Showing posts from July, 2015

SALA @ Unley Museum

The SALA exhibition 'forWARDback' is a unique collection of contemporary visual art; displayed with objects from the Unley Museum's historical collection. It promises to be one of the best exhibits in 2015. Five local artists have contributed to the collection. It's on display  from 02 August to 22 September 2015 . ... and it's free. The advertising blurb reads ... Contemporary artists create new stories from old. Through contemporary artworks the artists reinterpret objects from the Museum's collection to create a dynamic social dialogue between Unley's past, present and future. See tomorrow through the secrets of yesterday.

Good dog

Pets are wonderful companions and give us joy and unrelenting love. They are so forgiving. From a recent letter from the RSPCA ... 47% of pets owned are dogs 35% of pets are cats 21% of pets are 'others' eg. birds and rabbits A bit of a 3% error there, but RSPCA states that some people have combinations of pets. From a recent survey ... The top ten dog names are: Bella, Molly, Ruby, Daisy, Lucy, Max, Charlie, Rosie, Bailey & Billy. The top ten cat names are: Missy, Molly, Smokey, Tiger, Lucy, Millie, Tigger, Bella, Charlie & Sooty.

Bottom wipe

I'm not that old, but I remember the outdoor dunny; a cold sprint down to the backyard dunny; usually a wooden building with a galvo iron roof. Make as much noise as you like and no-one would hear you, except for someone passing in the laneway; a lane that was built to service the adjoining houses. Water, power and later sewerage pipes ran down these service lanes. There were long drops and later water flushing was added as modern amenities became available. Back in those days, before we had pine plantations to make gloriously soft toilet tissue, we had to make do with left over paper - usually newspaper that was cut into squares and placed on a spike fixed to the toilet wall. It was an art form, whilst sitting on the wooden seat, to gently massage the paper and make it soft for wiping the bottom. The trouble with newspaper is that it left an ink print greyness on the bottom. Sometimes, it was absolute joy when there was some soft brown paper or fine tissue paper like that whic

Glass half empty

There has always been debate about a glass being with half full or half empty. Which is correct? Researcher Malcolm Smith has recently completed research with many half full glasses of water and beer. His finding was that when people were left alone in a room with just half a glass of water for hours on end, they drank the water. In 90% of cases the result was an empty glass and he saw a pattern. He claims that "you're far more likely to drink half a glass of water than you are to refill it". Smith claimed over another beer that his research proved that a half filled glass is considered to be half empty. Despite this claim it will probably not truly settle the question of a glass being half full or half empty. He does deserve credit for his dedicated research.

Foreign Quinces

Last year I bought a quince tree. I went to a nursery in a wine region; a region where there are numerous local homegrown, home baked food companies; one a bit bigger than the rest. Talking to the nursery man about quinces and local crops, I was shocked to learn that a well known local producer had imported quinces from Asia to increase the output of local quince products. The products were still labelled as made in Australia. I made a mental note to not buy any more products from that company. A pity given the magnificent range. After the contaminated berry issue last year, my stance on food labelling has increased. Food must be labelled to show where it was grown, where it was processed and there must be a list of all preservatives and additives. To help fix our economy and reduce unemployment we must be prepared to pay a little bit more for local Aussie produce. If it's grown in Asia there is a high risk of contamination. The berry bad problem was due to poor sanitary

Gopher charge @ Unley

The Unley Council will be providing recharge stations across Unley, at community centres and libraries. A good idea. For more information, visit Cr Don Palmer’s blog via or visit Cr Mike Hudson’s blog via

Location SA website

LOCATION SA MAP VIEWER LAUNCH Have you ever wanted to know where your nearest shipwreck is, or every earthquake location in SA since 1836? … that’s the SA Government blurb on selling this new website. (I didn’t know that they were recording earthquakes back in 1936; the year of settlement of SA.) Maybe you want to check the high school zone of a house you want to buy … or want to know where the closest walking and bike trails are?  Or you know someone who wants to start a business on a road that has high traffic volume? You can check all of these things and more from the Location SA Map Viewer . Government spatial data has been combined on a single website, allowing easy access to everything from public transport to planning development zones and Marine Parks in one view. The Location SA Map Viewer w as launched recently. It is proving to be quite a hit. Check it out.

Run in the rain

It was wet and cold in the city yesterday. I was walking in the rain. A woman in heels click clacked past me and then slipped and went down on her knees. I helped her up. It was more her dignity that was damaged. Most women run (or move quickly) in the rain. Maybe they don’t want their hair to go all frizzy. Then again, many blokes also move quickly through the rain. It’s an instinctive thing; run or move quicker in the rain. But it’s pointless! Why? Years ago when I was studying mathematics, physics and hydrology, we modelled rain with the intent of discovering how much drier people are if they run through the rain. The model’s assumptions were: The rain was vertical The rain had distinct drops (and not a bucket downpour like in the tropics) There was no wind The person was walking at a comfortable pace (and not dawdling) The finding was: If you run or move quickly through the rain you will get the same amount of wetness as if you were walking at a no

Semicolon tattoo

The semicolon tattoo is all the rage. It can be tiny or large. I've seen quite a few, in a few odd body locations and wondered what it means. The selling point of the semicolon tat is that it is supposedly for a good cause and can be small and discreet; or as large as you like. There is a social organisation called Project Semicolon and it aims to raise awareness for mental health issues. This is the origin of the semicolon tattoo. According to the organisation’s official website, “a semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life;”. People all over the world are getting semicolons tattooed on themselves to signify their battle with mental illness or show support for those who need it. I'm tempted to get a tat, but may defer for a few years; instead, I'll make a donation to Beyond Blue.

$45m Aussie Scam

Australians lose $45 million to scams in 2015 !!! It is amazing that this year (and so far only over 6 months) Australians have been conned and scammed to the tune of $45 million. That’ll probably grow to $90 million over 12 months. How can people be so stupid? Easily, if they believe in getting a huge reward for nothing. Beware of that person in Nigeria who needs help to transfer funds and if you’re into Internet dating and your new love gets into financial difficulty, then send nothing except an introduction to the scammer in Nigeria. According to The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) … ‘Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal details. Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it. Our new Scamwatch website , which is being launched today, has all the latest news and tips to help you identify and avoid scams. By following the advice

Jack's delight

Last weekend I had a quickly scheduled road trip to Penola; down the SE in Coonawarra country. Timing could not have been better. July madness had struck Penola and the wineries in Coonawarra. There were huge discounts to be found at most shops in town and the wineries also had special deals. As luck would have it, there was a Pop Up wine event in Penola on Friday, early in the evening. A side street was closed for the event. It was chilly, very chilly; beanies were essential and gas fires helped to beat the cold. There were large umbrellas, but fortunately no rain; a perfect, but cold night. At the Pop Up there were several wineries showcasing their wines; the wineries take it in turn and are rostered on these regular events. This was where I met Jack; or at least, Jack’s wines. Jack Estate winery had several wines for tasting; all wines at the Pop Up were $5 per glass; very reasonable. From memory the wines at the Pop Up were: 2013 Jack Estate Chardonnay 2013 Jack Est

Maroon madness

Tonight the Maroons didn't just beat the Blues in the Origin final. They thrashed them. It was Queensland at their best. And their goal kicking - a record, one of many records on the night. I enjoyed a few maroon drinks during the game.

Be Alerted

The SA Government has launched a new website called  Alert SA  – and there is even a mobile app. These days it’s considered a must to have a mobile app with a website; the desktop is getting cluttered. Anyway, it’s a good idea.  This new website provides access to real-time event and warning information in South Australia including: fire, flood, storm, earthquake, power outages, road closures, traffic and transport disruptions, etc. Fourteen agencies feed data into Alert SA. Check out this website at Download the mobile app from