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Aussie Unicorn found 🦄

The Unicorn had been thought to be extinct. I haven't seen one for years. Now, one has been found in the South Australian town of Burra. His name is Gary. He was saved and given a home for the cost of 2 slabs of beer, ~ $100.
Now all we need to do is find a female Unicorn. Does a female Unicorn have a horn? If no, then we could probably just use a sheep.

Read the story

Sourdough pizza ❤️

Just how far will you travel for that perfect pizza; or whatever that takes your fancy? I didn't go in search of the best pizza in the world; but I did find it in Earl's Court, London; at a restaurant called 'Franco Manca Sourdough Pizza'. The sourdough pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven at 500 degree C. That's hotter than the conventional method. It's all over in a flash and the pizza is cooked in 15-20 seconds. The origin of using sourdough for pizza is Naples, Italy. The Manca family brought the method from Naples and then created their Italian pizza joint in the Australian enclave of Earl's Court, London.
Anyway, it was the best pizza I had tasted; simple with a very thin layer of topping and a fantastic sourdough base.

Secret Unley meeting

According to Cr Mike Hudson's blog ...
tonight #Unley Council is meeting in secret (ie. behind closed doors) to discuss matters related to the 2019/2020 budget.

It just makes you wonder what will be discussed.
Why should the public be denied access to budget discussions?
Perhaps its to do with the actual cost and/or timeframe for the rebuild of King William Road (will it actually be ready for Christmas trade) or legal matters about rate cuts to developers to retain significant trees or rate rebates to encourage highrise development or the actual cost of installing 350 drink fountains across Unley ...
We can only guess and speculate; and never be told.

In my opinion, if it is worthy for discussion about the budget, then the matter should be open for the public. We need to know what is going on; what is being considered.

Besides, with these secret workshops, there can be no decision made (just 'guidance' given to the staff).

RAA sneezer

I was heading into the CBD by tram for lunch.
I like a bit of light reading on the tram, so I packed the latest copy of RAA's SA Motor magazine. Folded, it fits nicely into my small man bag.
I thought I would do the road rules tests; multiple scenarios to test your road skills.

Then I spotted an article by Charles Mountain, RAA's Road Safety Expert.
Charles was responding to a Dorothy Dixer question from a reader. The reader asked 'what should I do if I sneeze while I'm driving?'.
It's a question I'm sure that we often ask ourselves.
Anyway, Charles went into considerable detail about the danger of sneezing whilst we drive. We're told that we shut our eyes for about 3 seconds (during a sneeze) and at 60kph travel about 8 car lengths.
Charles says that ideally we should pull over if we feel a sneeze coming on; but he does concede that it is not always possible.
So, to be prepared for a sneeze, we are advised to keep a sensible distance behind the car in …

Unley pics

I'm not easily impressed; or go WOW!
But, what a good looking new Unley Council!

I've just received the Council's magazine Unley Life and it features photographs of the newly elected Councillors. I must say that they are the best photos of elected members that I've ever seen.
Normally, like any Council, one or two stand out as dills; but not this time.
It's a good looking bunch.
The photographer needs to be congratulated.
Not a hair out of place; almost has that air-brush touch.

I spoke to Councillor Mike Hudson and he sang praise for his photo.
He said "Mate, I've never looked so good. I look 20 years younger. Maybe more."
... and Mike is right; he does look 20 years younger.
In fact, of those that I know, they all look so much younger (and perhaps more handsome).

I want the name of the photographer.

Stay cyber safe 💰

It's getting harder and harder to stay cyber safe.
There are so many ways the cyber criminals are out to get you.
So it's important to stay abreast of the threats and risks.
It's amazing how much money is lost (stolen) every day.
Just be vigilant; and stay vigilant.

Read these 17 tips

What your dog hates

Here's an interesting article on what your dog hates (and likes).
Next time you pat a dog on the head, understand its discomfort; especially if I try isn't your dog.


Have a read

Driving tips for Scotland

I happened upon a fantastic video with tips for driving in Scotland, UK.
It is very well done with practical tips and a good measure of humour.

Check it out ...
Even if you're not planning on a drive through Scotland, it is worth a watch.
A pity that Australia doesn't create information like this for the tourists. In fact, it would be handy for many of our residents.

Have you tartled?

Have you ever tartled?
I'm sure you have.
I've been known to tartle; from time to time.

Tartle is a Scottish word, used extensively by the Scots: to apologetically say that they've forgotten someone's name, especially when doing an introduction to another person.

Whereas in Australia we simply say 'hey, I forgot your name, Mate".

I think I will do the switch.
To tartle sounds nicer (and kinder).

for more info, click on this link ...

Unley Oval closed

Fantastic news that an AFLW match will be played at Unley Oval: Adelaide Crows vs. GWS Giants on Sunday 10 March.
See you there!

However, I'm astounded that scheduling the AFL match has required Unley Council to close the oval for 7 days. The oval will be closed on Monday 04 March until 6pm Sunday 10 March.
There is to be no access to the oval (inside the picket fence) during this period.
No walking, no jogging, no ball play, no frisbees, no dogs; absolutely no activity.
Maybe drones flying over the oval will be allowed ;)

Such are the rules imposed by the AFL.

Here's a photo of a sign at the oval.

Watsacowie brewery

I was delighted to be asked to join a beer tasting panel on a trip to the Yorke Peninsula.
Our destination was the Watsacowie brewery in Minlaton.
It's a relatively new brewery and the beers had to be tasted and rated.

Our host was brewer Andrew Coleman.
A huge range, from light coloured to dark; and some interesting experimental brews.
We put them all on the tasting bench and went at them.
A superb range.
One was infused with ginger. Absolutely wonderful (if you imagined it wasn't a beer).

By the end of the session we were all frothing at the mouth.

The big test was what to select to take home.
That's the best test to apply.
I chose 2 beers:
Watsacowie S.Y.P. Ale, Pale Ale, 5% alcohol
Watsacowie Jazzy Red Ale, Indian Red Ale, 6% alcohol
Both are drinking well at home; at the end of the day.

But what surprised me was their apple cider called 'Beached Apple Cider'.
I don't normally enjoy cider, but this was superb; the best ever.
It tasted like fresh apple juice…

Airport rip off

Went to Adelaide airport last night to collect someone from the UK. What a money machine is the airport; in fact, all airports. I checked out the shop next to the arrival gate. 1 litre of water in a plastic bottle cost $6.80. A 550ml Pepsi cost $5.50. What a rip off! And we know that most 'spring' water sold is just filtered tap water. A guy came along to buy a drink and I recommended to him that he should wait until he got home. My wife told me to not be such a Dad. He ignored me and bought a Pepsi.
The bonus was that the parking only cost me $5 for exactly 30 minutes. That was well planned.
We had parked for 10-15 minutes in that free park near the entrance and then driven into the $$$ car park later after the plane had landed. A popular temporary parking spot used by many; those in the know.

Unley Road 1909

Back in the year 1909, Unley Road was dug up to remove the tram tracks that had been used by the horse drawn trams. New rails were laid for electric trams and this work took 2 years.
All of the rubble removed was carted to Unley Road to create the huge viewing mounds.
Check out the photo to see how many men were involved.
In 1911 electric trams started to run along Unley Road.
The tram service ceased in 1957.

Looking at the photo and so many labourers, it reminded me of the work done 30+ years to build the brick road along King William Road.

Soon, King William Road will be dug up and paved with bricks. Brick footpaths and a brick road.
I still say that the road should be bitumen to reduce costs and speed up the build time.
Work had better start soon to have it completed by Christmas in time for the retail trade.
It will be a great outcome, but there will be serious disruption to the local businesses; like what happened on Goodwood Road. Tough on the traders, but unavoidable.
Traders ha…

Citizenship ceremony @ Unley

Unley Council always hosts a great citizenship ceremony on Australia Day.

It's hugely popular and regulars come for the free food and drinks, a day out and to mingle with the new citizens. I know a couple of residents who go to every one, to enjoy the ceremony (and the food).
This year one of the speakers was Shaun Osborn, the Liberal candidate for the Federal seat of Adelaide. He delivered a speech of welcome to the new citizens. In Unley, Shaun was in his element; he knows that in Unley he will get a swag of votes in the upcoming Federal election. It's further north in his electorate where Labor votes increase where he needs to be more active and hopeful.
Anyway, the opportunity to speak at Unley will boost his confidence as he travels north.

Whatever their political persuasion, it is good to see and hear politicians and wannabees deliver an Australia Day speech. Some are woeful (and tired after delivering the same speech the year before); some are just average; and some are…

A yellow burn

Joy at picking my first chillies of the season. Picked just before the extreme heat.
My fav. Yellow and very hot - a nice intense burn ;)
Added some finely cut to a crab and prawn spaghetti marinara.
The other chilli bushes are coming on nicely.

Tip: when using chilli:

add dried and flake chilli when cookingadd fresh chilli to salads and on top of cooked food

Unley Councillor found in gutter

Last night, in the early evening (@6:45pm) an Unley Councillor tripped on the footpath in Arthur Street and fell into the gutter. He was on the way home (at such an early hour?) from the Unley's TDU street party. He awoke in the gutter with many faces peering at him and people fussing about whilst awaiting the ambulance.
With flashing lights and and a siren, he was rushed to the RAH.
Fortunately he is ok, but very sore and bruised; and a severely bruised ego.
I have recommended rubbing Goanna Oil into the swollen arms and legs; twice a day.
Works a treat! I recommend it for most ailments.
This section of paving is not the best and it was on my to-do list to fix.
I am sure that given the fall of a councillor it will now be given prompt attention.
This footpath should probably be concreted (replacing the uneven brick paving) given the high volume of pedestrian traffic.

Unley Road trams ❌

The idea of trams on Unley Road has been proposed (again) by Federal Labor. I'm a keen advocate of extending the tram network, but Unley Road is too narrow; far too narrow and it carries a huge volume of commuter traffic. Commuter traffic would be slowed to a crawl, parking would be cut and local businesses would be impacted. I propose use of electric buses (aka. trackless trams; what really is the difference?) and a more frequent service. With a more efficient public transport service we can get more bums on seats and achieve less dependence on driving cars through Mitcham and Unley to the Adelaide CBD. It's time for the State Government to really overhaul our public transport.
As the Unley tram proposal gets on track (depending on the outcome of the Federal election) it will be interesting to see the stance of Unley Council. Will the mayor's publicly stated support for trams on Unley Road influence the decision of Council?
I say, push for electric buses aka. trackless trams.

New Year Resolutions

We all make New Year resolutions.
Don't we?
And how many do we achieve?
Do they last more than a week or two?
Real resolutions need hard work (and resolution) throughout the year and beyond.
The tip is to be careful about the resolutions we make.

Huawei risk

It’s just so sad that the Chinese made Huawei IT equipment is controlling so much of the critical and sensitive infrastructure across Australia (The Advertiser, 27 December). Our cyber security has potentially been compromised. Our data and Government data stored in the Cloud, our health records, transport and utility information and most telecommunication data are all potentially at risk. There should be a total ban on using Huawei equipment whilst the Chinese Government  has a right to access all data. We’ve had our head in the sand on this issue all for the sake of saving 10-15% by buying Chinese IT equipment. Given the growing power and presence of the Chinese Government in our region, we can’t afford to be offering weak links and ease of a cyber attack on Australia. It’s not a nightmarish scenario; it’s a reality. The risk must be addressed.