Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 9 Busted bike and the usual suspects

The chain came off my bike last night during my short jaunt around the block; being a mountain bike it's not a simple thing to repair as there is a mechanical thingie dangling from the chain that looks kinda, sorta broken-ish.
So, it's off to the bike shop in Carnegie for it and I may have to borrow the Feral Teen's bike - expect to hear squeals and crashes.
Slashed the grass with grand satisfaction, more to kill, maim and murder today.
The chooks should be impressed.
I had a go at the super-dooper mega-monster whipper snipper that is the spouses pride and joy....damn thing tried to kill me.
I gracefully gave it back to him and called the monster machine a few names, which slid off its metallic sides like a harmless grass blade.

Today in 1816 whaling captain and explorer James Kelly popped into Port Dalrymple whilst puttering around the coastline of Tassie...and was promptly arrested under suspicion of being a bushranger.
Yep, that's how we do things in Oz...see a bloke and reckon he'd like to be flogged while in chains.

Just last year, 2013, the heat, winds and thunderstorms in the northwest of Westralia carried tonnes of the iconic red dust out to sea and dumped it creating what looked to be a towering red ocean wave.
Click HERE to view the magnificent photos.

The Sydney Morning Herald in 1954 published a short article about a nudist, anarchist and vegetarian who sold vegies at Liverpool Street.
A true Jack of all trades.

2009 The Western Australian government announced the formation of the Indigenous Implementation Board to improve social and economic outcomes for Aboriginals. The nine-member board aims to ‘enhance Indigenous involvement in local decision-making and strengthen corporate and non-government contribution to Indigenous affairs’. Members are chosen for their expertise, not as representatives.

In 1903 a Chinese general store owner of Gundagai, Mark Loong, applied for a Certificate of Domicile which would allow him to visit his elderly parents in China then return to Oz; the townsfolk of Gundagai fully supported Mr Loong and signed the following petition...
"Mr Mark Loong
We, the undersigned, residents of Gundagai, understand that you are about to pay a visit to your Native Land, for the purpose of seeing your aged parents. We have pleasure in testifying to your worth, as a resident of this District and can state that your high qualities as a citizen and man of business have favourably impressed us; as you have borne the reputation during a residence of sixteen years in this and the adjoining district Tumut for personal inoffensiveness and commendable integrity in business.
We hope that your brief sojourn in your native Land will be pleasurable and beneficial to your health, and that you will be granted a safe return to this your adopted country.
January, 9 1903."


  1. I like that letter from the residents of Gundagai, such a nice thing to do.
    I haven't heard much about the Indigenous Implementation Board, but I hope they're making progress.

    1. Great to have some positive history to share!

  2. That dust storm was incredible wasn't it? Frightening stuff.
    And, like River, I love the letter the people of Gundagai wrote. So different to the attitudes at Lambing Flat - which is really not far away.

    1. That dust storm was Mother Nature at her artistic best, EC :)