Friday, February 25, 2011

New maritime radar

New maritime radar scanning system being installed at the Blues Point Tower. Once it is up and running, then the existing tower at Barangaroo can be demolished to make way for shops.




Existing Barangaroo tower


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Back from NZ

I'm back from a wonderful two weeks in New Zealand.
It is such a shock to hear about the distressing earthquake at Christchurch just seven days after I was there. It was a beautiful, sunny day on my visit and there many tourists enjoying the sights. I was there on a watercolour painting holiday. Our group did paintings of one of the Cathedral doors on the afternoon of the 15th. The dreadfull aftermath of the earthquake is still unfolding and I send my best wishes to those who are suffering.

Here are just a few photos

The beach at Russell in the Bay of Islands

Mount Maunganui

Thermal activity at Wai-O-Tapu

Geothermal soup

Rotorua Museum

Exporting lumber and logs from Napier

Cathedral Square in Christchurch

The Worcester Street bridge over the Avon river in Christchurch

Low cloud in Fiordland

A good spot for photography

Milford Sound

Leaving the Sound before a two and a half days of steaming to Sydney.


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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Watching cricket with Channel Nine

This is probably the worst experience of your life.
It is however a good advertising opportunity. As this is an ODI, each side will play 50 overs (as long as they do not lose all their wickets) and Nine show adverts between each over. So that means that you may see the same advert 100 times during the match. If you think that is irritating, then it gets worse as you will not see all of the match as they switch to the news three overs before the end of the first innings. Add to this adverts during the overs, interviews off pitch during the overs, endless replays during the overs none of which indicate that they are replays and you get the feel for just how bad it is. I am sure that they must have employed an expert on how to totally destroy any sense of enjoyment when watching cricket. Thank goodness I will see some proper cricket coverage when I go back to the UK for summer.


Saturday, February 05, 2011

Going off the air

I will not be posting for a couple of weeks as I am off to New Zealand on a watercolour painting holiday and will only have limited access to the internet.
I'm looking forward to some slightly cooler weather as it was over 40'C in Sydney yesterday.

A little light work

It looks like this liner has enough solar power to run a kettle


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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Bus Bonanza & Balmoral Beach

With the temperatures in Sydney heading into the thirties today, I thought it was time to exercise one of my PET's with some BB & BB.
I am referring to a Pensioner Excursion Ticket that gives you unlimited travel for one day on buses, trains and ferries. You can buy these tickets in many newsagents and they cost $2.50 each (assuming you qualify for this ticket).

In the heat I did not fancy walking up the hill as I usually do, to go and do some shopping at the plaza, so I looked up online the timetable for the local buses. The result was that I was able to walk just 50 metres to the bus stop, get an airconditioned bus to the shops, do my shopping, aircon bus home and all this was accomplished in under half an hour. Luxury.
In the afternoon I fancied going to a beach that would have a cooling breeze and warm, gentle waters for a paddle/swim. Balmoral Beach is perfect as you can see in the pictures. I used the same ticket and buses to get there and back.





Looking across Port Jackson to Manly

This was a great way to keep cool on a hot day.

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