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Ocean Baths out to Lease

Redevelopment of Newcastle Ocean Baths pavilion and car park underway. The paint is peeling off the walls and door frames. The toilets stink. Homeless people camp under the archways. A greasy takeaway sells overpriced ham-and-cheese rolls.” Thus spake former Waverly[…]



Newy Monopoly Delights Region’s Poor

While well-to-do queue for the latest iPhone or Tesla car, a localised board game gives hope to the region’s poor. Monopoly – a century ago known as “The Landlord’s Game – gloatingly instructed the hoi-polloi as to how, and from[…]



Post-Truth Teapot

What’s this silliness of “memes” and “#hashtags” swirling through social media in ever decreasing circles? I’m older than most of you – well, all of you – and have seen myriad headlines and multitudinous news in my time. On social[…]



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 pressure? An app developed by UNSW researchers in conjunction with University College London (UCL) will not only allow[…]



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. Victoria’s former Commissioner to the Americas and Senior advisor to Australia’s G20 Presidency, Victor Perton, is searching for[…]



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 amongst techies that has largely replaced the eternal Murphy’s Law (“If something can go wrong, it will”).[…]



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. In this case it’s about eggs – which is a nice change from ongoing research that modest alcohol[…]



Breaking ~ City of Newcastle Vehicles to go Electric

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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” – it is grim irony indeed that global conglomerates dispossess by legislative violence the Valley community’s rural inheritance,[…]



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 resist reproducing it in whole. The item is interesting for two reasons. First, it’s quite comprehensive, and an easy,[…]



Cessnock Council plea: Stop giving rubbish to charities.

Have you recently visited a local charity shop and received a “Give good or bin it” bag? Or maybe noticed the “Dumping isn’t giving” posters in the bus stops around Cessnock? Image credit: David Jackmanson  To reduce illegal dumping on[…]



More Facebook & Insta Changes (groan)

Privacy, hidden likes & dating your mates! Throsby – like anyone concerned with privacy – has a love-hate relationship with Facebook. Image by Facebook Media After a week of arguing with Facebook terms of service and its idiosyncratic policies regarding[…]




Party on the Platforms
New regular Friday food and music event lands at The Station . Throsby reminds readers that NewcastleOnHunter ...
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Gladys, the Trams Were Lovely, But What If…?
Tram Trains What if light rail cars had ...
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Hunter Street History Update
Spero Davias has dropped another update on his labour of love, the History of Hunter Street, “a Historical ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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RMIT Shits a Brick
(Dropped this on Throsby’s desk knowing exactly his headline of choice ~ Editor)  Throsby’s waited years ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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The Teapot Who Tells
So, about me. I’m a little teapot, short and stout. And please, stop right there. I live ...
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Sydaney, aka Shorty
Interesting message in this media release from Urban Taskforce. The approval of three residential skyscrapers for ...
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Lunch at the Lake
Guinevere decreed a picnic. It’s traditional after a month’s rain that we visit one of a ...
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Politeness Counts
Only one in 40 people know how rude the other 39 can be.  They are the unfortunates enduring ...
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Our Most Important Goat Track
Nelson Bay Road. Craig Baumann seems more than a bit frustrated at the lack of NSW government action ...
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From the Archives
  • Bewildered by Australian’s Negativity Towards it’s Leadership? 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. Victoria’s former ...
  • Lunch at the Lake 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 venues. Tolerable ...
  • Rocky Hill Coal ~ The Judge Who Stood Up 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 Environment Court ...
  • 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.  Like the ...
  • Skynet: Calling all Internet Lab Rats 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 pressure? An app ...
  • Those Little Streets Around Hunter St Mall 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 ...
  • 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 who verbally ...
  • Graffiti Laws ~ an unseemly rant Graffiti Laws ~ an unseemly rantAustralia, one could cruelly suggest, is an ancient expansive continent run by a modern small-minded society. The populace (reputedly intoxicated permanently by beer and sport) feign ...
  • The Wonder Years The Wonder YearsNatural wealth Newcastle and the Hunter Valley are a region of vast natural wealth. Coal caught the eye of early English explorers, plucked easily from seams on ...
  • On the Other Hand, Throsby hopes… 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 ...
  • The Teapot Who Tells The Teapot Who Tells So, about me. I’m a little teapot, short and stout. And please, stop right there. I live on a family dining table where meals ...
  • Blackhawk Down? Worse. Twitter Down Blackhawk Down? Worse.  Twitter DownThrosby told them not to do it. He begged them. But, nooo, they just had to try a “new Twitter.” There’s a saying amongst techies that has ...
  • 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, which I ...
  • 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 of ruins? When all ...
  • Breaking ~ City of Newcastle Vehicles to go Electric Breaking ~ City of Newcastle Vehicles to go Electric oh… wait
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