A regular complaint from travellers between Wollongong and Sydney is that out trains come in four car sets, which can lead to some uncomfortable overcrowded journeys. But they have been listening, it appears.
Joining two sets to make 8 cars to Sydney on Sunday morning. The 5.30 pm express back was 8 cars as well.
For some shots of the journey up see To Sydney as the wet approaches–pinhole shots. Yes is was moderately wet pretty much all day.
After visiting M in East Redfern, I bussed to Kingsford then walked to Daceyville. The Daceyville photos will be on the photo blog tomorrow. Thus to Jim Belshaw’s.
Yesterday Neil Whitfield and Winton Bates came to lunch, the first time Winton and I had met for a long time. Winton on the left, Neil right. This was the first time that Winton and Neil had met.
As I can and when I can, I am slowly bringing together the people in our little blogging village. Winton and I were co-editors of Neucleus, The University of New England student newspaper. Neil and I met as bloggers via the death of Australian playwright Alex Buzo.
As you might expect, it was a wide ranging conversation that gave us all great pleasure.
Very pleasant day, despite the weather – but even that was better than the 46C we had recently!
The most popular post here in 2012 was Sniffing out the swamp then looking up…. (August 2012).
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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 49,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals
In 2012, there were 399 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,535 posts.
The busiest day of the year was June 9th with 878 views. The most popular post that day was Australia not earthquake free.
The most viewed posts:
- Home page / Archives 18,610 views in 2012
- Sniffing out the swamp then looking up…. 1,753
- A very personal Australia Day 26 January – my family 1,396
- Being Australian 16: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 9 – my tribes 1,230
- Nostalgia and the globalising world — from Thomas Hardy to 2010 935
- The Rainbow Warrior 752
- Being Australian 11: inclusive multiculturalism Aussie style 4 665
- About 532
- Tomorrow is… 531
- This may well be the best Australian history book I have EVER read! 505
- Jack Vidgen–Australia’s Got Talent last night 480
- Niggling example of political short-sightedness: Maldon-Dombarton rail link 478
- Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta Episode 3–SBS last night 373
- Wollongong local history 336
- Being Australian 302
- Family history and mystery–the Indigenous connection 299
- Being Australian 20: poem and song, images, dreams, nostalgia, England 295
- Best documentary on climate change so far… 268
- Sport and multicultural Australia 259
- Australia’s flood crisis 257
- Mail me 252
- Australia’s Got Talent 2011 Grand Final 252
Here is the Photo Blog’s December collage.
Top posts there were:
- Home page / Archives 5,087
- Shellharbour 2 – Beverley Whitfield Pool 127
- Corner of Goulburn and George Streets, Sydney 125
- The amazing Surry Hills Library 1 112
- 2012 96
- St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Wollongong — 3 94
- The ultimate old photos post 93
- Paddy’s Market to Ultimo 2 – the markets 93
- Small Buddhist temple 3 89
- Wollongong–Boxing Day sales crowds, but not on Boxing Day 68
- Old Illawarra: mystery scans from my family archives 67
- Illawarra Flame Tree — Brachychiton acerifolius 66
- Waiting for Jack Vidgen — 1 65
- Old haunt derelict now 64
- 2009 Mardi Gras Fair Day 4 – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 62
- Volcanic eruption in Australia ’3000 years overdue’! 58
- Old court house, Wollongong — 2 57
- Lunch at The Hellenic Club, Figtree 54
- Revisiting Surry Hills: The Shakespeare Hotel and Devonshire Street 52
- The Carrington Hotel, Bourke Street 50
- Mount Keira 50
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Great sage—“You are amazing! Thanks!” – meditating at the Steelers Club, Wollongong, yesterday.
… so make sure your next few weeks of blog entries are really good! I refer of course to the Mayan Calendar. (But see also ANALYSIS: Mayan Ruins Describe Dates Beyond 2012 ‘Doomsday’.) On a shorter time frame the weather people have been warning us to keep out of the sun today, which so far is not too difficult.
Can’t complain about the sight that greeted me from my window around 6am though.
By the time I got downstairs it had almost disappeared. Bloody rainbows! Can’t rely on them…
Do visit the photo blog for the December City Daily Photo theme entry, and go to DECEMBER – ‘My Street’ to see other CDP bloggers.
Lunch at Diggers and a quick vino at Steelers.
Saw an occasional bit of the Cricket. Then a brilliant sunset at The Bates Motel.
Made a little painterly there with FotoSketcher.
Interesting WordPress Bestseller List.
Take a look at the bestsellers and award winners who use WordPress — and be sure to scroll down to read about the notable works and WordPress-powered websites of twelve authors we’ve handpicked from this impressive list…
And quite a few more of course. I immediately think of Cristian Mihai, for example, and of US GLBT author Rich Merritt, and then there’s The Rochford Street Review from Sydney. Not to mention poet Adam Aitken. Be interesting to know how many writers, famous or obscure, have embraced the blog, specifically WordPress.com which in my view is the best of the popular platforms now.