Gloucester Geocaching Trip


For those of you who may not know it yet – I think I may be going mad (slightly so anyway). So in an effort to head off said madness I decided to go out for the day and went to Gloucester, visiting my mother while there and also maintaining a couple of geocaches along the way and hiding a few others.

So I have a couple of new geocaches currently awaiting review and another couple that I am yet to place on the geocaching website (I’ll do so in the next couple of days).

Did it take away my madness – probably not, but neither was there any mad, evil cackling while hiding them. So it was a start I guess.

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Uluru Trip Looming?


I have a reasonably lengthy block of annual leave coming up soon and for the third year running I have a ‘plan’ to travel to Uluru – but will it happen? Hmmm – I can’t be sure at the moment.

Walking Around Tomaree National Park


ABOVE: Zenith Beach from Ocean Rocks Walk – Tomaree National Park

Yesterday I decided to take a bit of a walk around Tomaree National Park which is located near Nelson Bay in NSW, Australia. Well worth a visit and the scenery on the way is something to behold as well – especially around Shoal Bay and Fingal Bay. Very spectacular scenery. Again, very much worth a look and visit.

ABOVE: Lomandra Fruit           BELOW: WWII Gun Emplacement

Another Storm With Major Damage


Last Sunday the region was hit by yet another major storm, leaving more damage in its wake. This was the third major storm this season. The first included a tornado which caused significant damage where I work and throughout the town. The second was probably the most significant of the three storms as far as the amount of damage it inflicted on the region, with the consequences for the surrounds of my place being very similar to that of the latest damage done. This third storm produced almost identical damage to my place (grounds) as the second.

The photo above shows the damage at the front of my place and the photo below that behind my place. Power was out for some time following the storm and I believe some areas are still without electricity. There has been much damage throughout the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest area, with many fallen trees and branches.

Schapelle Corby to be Released (Sort of)


So the whole of Australia is caught up with the whole Schapelle Corby case or so the media would have us believe. Personally (and I think a good number of people agree with me) I really don’t have a lot of interest in it. If she is in fact guilty of the crime, I have to say I have little sympathy for her situation. I will be pleased when the media moves on from this ‘story’ and returns to more important matters. I certainly don’t believe she should profit from her ‘story.’ Yet the media appears willing to throw a whole bunch of money and attention her way.

Out of the Rat Race


I have had reason to reflect on my move away from Newcastle/Lake Macquarie some seven years ago, to live as it turns out, here in Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest. I can’t say that I find this area to be the brilliant place that so many feel it to be, which is not to say that I hate it. It has its pros and cons, just like many places. But I have had reason to be thankful for being out of the ‘rat race’ where I once lived. Life is just so much slower in this place – if you let it be of course. And that is something I really am enjoying here.

An Age of Knockers


Why is it that the Internet has bred an age of knockers? You see it all of the time on Twitter, which seems especially to be a form of media that attracts the trolls and other types that seem unable to communicate anything positive. Message Boards and comments after articles is another breeding ground for this sort of thing. 

Here in Australia we have the ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome,’ which is essentially the same sort of thing, but pre-dates the Internet, so perhaps the desire to knock people all of the time has always been there, but now has a medium in which it seems to flourish. 

Being a knocker has been a particular character flaw of mine since I can remember and it has also been one that I have continually fought against since I can remember, being one of those ‘darling’ sins that I need to be continually seeking to mortify by the grace of God. So I find it to be something personally offensive and sickening.

I do however find that the knocker in people seems to be becoming more pronounced since the advent of the Internet as a popular mode of communication and social networking. It has become more vicious and most certainly has lost its more ‘digging’ nature that was perhaps not so bad. When it is just light-hearted fun, light-hearted digging – that is not so bad. These days it is far more sinister.

The link below is to a recent article I came across and is an example of the very sort of thing I am talking about. It is not just in the article itself that this sort of thing can be found, but also within the comments that follow (though there are some supportive comments also).

In my own circle of friends and people I know, I am increasingly surprised at the many, many, examples of it I have stumbled across in recent times and that from those who also profess to be Christians. It has not just been criticism, which I don’t have a problem with, but something with a lot of personal malicious intent about it. It seems that there is a fair amount of bullying involved in it as well I think, yet some of these people doing the attacking and knocking are very vocal when it comes to bullying and the like. 

Any thoughts?

For an example visit:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/26/taylor-swift-losing-face-grammys_n_4671397.html

Human Rights


Some countries of the Commonwealth have refused to attend the Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka. These countries include Canada and India. Congratulations to these countries for making a stand, however I do believe India is being a bit hypocritical in their stance given the abuse of human rights in their own country, particularly toward Christians and Muslims. They have serious issues to address in India before they have any grounds on which to criticise other countries.

On the other side of the coin I am not at all surprised to see that Australia has no problem attending the meeting. Given what we have seen in recent times from the relatively new Australian government under Tony Abbott towards human rights, I am not at all surprised that he and the government have little to say on the matter, let alone to protest the situation in Sri Lanka. Those suffering in West Papua know only too well how this Australian government will respond to human rights issues following the Australian response to West Papuan people in Indonesia and how it views West Papua and Indonesia as one sovereign country with which it has no real issues concerning human rights abuses in West Papua. Then of course you have the government’s approach to asylum seekers and the detention of them in what are little better than modern day concentration camps. I have to say though that the former Labor government also lost my support given their hardline approach towards asylum seekers towards the end of their government under Kevin Rudd in particular.

I am greatly disappointed and saddened by Australia’s current approach to these sorts of matters and yes, I am Australian.

Storm Damage


I am now home from hospital and surgery, and will soon post about my hospital experience and stay. Prior to going to hospital, my region in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest was hit by a severe storm which caused significant damage in both towns. This was on the 29th October 2013 and there is still much to be done to clean up and repair the damage.