Weekly Wrap 643: Making friends with a slicked-back kookaburra as spring destroys my sinuses

Spring is definitely here, along with hay fever. My week of Monday 19 to Sunday 25 September 2022 saw me create a podcast which immediately became out of date, make friends with a kookaburra, and sneeze a lot.


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  • Digital developments from Canberra 6. There’s quite a lot here. DTA slammed by ANAO, AUKUS first birthday, a quantum advisory panel, a new RAAF drone, myGov audit, and more.

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The Week Ahead

Apart from the work I’m not telling you about, and apart from it being another wet week ahead thanks to La Niña…

On Tuesday night Bond on Tuesday continues with the second Pierce Brosnan film, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Find a stream and get ready at 8.30pm AEST. We press PLAY at 8.40pm.

On Friday I’m recording an episode of The 9pm Edict with the wonderful John Birmingham, who’s been on the pod quite a few times before.

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And then it’s the long weekend for Labour Day on Monday 3 October, although I’ll make sure to post the podcast before I down tools on Saturday.

Further Ahead

  • Gin Gala, Centennial Park, 6 October 2022. A few of my friends will also be there so it might make for an interesting occasion. I may also record some bits for a podcast.
  • Aussie Backyard Bird Count, 17–23 October 2022.
  • Federal Budget, 25 October 2022.
  • NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022. You can now register online and the program looks really good.
  • Victoria state election, 26 November 2022. I’m sure I’ll do something special.
  • NSW state election, 25 March 2023.
  • The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 4–5 April 2023.

[Photo: A somewhat damp laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) waits in the rain for some more food at Bunjaree Cottages on 22 September 2022. This one has decided to hang about because it’s figured out I’m a soft touch.]