Live from the Sydney train

Photo_00006Just coming into Sutherland now. And of course brought to you via Baby Toshiba.

I needed to come to Sydney for several reasons, not least psychological: it’s the first long solo journey since the cardiac ward.

Started at the crack of dawn.


At this time of the year that’s not all that early…


Curious to see a rail motor set arrive, so I took it as far as Thirroul. I’d never been in one of these before.



Now on the normal Oscar – just passing Mortdale, and all is well…


March 2011 revisited — 1

Here’s how it began for me:

And that dominated this blog for the next couple of weeks, though by 9 March I was back home.

Of course that should be 2011…

Meanwhile. and not unrelated:

  • 30 days, 17 hours, 34 minutes and 24 seconds smoke free.
  • 1537 cigarettes not smoked.
  • $992.00 and 11 days, 17 hours of your life saved.
  • Your quit date: 2/28/2011 2:00:00 PM

The quit date is the approximate time the ambulance arrived…

Out there in the world much was happening, wasn’t it? Some of it I even noted… More on that next time.

Old posts that just won’t lie down — 6

Today is the turn of Neil’s Wollongong and Sydney photo… “All time” stats are:

  1. Home page 16,357 views
  2. Surry Hills: new community centre and library nearing completion 380
  3. Autumn sun Haymarket 370
  4. Small Buddhist temple 3 320
  5. Mardi Gras Fair Day 4 – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 314
  6. Old haunt derelict now 290
  7. Light, texture, architecture: Surry Hills 233
  8. 10 best nature shots from 2008: 9 182
  9. New skate facility in Ward Park Surry Hills 181
  10. Paddy’s Market to Ultimo 2 – the markets 174
  11. Wollongong Mall 151
  12. Loving Surry Hills 24: mosque 145
  13. Glebe Point Road 14: Post Office and beyond 132
  14. Multicultural Sydney: pedestrians in Hay Street 130
  15. 2009 126
  16. About 124
  17. 2010 121
  18. Korean War Memorial Moore Park 114
  19. The amazing Surry Hills Library 1 105
  20. Glebe Point Road 5 – Gleebooks 104
  21. 2008 103
  22. For those in the flood areas 103
  23. Sydney CBD from Moore Park near Anzac Parade 99
  24. Glebe Point Road 6: Glebe Public School 99
  25. From the cardiac social club… 98
  26. Aunty Beryl and the Yaama Dhiyaan Hospitality Training College Darlington 96
  27. Loving Surry Hills 1: Foveaux Street 93
  28. Work proceeding on Prince Alfred Park pool 92
  29. Corner of Goulburn and George Streets, Sydney 92
  30. Kiama: the blow hole 89

Surry Hills: new community centre and library nearing completion 380 views

NSW welcomes Premier Bazza

Yes, no surprise there. We have a new premier in NSW.


What is a surprise is the less than anticipated Greens result.

A spectacular night for the New South Wales Coalition has turned into a disappointment for the Greens. The Greens had been hoping to celebrate the party’s first ever seats in the New South Wales House of Assembly. But despite being heavily favoured in two inner Sydney electorates, the party could easily come away from today’s state election without winning either.

Outgoing Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt is tipped to win her seat of Marrickville over Greens candidate Fiona Byrne, who is also the Marrickville Mayor. With more than 60 per cent of primary votes counted Ms Tebbutt had just under 40 per cent of the vote while Ms Byrne had just over 35.

"At this stage I still haven’t won Marrickville… I can’t yet even say whether I’ll even be in the parliament. I am hopeful," Ms Tebbutt said.

The result is too close to call in the neighbouring electorate of Balmain…


home_standingI suggested yesterday that Noreen Hay could be out of a job.  It’s looking very likely with an enormous swing against her and in favour of Uniting Church minister Gordon Bradbery (right). Fred Nile and the Christian Democrat types are not fond of Mr Bradbery.

  • Last Updated: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:31:15
  • Roll: 50,519
  • Votes Counted: 69.1%
  • Booths Counted Primary Vote: 29/29
  • Booths Counted 2CP: 29/29

The two-party preferred result thus far is Bradbery 50.2% and Hay 49.8%.