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1. The Ettalong Water slide
Most people know about the water slide opposite Ettalong War Memorial Club in the late 80's but do you know where it is now?
A pilot programme using a robotic police officer in San Francisco has ended as quickly as it began after the machine waged a war on the homeless. The idea seemed sound enough: The San Francisco animal rescue group SPCA, (a non-profit organisation) employed the services of a $6 per-hour rented Robo Cop to monitor the
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Last Christmas, our lovely friend Diana gave us a beeswax wrap to experiment with. It proved to a handy replacement for plastic bags and cling film, and an ideal way to wrap loaves of sourdough As its our goal to try and live greener in 2018, and given that commercial beeswax wraps are prohibitively expensive, 
We sneak in a final cheeky lunch at La Gavotte, crepes and Breton style galettes by the water in Baie des Citrons. A light lunch in theory at least, after a week of meat and cream. La Gavotte has a menu of just about every French style filling you can think of, savoury, extremely smelly or fruity and sweet. Specialising in the Breton buckwheat galettes or the lighter fluffier crepes
1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.
1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.
1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.
1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.
1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.
1853 - Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.
1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.
1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.
1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.
1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.
1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.
1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...
Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.
When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.
How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.
South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....
Home owners will be protected from shoddy builders under a new insurance scheme announced by Ryde MP Victor Dominello this week. Mr Dominello is NSW [more]
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West Rydes annual Easter Parade & Fair will celebrate its silver anniversary on Saturday, March 24, bigger and better than ever, centred for the first [more]
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WHILE other children are enjoying the summer holidays, two caring girls from Ryde have given up their break to rescue dogs on death row. Eight-year-old [more]
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While the Detention Centre on Manus Island was forcibly closed by the PNG Government there are still more than 600 men detained in unsafe conditions on Manus Island. There are approximately 340 people - men, women and children - held in the Nauru detention centre, including 43 children. A further 750 people have been released into the tiny Nauruan community, including more than 100 children. They have temporary visas, very limited rights, and they cannot leave the island. Read this concise update of what is continuing to happen on Manus Island and Nauru by the Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR. Jan 2018.
THE Central Coast has a wealth of wonderful waterways. And latest catch data shows local fish stocks are on par with a decade ago but most of the seafood on offer is imported.
Amid the rush for seafood ahead of Good Friday, a traditional meat-free day, the Express Advocate can reveal the majority of fish and prawns we buy at major supermarkets and popular local takeaways comes from outside the regions waters.
Both Woy Woy Fishermens Wharf and Darrons Seafood at Wamberal say while they try to support locals as much as possible, about 70 per cent of their seafood comes from other parts of Australia and overseas.
Woolworths said while it also tried to support local, it was often forced to stock seafood from countries such as New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, China and South Africa. Woolworths supermarket at Erina Fair was selling mostly imported fresh seafood over the past week, including prawns from Thailand.
Coles said the majority of its brand seafood was sourced from Australian waters. But at the Coles Woy Woy deli on Friday and Monday, it was selling mostly imported fish from New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan, Vietnam and China.
The owner of Darrons Seafoods said half of the fish he sold including sea bream, monkfish, ling and hapuku came from New Zealand.
Darron Foley, who heads to the Sydney Fish Market twice a week to stock up, said the quality of Kiwi cold-water fish was often better in taste than the limited supply of local catches.
It only takes two days to get from New Zealand to Australian markets and is still very fresh, Mr Foley said.
My first choice is to buy Australian, but if its not available we have to look elsewhere. And I can safely say that there just isnt the Australian fish available at the markets like there was 10 or so years ago. And thats very disappointing for me.
He said the local school prawns were popular with his customers.
They sell out around Easter and Christmas, and I also buy a lot of frozen prawns; the greens mostly from South Australia and Western Australia, and cooked prawns from Mooloolaba in Queensland.
Merv Clayton, joint owner of Woy Woy Fishermens Wharf, said the bulk of the seafood he sold came from outside the Coasts waters.
We use hoki, which comes from New Zealand, for our standard fish and chips, Mr Clayton said. We like it because its a soft, light-fleshed fish which is sweet in flavour perfect for fish and chips.
Our other main imported fish is hake, which is caught by South African trawler fishermen in the Great Southern Ocean.
About 30 per cent of our seafood comes from local waters. This includes squid, mullet, whiting, blackf...
With Sydneys suburban train services in a shambolic state and short of a driver or ten on any given peak hour, commuters from the Central [more]
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1807 - At Cockle Bay, Sydney Harbour, a chap managed to survive
a shark attack.
1808 - The ship City of Edinburgh arrived at Port Jackson with a cargo of 100,000 litres of whiskey. Part owner Alexander Berry is on board.
1809 - Gnung-a Gnung-a Mur-re-mur-gan, the first Australian Aboriginal to visit America ( in 1793), was found dead in present day Sirius Park, Sydney ; his death was thought to be related to old injuries inflicted by warrior Pemulwuy.
1810 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed emancipist Andrew Thompson a Justice of the Peace and Chief Magistrate at the Hawkesbury. He was the first emancipist magistrate appointed.
1814 - Nurragingy (Creek Jemmy), chief of South Creek, and Mary-Mary, chief of the Mulgoa clan, with their families, totalling 51 men, women and children, visited Governor Macquarie at Parramatta. They were given breakfast and dinner (midday meal) in the Government Domain (Parramatta Park). Narrang Jack, a previously hostile Aborigine, came to give himself up.
Chi Fong in Eating World Food Court adds a bit of variety to the usual offerings with a mix of Vietnamese dishes. Barack Obama would approve. In 2016, Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain had dinner together. This was a totally structured, organised event, full of security checks and paid actors in the background. Even the owners of Bun Cha Huong Lien in Hanoi were warned that someone big was
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Nelson Mandela famously said, no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. And after revelations about the mistreatment and torture of young people inside Darwins Don Dale youth detention centre, it must be acknowledged we have fallen short of our obligations towards the detained. Indeed,
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International superstar Cher will perform at Sydneys annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March, with the state government confirming one of the citys worst kept secrets.
The 71-year-old hinted she was coming Down Under in a cryptic emoji-laden tweet in December: OK.. YOU BOYS KNOW WHERE ILL IN MARCH #PutSomeShrimpOmTheBar[bie].
The NSW government on Friday announced Cher had been locked into performing at the Mardi Gras Party, when the city marks the annual parades 40th anniversary.
It will be the first since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.
When it comes to international recording artists, they dont get much bigger than Cher and as one of the LGBTQI communitys most vocal advocates, she is the perfect person to help celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said in a statement.
TV actress Jessica Falkholts remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital with reports her life support was switched off overnight, more than a fortnight after a horror crash that killed her parents and younger sister,
The 29-year-old has been fighting for her life in St George Hospital since she was pulled from the wreckage, along with her sister Annabelle, 21, on December 26 near Ulladulla.
She remains in a critical condition, a spokeswoman for St George Hospital told AAP on Friday.
Jessicas life support was turned off on Thursday night, media reports, a day after her family was farewelled at a funeral at St Marys Catholic Church in Concord.
The Falkholts family car was hit by a four-wheel drive on Boxing Day, with the sisters pulled from the wreckage before it erupted in flames with the bodies of their parents inside.
Annabelle died as a result of her injuries three days after the smash.
Jessica has reportedly undergone several surgeries, including the removal of a kidney and part of her skull, and has been in a coma.
Following reports Jessicas life support had been turned off, TV show Home and Away, on which she had her break-out role, tweeted: Rest in peace, beautiful Jessica Falkholt.
Home and Away star James Stewart tweeted: RIP Falkholt family late Thursday night.
The driver of the four-wheel-drive, 50-year-old Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a Nowra methadone clinic when he was also killed in the collision.
Whitall was a habitual traffic offender with more than 60 convictions to his name, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Falkholt family was remembered as an inseparable, radiant group.
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Studies have consistently found that sending people to prison significantly increases their chances of offending, rather than reduces it, and that alternatives to imprisonment are more likely to put offenders on the straight and narrow than full time prison custody. Indeed, UNSW professor of criminology Eileen Baldry told Sydney
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Below is the transcript of a lecture Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic, gave at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia in 2004.
Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia, like St Johns Presbyterian Church in central Wellington, New Zealand, has for many decades been a liberal theological church.
I was lectured by Lloyd Geering in Religious Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in the late 1970s.
Although I was a young Holy Spirit-baptised Christian, I still topped Lloyd Geerings classes. I also topped his associate, Professor Jim Veitchs classes. Both Lloyd Gerring and Jim Veitch are New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, as was my father Rev Reuben Donald Elley, known as Rev Don Elley.
My father was one of the large group of clergy and lay leaders who tried to have Lloyd Geering tried for heresy in the 1967. They should have removed him instantly, and the New Zealand Presbyterian Church would be in a much better place today, if this has happened.
It is a misnomer to say that there were few clergy in favour of removing him. In fact, the vote was very close at the national conference of the New Zealand Presbyterian church.
My father told me about it as it was happening, and I can remember dad being very upset about Lloyd Geering.
On January 7, 2018 an extreme heatwave struck south eastern Australia. The wildlife of Sydney and surrounding areas and in particular areas of western Sydney experienced temperatures in excess of 45 degrees celsius. At temperatures above 42-43 degrees combined with high humidity flying-fox colonies are very vulnerable to heat stress.
As the temperatures reach these levels the bats start to move down the trees as they begin to have difficulty regulating their body temperature. The young pups will succumb first and begin falling from the trees to the ground where they will quickly de-hydrate and die.
On January 7th this is what began to happen in the early afternoon. Local WIRES volunteers were monitoring colonies and in the early afternoon began to see the young pups dropping to the ground in their hundreds. This occurred at colonies in Campbelltown, Parramatta Park, Yarramundi, South Creek and Emu Plains.
Teams were mobilised at many sites and all our vaccinated rescuers who were available began to triage those who had a chance at survival. More than 40 young flying-fox pups were taken into critical care from the two camps and heartbreakingly some of those lives have also been lost despite the best care possible. Little 'Yoghurt' above is one of the lucky ones rescued and currently in care and at this stage doing OK.
On the day many hundreds of young pups were able to be re-hydrated and reunited with parents and credit goes to our amazing volunteers who worked outside in the 45 degree heat to do what they could to help ensure more lives were not lost.
Meanwhile our volunteers continue to monitor the colonies and even on Wednesday - 3 days later more bodies were still being recovered as even more weakened animals succumb to ongoing stress. We estimate the number...
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