Weekly Wrap 563: Visiting Newcastle after an eight-year gap

My week of Monday 8 to Sunday 14 March began in Newcastle, paused in Sydney, and ended in Wentworth Falls. It was lovely for a number of reasons, but I’ve already said all that on Twitter.

I will say, though, that in Newcastle it’s worth taking any thunderstorm warnings seriously. My travel companion and I were right out the end of the Newcastle Breakwater when a massive storm hit. Wind so strong so that the heavy rain was horizontal and filled with the grit stirred up from the footpath, and we were nearly 2km from the nearest shelter. We were drenched to the bone.


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I’ve decided to start (slightly) cleaning up some of my ratty videos of or taken from trains and other vehicles. They’ll gradually appear in a YouTube playlist.

  • A Sydney Trains K-Set at Telopea station, shot just before the Carlingford Line close for good in 2019. I posted a version of this at the time, but now I’ve added titles to start making them into a consistent set.
  • The view from a southbound Newcastle to Sydney train running down Mullet Creek and approaching the Hawkesbury River, shot on Wednesday. It’d be helpful if NSW TrainLink washed their trains every now and then.

Media Appearances

Articles, Corporate Largesse

None, but you can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to get a compilation of new stories by email each Sunday morning, if there are any.


The Week Ahead

It’s Week 52 of the Quarantimes for me, to be spent mostly at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. It’ll be a busy week, so Monday will be about preparing for it all.

I’ll be covering the Australian Cyber Conference which runs Tuesday to Thursday, although I’ll be attending remotely rather than heading down to Canberra,

On Thursday afternoon I’ll pop into a webinar from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute: Are you ready for the new critical infrastructure law?.

Thursday night is time for The 8pm Quiz S02 E02 at 8pm AEDT. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on any additional episodes that I might schedule in.

And on Friday I’ll heading down to Sydney again for various reasons. That afternoon I’m also recording a podcast with philosopher and reprobate Patrick Stokes, which I’ll edit and post on the weekend.

Further Ahead

Currently in the calendar:

[Photo: The new headquarters of Newcastle City Council, photographed on 9 March 2021.]