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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[…]




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?
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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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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From the Archives
  • 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 ...
  • 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 GPT Group to carve out the northern ...
  • Politically Incorrect New Book Pokes Fun at Self Worth and Anxiety 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 ...
  • A Potted History A Potted HistoryNewcastle City, on the Hunter River, is Australia’s sixth largest and second oldest city on the Pacific coast, 100 miles north of Sydney. Former steel city ...
  • Sydaney ALERT Sydney CBD enjoys another day of sydneyALERT – a chorus of 98 whooping loud speakers and 13 vertiginous scrolling marquees claimed to "educate and remind ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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