Weekly Wrap 527: A reminder of the drought, plus productivity

During the week of Monday 29 June to Sunday 5 July 2020 we ran out of rainwater. With all the COVID-19 dramas, we’d forgotten that we’ve still got all the other things happening. Such as climate change and the resulting lack of rainfall. Still I got some work done.


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Media Appearances

Corporate Largesse



  • The 1995 TV miniseries Blue Murder is one of Australia’s most remarkably police dramas ever. It’s on ABC iView until 13 August, or if you don’t mind adverts on SBS On Demand for quite some time into the future. If you’re not in Australia, you’ll have to look for it on your favourite streaming service or, um, equivalent.
  • Stop Celebrating Stan Culture. It’s Toxic. A fascinating article from Junkee explaining the dark side of the pop-fan mobs who’ve recently been players in the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • I told you last week that I’d be plugging more of TimeGhost TV‘s excellent documentary series. Here’s one they did recently on The Indonesian War of Independence in six episodes, a pre-WW2 prelude then one per year 1945–1949. Every Australian should know this stuff.
  • CORRECTION: While I said “Korean DJs” last week in relation to Seoul Community Radio, the DJ in the photo is Indonesian, either Defashah (Batavia Strut) or Abice, who played in this set. Now I just have to figure out which one.

The Week Ahead

The isolation continues at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. Mostly. And I’ll continue trying to get some writing done. But that said…

Wednesday is a Sydney day, and I’m staying down in the city until Saturday. I really need a change of scenery, and there’s some fantastic hotel deals at the moment.

Wednesday evening I’ll drop in to Andrew Fowler in conversation with Mary Kostakidis about his updated book on Julian Assange, The Most Dangerous Man in the World. As you may know, I’m not exactly a fan of Mr Assange, and I find the whole cult of personality a bit disturbing. However Fowler’s original edition was a great read, and I’m curious to see how his perspective has changed.

Further Ahead

Laugh at these tentative bookings, O Mortals!

[Photo: The Pump of Productivity. A petrol-driven transfer pump is being used to shift water from one rainwater tank to another through the scrub at Bunjaree Cottages, Wentworth Falls.]