Throsby's Up the Creek

Never Too Late to Install a Rainwater Tank

Calls for rainwater harvesting to be reconsidered in Queensland. The peak industry body for the irrigation sector in Australia says it is time to revisit the issue of rainwater harvesting on existing and new dwellings and commercial properties. Three years[…]



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[…]




No Cruise Terminal for You, Newcastle.
Infrastructure NSW has withdrawn the $12.7 million funding for a cruise terminal project in Newcastle port. Port ...
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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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From the Archives
  • 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” – ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hunter Region Place Names 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ocean Baths out to Lease Ocean Baths out to LeaseRedevelopment 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 ...
  • A Caricature in Citybuilding May I descend to baser cynicism with a caricature of progress? Whether simple misrepresentation or elaborate "bait and switch" it underpins every development that has ...
  • 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 ...
  • Never Too Late to Install a Rainwater Tank Never Too Late to Install a Rainwater TankCalls for rainwater harvesting to be reconsidered in Queensland. The peak industry body for the irrigation sector in Australia says it is time to revisit the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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