August 2012 on this blog

My template has been remarkably stable lately, but as you can see I am trying WordPress’s newest now. It is meant to be more readable and cleaner than the last one, pretty as that was.

It has been a good month for this blog, already 1,000 more hits than July, according to WordPress. The photo blog has really kicked on too, averaging 53 hits a day in August compared with the year average over the past three years of 34.

Most visited on this blog

  1. Home page / Archives 1,567 views in August 2012
  2. Sniffing out the swamp then looking up…. 839
  3. A very personal Australia Day 26 January – my family 106
  4. Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes 80
  5. The Rainbow Warrior 79
  6. Nostalgia and the globalising world — from Thomas Hardy to 2010 61
  7. On Bruce Dawe keeping on, and other miscellanea 52
  8. Aboriginal History and some recent art 48
  9. Niggling example of political short-sightedness: Maldon-Dombarton rail link 48
  10. About 40
  11. Defending The Shire: the place, not the trash TV… 36
  12. Being Australian 11: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 4 35
  13. This may well be the best Australian history book I have EVER read! 33
  14. Wollongong local history 30
  15. Jack Vidgen–Australia’s Got Talent last night 30
  16. Being Australian 3: Richard Tognetti, Wollongong, multiculturalism 29
  17. Ghosts and other tales of Kiama and district 25
  18. Best documentary on climate change so far… 22
  19. Trams down Cleveland Street via Memory Lane 22
  20. Facebook’s big shrink– Google Chrome vs Firefox – FB/Chrome fail! 22
  21. Floods: the current Australian situation in maps 21
  22. Leaky Boat: the documentary 20
  23. Election 2010 next Saturday 20
  24. Being Australian 20
  25. Family history and mystery–the Indigenous connection 19

And on the photo blog

  1. Home page / Archives 662
  2. Old haunt derelict now 40
  3. Shellharbour 2 – Beverley Whitfield Pool 30
  4. Old Illawarra: mystery scans from my family archives 30
  5. On Riley Street – summer Sunday 19
  6. Paddy’s Market to Ultimo 2 – the markets 19
  7. 2012 15
  8. More best of 2008: 44 — “pencil sketch” 12
  9. Views from East Redfern 1: you can see the Blue Mountains  12
  10. Crown Street Mall busker 11

Once in a blue moon

I was awake for some reason in the wee hours this morning. From The Bates Motel window I saw…



See Once in a blue moon. But it’s tomorrow you get to see the “blue” moon…

… but don’t let the name mislead you – the moon won’t be shining blue.

The lunar event, a blue moon, occurs when two full moons are squeezed into a calendar month.

Astrophysicist Dr Stephen Hughes says the quirk in our calendar means the event happens about seven times in 19 years, which is about once every two-and-a-half years….

I missed Episode 3 of Go Back to Where You Came From last night, because I was having a long chat and a wine or two with an Iranian neighbour. But I can see remaining encore episodes on SBS TWO – Friday and Saturday at 9:30pm.

Have you tried the quiz?