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Monday, 18 January

00:16

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull's NBN Broadband: Noely tells it like it is "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Excerpt from My Broadband v Reality, Punters don’t know any better and that is just the way PM Turnbull likes it, 14 January 2016…….

For those of you who think the NBN has nothing to do with you, think about these scenarios:


How will you feel watching your child wait in emergency at the rural hospital for the specialist in the closest capital city to look at the scans and advise the local doctors what to do? Waiting, waiting, waiting... Not because the specialist is not around, but because the scans have failed to send over the line a few times because the weather is really bad? I have been in this scenario and don’t wish it upon any...

00:15

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Lawrence James "Larry" Anthony : A memory jog for voters in the NSW Northern Rivers federal electorate of Richmond "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Now that it appears former Howard Government minister and Nationals MP Larry Anthony may be contemplating a return to politics perhaps it is also time to recall a little of his history.......

Lawrence James “Larry” Anthony 
(aged 54 years)
Professional company director

Photograph from The Guardian 13 September 2015...

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Sunday, 17 January

23:48

Thrive On News Spiritual Awakening Magazine: Colouring Mandala To Stimulate Psychic Awareness "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Colouring mandala art therapy to enhance ones psychic abilities and to stimulate the third eye. Colour your own mandala give it that personal touch. by psychic medium Ian Scott

22:34

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Bizjets Come and Go from the Whitsundays - VH-VDF Arrives at Proserpine Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Noted calling into the Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport on Sunday 17 January was Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF.

File photo

The bright and colourful Citation arrived from the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, during the last few days a couple of visiting bizjets have departed Hamilton Island Airport with Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 VH- BLM departing for Cairns on Tuesday 12 January while Henadeck Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 VH-YNE departed to Bankstown on Saturday 16 January.

Finally, I've noted that since the start of the year, Australia Skydive (Skydive the Beach Group) Cessna 208B Caravan VH-DZZ is operating parachute drop flights out of the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.  I presume that the usual operating aircraft - Skydive Airlie Beach (Skydive the Beach Group) Gippsland GA-8 Airvan VH-RTS - is undergoing maintenance.

22:16

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Friends of the Earth Kuranda: Mareeba Shire Council Plan – A Disaster for Kuranda "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We are very concerned that Mareeba Shire Council will meet next Wednesday and are set to adopt the new Mareeba Shire Council Plan which replaces the 2012 Tablelands Regional Council Plan.  Many protections in the former plan will be scrapped. We ask that this Council postpone finalization of the MSC Draft Plan until a new Kuranda Regional […]

22:14

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Some High Altitude Plane Spotting Over Clermont and Emerald! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Mid-way through 2014 I posted some photos taken from my front yard of some high flying aircraft overflying Clermont while heading North to cities in Far North Queensland and in Asia - LINK HERE.


Still using the various Internet-based flight tracking software such as Flightaware, Planefinder and Flightradar24, I've recently taken a few more photos of some interesting high-altitude traffic flying overhead Clermont and this time Emerald, including a couple of aircraft that I haven't been able to see at close quarters at a major Airport!

Last Thursday 7 January I captured the unique sight of Korean Air Airbus A380-861 HL7627 as flew overhead Clermont from Sydney to Seoul (Incheon) as KAL122 cruising at 36,000 feet.


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22:03

Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: buff breasted paradise kingfisher at Boondall reported by Kellie Cash on 14-01-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The bird was sitting in our front yard. Appeared to be fine and flew away. (Moderator notes: Species significantly south of distribution limit at Rockhampton)

21:50

Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Australia Skydive (Skydive the Beach Group) Cessna 208B Caravan Calls into Emerald Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I've spent the weekend at Emerald for cricket commitments and managed to enjoy a bit of plane spotting at Emerald Airport on Friday 15 January.  One of the more interesting visitors that I managed to capture was Australia Skydive (Skydive the Beach Group) Cessna 208B Caravan VH-DVS.


VH-DVS has for the last week or so operated parachute flights out of Tully in Far North Queensland and ferried up via Roma the previous Sunday 10 January from the Illawarra Regional Airport in New South Wales.

On Friday 15 January VH-DVS flew into Emerald from Cairns and continued to Toowoomba and the Illawarra Regional Airport.

Meanwhile, a couple of other plane spotting photos from Emerald Airport on Friday 15 January included QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 VH-QOW which is shown arriving from Brisbane as QLK2406. This was its second visit for the day.


20:07

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: ZAP and National Art School – Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

a1571399169_16Musician, Will Henderson and Curator, Judith Blackall are my guests today. Will Henderson, a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is currently touring Australia with The ZAP Show – a unique, wild and fun laden show full of puppetry, physical theatre, dance and comedy.

The Zap Show originated in Berlin when two Australians and one Greek (Will, Gabrielle and Petros) combined ideological forces. ZAP constantly performs across Europe, wowing audiences with their phenomenal music and their passionate performances.

ZAP launch their EP at The Basement on 6TH February 2016.

More info: www.thezapshow.com

 

Lydia Balbal- Winnpa

Lydia Balbal- Winnpa

Judith Blackall is the National Art School’s Curator and Gallery Manager. Their latest exhibition Luminous World brings together a selection of contemporary paintings, objects and photographs from the Wesfarmers Collection in a conversation about light.

The exhibition includes works by 50 leading Australian and New Zealand artists, including Brook Andrew, Paddy Bedford, Brian Blanchflower, Timothy Cook, Dale Frank, Rosalie Gascoigne, Bill Henson, Susan Norrie,...

19:08

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": tyto tony: Take a butcher's at this colourful lot "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

But it's brown, why's it called a Black Butcherbird? I'm glad you asked. In North Queensland - but not too far north - Cracticus quoyi race rufescens comes with either black or rufous young, in the same nest sometimes. The rufous birds change to black in their second year (note black emerging on bird's left wing. They'll also stick around and help their parents feed the next generation.

But it's brown, why's it called a Grey Teal? I'm sorry you asked, because I've no idea. Possibly because calling it brown would confuse it with Chestnut Teal. The species confuse themselves and others by hybridizing sometimes.

But it's black, why isn't it called the Yellow-streaked-necked-male Bittern? Ha! They get it right sometimes, though the female isn't really ver...

18:56

On The Convict Trail: Green Ponds Probation Station "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

At least as early as 1828, a military station was established at Green Ponds as part of Governor Arthur’s chain of military posts to protect European settlers from the increasingly hostile Tasmanian Aboriginal tribes. Also it is very probable that a road station was established at Green Ponds around the same time while Major Bell was completing his line of road from Hobart to St Peters Pass (the fore runner to the old Hobart – Launceston highway).

By 1837, the Cons...

18:11

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Me fail? I fly!: I Stay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Our weekend was chockers with fabulous art. On Saturday we visited the Carriageworks for El-Anatsui exhibition with not only his breathtaking tapestries made from discarded wine bottle caps and wire, but also some older works: ceramics, wood carvings, drawings. Then into town to one part of the Destination Sydney exhibitions – Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith and Cressida Campbell at the S H Erwin. Today we went in late morning to the MCA for the incredibly busy work of Grayson Perry, and then an excellent exhibition of work from Tiwi people. And there were Lloyd Rees’s extraordinary landscape drawings from the 1930s at the Sydney Museum on the way home.

But the biggest thrill happened i the street. I’ve passed Jenny Holzer’s I Stay many times but never stopped to look at it. It consists of text rolling up a couple of slanting pillars outside an office block in the CBD. It turns out that the text is excerpts from a large number of Aboriginal source – historical documents, poems, essays, etc. Only a few words are visible at any one time and the sources aren’t identified (unless, as a plaque explains you go to Jenny Holzer’s website http://www.istaybyjennyholzer.com/). The big revelation today was that if you stand and read the text for a couple of minutes, not only do you absorb the content of the fragment that happens to be playing at that timer (in our case it was some thing about the colour of water), but when you look away, the rest of the world looks shaky and insubstantial – the buildings around you seem to waver like mirages. The word that comes to mind is unsettling.


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17:48

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Ben's Blog: Fire in the Henge "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Henge Fire
Fire in the Henge
– Where two hapless hengemakers face the full force of the law

This story involves little drama but much melodrama.
Either a great calamity is averted due to scrupulous adhesion to the letter of the law, or a great deal of time effort and water is wasted due to a failure to apply just a modicum of good old fashioned common sense.
You be the judge.
The story begins right here in Sleepy Hollow, just across the road from our brand spanking new fire station. It is mid-March 2015. The Fringe Festival is taking shape. My contribution is a henge of fridges.
After much wrangling and cajoling and begging and pleading l finally wrestle 40 fridges from the clutches of the Lords of the Landfill, who are reluctant to part with them for reasons l cannot not fathom.
Studious students from all the local schools except South School have gone to great effort to adorn the fridges with pictures of food and filled the shelves with mock food; good food, bad food and absolutely rotten food.
Before we have even begun to arrange them, all hell brakes loose, a hue and cry from all corners of the shire.
The council, who see their primary role as keeping us all safe from harm, is flooded with distress calls laden with angst and anguish concerning the danger of the little kiddies becoming trapped inside the fridges and slowly being asphyxiated. Many old people still alive today vividly remember such horror stories from their youth, indelibly etched in their consciousnesses.
I try to reassure the agitated officer not to fret, modern fridges do not have latches or catches, any child can open them with ease. But he is not to be reassured. The fridges must be lain down lest a someone climb inside, rock the fridge till it falls on its door...

17:35

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) 15 PERCENT OF REGIONAL BUDGET ALLOCATED FOR HEALTH DEVELOPMENT "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


2) SECURITY FORCES CLOSE ENTRY POINTS TO PNG IN HUNT FOR ESCAPED PRISONERS
3) MILITARY READY TO SUPPORT CLEARING TO MAKE WAY FOR 150 HECTARES OF PADDY FIELDS IN NABIRE REGENCY
4) Electricity Supplies Affect Human Development Index In Papua 
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1) 15 PERCENT OF REGIONAL BUDGET ALLOCATED FOR HEALTH DEVELOPMENT

17:29

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": cairnsnews.org: Trump and Cruz favoured to become Presidential nominees "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

News Updates from CLG
16 January 2016

Breaking:Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal; Sanctions Are Lifted | 16 Jan 2016 | International inspectors confirmed Saturday that Iran had dismantled large sections of its nuclear program, as agreed in a historic accord last summer, paving the way for the lifting of oil and financial sanctions by the United States and other world powers. The announcement came just hours after Iran said it had released four Americans, including The Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, as part of a prisoner swap with the United States…In a statement, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said that "agency inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures required under the JCPOA, to enable implementation day to occur," using the acronym for the accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Republicans now see a Trump-Cruz race, with time for a shift running out | 16 Jan 2016 | As the presidential primary moves into a more urgent and combative phase, there is growing acceptance among Republicans, including the Washington and financial elite, that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the two candidates most likely to become the party’s nominee. Their commanding performances at the sixth debate – along with their continued dominance in national and early state polls – has solidified the conclusion of many Republicans that the campaign is becomi...

17:00

Motorbike Writer: Stores still not stocking UNECE helmets "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Caberg Tourmax UNECE helmet

Riders are still having a lot of difficulty buying international standard UNECE 22.05 helmets in Australia despite them being allowed in three states and both territories.

In December, NSW joined Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and Northern Territory in approving the use of the UNECE 22.05 motorcycle helmets and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission changed the rules to allow their retail sale.

Tasmania will follow by the end of February, then Western Australia, says longtime helmet campaigner Wayne Carruthers.

However South Australia seems to be out of step with their road regulations still saying it is illegal to sell UNECE helmets in direct conflict with the new ACCC ruling.

Even though Queensland was the first to allow the UNECE helmets about a year ago, we could not find any available in local motorcycle stores, except the discount warehouses. The same is apparently true around the country.

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16:10

myproductivebackyard: Controlling scale on my potted finger lime and other citrus "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Soft Brown Scale on FingerLime

To enable me to grow citrus in a cold climate I have a selection in pots so I can move them into warms spots throughout the year. Now most Citrus can be attached by soft brown scale (coccus hesperidum) but it is particularly prevalent on potted specimens.

Brown scale is a sap sucking insect and will literally sap the life out of your plants, but the biggest issue is the proliferation of “sooty mould”, a fungus that lives of the honey dew (excreta) of the scale and covers the plant in an ugly black substance that prevents it from getting light and photosynthesising. If not controlled, scale can potentially kill your plants.
I have had quite an outbreak of scale on my potted citrus this summer. It is not surprising given that they thrive in hot dry conditions.
But why do trees succumb to scale attack. Generally speaking small infestation are occurring all the time and the plants own defence mechanisms and naturally occurring beneficial insects keep things under control and we never notice them.
However, if your plants become stressed and the environment is right for scale to flourish then it is likely that you will get an infestation.
Plants become stressed when they are trying to grow in less than optimal conditions- not the right amount of water, nutrients and light levels and perhaps trying to grow them in a climate that is not ideal- too hot, too cold, too dry, too humid etc
The secret to pest control is keeping your plants strong and healthy by providing them with optimal growing conditions. This is especially important in hot weather where it is necessary to keep the water up to them.
I also like to keep my...

15:21

FTP Zine: FTP 6 // 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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15:00

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": A Snail's Eye View: Nature Photo Challenge #1: Grey-headed Robin "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


A friend tagged me on Facebook in a nature photo a day challenge, so I thought I'd share those photos here.

Today's pic is of a grey-headed robin sunbathing in the garden. Endemic to north-east Queensland, grey-headed robins are common and conspicuous residents of upland rainforests.



Despite the common name, they are not related to European robins, but they do have grey heads, so well done whoever settled on that epithet*.
 


They might hop around the garden looking all cuddly and winsome, but grey-headed robins are keen enforcers of the bird bath pecking order and ferocious predators of small insects. Given the chance, they will also clean up dropped crumbs, because who knows where the next meal is coming from? It's a jungle out there.

Although they are usually quiet birds, even when shouldering others out of the bird bath, they have a distinctive call. Their peep-peep-peep-peep-peeps are as much a part of the dawn and dusk choruses as the yowls of spotted catbirds and the seamless duets of eastern whipbirds. You can hear the call in this lovely video from Crater Lakes Cottages (near Lake Eacham). 

Another Nature Photo Challenge pic tomorrow.

* Don't get me started on common names.

14:27

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Daily life inside a detention centre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Many of us would have read that shocking article Self-harm epidemic in the SMH Saturday 16 January 2016. Pamela Curr, Refugee and Detention Rights Advocate with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre writes the following to help us understand what life is like inside an Australian detention centre. Behind the report, take a look at daily

13:01

Living and Loving Hobart:: Smolt Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Smolt Kitchen
There’s a certain light in my bedroom early on a summer afternoon when the sun streams in muted by the 1950s voile curtains. It's life-full. A corner store on one of West Hobart’s busiest streets has been opened up and the light that streams into the modern Smolt Kitchen is just the same.

Some people can’t help being fabulous. They’ve got everything going...

11:59

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Nazanin’s family brought to Australia: Now bring all sexual assault victims off Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In May, 2015, Nazanin, a 23 year-old Iranian asylum seeker was raped on Nauru.

It took three months and a medical emergency for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to finally medivac her from Nauru to Australia in August 2015.

At the time, the Department said that Nazanin’s mother and brother would also be brought to Australia to provide critical family support. But the Department reneged on that promise.

For six months, the Department has ignored advice from its own medical service provider, IHMS, on Nauru and the advice of Nazanin’s treating doctors and psychiatrists in Australia that she be re-united with her mother and brother. Requests for the transfer of her mother and brother were over-ridden ‘by Border Force in Canberra’.

Last Thursday, 14 January, with 30 minutes notice, Nazanin’s brother and mother were told they were being sent to Australia.

Thankfully, the separation of Nazanin from her family, enforced by the Department, has finally ended, but it has taken a terrible toll on Nazanin and her family.

But the belated transfer of the family to Australia raises the wider question of the contempt exhibited by the Minister and the Immigration Department, the Nauru government and the Nauruan police for the victims of sexual assault on Nauru.

There were at least two other victims of sexual assault brought to Australia from Nauru on that flight last Thursday. But other victims have been left suffering on Nauru.

“The transfer of more victims of sexual assault from Nauru is a tacit admission that Nauru is unsafe. But the begrudging response reveals the official policy to cover-up the scale of the abuse on Nauru,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“As a matter of urgency, all the victims of rape and sexual assault on Nauru should be immediately brought to Australia; some victims have been unable to leave their accommodation for months for fear of more har...

11:17

Practising Simplicity: 3/52 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"A portrait of my youngest children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

Poet: oh, those lips (ISO 200, f2.8, 1/640)

Poet is getting harder to photograph (I find this quite common around the age of 4) so capturing her unaware is my best bet, in most cases. 

Percy: happy as a clam in the rock pool at sunset. HIs all-in-one rashie is from The Bathers Co. and it makes beach time so much easier! (ISO200, f2.8, 1/2500).

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07:47

Damn the Matrix: This is bigger……. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

That was big………  but this is bigger.

Whilst I admit to not hearing it for some time, the MSM has been spreading its usual nonsense in the form of “the fundamentals” [of the economy] are spot on, there’s nothing to worry about. Which I’ve been calling for years as crap, and now there’s a chart that explains everything regarding why I feel this way.

chart says it all

(Richard Koo: The ‘struggle between markets and central banks has only just begun’, Business Insider)

Why is the economy barely growing after seven years of zero rates and easy money? Why are wages and incomes sagging when stock and bond prices have gone through the roof? Why are stocks experiencing such extreme volatility when the Fed increased rates by a mere quarter of a percent?

It’s the policy, stupid. And here’s the chart that explains exactly what the policy is.

What this chart clearly shows is that the monumental increase in money printing had almost zero effect on lending, nor did it trigger the credit expansion the Fed were hoping for…… In other words, the Fed’s insane pump-priming of the economy experiment (aka– QE) both failed to stimulate growth and put the economy back on the so called ‘path to recovery’ we’ve been told was on, but everyone else has been...

07:00

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": cityhippyfarmgirl: Owning your shadow "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hello. My name is Brydie. For all professional creative goodness endeavours I am Brydie Piaf. For six years I’ve blogged in the very comfortable space of cityhippyfarmgirl.com In the last couple of years I’ve written in the pages of Earth … Continue reading

06:26

Motorbike Writer: Toby Price creates Dakar Rally history "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Toby Price creates history as the first Australian to win the Dakar rallyToby Price is “in shock” after creating Dakar Rally history as the first Australian to win the 37-year event, stretching his lead in the final stage for a convincing victory.

I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to think. I’m in shock, I never would’ve thought I could win this race in my second participation. This is incredible for my family, my friends and my fans back in Australia! Winning in my second participation is awesome, but being the first Australian to win the Dakar is just insane. I would’ve never imagined this two years ago. Finishing the rally is already a triumph. Winning it is amazing! I tackled the race in true Aussie style. I attacked when I had to, when the time was right, and I kept an eye on my bike during the all-important marathon stages. I also navigated rather well. I hope this is just the start, to win again. It won’t be easy, so I’ve got to savour this victory.”

Send your congratulations to Toby on his official Facebook page.

After two weeks, 12 stages (one was cancelled), 9000km and five stage wins, the KTM factory rider from NSW finished the event 39:41 minutes in front of fellow KTM rider Stefan Svitko of Portugal.

It was the 15th consecutive win for the Austrian factory.

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Saturday, 16 January

17:31

Dr Kevin Bonham: What Scientists Do: More On That Penalty Rates Poll "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

In Monday's Crikey subscriber email, Ben Oquist of The Australia Institute (paywalled) took issue with some comments I made about TAI's recent polling in a piece entitled Polling And Penalty Rates.  While I could have just added my reply as an update to the original article, some of Oquist's comments are too cheeky by half - in a way that typifies the general rottenness of commissioned-poll-spruiking in Australia - and I think that dealing with these issues deserves a fresh article.  Peter Brent has also replied and my reply is quite similar.

Oquist's comments concern objections I raised about the use of forced-answer methods in an issue poll conducted by robopolling rather than allowing a don't-know option.   That said, of the two statements he says that I "confidently state", one (“a ‘don’t know’ option would certainly have changed the numbers considerably’’.) was in fact stated by Brent!

It is true that my initial response (on Twitter) that most voters who went for the "stay the same" option would actually have no opinion was overconfident and probably incorrect, but I'd already said that in my article which Oquist links to, so here Oquist is flogging a horse that has already run away, which must be convenient for him. Oh, except that anyone with enough attention span to read my article that he links to will see that this is so!  The problem remains that some substantial number of respondents would have had no actual view, and that these were forced to give an answer (or hang up) and then claimed (by TAI) as supporters of the existing system.  I add that when questions like this have an available "meh!" option ("stay the same...

09:54

Living and Loving Hobart:: St Albi Bar and Eatery "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

St Albi
Moonah is determined to be the next Western shore food destination.

It has a beating village heart, unlike the suburbs that flank its Main Road borders, and local heroes like: Kawasemi Japanese Tea House, Salt and the Texas Pantry.
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04:30

Tasmanian Times: Road Safety: Inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities ... (1) "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Welcome to 2016. Unfortunately, some of our fellow travellers from 2015 will not be with us this year. No death is easy for those left behind and many are taken too early. In a series of articles for Tasmanian Times I will endeavour to highlight what I perceive to be preventable trauma on our roads through excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, irresponsible behaviours or sheer negligence. I will further detail the inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities to achieve simple legislative and administrative changes to improve road safety. • Andrew in Comments: Thanks for a very topical article Mark. I spend a lot of my time on Tasmanian roads and would like to offer the following observations and suggestions for improving road safety ...

04:15

Tasmanian Times: A Tasmanian Murder Mystery: Who is Killing Ross? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… At a time when the Tasmanian Government are ripping heritage-listed buildings out of the State Heritage list, it is a particularly tough environment in which to raise the need for a heritage vision for Ross. It is much easier to step back and let the town be murdered, cut by vicious cut and demolition hammer blows. What if the town store closes and petrol can no longer be bought there? … • Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH: Taking out the trash is a job half done for Malcolm Turnbull

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Friday, 15 January

18:34

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Stockholm for a Week or Two "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There’s a couple of people I know who are planning to spend between one or two weeks in Stockholm next year, during the months of April and May.

Based on my own experiences of being in Stockholm during that time of the year (and other times of the year), here are a few handy tips I’ve prepared for them, which you might find useful also.

Where to stay in Stockholm: Where you choose to stay depends on a whole range of things: do you like city-life, do you like the countryside, how much you’re prepared to pay etc. My biggest best advice would be to stay near a public transport stop, especially near the subway/metro system, the Tunnelbana. You can buy affordable transport tickets that give you unlimited travel for 7 days, a fortnight or a month. When you don’t have to worry about how you get around, you spend a lot less time worrying about the dailies. And besides, trains and subways go exactly where they’re supposed to. My other piece of advice would be to make sure where you’re staying has a washing machine in your apartment. There are so many awful stories of conflict over “the washing room” in older Swedish apartment blocks, so if you’re using AirBnB, just double check the washing machine is actually in your apartment.

Personally, I really like the southern island, Södermalm. Traditionally a working class suburb, it’s now become quite fashionable. There are two things I really like about Södermalm: first, it’s a cool, funky, and interesting place to walk around; second, it’s close to the city, so you can actually walk to lots of great tourist places. You also look back over the water to the Old Town, Gamla Stan which is fantastic.

What Clothes To Wear: Earlier today when I was chatting with my friend and colleague who’ll be in Stockholm in mid to late April, she asked what clothes she should wear. She doesn’t want to pa...

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