Archive for March 3rd, 2008

Clean Up Australia Day Statistics

Clean Up chairman IAN KIERNAN says there was a three per cent drop in litter found by an estimated 800-thousand volunteers around the country yesterday.
Mr KIERNAN says more than a third of the seven-thousand-200 tonnes of rubbish collected at over six thousand sites was recyclable drink cans and bottles

Another report suggest that cigarette butts were the most collected item in Canberra. Did anybody really count each item either at the time of collection or by ripping the bags open later on? The overall figure is pleasing, but why we need a fabricated brak-down of the rubbish is beyond me.


1 comment March 3rd, 2008 at 03:37pm

Oakey Hill

In October last year I continued my photographic series of Hills and Mountains of Canberra by visiting Oakey Hill, but for one reason or another I never got around to captioning the photos and making them publicly available…well, now they are.

Oakey Hill entrance from Heysen Street

Oakey Hill’s summit is 684 metres above sea level, the hill itself is surrounded by the Tuggeranong Parkway to the west, Hindmarsh Drive to the south, the subub of Lyons to the east and Heysen Street to the north. It is probably most recognisable for the mobile phone tower near the summit.

Oakey Hill phone tower

The phone tower can be seen quite clearly from many parts of Canberra, including Liardet Street in Weston.
Oakey Hill

Which, in turn, can be seen from Oakey Hill (click the image to enlarge…the previous photo was taken from next to the street sign at the end of the road between the petrol station and orange building).
Weston, from Oakey Hill

Oakey Hill also has some nice views of Canberra such as looking towards Civic
Civic, from Oakey Hill

Woden (on a slight angle)
Woden, from Oakey Hill

And Parliament House
Parliament House, from Oakey Hill

And much like almost every other hill in Canberra, Oakey Hill features a water reservoir.
Oakey Hill water reservoir

The full set of photos can be viewed on the photo gallery at, and it’s probably worth pointing out that I came very close to twisting my ankle on this hill…that’ll teach me to stand on small concrete columns and get off them without looking. Can anybody find the photo which features these small concrete columns?


March 3rd, 2008 at 11:44am


On Saturday night I decided to do something that I’ve been considering doing for a couple weeks. Beyond Blue have an interactive depression checklist on their website, it’s certainly not a definitive diagnosis, but it’s a useful utility. I, not surprisingly, scored a “7” on a scale where anything 5 or above is considered a likely indicator of depression.

The strangest thing about this is that I really don’t have anything to be depressed about, things are going quite well for me and, in theory at least, I should be happy…and sometimes I am, but more often than not I’m finding myself in a somewhat depressed state. I probably should see somebody about this, and eventually I suppose I will…for the moment I seem to be coping, and I think I’d feel rather silly if I went to see a medical professional about it.

This probably looks like a plea for sympathy, but it’s not. I’m really just writing this for my own benefit. It makes me feel better to write this down…I don’t quite know why it makes me feel better, but it does.

Now, time to write something I should have written months ago.


1 comment March 3rd, 2008 at 10:29am

Samuel’s Musicians Of The Week

This week’s award goes to the group Propellerheads and singer Shirley Bassey; the feature song is one they produced together called “History Repeating”. I suppose, for the first Musicians Of The Week award following Clive Robertson’s departure from 2UE’s overnight show, a song I first heard on his show is appropriate.

The word is about, there’s something evolving,
whatever may come, the world keeps revolving
They say the next big thing is here,
that the revolution’s near,
but to me it seems quite clear
that it’s all just a little bit of history repeating

The newspaper’s shout a new style is growing,
but it don’t know if it’s coming or going,
there is fashion, there is fad
some is good, some is bad
and the joke is rather sad,
that it’s all just a little bit of history repeating

And I’ve seen it before
and I’ll see it again
yes I’ve seen it before
just little bits of history repeating

Some people won’t dance, if they don’t know who’s singing,
why ask your head, it’s your hips that are swinging
life’s for us to enjoy
woman, man, girl and boy,
feel the pain, feel the joy
aside set the little bits of history repeating

Just little bits of history repeating
and I’ve seen it before
and I’ll see it again
yes I’ve seen it before
just little bits of history repeating

Thanks for that song Clive! I hope you’re getting a bit more sleep now that you’re not working all night.


March 3rd, 2008 at 09:29am


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