Throsby's Up the Creek

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Infrastructure NSW has withdrawn the $12.7 million funding for a cruise terminal project in Newcastle port.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[…]



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[…]




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 ...
More →


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 ...
More →


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 ...
More →


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 ...
More →


RMIT Shits a Brick
(Dropped this on Throsby’s desk knowing exactly his headline of choice ~ Editor)  Throsby’s waited years ...
More →


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 ...
More →


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 ...
More →


Sydaney, aka Shorty
Interesting message in this media release from Urban Taskforce. The approval of three residential skyscrapers for ...
More →


Lunch at the Lake
Guinevere decreed a picnic. It’s traditional after a month’s rain that we visit one of a ...
More →


Politeness Counts
Only one in 40 people know how rude the other 39 can be.  They are the unfortunates enduring ...
More →


Our Most Important Goat Track
Nelson Bay Road. Craig Baumann seems more than a bit frustrated at the lack of NSW government action ...
More →


School fences
One can still offer boiled sweets through the bars, you know NSW Minister for Education Verity Firth said  ...
More →


Lowering the Jolly Roger
Lowering the Jolly Roger Throsby’s shattered. They’re out to demolish his favourite dilapidated ruins. What don’t ...
More →


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 ...
More →


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 ...
More →




From the Archives
  • More Facebook & Insta Changes (groan) 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 ...
  • GPT’s Newcastle ~ A Troglodyte Objects GPT’s Newcastle ~ A Troglodyte ObjectsWhen 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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” – ...
  • Gladys, the Trams Were Lovely, But What If…? 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sydaney ALERT Sydaney ALERTSydney CBD enjoys another day of sydneyALERT – a chorus of 98 whooping loud speakers and 13 vertiginous scrolling marquees claimed to "educate and remind ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Anything But a Curate’s Egg 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
Down Under Over There

Our content: Terms of Use   |    © 2019 Newcastle on Hunter ~ Mostly Good News   |    Design by milo