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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, or kickbacks when stories of a commercial nature are posted. Not even a free Make Newcastle Great Again[…]



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

Tram Trains What if light rail cars had used the existing but opened and beautified heavy rail to Newcastle Station – much like the Hunter Street tramway – and the heavy trains stopped at, say, Hamilton (Interchange!)? And the light[…]



Leunig on Friday

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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 Chronological List of ‘Who was who in Business in downtown Hunter Street’ from before the turn of the Century, till now….” One[…]



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 two long-outstanding items pertain to the Hunter region: Pacific Highway (M1) extension from Beresfield to Raymond Terrace,[…]



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 rejected Gloucester Resources (GRL) appeal to overturn a government decision against the mine. Although the judge[…]



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 held such promise – had the CBD maintained its vitality and prominence from a century ago. The[…]



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 finds high conductivity levels less than 5km below the Ausmex’ Burra grid. We find 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 ...
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Fake the 1969 Moon Landing?
An old friend reflected on his experience during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. He was employed ...
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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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School fences
One can still offer boiled sweets through the bars, you know NSW Minister for Education Verity Firth said  ...
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Lowering the Jolly Roger
Lowering the Jolly Roger Throsby’s shattered. They’re out to demolish his favourite dilapidated ruins. What don’t ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Draperies and Drums
She who must be obeyed dragged me into the drum shop last week. She usually drags me into ...
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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. ...
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Zig Zag Zogged
Sad. The Independent Transport Safety Regulator (ITSR) found 150 instances of Zig Zag Railway deficiencies in safety management. ITSR ...
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Sydaney ALERT
Sydney CBD enjoys another day of sydneyALERT - a chorus of 98 whooping loud speakers and 13 vertiginous scrolling marquees ...
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GPT’s Newcastle ~ A Troglodyte Objects
When a City is Perfect Editor’s note:  This essay, written in 2008, reflected apprehension at a plan by The ...
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From the Archives
  • Shipwreck ShipwreckThe excitement of shipwreck is a universal emotion. With no lives lost, a sea wreck at close range is an imposing, awe-inspiring, and exciting experience. ...
  • 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 schools become ...
  • Hunter Street History Update 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Leunig on Friday Leunig on Friday With kind permission of Michael Leunig
  • Fake the 1969 Moon Landing? Fake the 1969 Moon Landing? An old friend reflected on his experience during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. He was employed by Australia’s Postmaster-General’s department (PMG)  – you ...
  • 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 ...
  • Zig Zag Zogged Zig Zag ZoggedSad. The Independent Transport Safety Regulator (ITSR) found 150 instances of Zig Zag Railway deficiencies in safety management. ITSR found Zig Zag had difficulty maintaining rolling ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Stranger The Stranger A stranger doorknocked our suburban Newcastle house a while back seeking his childhood home. He knew the address well enough, but was still unsure ...
  • Sydaney, aka Shorty Interesting message in this media release from Urban Taskforce. The approval of three residential skyscrapers for central Melbourne is a boost for the city’s confidence,” said ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Leunig on Friday (on Saturday) Approved by Scone Morrison and Bill Shortenbread. By kind permission of Michael Leunig
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