Sunday, July 26, 2015

Red-Capped Robin

Gaye spotted one of these today in Darlington Point...beautiful little bird

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Jupiter and Venus

anybody being looking up at night lately? Jupiter and Venus are the two bright planets in the western sky after dark..they are incredibly bright at the moment. Tomorrow night the International Space Station is going to pass close by them around 5.30pm, so there will be 3 bright objects in the same part of the night sky. Interesting hey?

Friday, July 3, 2015


Since when does the Australian Prime Minister wear a uniform? This looks suspiciously like a kind of uniform that our PM was wearing when appearing on the US Naval ship today.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tomato Ripening

I've been wondering for a while how I could ripen my tomatoes in Winter. I think I have hit upon the answer...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

El Nino on the Horizon

I don't want to be unnecessarily alarmist, but it does appear as though another El Nino event is looming in South Eastern Australia. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is a current warming trend across the tropical Pacific Ocean. If the warmer conditions persist over the Tropical Pacific, this can interrupt the trade winds around the equator, resulting in cloud build up, and a change in ocean temperatures. The El Nino occurs when there are differences between the Ocean Temperature in the Western Pacific around Australia, and the Eastern Pacific around South America. This difference causes a change in weather patterns, with higher rainfall in the East, and lower in the West. Past El Ninos have been associated with droughts in Australia. At the moment, the BOM is saying that an El Nino could develop as early as July, with warnings at an alert level. WHilst it is early days in the modelling, watch the Bureau at as the conditions develop. I would suggest to farmers and growers in South Eastern Australia, start planning for dry conditions, and plant your crops early to take advantage of Autumn soil moisture.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Logging of Tasmania

What planet is the PM on? He is supporting the logging of old growth tassie forests. It must be Venus, where there are no trees, and it's hotter then hell..

Thursday, February 27, 2014


No I'm not talking the upcoming World Cup, but the debate taking place, mainly by the right wing media on penalty rates. I did a bit of searching, and you know what, the established award rates seem pretty fair to me. Here they are: Hospitality Award (covers hotels, motels) Sat - 125% Sun - 175% Pub Hol - 250% (casuals get an additional 25% loading to cover sick/annual leave etc) Restaurant Award (self explanatory) Sat -125% Sun - 150% Pub Hol - 250% (casuals + 25% loading except the Pub Hols, which is the same) Registered Club Award Sat - 150% Sun - 175% Pub Hol - 250% (casuals + 25% loading only on Mon - Fri, no extra on Weekends or Pub Hols for being a temporary gun for hire) Retail Award M-F after 6pm - 125% Sat - 125% Sun - 200% Pub Hol - 250% or time in lieu based upon hours worked casuals + 25%, and + 10% on Saturday, but on Sunday they get 200% including the 25% loading ie the penaly rate is in effect 175% so we can see from the above, penalty rates are reasonable, time and a quarter to time and three quarters, and double time and a half for working on Christmas Day, Anzac Day, Boxing Day, when the rest of us are at home catching up with family that we don't see the rest of the year cause we are too busy working! note that many people are employed casually in the services or retail sector, and these casuals are not getting any extra for weekends or public holidays for working at the RSL..