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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

oh… wait



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[…]



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 the project on behalf of the NSW Government on the basis of “providing a facility that meets the[…]




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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School fences
One can still offer boiled sweets through the bars, you know NSW Minister for Education Verity Firth said  ...
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From the Archives
  • 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 ...
  • No Cruise Terminal for You, Newcastle. 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 the project ...
  • Post-Truth Teapot 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Party on the Platforms 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Stockton ~ The Disappearing Stockton ~ The Disappearing Crowds and a procession of cars inspect the aftermath of a winter storm in 1948 Late in the afternoon of Sunday, 20th June 1948, Henry Skilton ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Singleton’s Big Party ~ Howe’s That! 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” – ...
  • Apocalypse Redux ~ an uncle’s lament Apocalypse Redux ~ an uncle’s lamentBy a reader* I fear at the unknown… I would never have thought I would be sitting in front of my PC telling a story about one ...
  • Lake auger mine augurs ill Lake auger mine augurs illLake Macquarie, one of Australia’s east coast watery treasures, has lived with coal mining and assorted industries for 200 years. It endured toxic emissions from the ...
  • Fake the 1969 Moon Landing? I Don’t Think So. 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 department (PMG)  – you ...
  • 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 ...
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