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September 30, 2006

today is due day

Filed under: Luke — nicksmyname @ 7:49 pm

Well according to the doctors,it was due day but the baby obviously has other ideas. So despite a hot thai curry last night and plenty of walking about today, other than a few drop kicks to the bladder there hasn’t been any action so far, but there’s a few hours left to prove the doctors right. We have had quite a few “enquiry” phone calls and Dirk is on standby for Rorysitting duties.
Watch this space for news as it happens!


September 27, 2006

Our Tasmania Trip

Filed under: BushWalking, Friends and Family — nicksmyname @ 12:37 am

It’s a bit overdue, but since I’m up late I thought I might as well stay up a little later and get the photos from this Winter’s trip to Tasmania online.

The first half of the trip we stayed in Stanley in the far NorthWest of Tasmania (here’s a Google Map of the location). It’s a very cute old Whaling town which is overshadowed by “The Nut” an imposing bit of rock peninsula that is a fun challenge to walk up when the Chair Lift is out of order. We were celebrating Carolyn’s Birthday and Bernadette and Family came up from Launceston to join us and Andrew, Louise and Pauline B flew down too. It was one big group of people!

We visited a Tourist Attraction called “Dismal Swamp” which was sort of fun. It’s a large Sink Hole that they have almost managed to make interesting. There was a huge slide you could do down to the bottom of the Sink Hole. It was actually a lot faster and rougher than we expected. It was fun, but I had back pain for days after all the jolts I got going down and Andrew was in pain too. I think they need to iron out a few kinks in the slide.

The second half Jannene, Rory and I spent in Cradle Mountain National Park. An absolutely stunning place. Here’s a Google Aerial Map to give you a picture of the isolation. We stayed in the Waldheim Huts within the Park and had cheeky Possums, Pademelons, Wallabies and Wombats walking all over the place (Check out the Video of the Wombats if you haven’t already).

Check out the full Photo Album by clicking on the image below:


September 26, 2006

Rory, Southerly, Bob the Builder and Historical Trains Galore.

Filed under: Friends and Family, Trains — nicksmyname @ 10:49 pm

All right. A few photos to get up and I thought I would try out Google’s Picasa Web Albums since I have run out of free space on my Flickr Account. First impressions are mixed. The Picasa client is way ahead of Flickr’s Uploadr tool, but they have a long way to go to match Flickr’s online interface. Google just feels clunky. But what do you care anyway. You just want the pictures.

So here we go. Here’s a few recent photos including Dirk and Kyong’s newly born son Southerly (or “Snuggly” as Rory affectionately calls him). Click on the picture below to go to the album page:

And here’s some photos from two recent special old train rides; on an old Motorised Train that took us around a circuit of Sydney’s suburbs, and a recent trip aboard the Steam Train in the Blue Mountains Zig Zag Railway. Again, click on the picture to go to the full album:


Sydney Historical Trains Winter 2006

Now I will bet this post will get more traffic than any other. On my old website it was always the steam train pictures that got lots of visitors.

Keep your eyes peeled for more news right here as it happens!

September 8, 2006

The Return of Nuclear Madness

Filed under: Good Podcasts, Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 1:47 pm

I promised previously that I would share good podcasts. So here’s one.
There’s been a lot of talk by world leaders about Nuclear Power again and it’s clear that the Australian government is using issues such as oil shortages and Australia’s uranium wealth to try to normalise the concept of Nuclear Power. (For readers ourside Oz, Australia does not currently have Nuclear Power or Weapons, but does have a reactor for medical purposes).

ABC Radio National had a great program about this the other night. (direct link to MP3 here) The story that comes through is that the US Govt.’s policy of allowing nuclear power outside the non-proliferation treaty has been driven by the Nuclear Power industry’s urgent need to get rid of the hundreds of tons of Nuclear Waste that noone in America wants in their state; and to start building reactors which hasn’t happened for 30 years. The tail is shaking the dog, and as America’s number one ally in the world, Australia is getting the fleas.

Have a listen. Then listen to this podcast from BBC World about Iran using classical music to sooth the perceptions about their Nuclear ambitions (direct link to MP3 here). How can we tell the Iranians not to use Nuclear Power if we want to do it ourselves?

Then while you are at it go back to a fascinating show on Australia’s original nuclear ambitions (direct link to MP3 here). None of which should leave you under any doubt about why the Australian government is talking up Nuclear (and it’s not because we are about to run out of coal and gas any more than Iran is about to run out of oil).

Once you have had a chance to listen to all that, do something about it and join Greenpeace!

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