WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

These are difficult times. It brings out the best, and the worst, in many of us. It is a time of confusion, scare-mongering, panic buying, false information, but also helping neighbours, keeping family close, showing supportive friendships online, long distance

“THE TUNNEL OF THOUGHT”

 . . . deals with thinking about thought, which a great deal of people don’t think about. The tunnel is owned by Mr. S Freud but it is for sale as a great deal of people don’t appear to think

COUNCIL IN CHAOS.

MidCoast Council’s Mission Statement: “We deliver benefits for our community in a way that adds value and builds trust” Do we hear a round of distant booing? In the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic with over 1,300,000 people infected, triggering

How I fell for a career in Persian Carpets

I asked my wife about doing a piece for the Manning Community News – ‘Where do I start?’  She suggested the stories of my search for business in Herat, Western Afghanistan when I was young and inexperienced. So  . .

ABC Survey Report on for Regional Area Shows

The Electorate of Lyne has the third highest risk rate for CoronaVirus in Australia.   Coronavirus data shows risk factors are high in regional and coastal areas, lower in cities. The ABC Story Lab Report by Markus Mannheim has the following

Jaipur Literature Festival21feb20

The Jaipur Literature Festival seems an unusual travel objective. For a start, why go to India anyway? Such a noisy dirty place, holy cows wandering amongst unrelenting smoky traffic with gaping holes in the footpath. Some visitors can even get

ASSISTANCE TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS

The Australian Government has provided a stimulus package amongst other financial assistance to counter the impact on the economy and the wellbeing of Australians due to Covid-19 virus. What has not been publicised, is how current asset test assessment thresholds

The buck is out the window

Last week I could have my hair styled but I couldn’t get a kidney transplant. I could take my kids to school but not to church. I could invite nine mates to a funeral but only four to a wedding.

REAL KULTCHA

I was watching a football game last weekend and in the middle of some verbal compost the dribbler was serving up, came this gem:  The More Things Change – The More They Stay The Same!  Eh?  What does that actually

ANTIQUES and COLLECTABLES

Collect the past and invest for your future. Enjoy a great hobby that will last you a lifetime, give you joy and allow you to make many new acquaintances. There is no limit to the interesting items that are out

STINKER LOOKS BACK AT THE “OLD DAYS”

This is a wonderful old photograph of two Broughton Island regulars Jack Jensen (left) and “Uncle George”.  Jack was a Danish sea man who settled in Nelson Bay in 1915 and worked a trawler, the Viking. During the lobster season

MEET KEROSENE TIN JIM

In the tiny fishing village of Nelson Bay, Dimitrios Georgis Karageorgis was known by all as “Kerosene Tin Jim” and became a legendary character. The community respect and admiration was earned, not by heroic deeds or great achievements but by