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A fresh face perhaps

Over the last few days NSW  politics has had something more of a adjustment. After the Premier quit a week ago, we now have a former garbage man as NSW’s top man. There’s been hurt egos, spilt blood and no doubt split factions within the ALP in NSW at least as well as over in Western Australia. Nathan Rees does seem to be saying the right things, acknowledging the “soap opera” as he put it within hours of becoming the leader for example. He is warning tough times, both for the State and for NSW Labor. I guess we’ll see what happens. They are coming from a long way behind. Shifting chairs […]

Service models – an early night.

PB and I are just back from grabbing a single nightcap after dinner at the pub next door. I would have had another and perhaps even had a nibble to eat. However, as soon as we rolled in they started to shut down. For the sake of clarity, let me give you a quick run done of the layout of this once inaccessible pub.Two entry points: one now flat with heavy double doors leading to two doors, one to the gaming lounge and the main bar which is also accessible via steps onto the street. The other door leads down a carpeted and tactiled ramp to the bistro and a […]

taught by kurt

Last night watched Kurt Fernley on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. Kurt is apparently a qualified teacher, a guy a little younger than me who grew up an hour and a half or so from where I did and had three older brothers. He has had two lucky escapes from car-related accidents and eventually wants to teach in the country again. Oh and he is a Paralympian involved in wheelchair track and road races. Possibly Related Posts: Raw, mild updates Background music I could talk tuesday tiny: Tyres More writing ..again

Australia 2020

Ok, so I am a bit late commenting on this I know but last weekend the Rudd government hosted the Australia 2020 summit. An exercise in listening to a handpicked collection of 1000 Australians for new ideas or re-hashed old ideas. In the words of Russell Skelton: For one weekend a national conversation took place about the future of the country without a bunch of once-influential marsupials shouting down discussion of significant policy issues. Ideas include major “root and branch” reform of the tax system, a republic, a review and reform of the federation as well as a disability Insurance scheme for those who acquire a disability through their life, […]

Earth Hour 2008

This was written initially on paper at the time it is stamped with. I write this by candlelight. In and of itself that may not be odd for me. But at least some of the rest of Sydney will be doing whatever it is they do by similar light or by none at all. For it is Earth Hour , a popularly endorsed “live green” grassroots movement-that has apparently gone global after last year being a success here in Sydney.according to the website: Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one […]