Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Marty101 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:47 pm

Very cool find...and very telling about the House. Embarrassing I would think.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:46 am

I don't think it is possible to embarrass a politician. They are immune to the notion.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:56 am

Story on the radio this morning that the welfare department has detected and acted upon 1.4 billion dollars of fraud in the last 18 months.

This has been made possible by a concerted effort over the last few years to collect and compare data.

Not sure who is doing it, likely the tax department who have access to everything but for sure big brother is watching.

So all those people who have multiple names or a few extra imaginary kids or a cash only job on the side while they claim to be un employed are being found out.

They get caught out because the computers look at what you spend V what you earn.
If you claim to be poverty struck but still do the OS holiday every year or buy a new car you will be caught out.

Likely this is one of the reasons our lot are so keen on the cashless economy.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:51 pm

Read this - http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/02/08/au ... -mistress/

Forget about the media frenzy and the obvious double standards on the sanctity of marriage..

The actual issues discussed are not that important.

The question is - Could you ever trust anything this man said about whatever and he is the Deputy PM.

Nothing better illustrates what I said a couple of posts back about politicians.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:08 am

A story on the radio this morning might be of interest.

Several leading secondary schools in Melbourne have taken the step of banning mobile phones.

Students are required to put their phone in their locker at the start of the day and leave it there till they go home.

The result of this has been an increase in concentration levels and an increase in inter student communication.

I doubt we were the first to come up with this but it does appear to be gaining support at more schools in the area.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/vict ... 4z0zq.html
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:04 am

Some one has been knocking off my walnuts

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Marty101 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:33 am

I suppose you get used to those exotic birds-?-like me and cardinals,orioles,etc.
But a walnut eater is one big birdie,and it's easy to imagine a flock sitting in your tree. Your soon to be barren tree.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:03 am

They do have some size to them.
Biggest problem is when they go into the tree after the nuts.
If there are branches in the way they just bite them off to get to the nuts.
The bits fall to the ground and it looks like somebody pruned the tree.
I chased these away because they got bored or something and started to nibble on the fence.

Here is a close up shot

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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Marty101 » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:19 am

Steve I reread this and still can't get over what you said about these birds being so destructive...unless the birds somehow have a beneficial effect by their pruning behaviors,which I doubt.
I keep thinking of our snapping turtles when I look at that beak.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:19 am

More on cockies here - https://www.somersoft.com/threads/house ... oos.32978/

Here is some more - http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east ... b6ff9e14f7

Bottom line - don't put food out for them.

They also live for about the same time as we do so are around long enough to remember a lot of things for a very long time.
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:29 am

The hot topic on the radio this morning is the Royal Commission into the finance sector in Australia.

This was something first proposed by the Labour party and opposed by the Government who saw it as a political witch hunt.
It eventually got up with the support of the independent parties and is now starting to bite.

All manor of shady practices have been uncovered and even the Government has had to concede that the inquiry was justified.
Share prices in the financial sector have slumped. For example Comm Bank is down about 12% since Christmas.
AMP has been hardest hit with sins uncovered and this morning the head of their board fell on her sword as they go into disaster control mode.

It is likely the wash out from all of this will be additional powers to ASIC our corporate watch dog.

http://www.afr.com/news/asic-seeks-new- ... 417-h0yvkc

There may also be further legal actions against persons found to have done the wrong thing. Time will tell.

The Banks for sure are taking all this very seriously - https://www.smh.com.au/business/consume ... 4yztn.html
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Mon May 14, 2018 5:47 am

This is what got me interested in steam trains when I was just a kid.

My Grand Parents house is opposite was tunnel exit.
There is a road just to the right and their house was on the other side.
You could sit on the front porch and watch the trains coming and going.

In bed at night you could feel the ground shake when a well laden train struggled up the hill.
The tunnel exit is just before the top.
There was time to get out of bed and go to the front porch to watch the excitement.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dXTzbH2pw0
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Marty101 » Tue May 15, 2018 10:46 am

I can remember when I was a kid thinking how the new diesel engines just didn't look "cool". :)
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Re: Steve's Blog - A little peek at Melbourne

New postby Stephan » Wed May 30, 2018 12:32 am

For the last couple of years Melbourne has been grappling with that new craze we know as "O" bikes.

The things are bright yellow and are available to hire.
There is some kind of a card reader on them and you grab one wherever you can find one and swipe the reader.
This unlocks it and from that moment it is yours till you swipe the reader again, which re locks it and you are done.
The thing stays where you left it till the next person grabs it and the process starts again.

A great system if people play nice but alas many don't.

The things have been turning up all over the place, up in trees, dumped in rivers or improperly parked blocking footpaths.
The authorities have been patient and the hire company has said things will settle down but they have not.
To little has been done by the company to keep things under control.

Now the EPA has stepped in with some big sticks.

$3000 fines per bike for those dumped or causing a problem. Various other fines and loss of bikes to the recycler (crushed) .

This will make the hire companies sit up and take notice and they will now be forced to come up with better control systems or shut up shop.
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