuneration, honorariums, emoluments, ...

Gladys, the Trams Were Lovely, But What If…?


Tram Trains What if light rail cars had used the existing but opened ...

Hunter Street History Update


Spero Davias has dropped another update on his labour of love, the History of Hunter Street, “a Historical Chronological List of ‘Who was ...

Region Low on 2019 National Infrastructure List


Of Infrastructure Australia’s (IA) 2019 Infrastructure Priority List – comprising 121 “nationally significant” infrastructure proposals and a $58 billion project pipeline – only ...

Rocky Hill Coal ~ The Judge Who Stood Up


Climate took centre stage to oppose an open cut coal mine near Gloucester. Chief Justice Brian Preston of the NSW Land and ...

Those Little Streets Around Hunter St Mall


One of those old-world districts that could have been so much more in another timeline, the tiny nooks and corners of inner-city Newcastle ...

On the Other Hand, Throsby hopes…


Less than four months after identifying a monster magnetotelluric (MT) anomaly at Ausmex’ South Australian, Burra site, Professor Graham Heinson of the University of Adelaide ...

RMIT Shits a Brick


(Dropped this on Throsby’s desk knowing exactly his headline of choice ~ Editor)  Throsby’s waited years for a chance at that ...

Politically Incorrect New Book Pokes Fun at Self Worth and Anxiety


Who doesn’t long for the good old days when we could not only insult at will, but the recipients could take it in ...

Fake the 1969 Moon Landing? I Don’t Think So.


An old friend reflected on his experience during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. He was employed by Australia’s Postmaster-General’s ...

Sydaney, aka Shorty


Interesting message in this media release from Urban Taskforce. The approval of three residential skyscrapers for central Melbourne is a boost ...

Lunch at the Lake


Guinevere decreed a picnic. It’s traditional after a month’s rain that we visit one of a short list of tolerable picnic ...

Politeness Counts


Only one in 40 people know how rude the other 39 can be.  They are the unfortunates enduring the ire of fellow citizens ...

Our Most Important Goat Track


Nelson Bay Road. Craig Baumann seems more than a bit frustrated at the lack of NSW government action in NSW’s Port Stephens shire.  ...

School fences


One can still offer boiled sweets through the bars, you know NSW Minister for Education Verity Firth said  $10 million would see 42 ...

Lowering the Jolly Roger


Lowering the Jolly Roger Throsby’s shattered. They’re out to demolish his favourite dilapidated ruins. What don’t they get about the ecology ...

50 People Who Stuffed Up Australia


There is a need from time to time to take stock of where we have been and where we are now, and wonder where it ...

Graffiti Laws ~ an unseemly rant


Australia, one could cruelly suggest, is an ancient expansive continent run by a modern small-minded society. The populace (reputedly intoxicated permanently by beer and ...

Draperies and Drums


She who must be obeyed dragged me into the drum shop last week. She usually drags me into drapers’ heaven across the road, ...

Lake auger mine augurs ill


Lake Macquarie, one of Australia’s east coast watery treasures, has lived with coal mining and assorted industries for 200 years. It endured toxic emissions ...


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