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Paul Snedden

Paul Snedden 

I don't often make sense, and when I do it's probably because I've been taken out of context.

Occupation: Pre Sales Consultant (snedden.org)

Location: Sydney, Australia

Birthday: 08/15

Followers: 18,470

Following: 1,038

Views: 12,335,300

Cream of the Crop: 10/04/2012

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Carms Perez63,263I'm at a restaurant alone join me for a quick hangout I got my laptop :)Let's talk about the new phones :) or not.... lol2015-09-12 04:38:2533  
Android Headlines336,536The Nexus program is rising from the grave.The Android Headlines Show Episode 702014-08-01 03:30:0045  
Jackie M1,884,110KL and the adjacent state of Selangor are the gateway to Malaysia for most of its visitors; this is where you'll find food from all different parts of the country, but what sorts of dishes are uniquely KL and Selangor in influence? Catch this event Live or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified once the recorded Hangout is uploaded there - http://youtube.com/jackiemsydney Jackie M Ramadan 3 - Theme: Selangor/KL2014-07-27 10:30:007  
Jackie M1,884,110Another food hub in Malaysia that is a well-known secret among the locals and the Singaporean tourists who cross the border regularly to savour its culinary delights. I was there to film a new TV pilot there in May and was very impressed by the food we ate, even at the most inconspicuous, unglamourous outposts.  Join me as I try to capture some uniquely Johor flavours in this Hangout :)  Catch this event Live or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified once the recorded Hangout is uploaded there - http://youtube.com/jackiemsydney Jackie M Ramadan 7 - Johor2014-07-24 12:30:0020  
Derek Ross1,311,918The Original Android Hangout Show returns tonight at 9pm ET to discuss Android Wear, tips, tricks, apps, and possibly a few developer tidbits to keep my friend @111777412946608276908 happy! Join @111396705647796704246 , Steve, and myself in about 2 hours. Bring your questions about #wearables  and #AndroidWear.The Original Android Hangout Show2014-07-11 03:00:0040  
Derek Ross1,311,918*The original Android Hangout Show returns!* Hi. I was the first guy on Google+ to start doing live Hangout Shows for Android news and discussion way back during the Hangouts on Air beta days. My team and I ran a successful Android related Hangout show for for 74 weeks in a row before our hiatus. Our show was watched and listed to by thousands every week via Google+, YouTube, and various Podcast platforms. *The band is getting back together...* ...or at least the lead singer. I've come to realize that the shows offered today just don't cut it. They're not professional. They're boring. They don't offer any value such as show guests or giveaways. They're just not what my team used to provide and it angers me. I'm going to try my best to change that for you guys. I'm tentatively going to relaunch our Android on Air show next month. The time and date are subject to change pending renovations to my office. If everything can be completed by then, I'll be back in business providing you with quality HoA Android goodness.The original Android Hangout Show returns!2014-06-06 03:00:0099  
Jackie M1,884,110Join me in the first of my new series of Hangouts On Air - on Malaysian Ingredients!  Unlike my previous series, I'm not teaching straight-out Malaysian dishes, but rather showing how you can infuse some Malaysian Flavours into your everyday cooking :) AND I will have a guest in my studio with me - hint for those who've bought from me recently - Pink Eyebrows!Jackie M Hangout On Air - Malaysian Flavours 12013-11-21 10:30:0071  
martin shervington1,379,735Well, you probably know we are doing Movember but what you may not have realised is that we are going to keep you informed of every bristle along the way. Yes we are.  So, please join us tomorrow for some laughs and awareness raising for the great causes of Movember. See you then!Movember: our first HOA - all welcome!2013-11-02 18:00:0028  
martin shervington1,379,735I am really excited to be interviewing +Marques Brownlee this Wednesday. It was great to read when +Vic Gundotra said he "is the best technology reviewer on the planet right now" and I know many people will nod their heads in agreement. As such I contacted Marques and asked if I could ask him a few questions about how he has used YouTube (which I know he loves) and Google+ to help him become the best. Oh, and I may even get a chance to see how he is getting on with Google Glass as well... This is one event you won't want to miss! _p.s. I will be taking questions..._Interview with Marques Brownlee!2013-08-28 20:00:00144  
Hanna Silver32,476Join Hanna for an online performance of her new instrumental EP in its entirety, plus a few extra songs just for fun. After the performance, there will be a Q & A where you can ask anything about how the EP was recorded, the pieces composed or what hair product Hanna uses. If you're watching on YouTube, you can leave your questions there in a comment, or here on the event page. Also, please leave me a comment if you'd like to be in the hangout with me. Otherwise, anyone will be able to watch on YouTube. *USA*: Please note that this will happen on your FRIDAY NIGHT, Aug 16, 10pm EDT or 7pm PDT. To learn more about the new release, you can read about it here: http://galusaustralis.com/2013/08/7519/artist-profile-hanna-silver/Hanna's EP Launch: Let's Visit The Seaside HOA2013-08-17 04:00:00117  
Jackie M1,884,110Join me as I showcase a quick and simple way to make restaurant-quality Chicken Rendang from my new studio kitchen! #FoodieWebWeek  Mouthwatering Malaysian Cooking Demo 22013-05-30 11:30:0032  
Jackie M1,884,110Join me this Thursday as I run a series of 3 Hangouts showcasing some simple, restaurant-quality Malaysian meals you can prepare at home. Cooking Demo 1 - Char Kway Teow #FoodieWebWeek  Mouthwatering Malaysian Cooking Demo 12013-05-30 10:00:0041  
Jackie M1,884,110I've been "off-the-grid" for the best part of a week thanks to my relocation from Concord to Darlinghurst, but I will be participating in this Cooking Demo as part of #FoodieWebWeek - and it's happening in less than 12 hours!   There is a twist though - because my internet at my new digs has only just been connected and I'm not entirely confident of its robustness - instead of doing a Hangout On Air, I have a pre-recorded cooking video that I will be sharing during this timeslot EXCLUSIVE to Google Plus - so be sure to catch it to learn how to make one of the popular items from my just-now closed Concord restaurant :)Jackie M Cooking Demo Video Exclusive to Google Plus2013-05-26 11:00:0017  
Jason Chapman1,547If you have questions about Chrome OS or Chromebooks in general, OR have knowledge to share you should join us in this Hangout. If you know of anyone with interest let me know.  The 1pm US Central time is just an aiming time, it may be sooner or later depending on when our European Chromies would like to hangout also. *Google is not affiliated nor do the support all the views expressed in the Hangout.  Google, Chrome, Chromebooks and other trademarked terms are property of Google and their respective owners.*Chromebook Discussion and Q&A2013-05-09 21:00:0010  
Jackie M1,884,110Listen in from anywhere during the Livestream! - http://eastsidefm.org/listen-online/ Jackie M Guest on Radio Show - Food In Focus2013-02-23 06:00:0028  

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2015-12-16 05:33:36 (302 comments; 70 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

Mass Shootings in Australia

The numbers don't lie.

I'm not one to rip the scab off a wound, but seriously America, how many more people are going to die before you realise that you have a problem?

The number of deaths by mass shootings in Australia this year is exactly equal to the number of "tyrannical governments" your Second Amendment has overthrown. That's right, zero.

Well done, you.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

OP - http://goo.gl/exYaA1 by Microburbs

Via +Joel C​​

Most reshares: 70

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2015-12-16 05:33:36 (302 comments; 70 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

Mass Shootings in Australia

The numbers don't lie.

I'm not one to rip the scab off a wound, but seriously America, how many more people are going to die before you realise that you have a problem?

The number of deaths by mass shootings in Australia this year is exactly equal to the number of "tyrannical governments" your Second Amendment has overthrown. That's right, zero.

Well done, you.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

OP - http://goo.gl/exYaA1 by Microburbs

Via +Joel C​​

Most plusones: 124

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2015-11-09 04:49:01 (36 comments; 22 reshares; 124 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Tips

More than just #lookupandlive  

Drop Bears are smarter than you might think. As the summer months rapidly draw in close, it's time to re-examine the safest ways to avoid becoming lunch.

1. Avoid Drop Bear Prone Areas - Check the danger areas and avoid walking under tall trees. This is fairly obvious, but it's amazing how people just don't realise it. If you must walk under a tree, wear a large hat (see below).

2. Try to avoid speaking in languages apart from English - A Drop Bear can detect foreign languages and will target the origin of such sounds. German, in particular, should be avoided at all costs.

3. Use Aussie Lingo - Words like 'sheila', 'drongo' and 'crikey' should be used as often as possible in general speech, as these will fool your average Drop Bear.
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2016-05-28 04:38:51 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Just a snack

Oh my.

#randomsydney

Just a snack

Oh my.

#randomsydney___

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2016-05-24 05:37:11 (16 comments; 7 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

July 2nd, 2016

National Sausage Sizzle Day in #Australia

What’s a sausage sizzle, I hear you ask? WHAT’S A SAUSAGE SIZZLE? Sit down my friend, you are about to learn some stuff about #Australian cultural life.

A sausage sizzle occurs in large public spaces, on hot sunny days Down Under (which pretty much means all year round, except for Melbourne cos Mexican weather sux). A sausage sizzle is either free, as a draw to the event, or a fundraiser, in which it is acceptable to charge up to $2 for your sausage sizzle (gold coin donation). It must be a fundraiser for a local community organisation, however. Scouts, public schools, bush fire brigades, surf life saving clubs etc are all appropriate causes for the fundraiser sausage sizzle.

A single sausage, presented on a single piece of white bread with (or without) margarine. You can choose from two kinds ofsau... more »

July 2nd, 2016

National Sausage Sizzle Day in #Australia

What’s a sausage sizzle, I hear you ask? WHAT’S A SAUSAGE SIZZLE? Sit down my friend, you are about to learn some stuff about #Australian cultural life.

A sausage sizzle occurs in large public spaces, on hot sunny days Down Under (which pretty much means all year round, except for Melbourne cos Mexican weather sux). A sausage sizzle is either free, as a draw to the event, or a fundraiser, in which it is acceptable to charge up to $2 for your sausage sizzle (gold coin donation). It must be a fundraiser for a local community organisation, however. Scouts, public schools, bush fire brigades, surf life saving clubs etc are all appropriate causes for the fundraiser sausage sizzle.

A single sausage, presented on a single piece of white bread with (or without) margarine. You can choose from two kinds of sauces - tomato or barbecue - however, in recent times, mustard is also considered appropriate for those without testicles, and women. Most of the time you can also get fried onion too, if you like it.

It is against the spirit of the Sausage Sizzle to charge extra for sauce, margarine or onion, however if you are offering fancy extras like bacon or fried mushroom, charging an extra 50c/$1 is okay.

It is WITHIN the spirit of the Sausage Sizzle to provide inclusive alternatives - vegan/halal/kosher - depending on the local community. Sausage sizzles are for all Australians.

Sausage Sizzles are part of all important Australian cultural activities, like going to Bunnings to buy hardware on the weekend, and voting in public elections.The latter is known as a “democracy sausage” and is considered a fundamental civic right. If you are unable to consume a democracy sausage on Election Day, you have been disenfranchised and are eligible for compensation. democracysausage.org is the independent body that oversees this.

July 2 - Democracy Sausage Day in Australia

Stand with me, my fellow #Australians and Vote 1 - Sausage!

( h/t +Kim Flowers )

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-05-15 03:27:51 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Just a concert

More than just a metalhead.

#randomsydney

Just a concert

More than just a metalhead.

#randomsydney___

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2016-05-13 11:20:22 (25 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Hard Core Porn

When The Good Guys go bad

I was out shopping OK my way home from work tonight and popped into The Good Guys.

To my surprise, among the TV screens showing some children's show, there was one which was showing a porno.

I stood there gobsmacked for a minute before I took a photo. By then, the video had changed to the one you see, hence the young lady had clothes on......well, underwear anyway. I'm sure if I stayed it wouldn't have been too long before they were off.

I'm no prude, but this was just amazing. Someone - a staff member - should have noticed it and done something about it.

It has certainly turned out to be quite a unique Black Friday.

Hard Core Porn

When The Good Guys go bad

I was out shopping OK my way home from work tonight and popped into The Good Guys.

To my surprise, among the TV screens showing some children's show, there was one which was showing a porno.

I stood there gobsmacked for a minute before I took a photo. By then, the video had changed to the one you see, hence the young lady had clothes on......well, underwear anyway. I'm sure if I stayed it wouldn't have been too long before they were off.

I'm no prude, but this was just amazing. Someone - a staff member - should have noticed it and done something about it.

It has certainly turned out to be quite a unique Black Friday.___

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2016-05-11 11:05:11 (38 comments; 6 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Australia - The Equally-Divided Country

Which state would you live in?

I love a good map. Almost two years ago I shared this one (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/h6ZiTkKmR7Y) which showed how Australia was originally going to be split. This one that some random dude on reddit created which divides #Australia up into 8 roughly equal states in terms of population.

I don't know why he decided to name the state which Sydney is within Hawkesbury. I mean, yes, it's the Hawkesbury Catchment area but why not keep it as Sydney if Melbourne is to be called Melbourne?

Anyway, here it is. Let me know which state you'd be living in.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Australia - The Equally-Divided Country

Which state would you live in?

I love a good map. Almost two years ago I shared this one (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/h6ZiTkKmR7Y) which showed how Australia was originally going to be split. This one that some random dude on reddit created which divides #Australia up into 8 roughly equal states in terms of population.

I don't know why he decided to name the state which Sydney is within Hawkesbury. I mean, yes, it's the Hawkesbury Catchment area but why not keep it as Sydney if Melbourne is to be called Melbourne?

Anyway, here it is. Let me know which state you'd be living in.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-05-09 10:57:42 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

He's got The Jack

And who knows what else?

I'm working on the kitchen of The White House, installing some new plaster bits above three cupboards. There's no room for a drill so I'll need to glue them to the ceiling. Which means force is required to hold it in place. What better thing to use than a tyre jack.

#whitehousereno

He's got The Jack

And who knows what else?

I'm working on the kitchen of The White House, installing some new plaster bits above three cupboards. There's no room for a drill so I'll need to glue them to the ceiling. Which means force is required to hold it in place. What better thing to use than a tyre jack.

#whitehousereno___

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2016-04-29 10:12:05 (29 comments; 1 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Just a harbour

I fulfilled a childhood dream recently by taking a ferry to Pinchgut / Fort Denison. Not a bad view for a former gaol.

#randomsydney

Just a harbour

I fulfilled a childhood dream recently by taking a ferry to Pinchgut / Fort Denison. Not a bad view for a former gaol.

#randomsydney___

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2016-04-17 03:15:42 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Bondi to Bronte

Just a casual walk.

#randomsydney 

Bondi to Bronte

Just a casual walk.

#randomsydney ___

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2016-04-15 21:34:18 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in Australia

This is my version of #Caturday

Meanwhile, in Australia

This is my version of #Caturday___

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2016-04-13 10:17:31 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Just a building

I'm starting a new collection, which will be - as the name suggests - random photos that I take around Sydney.

Alternatively, if I see some great random photos taken by others, I'll definitely share them here.

To kick things off, here's a photo of some building that I took that on my way to Fort Denison.

#randomsydney

Just a building

I'm starting a new collection, which will be - as the name suggests - random photos that I take around Sydney.

Alternatively, if I see some great random photos taken by others, I'll definitely share them here.

To kick things off, here's a photo of some building that I took that on my way to Fort Denison.

#randomsydney___

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2016-04-10 09:32:59 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Australia's non-deadlies

Recently, a friend of mine sent me the attached photo.

She was out at the beach and saw it swimming around her near the rocks. I've since found out that it's a rare sea slug called a 'Blue Dragon'. Whilst magnificent and beautiful to the eye, being an Australian sea slug, it of course will kill you. It looks like something straight outta Compton Pokémon.

So, it got me thinking. Does Australia actually have ANY animals which aren't deadly?

Well, some bright spark has already put together a list, which you can see here - http://goo.gl/U5lGBq

I'm here to tell you that, whilst not causing death directly, it's still definitely possible to be killed because of these creatures. See below......

Number 10. Kangaroo - Obviously, the author of the aforementioned article... more »

Australia's non-deadlies

Recently, a friend of mine sent me the attached photo.

She was out at the beach and saw it swimming around her near the rocks. I've since found out that it's a rare sea slug called a 'Blue Dragon'. Whilst magnificent and beautiful to the eye, being an Australian sea slug, it of course will kill you. It looks like something straight outta Compton Pokémon.

So, it got me thinking. Does Australia actually have ANY animals which aren't deadly?

Well, some bright spark has already put together a list, which you can see here - http://goo.gl/U5lGBq

I'm here to tell you that, whilst not causing death directly, it's still definitely possible to be killed because of these creatures. See below......

Number 10. Kangaroo - Obviously, the author of the aforementioned article hasn't been kicked by a Big Red.

Number 9. Cockatoo - Death by screeching happens, people.

Number 8. Port Jackson Shark - The long lost 9th member of the Jackson family, Port took to swimming the depths of Australia's coastline rather than take on a singing career

Number 7. Sugar Glider - Sugar, the silent killer.

Number 6. Quokka - the smiling assassin will jump on you if you get too close.

Number 5. Koala - Death by Japanese tourists

Number 4. Wedge Tail Eagle - The talons on this thing are razor sharp, and will gut you from ear to ear quicker than you can scream for your mother.

Number 3. Wombat - Don't let them sit on you, these big fat bastards will crush you at any opportunity.

Number 2. Platypus - This infamous duck turtle will slice you open and eat you for Sunday dinner

Number 1. Tree Kangaroo - Evolution is real. This creature is the next generation, combining the leg strength of the kangaroo with the unadulterated killing power of the drop bear. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

#AboutAustralia goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-04-07 03:42:51 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Four

What the guy told me next was something so bizarre, I thought he was joking. He had to be joking. There’s no possible way that he could be still alive. Right?

As he was telling me, I relayed everything to Robyn, Lynley, and everyone else in the office. There were looks of astonishment, amazement, and horror on their faces. Most common was a look of disbelief, which made complete sense because it beggared belief.

As it turns out, “The Guy” wasn’t a drug lord. Not even a criminal, in fact. He was the next door neighbour of Robyn’s boyfriend, and was the first to arrive after what had happened. There was a second person, a truck driver, which would explain the multiple voices I heard in the background for the past little while.

So.

There’s two more important things to introduce into thisstory befor... more »

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Four

What the guy told me next was something so bizarre, I thought he was joking. He had to be joking. There’s no possible way that he could be still alive. Right?

As he was telling me, I relayed everything to Robyn, Lynley, and everyone else in the office. There were looks of astonishment, amazement, and horror on their faces. Most common was a look of disbelief, which made complete sense because it beggared belief.

As it turns out, “The Guy” wasn’t a drug lord. Not even a criminal, in fact. He was the next door neighbour of Robyn’s boyfriend, and was the first to arrive after what had happened. There was a second person, a truck driver, which would explain the multiple voices I heard in the background for the past little while.

So.

There’s two more important things to introduce into this story before we get to the end.

The first is the boyfriend’s bed. I found out later that it was a King Size waterbed, with a solid timber frame. It was situated in the main bedroom, which was at the front of the house. The bed itself was against the wall furthest from the front window. These small details are important, so pay attention.

The second is the truck driver. More specifically, his truck. It was one of those big 18 wheeler things, the kind which when you were a kid and you saw one roaring down the street you’d pump your fist in the air and hope that the driver would pull on the horn.  I think it was a Kenworth or a Mack, but the make and model isn’t important.

The truck driver had parked his truck up the street and got out to go to the worksite he was delivering to. The problem with it was that he didn’t engage the handbrake of the truck, and so it began rolling down the hill.

Gaining speed as it went, it reached the bottom of the hill, crossed over the road, and launched itself like a missile directly at the front window of a house - the house in which Robyn’s boyfriend was laying on his waterbed, chatting happily to his girlfriend.

The truck crashed through the front window and landed right on top of him.

The weight of the truck burst the membrane of the waterbed, gushing hundreds of litres of water all over the room. The solid timber frame withstood the force of the crash, which Paramedics later said was the one thing that saved him from being crushed to death.

Having a several tonne vehicle landing on you, at speed, wouldn’t be a healthy way to spend an afternoon, as I’m sure you can guess. It broke both his legs, in multiple places. Several ribs were crushed, as was one hip. He also had quite severe internal injuries. Lastly, one arm was also broken, which coincidentally was the one holding the phone.

The phone ended up across the other side of the room, which is why it took so long for anyone to see/hear it.

Robyn left work that day, and drove down to be by his bedside. He spent many months in hospital, trying to overcome the horrendous injuries he suffered that day. I have it on good authority that he made a full recovery.

I never did get to call my girlfriend that day.

The End___

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2016-04-06 09:30:07 (48 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Three

The thoughts running through my head at this point weren’t good.

Obviously, what had happened here was that someone - some criminal - had found out who he was. The other voices I could hear were from one of the criminal gangs he investigates. Possibly the Mafia. Yes, that's it. The Mafia jumped from behind and he was now being tortured.  Or worse. That meant I was now a witness in a federal crime.

I told the two women I was with that I could now hear other voices, but I still couldn’t work out what they were saying.  One of the voices then sounded like it briefly came very close to the phone, so I took the opportunity to start yelling.

“HELLO!! HELLO, IS ANYONE THERE?”

Nothing.

Lynley tried to keep Robyn talking in an effort to keep her calm but also to get more details outof her. S... more »

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Three

The thoughts running through my head at this point weren’t good.

Obviously, what had happened here was that someone - some criminal - had found out who he was. The other voices I could hear were from one of the criminal gangs he investigates. Possibly the Mafia. Yes, that's it. The Mafia jumped from behind and he was now being tortured.  Or worse. That meant I was now a witness in a federal crime.

I told the two women I was with that I could now hear other voices, but I still couldn’t work out what they were saying.  One of the voices then sounded like it briefly came very close to the phone, so I took the opportunity to start yelling.

“HELLO!! HELLO, IS ANYONE THERE?”

Nothing.

Lynley tried to keep Robyn talking in an effort to keep her calm but also to get more details out of her. She’d said that he was at home when she rang him, they’d been chatting for a while, and then there was a noise and he just started screaming.

“HELLO, CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME?”

Nothing.

Because I was yelling, some of the staff out on the production floor came to the office to find out what the commotion was all about. Steve (Ops) and Steve (Big boss) came back from lunch together around then too, and so we soon had quite the audience of eager onlookers.

The muffled voices got louder again after a few minutes, which to me sounded like there was someone close by the phone. So, I yelled again. This time, however, someone heard me and picked up the phone.

“Is someone there?” they asked. A rough voice, from a guy aged 50, maybe 55. A voice that had seen and done unspeakable horrors to Robyn’s boyfriend and countless others. The Mafia Boss. And here I was about to enter into a conversation with him.

“Yes yes, I’m here."

With that, Robyn shot to attention. She almost snatched the phone from my hands, but I didn’t let her. After sitting through listening to this guy scream for what was an hour by now, I wanted to be first to find out what happened. I deserved that much, damnit.

“Can you please tell us what’s going on? I have the guy’s girlfriend here next to me, they were chatting on the phone and something happened to him and she’s freaking out. What happened?”

I still remember his response like it was yesterday, even though it’s now 20 years later.

“I hope you’re sitting down,” he said.

(To be continued…)___

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2016-04-05 12:02:02 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Two

The screaming was relentless. Over and over, all I could hear was this gut-wrenching scream, a wail of searing pain that was so real it made the most realistic performance from a Hollywood actor seem childish by comparison.

I looked at Robyn. She was facing me, and still talking to whoever she was on the phone with. I moved the phone slightly away from my ear so that I could listen to what she was saying. All I caught was the final bit of her conversation, which was simply “Yes, please hurry. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Robyn hung up the phone then came over to her desk and sat beside me. I went to hand her the phone, but she just waved it away and said very quietly “No, please listen for me”.

The screaming went on for what seemed like an eternity. I tried getting details out of Robyn, but she wasvery vague ... more »

The Phone Call from Hell

Part Two

The screaming was relentless. Over and over, all I could hear was this gut-wrenching scream, a wail of searing pain that was so real it made the most realistic performance from a Hollywood actor seem childish by comparison.

I looked at Robyn. She was facing me, and still talking to whoever she was on the phone with. I moved the phone slightly away from my ear so that I could listen to what she was saying. All I caught was the final bit of her conversation, which was simply “Yes, please hurry. I don’t know what’s going on.”

Robyn hung up the phone then came over to her desk and sat beside me. I went to hand her the phone, but she just waved it away and said very quietly “No, please listen for me”.

The screaming went on for what seemed like an eternity. I tried getting details out of Robyn, but she was very vague and distant, obviously in shock. The most I could get out of her was that this was her boyfriend that I was listening to. That, and she kept saying over and over “Why won’t he give it up, I’ve told him to just give it up”, but when I tried to ask her questions about "it" she just went quiet again.

The screaming went on, and words slowly started to come through the phone to me. I could hear “God, no. ARRRRRRRGH. Please no. Stop. ARRRRRRRRRRGH. ARRRRRRRGH. Please stop.” I didn’t repeat any of this to Robyn, as I thought it might tip her over the edge.

And so, we sat there, just the two of us. Well, the three of us if you include old mate The Screamer. In situations like this, not that I’ve ever experienced another like it before or since, time seems to move very slowly. I thought we sat there alone for about an hour, maybe more. The reality of it was that it was only about 15 minutes.

Lynley was the first to come back from lunch. She looked at the two of us, and knew straight away that something was wrong. I quickly blurted out that I was listening to Robyn’s boyfriend, that he was in pain, and that Robyn was in shock. After that weird “announcement” sank in, she sat down next to Robyn and took her hands in her own to offer comfort. It obviously worked for Robyn, because she started to open up a little. The other call that she made was to Triple-Zero, obviously. I was dumbfounded that I didn’t even think to do that myself, so it was great that at least one of us was thinking straight.

As I said, Robyn was talking to her boyfriend. She said they’d been chatting for ten or fifteen minutes before this happened, whatever this was. Then, again, she said “Why won’t he give it up? He should just give it up.”

Lynley asked her what she meant, but then I heard something else coming from the phone. It was the sound of other voices, but I couldn’t hear them well enough to make out what they were saying.

Because I didn’t hear Robyn’s answer to Lynley, I asked what “it” was. She answered me by saying she wanted her boyfriend to give up his job.

He was a Narcotics Detective in the Australian Federal Police.

(To be continued…)

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2016-04-05 01:42:34 (45 comments; 1 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Part One

I bought my first mobile phone back in 1995, not long after I started working in my first full-time job. I had no need for it of course, and calls were really expensive (thanks +Telstra​) so I tended not to make many of them, but I enjoyed being contactable any time of the day and night. I spent my first two years under contract with One.Tel (RIP), then a two year contract with Optus, then I moved to Vodafone. Since that time with Voda, I’ve kept the same number - even though I’ve moved carriers, I’ve moved the number with me and had it for about 17 years. I won’t be changing again.

I remember feeling oh so important when I was given a pager during my 2nd job. Now I was contactable via a means other than a telephone. Sure, it was meant to be for work-related purposes only, but it was far cheaper for friends and family tocall the ... more »

The Phone Call from Hell

Part One

I bought my first mobile phone back in 1995, not long after I started working in my first full-time job. I had no need for it of course, and calls were really expensive (thanks +Telstra​) so I tended not to make many of them, but I enjoyed being contactable any time of the day and night. I spent my first two years under contract with One.Tel (RIP), then a two year contract with Optus, then I moved to Vodafone. Since that time with Voda, I’ve kept the same number - even though I’ve moved carriers, I’ve moved the number with me and had it for about 17 years. I won’t be changing again.

I remember feeling oh so important when I was given a pager during my 2nd job. Now I was contactable via a means other than a telephone. Sure, it was meant to be for work-related purposes only, but it was far cheaper for friends and family to call the paging service and leave a message than it was to call me directly. Oh, how times have changed.

Technological updates and call costs aside, it was during the really expensive period that I decided to call my girlfriend from work one day.

At the time, I worked for an outsourced manufacturing business in Alexandria in Sydney’s inner suburbs. While I spent a lot of my time out on the shop floor, I shared an office with 6 other people - Steve (the big boss), Steve (Ops Manager), Steve (Quality), Lynley (General Admin), Tom (Customer Service) and Robyn (my boss). Yep, I worked in an office with three people who had the same name. They were good times.

Now, because I spent so much time out on the production floor with my team and I didn’t really have any dealings with external customers, I didn’t need nor want a phone in the office. On the rare occasion that I wanted to make a call, I’d simply use Robyn’s.

I usually rang my girlfriend at about lunchtime for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because I could actually have a break, put my feet up and relax. But, secondly and probably more importantly, the office was almost always empty so I could do all that lovey dovey sickly sweet chat that young lovers do. This day was one of those times when the office was empty except for one person. Robyn, my boss.

When I came in the door of our office, I noticed two things almost immediately. The first thing was that Robyn’s (our) phone was off the hook and sitting on her desk, and the second was that Robyn was standing at Steve the Ops Manager’s desk, using that phone. She had her back to me and was talking to someone, but I wasn’t listening to what she was saying. At least, not yet.

When Robyn heard me walk in behind her, she spun around towards me, pointed at her desk and simply said “Quickly. Listen to that.”

I thought it was a bit odd at the time that Robyn would be making two phone calls at once, but she was probably on the phone to a call centre or something and was listening to hold music and then had to make a second, more important phone call. As I sat down at her desk and picked up the handset of our phone, I remember thinking to myself that I wouldn’t get a chance to call my girlfriend because now I’m stuck here trying to keep my boss happy by listening to hold music.

The only problem was, it wasn’t hold music that I started to hear when I put the handset to my ear.

What I heard was the sounds of someone screaming in absolute agony.

(To be continued…)

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2016-04-04 09:40:42 (31 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

The Phone Call from Hell

Another exciting(?) adventure from my life.

Now that I have time on my hands in between jobs (cough), I'm going to get back into a little bit of writing. I was telling someone the story recently about this phone call from about 20 years ago, and I realised that I'd never actually written down the story. I'd told it many times, but never written it.

So, it's going to be written and added to this overly small collection - (Mostly) True Stories.

Who's excited? :)

The Phone Call from Hell

Another exciting(?) adventure from my life.

Now that I have time on my hands in between jobs (cough), I'm going to get back into a little bit of writing. I was telling someone the story recently about this phone call from about 20 years ago, and I realised that I'd never actually written down the story. I'd told it many times, but never written it.

So, it's going to be written and added to this overly small collection - (Mostly) True Stories.

Who's excited? :)___

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2016-03-30 05:40:54 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

The Pixel C

Aka: The Diary of a Madman.

Despite the bad press it had received, I got my paws on this bad boy back in January. At the time, I wondered why it would be receiving such bad reviews. Now, after using it almost exclusively for more than two months, I'm convinced that the majority of bloggers and wanna-be journalists either don't have a clue, don't give a device enough time, or are just damn lazy and regurgitate what everyone else is saying.

Sure, it had its issues. The annoying extra characters which would randomly appear when typing existed for me - mostly the e key for me but others had issues with the space bar or, more annoyingly, backspace. But, they were fixed long ago by a software update. Of course, the argument is that the issue shouldn't have existed in the first place. Granted, but it's not like the Bluetooth stack is the most... more »

The Pixel C

Aka: The Diary of a Madman.

Despite the bad press it had received, I got my paws on this bad boy back in January. At the time, I wondered why it would be receiving such bad reviews. Now, after using it almost exclusively for more than two months, I'm convinced that the majority of bloggers and wanna-be journalists either don't have a clue, don't give a device enough time, or are just damn lazy and regurgitate what everyone else is saying.

Sure, it had its issues. The annoying extra characters which would randomly appear when typing existed for me - mostly the e key for me but others had issues with the space bar or, more annoyingly, backspace. But, they were fixed long ago by a software update. Of course, the argument is that the issue shouldn't have existed in the first place. Granted, but it's not like the Bluetooth stack is the most robust thing on any device, right?

Then, there's Android N. It's in beta testing for the Pixel C, and the three latest Nexus devices. I ran it on both my Pixel C and Nexus 6P for a while, but have reverted back to Marshmallow on the 6P for the foreseeable future. N has plenty of goodness, the most exciting of which is - apparently - split screen. Whilst I see the advantage, I've always preferred full screen for my apps. But, from what I've read it will make the world more productive by having Hangouts and Google Plus side by side. Totes amazeballs. Shame you can't have a YouTube video playing and then click away to something else - but I guess that will be fixed in an update.

Should you buy one? That depends. I got it to replace pen and paper and a windows laptop. I spend a lot of time in meetings with Clients and take a lot of notes, but being able to find a note later on is troublesome with hand written notes. By using the C and Google Docs, the search key is just a button press away and I can find notes from years ago instantly. In regards to the windows laptop, the one I was using was large and very heavy and so replacing it with the C was a dream come true for me. The only downside was when it came time to do a software demonstration, because the C doesn't utilise USB-C to HDMI (yet!). That meant I was stuck with hooking up a Google Cast - not the most efficient device to present with. But, it worked and looked a little bit funky anyway.

I'm very glad this is my only device now. It's amazing how quickly one can take on a new way of doing things when it's forced upon you.

TL;DR - it's not for everyone, but it's definitely for me. ___

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2016-03-22 09:37:37 (15 comments; 7 reshares; 57 +1s)Open 

Australia's Animals Re-imagined

Oh look. The British are trying to humour.

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#Australia #downunder

Also via +Lady Fran W​ on Farcebook

The folks at the UK TV channel, Dave, have taken it upon themselves to rename some of our iconic animals - our favourite is Vertical Boxing Horse, with Treefloof coming a close second.___Australia's Animals Re-imagined

Oh look. The British are trying to humour.

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#Australia #downunder

Also via +Lady Fran W​ on Farcebook

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2016-03-18 12:06:37 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

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2016-03-16 04:00:24 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday, CSIRO

100 Years young, and still going strong!

100 years ago today, March 16, then Prime Minister Billy Hughes changed our nation forever when he established the Advisory Council of Science and Industry, a body we recognise today as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Today, 100 years later, six key CSIRO technologies contribute $5 billion to the Australian economy each year. These techonologies are:

- Longwall automated mining;
- Opticool/BuildingIQ (technology that reduces building heating and cooling expenses by 10–30%)
- Aquaculture feed and breeding techniques;
- Cotton production (breeding, and pest and harvest management that have led to the highest cotton yields in the world);
- Absorbant materials (used prolifically for nappies); and
- Water resource assessment.more »

Happy Birthday, CSIRO

100 Years young, and still going strong!

100 years ago today, March 16, then Prime Minister Billy Hughes changed our nation forever when he established the Advisory Council of Science and Industry, a body we recognise today as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Today, 100 years later, six key CSIRO technologies contribute $5 billion to the Australian economy each year. These techonologies are:

- Longwall automated mining;
- Opticool/BuildingIQ (technology that reduces building heating and cooling expenses by 10–30%)
- Aquaculture feed and breeding techniques;
- Cotton production (breeding, and pest and harvest management that have led to the highest cotton yields in the world);
- Absorbant materials (used prolifically for nappies); and
- Water resource assessment.

The CSIRO is more-famous for its past inventions. Heard of Wi-Fi? Aerogard? Radar? Here's some more....

Fast Wireless LAN (WiFi Hotspots)
Five CSIRO scientists – Dr John O'Sullivan, Dr Terry Percival, Mr Diet Ostry, Mr Graham Daniels and Mr John Deane – invented wireless LAN technology, these days known as WiFi.

Airspace and airport traffic software
Total Airspace and Airport Modelling (TAAM) simulation software was first developed within CSIRO and spun-off into The Preston Group; later acquired by Boeing.

Polymer (plastic) banknotes
CSIRO invented plastic (polymer) banknotes, a world-first at the time, which are now exported to 25 countries with more than 3 billion notes currently in circulation.

Flu Vaccine
The world's first effective influenza treatment, called Relenza, was invented by the CSIRO in 1987.

Extended-wear contact lenses
As part of an international collaboration, the CSIRO developed extended-wear soft contact lenses which could be worn up to 30 continuous nights.

Softly washing liquid
After claims that woollen blankets that were used in hospitals could not be laundered at the high temperatures (80C) used for other hospital textiles, as they would harbour infectious agents, CSIRO Scientist Tom Pressley showed that the claim was without foundation, then went on to develop a shrink-proofing process that enabled woollen blankets to be washed at elevated temperatures. That washing liquid is still on-sale in supermarkets today, called Softly.

Radar
During World War II, the CSIRO sent Australia's most qualified scientist, David Martyn, to Britain on a secret mission to be given the entire details of a radar project. By 1941 it was developed to scan the skies for planes.
Equipment was sent to Darwin in early 1942 and was still being installed, only days from completion, when Darwin was bombed by Japanese planes.

Aerogard insect repellent
Initially invented as part of research for protecting troops from malaria in the 1940s, CSIRO's insect repellent shot to fame when it was used to help keep flies off Queen Elizabeth II on a visit to Australia in 1963.

Despite efforts by our former Federal Government to remove funding from the CSIRO, it's clear that Science and Australia belong hand-in-hand.

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#australia #downunder #csiro #inventions #happybirthday #science___

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2016-03-14 05:26:25 (21 comments; 16 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

An Australian Government Initiative

#LookUpAndLive

You've been warned enough by me. If you come to Australia and don't heed the warnings, then you deserve to die a horrible death.

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#australia #dropbears

An Australian Government Initiative

#LookUpAndLive

You've been warned enough by me. If you come to Australia and don't heed the warnings, then you deserve to die a horrible death.

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#australia #dropbears___

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2016-03-10 00:45:41 (33 comments; 4 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Swimming in Australia

Now with added 8-legged goodness

Just when you thought it was safe to go swimming to get yourself away from those pesky little 8-legged guys, along comes the Dolomedes briangreenei. This bad boy can swim, but you can also take him fishing with you without a rod. He'll catch the fish for you.

You're welcome, arachnophobes!

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#australia

A new species of spider, Dolomedes briangreenei, which likes to swim and catch fish, has been discovered in Queensland.

It is named after physicist and World Science Festival co-founder, Brian Greene, Professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk unveiled the spider to Professor Green in Brisbane today at the opening of the inaugural World Science Festival.

The Brisbane spider is about the size of the palm of a hand and uses vibrations on the surface of the water, or waves, to navigate and find prey.

It eats fish, frogs and tadpoles and the introduced cane toad, making a significant contribution to the management of the pest.

The spiders are also good swimmers, usually working from the sides of pools and off rocks. They can also been seen sculling across the surface with their two middle pairs of legs.

When disturbed or hauling in captured fish, they will plunge through the surface of the water and swim quickly to hide on the bottom.

#spider #science #awesome #Australia #straya
Via +Kai TechnoLust​

___Swimming in Australia

Now with added 8-legged goodness

Just when you thought it was safe to go swimming to get yourself away from those pesky little 8-legged guys, along comes the Dolomedes briangreenei. This bad boy can swim, but you can also take him fishing with you without a rod. He'll catch the fish for you.

You're welcome, arachnophobes!

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia

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2016-03-08 06:15:07 (28 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

I haz a booboo

Nobody tell +Jedi​

I popped in to my local pet store to get You Know Who some munchies, and I had to say hello to all the puppies. One of them got a lot more excited about it than the others, and decided to latch on. I learned two things.

1. Puppy's teeth are really sharp.
2. The staff take it very seriously.

I was going to let it go, but they wanted to make sure I disinfected it and then put a band aid on it. I only agreed once they told me they have kiddie band aids.

So there .

I haz a booboo

Nobody tell +Jedi​

I popped in to my local pet store to get You Know Who some munchies, and I had to say hello to all the puppies. One of them got a lot more excited about it than the others, and decided to latch on. I learned two things.

1. Puppy's teeth are really sharp.
2. The staff take it very seriously.

I was going to let it go, but they wanted to make sure I disinfected it and then put a band aid on it. I only agreed once they told me they have kiddie band aids.

So there .___

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2016-03-01 04:25:02 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Australia's Slovenian-proof Fence

Stop the Slovaks!!!

Good advice, +CNN​.

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Australia's Slovenian-proof Fence

Stop the Slovaks!!!

Good advice, +CNN​.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or http://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR ___

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2016-02-14 07:57:50 (17 comments; 2 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

Happy Valentine's Day, Ladies

I bought you flours.

#doingitright

Happy Valentine's Day, Ladies

I bought you flours.

#doingitright___

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2016-02-04 22:00:22 (35 comments; 29 reshares; 91 +1s)Open 

Scoobystralia

What's seen cannot be unseen!

We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

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via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw

Scoobystralia

What's seen cannot be unseen!

We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

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via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw___

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2016-01-31 23:23:32 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

AUSTRALIANISM: noun (Oss-tray-lee-ah-niz-im)

A term referring to something quintessentially Australian!

What other Australianisms do you know and use?

via +St.George Bank Australia​

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AUSTRALIANISM: noun (Oss-tray-lee-ah-niz-im)

A term referring to something quintessentially Australian!

What other Australianisms do you know and use?

via +St.George Bank Australia​

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-01-25 09:14:49 (11 comments; 10 reshares; 64 +1s)Open 

26th January 2016. A day to celebrate... er... Australia?

Why, it's only been 245 years, 9 months, and 6 days since Captain Cook first spotted Australia.

And only 245 years and 8 months, 3 weeks and 6 days since he landed!

It's been 245 years, 5 months and 4 days since Cook claimed the continent for the British Crown.

228 years, 1 week and 1 day ago, the First Fleet landed in Botany Bay. (8 days later they packed up and moved to the next harbour north)

Only 115 years, 3 weeks and 4 days ago, the various colonies on the continent voted themselves into the country we know and love today. Australia

And a mere 29 years, 10 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ago, Australia gained full independence from the UK (ignoring for the moment the conflict of interest inherent in Elizabeth Windsor being the head of state of both ;)
... more »

26th January 2016. A day to celebrate... er... Australia?

Why, it's only been 245 years, 9 months, and 6 days since Captain Cook first spotted Australia.

And only 245 years and 8 months, 3 weeks and 6 days since he landed!

It's been 245 years, 5 months and 4 days since Cook claimed the continent for the British Crown.

228 years, 1 week and 1 day ago, the First Fleet landed in Botany Bay. (8 days later they packed up and moved to the next harbour north)

Only 115 years, 3 weeks and 4 days ago, the various colonies on the continent voted themselves into the country we know and love today. Australia

And a mere 29 years, 10 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ago, Australia gained full independence from the UK (ignoring for the moment the conflict of interest inherent in Elizabeth Windsor being the head of state of both ;)

How time flies.

Happy Australia Day for tmrw, one and all.

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#Australia #downunder #oz #australiaday___

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2016-01-13 09:00:23 (90 comments; 3 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

This is a tale about a 12yo boy

Over the Christmas break, I was at a party when I overheard this young fella telling a couple of his mates that he had his Instagram account hacked.

Being the resident geek among family and friends, I spoke with his mum about it. "Yep," she said. "We've barred him from social media until we figure out what to do". She asked me if there was anything that could be done to get the account back and/or to make his accounts more secure for the future. So, a couple of days later I sat the kid down and had a chat with him. This is what I found out.....

1. His account wasn't actually hacked
2. He regularly uses "cheat" apps to get more followers (typically bots)
3. His password was extremely guessable. I guessed it by asking him a few basic questions.

I'd like to talk about... more »

This is a tale about a 12yo boy

Over the Christmas break, I was at a party when I overheard this young fella telling a couple of his mates that he had his Instagram account hacked.

Being the resident geek among family and friends, I spoke with his mum about it. "Yep," she said. "We've barred him from social media until we figure out what to do". She asked me if there was anything that could be done to get the account back and/or to make his accounts more secure for the future. So, a couple of days later I sat the kid down and had a chat with him. This is what I found out.....

1. His account wasn't actually hacked
2. He regularly uses "cheat" apps to get more followers (typically bots)
3. His password was extremely guessable. I guessed it by asking him a few basic questions.

I'd like to talk about these in a bit more detail, but in reverse order.

Number 3 - Passwords
As I said, I guessed the boy's password just by asking him a few questions. As it turns out, his password was the name of his favourite singer.

Once I got it right, I asked him where else he used the password. It was also the unlock password for his phone, the password he uses for his Playstation account and also his Google account.

Needless to say, this is not an ideal situation. But, it got me thinking of Joe User and the passwords in use by everyday people.

It's been a long, long time since I had a password which I used on more than one service. I also use LastPass to manage my passwords, and have an extremely complex password to login to it, which I change monthly. With the most-recent update, Lastpass now accepts a fingerprint instead of the Master Password - I use that as the fingerprint scanner on my Nexus 6P is pretty good.

But, Joe User. If you think about it, your average man or woman in the street needs a password for: Work PC (which, hopefully, includes Single Sign-On for email and as many other internal systems as possible), Personal Email account, Social media account(s). That's, at an absolute minimum, three passwords which need to be remembered. Reality would show, however, that it would be a lot more. For example, in an article from Sophos last year, they suggested that the average user has nineteen passwords. That seems quite high so let's assume it's somewhere in the middle. Let's say 10.

Are ten different passwords really that hard to remember, people?

Number 2 - Fake Followers
Why oh why would anyone want to install an app on their smartphone or computer which has the sole purpose of giving you a bunch of fake followers? Sure, yeah, I get that having a lot of followers gives the impression of being popular, but is this really the way to go? Are people really that superficial that they have to have fake followers instead of real people just to make them look popular?

I look at myself on Google Plus. I have about 19,000 followers but there's no possible way that all 19,000 of them are "real". There's some bots, of course, and there'd be people who are no longer active on Google Plus. But, frankly, I honestly don't care if I get another follower. Ever. I'd like to think I've built (and been a part of) a following of a few hundred core people who enjoy what I share and will reshare, +1 and, most importantly, comment on that content. Beyond that, I really don't care. Having hundreds of thousands of followers has done nothing more to people than give them the impression that they're popular/important, and also to destroy their overalll Google Plus experience with "lol", "hi" and "cool" comments. If the comments on my stream were nothing except that, then yeah I'd be pretty upset (and no, that is NOT a challenge haha)

Google Plus has had its fair share of gaming as well. Those stupid shared circles thing where completely useless - very different to the Advance Australia Share initiative I ran a couple of times where I wanted to get some new Aussies to follow so I asked you to make recommendations. Yes, I shared the circle in case anyone else wanted it but it was never my motivation to turn it into an ongoing "reshare this if you want to be included next time" thing.

So, Instagram has a thing where you can game followers that simply? No wonder I don't use it.

Number 1 - Hacking
The young boy, as I said above, wasn't actually hacked. What happened was that he saw something on Instagram about getting more followers by going to a website and logging in with his Instagram (Facebook?) credentials. Once that was done, the post on Instagram said you'd get "thousands more followers*.

So, off he went to said website.

A little while later - I don't know exactly when - he got a message on Instagram saying that he had been logged out. He tried to log back in using the same password, all to no avail.

"I've been hacked", he kept saying.

No, knucklehead, you haven't. You gave someone else your password, they logged in and changed it, effectively stealing your account.

That's not hacking. That's being a stupid 12 year old kid.

When did "social engineering" become known as "hacking"?___

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2016-01-12 00:33:20 (57 comments; 16 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

The Population of Australia
 
Yes, it's as inhospitable as we say it is.
 
Take a look at the attached image, a map of #Australia from the 2011 Census: 50% (11 million people) of the Australian population are shown in red, residing in about 3000 suburbs. The other 11 million are blue. The silver background was unpopulated sparsely populated (h/t +Melanie Avion​) during the census.
 
Think about that for a moment.
 
Let it sink in.
 
NOW do you realise why no one goes "walkabout" in the Outback?
 
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HiRes Source image: https://imgur.com/lf7An8g

The Population of Australia
 
Yes, it's as inhospitable as we say it is.
 
Take a look at the attached image, a map of #Australia from the 2011 Census: 50% (11 million people) of the Australian population are shown in red, residing in about 3000 suburbs. The other 11 million are blue. The silver background was unpopulated sparsely populated (h/t +Melanie Avion​) during the census.
 
Think about that for a moment.
 
Let it sink in.
 
NOW do you realise why no one goes "walkabout" in the Outback?
 
#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

HiRes Source image: https://imgur.com/lf7An8g___

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2016-01-10 09:48:58 (25 comments; 3 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

Finally, a plan

Australian ingenuity?

2016 has begun how 2015 ended, with floods and fire across the country.

Maybe it's time to use some of our ingenuity and come up with a plan like the attached image. I mean, if we can invent WiFi then surely we can do something like this?

Whats your thoughts? What can we do to stop Mother Nature being such a heartless bitch?

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Finally, a plan

Australian ingenuity?

2016 has begun how 2015 ended, with floods and fire across the country.

Maybe it's time to use some of our ingenuity and come up with a plan like the attached image. I mean, if we can invent WiFi then surely we can do something like this?

Whats your thoughts? What can we do to stop Mother Nature being such a heartless bitch?

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-01-03 22:30:15 (16 comments; 8 reshares; 76 +1s)Open 

Happy New Year

Welcome to MMXVI

So, here we are in another year. I trust that everyone had a safe but happy Christmas and New Years.

My New Year's gift to you is some amazing photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the stroke of midnight last Friday morning.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

(Pics via Paul Goulding on Facebook (https://goo.gl/jSghN5), animation by me)

Happy New Year

Welcome to MMXVI

So, here we are in another year. I trust that everyone had a safe but happy Christmas and New Years.

My New Year's gift to you is some amazing photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the stroke of midnight last Friday morning.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

(Pics via Paul Goulding on Facebook (https://goo.gl/jSghN5), animation by me)___

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2015-12-21 03:45:57 (40 comments; 5 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

And, I'm done

Just in time for Christmas.

The latest project for the #WhiteHouseReno is done. This used to be The Oval Office but it was basically a storage room over the past couple of years. So, the wall got demolished, a new railing for made (the original sandblasted and powdercoated to match the new one), a bunch of new furniture was purchased (picked up the sofa this morning) and the walls and ceiling were repainted. Oh, and there's new carpet on the stairs and the ceiling panels are new.

This is the room directly below this - https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/Ngeb3BL5piX

Now, FINALLY, I can take a break.

And, I'm done

Just in time for Christmas.

The latest project for the #WhiteHouseReno is done. This used to be The Oval Office but it was basically a storage room over the past couple of years. So, the wall got demolished, a new railing for made (the original sandblasted and powdercoated to match the new one), a bunch of new furniture was purchased (picked up the sofa this morning) and the walls and ceiling were repainted. Oh, and there's new carpet on the stairs and the ceiling panels are new.

This is the room directly below this - https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/Ngeb3BL5piX

Now, FINALLY, I can take a break.___

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2015-12-16 05:33:36 (302 comments; 70 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

Mass Shootings in Australia

The numbers don't lie.

I'm not one to rip the scab off a wound, but seriously America, how many more people are going to die before you realise that you have a problem?

The number of deaths by mass shootings in Australia this year is exactly equal to the number of "tyrannical governments" your Second Amendment has overthrown. That's right, zero.

Well done, you.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

OP - http://goo.gl/exYaA1 by Microburbs

Via +Joel C​​

Mass Shootings in Australia

The numbers don't lie.

I'm not one to rip the scab off a wound, but seriously America, how many more people are going to die before you realise that you have a problem?

The number of deaths by mass shootings in Australia this year is exactly equal to the number of "tyrannical governments" your Second Amendment has overthrown. That's right, zero.

Well done, you.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

OP - http://goo.gl/exYaA1 by Microburbs

Via +Joel C​​___

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2015-12-06 11:06:27 (21 comments; 8 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

My first week in the +Google Top Contributor Program

Here's what I've learned!

I love to help people. In every facet of my life, I look for an opportunity to help someone - from helping someone get a can of beans off the top shelf in the supermarket, to giving directions to wild-eyed tourists, I have always been drawn to those who need assistance.

Here on Google+, as well as having my #AboutAustralia and #WhiteHouseReno series, and of course hosting +Caption My Caption I also joined the Google+ Help Community a long time ago to be able to help people out here on Google+ who are confused about something or can't work out why things have changed, and a lot more.

The Help Community is a place where people come to get support on issues they are experiencing with Google+. Because Google has so many Google+ users, it would be impossible for... more »

My first week in the +Google Top Contributor Program

Here's what I've learned!

I love to help people. In every facet of my life, I look for an opportunity to help someone - from helping someone get a can of beans off the top shelf in the supermarket, to giving directions to wild-eyed tourists, I have always been drawn to those who need assistance.

Here on Google+, as well as having my #AboutAustralia and #WhiteHouseReno series, and of course hosting +Caption My Caption I also joined the Google+ Help Community a long time ago to be able to help people out here on Google+ who are confused about something or can't work out why things have changed, and a lot more.

The Help Community is a place where people come to get support on issues they are experiencing with Google+. Because Google has so many Google+ users, it would be impossible for them to provide live customer service via chat, email or phone - that's why the Help Community exists. Google needed a way that is cost effective for them to provide support via the Community. So, what'd they do? They have asked us, the users, to find out who helps and recognise them as "unofficial support staff." This is done through the Google Top Contributor Program

Top Contributors are the lifeblood of the Help Community, and the Google Help Forums at large. People as passionate about Google products as I am, the TC's help so many people around the world, all the while giving a level of credibility to the support without actually being a Googler themselves.

Why am I telling you about this program? I became part of this program a week ago. I'm now a Top Contributor for Google+

Please, keep your applause to a minimum. But, whilst you're slapping your hands together, please keep them going for +Kamal Tailor and +Kim Flowers for getting me interested in the first place. You guys rock.

So, what have I learned in the past week? Let's see.

1. It's BYO Vodka - I'll have to bring this up with Sergey and Larry

2. Spam - I'm kinda surprised how little spam the Help Community gets. I was expecting it to be a lot more.

3. Secret Handshake - There's a whole team of Googlers working "behind the scenes" to make this place as awesome as it is. I won't +mention any of them here, but it's been a big eye opener to meet a few of them over the past weeks and months.

If you'd like to know more about the TC Program, then start here ( https://topcontributor.withgoogle.com/) or simply ask me :)___

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2015-12-01 22:43:15 (42 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Goodbye Gmail

It's about time, too.

I've been using Inbox since the very early invite-only days. I loved it so much, and thought it would only be a matter of time before Google said farewell to Gmail as we know it.

Well, today, we're one step closer.

Goodbye Gmail

It's about time, too.

I've been using Inbox since the very early invite-only days. I loved it so much, and thought it would only be a matter of time before Google said farewell to Gmail as we know it.

Well, today, we're one step closer.___

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2015-11-25 22:39:43 (20 comments; 5 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Sydney Animals

Fear Factor vs Chance of Meeting

I've written a fair bit in my #AboutAustralia series regarding the various flora and fauna that wants to kill us. Now, the good people at +Time Out Sydney have put together this loverly graphic showing how deadly some of them are and compares them to the chances of you actually coming face to face with one of them.

Because it's Sydney-based, some of the more notable ommissions include the Cassowary (https://goo.gl/HBmKLy), the Irukandji (https://goo.gl/ecTpNu), the Inland Taipan (https://goo.gl/H6p4zx) and, of course, the Drop Bear (https://goo.gl/nohSwX) (Edit: I completely didn't see it down the bottom. That's obviously a mistake, either being confused with the cute and cuddly Koala or +Time Out Sydney simply taking the piss. h/t +Kamal Tailor for pointing it out). That being said, there's still... more »

Sydney Animals

Fear Factor vs Chance of Meeting

I've written a fair bit in my #AboutAustralia series regarding the various flora and fauna that wants to kill us. Now, the good people at +Time Out Sydney have put together this loverly graphic showing how deadly some of them are and compares them to the chances of you actually coming face to face with one of them.

Because it's Sydney-based, some of the more notable ommissions include the Cassowary (https://goo.gl/HBmKLy), the Irukandji (https://goo.gl/ecTpNu), the Inland Taipan (https://goo.gl/H6p4zx) and, of course, the Drop Bear (https://goo.gl/nohSwX) (Edit: I completely didn't see it down the bottom. That's obviously a mistake, either being confused with the cute and cuddly Koala or +Time Out Sydney simply taking the piss. h/t +Kamal Tailor for pointing it out). That being said, there's still plenty of nasties of all shapes and sizes, ready and willing to make your life one filled with pain. And possibly death.

#WelcomeToAustralia

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

OP by +Time Out Sydney, via +Mandy Abela on Twitter
#australia #sydney #downunder #lookupandlive #aussie___

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2015-11-19 10:52:29 (66 comments; 26 reshares; 93 +1s)Open 

US Eagle v Australian Eagle

There is simply no contest.

The American Bald Eagle - a symbol of strength and the National Emblem of the United States - is a pussy compared to it's Australian equivalent, the Wedge-tailed Eagle. Here's a bunch of reasons why the "Wedgie" is a better eagle.

1. It's a proper eagle

Our Wedgie is a member of the genus Aquila, which is Latin for, well, eagle. It's one of just 12 species of totally awesome, pure, no-nonsense eagles. The Bald Eagle? It's a Haliaeetus sp. which is one of those prissy sea eagles.

2. It has a more awesome scientific name

Those guys in lab coats who call themselves Ornithologists know the Wedgie as Aquila audax which is absolutely the kind of thing I would carry into battle on top of a standard and fight to the death beneath etc. Also it... more »

US Eagle v Australian Eagle

There is simply no contest.

The American Bald Eagle - a symbol of strength and the National Emblem of the United States - is a pussy compared to it's Australian equivalent, the Wedge-tailed Eagle. Here's a bunch of reasons why the "Wedgie" is a better eagle.

1. It's a proper eagle

Our Wedgie is a member of the genus Aquila, which is Latin for, well, eagle. It's one of just 12 species of totally awesome, pure, no-nonsense eagles. The Bald Eagle? It's a Haliaeetus sp. which is one of those prissy sea eagles.

2. It has a more awesome scientific name

Those guys in lab coats who call themselves Ornithologists know the Wedgie as Aquila audax which is absolutely the kind of thing I would carry into battle on top of a standard and fight to the death beneath etc. Also it means "Audacious Eagle". The Bald Eagle is Haliaeetus leucocephalis. Did I spell it right? Hell, I don't even know how to SAY it right.

3. They put on awesome combat air shows

Wedgies pair-bond and while sometimes they'll sit in a tree and preen each other like a couple of lovesick teenagers, other times they'll dominate the airspace over their territory by staging a series of mock-battles. This can include epic loop-the-loops and talon-on-talon duels. Bald Eagles, meanwhile, merely build the largest nests of any tree-dwelling animal (except hipsters). Like some kind of Bogan with a McMansion.

4. They attack hang gliders and paragliders

Be it known: the sky belongs to the Wedgie. If you go up in it and unwisely fail to wrap yourself in steel, aluminium or carbon-composite, and fly at heights or speeds similar to the Wedgie, you WILL get attacked. What will a Bald Eagle take on? A dog. If it's little.

5. A Wedgie was the biggest confirmed eagle of all time

Back in 1931 when people used to just shoot everything they saw, a female Wedgie was confirmed as having a wingspan of 284 cm (that's 9 ft 4 in, for those with an antiquated measuring system). We like to think she was only brought down with a WWI-style howitzer. Other reports of Wedgies with wingspans of 310 cm plus are deemed "unreliable" but we're prepared to offer benefit of the doubt. Biggest Bald Eagle? Maybe 244 cm. In Alaskan centimetres.

6. They will attempt to eat emus

For Americans and other aliens, an emu is Australia's even-more-insane version of an ostrich. It is a flightless bird that weighs 60 kg and stands two metres tall. A Bald Eagle will eat fish out of a stream, but only if they are organic and mercury-free. Bonus info: a Wedgie will also eat dead kangaroo from the middle of the road and attempt to stare down an approaching semi-trailer. We admit the Wedgie cannot destroy the semi-trailer with heat-vision or telekinesis, but given the direction evolution has taken with this bird so far, it's only a matter of time...

7. The Wedge-tailed eagle has a wedge-shaped tail

While the bald eagle is... uh... oh apparently it's from "piebald" because it has a two-tone paint job and then the word evolved over time to blah blah blah. No one cares about your follicly-challenged wanna-be seagull.

8. It doesn't have a yellow beak

Seriously America, your eagle just looks ridiculous.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#aussie #downunder #eagle #Australia ___

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2015-11-09 04:49:01 (36 comments; 22 reshares; 124 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Tips

More than just #lookupandlive  

Drop Bears are smarter than you might think. As the summer months rapidly draw in close, it's time to re-examine the safest ways to avoid becoming lunch.

1. Avoid Drop Bear Prone Areas - Check the danger areas and avoid walking under tall trees. This is fairly obvious, but it's amazing how people just don't realise it. If you must walk under a tree, wear a large hat (see below).

2. Try to avoid speaking in languages apart from English - A Drop Bear can detect foreign languages and will target the origin of such sounds. German, in particular, should be avoided at all costs.

3. Use Aussie Lingo - Words like 'sheila', 'drongo' and 'crikey' should be used as often as possible in general speech, as these will fool your average Drop Bear.
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Drop Bear Tips

More than just #lookupandlive  

Drop Bears are smarter than you might think. As the summer months rapidly draw in close, it's time to re-examine the safest ways to avoid becoming lunch.

1. Avoid Drop Bear Prone Areas - Check the danger areas and avoid walking under tall trees. This is fairly obvious, but it's amazing how people just don't realise it. If you must walk under a tree, wear a large hat (see below).

2. Try to avoid speaking in languages apart from English - A Drop Bear can detect foreign languages and will target the origin of such sounds. German, in particular, should be avoided at all costs.

3. Use Aussie Lingo - Words like 'sheila', 'drongo' and 'crikey' should be used as often as possible in general speech, as these will fool your average Drop Bear.

4. Smear Vegemite on your armpits - Whilst some have declared this to be a myth, many Aussies swear by it. So, if you want to make sure you don't get attacked then you may want to go to such extremes.

5. Hop on one leg - This is an interesting one, as I hadn't heard of this rule until recently. The belief is that the Drop Bear will mistake you for a kangaroo and leave you alone if they hear or see you hopping. Whilst it may not be fool proof it is definitely worth a try, especially if you hear the rustling of potential Drop Bear activity from above.

6. Keep Moving - When you move around, it is very hard for a Drop Bear to follow you up in the trees. If you stay in one place, the Drop Bear has the chance to creep forward towards your location before enacting their assault. If in doubt, move about.

7. Wear a wide-brimmed hat - Wearing a large hat decreases the viewable area of your body. A study performed by the +University of South Australia found that large hats tend to scare off some of the less aggressive Drop Bears.

8. Keep your political views to yourself - Drop Bears are highly left-wing politically and don't like hearing the other side of the story. 

9. Sing a song - (preferably Australian, see #2 and #3). Drop Bears are known to be very musical creatures and appreciate a good tune. That being said, I would refrain from Tie me kangaroo down if you can.

10. Don't ACT scared - Seriously, Drop Bears can smell fear a mile (1.6km) away. Be cautious but confident. Don't let them see the terror in your eyes, or soon enough you won't have any eyes.

#AboutAustralia  - goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#DropBears   #aussie   #australia   #dropbear  ___

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2015-10-27 04:44:25 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

Sydney Cove - Australia's first published map

A little piece of Aussie history!

What you see here is the first published map of Port Jackson, the "birthplace" of modern-day +Sydney, showing the eleven ships of the First Fleet and the buildings, tents, sawpits, workshops, storehouses and gardens of the First Settlement.

The sketch/map was drawn by a transported convict (Francis Folkes) on the 16th of April, 1788, which was not quite 3 months after Commodore Phillips's landing on what is now known as +Australia Day (January 26th).

It was published in London on July 24, 1789, and is definitely a contender for my favourite piece in my #AboutAustralia  series.

The map is available to view at the +National Library of Australia -> http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.map-nk276-e. There is also a high-res versionavail... more »

Sydney Cove - Australia's first published map

A little piece of Aussie history!

What you see here is the first published map of Port Jackson, the "birthplace" of modern-day +Sydney, showing the eleven ships of the First Fleet and the buildings, tents, sawpits, workshops, storehouses and gardens of the First Settlement.

The sketch/map was drawn by a transported convict (Francis Folkes) on the 16th of April, 1788, which was not quite 3 months after Commodore Phillips's landing on what is now known as +Australia Day (January 26th).

It was published in London on July 24, 1789, and is definitely a contender for my favourite piece in my #AboutAustralia  series.

The map is available to view at the +National Library of Australia -> http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.map-nk276-e. There is also a high-res version available via Wikimedia (https://goo.gl/cWs3TH)

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia   #sydney   #straya  ___

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2015-10-25 00:53:09 (24 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

Oh wow again

I cannot believe this day has finally arrived.

Apologies to those who saw my original post, I deleted it as I left the location details on the photo again. I know that +Gabriel Hodges​ and +Francine Hirst​ both commented and +Kamal Tailor​ +Melina M​ and I think +George Torouno​ all +1d the original.

I'm sharing this photo instead, because now you can see why I put the temporary floor up in the first place. FYI I took this photo laying on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, looking straight up.

This stage of the #WhiteHouseReno is almost over. I've got a railing and some carpet on the stairs to go in, then clean up.

Then, I rest. 

Oh wow again

I cannot believe this day has finally arrived.

Apologies to those who saw my original post, I deleted it as I left the location details on the photo again. I know that +Gabriel Hodges​ and +Francine Hirst​ both commented and +Kamal Tailor​ +Melina M​ and I think +George Torouno​ all +1d the original.

I'm sharing this photo instead, because now you can see why I put the temporary floor up in the first place. FYI I took this photo laying on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, looking straight up.

This stage of the #WhiteHouseReno is almost over. I've got a railing and some carpet on the stairs to go in, then clean up.

Then, I rest. ___

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2015-10-20 02:26:38 (34 comments; 7 reshares; 92 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in +Sydney, in 1973

Finding Seek and Destroy Nemo.

The one-time eyesore and blight on the Sydney landscape, the +Sydney Opera House, is having a birthday today.

This photo, taken on the day it opened in 1973, looks very much like a modern day +Instagram pic. But, it's not. Thankfully.

Before you ask, it's an F111.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Meanwhile, in +Sydney, in 1973

Finding Seek and Destroy Nemo.

The one-time eyesore and blight on the Sydney landscape, the +Sydney Opera House, is having a birthday today.

This photo, taken on the day it opened in 1973, looks very much like a modern day +Instagram pic. But, it's not. Thankfully.

Before you ask, it's an F111.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2015-10-18 20:05:13 (31 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Happy Monday/Sunday

A new perspective.

What song would be playing as you left your job for the very last time ever?

( Via +Colonial First State​ )

Happy Monday/Sunday

A new perspective.

What song would be playing as you left your job for the very last time ever?

( Via +Colonial First State​ )___

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2015-10-11 11:05:58 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Finally

It's been a while since I did a #WhiteHouseReno update, but here it is.

This phase was originally only meant to take six weeks. Eight at most. It's been much more than that but the end is ever so close.

I'm definitely going to be taking a break after this. I might read a book. Or something.

P.S. How dare I share a photo with the location details still included ;-) 

Finally

It's been a while since I did a #WhiteHouseReno update, but here it is.

This phase was originally only meant to take six weeks. Eight at most. It's been much more than that but the end is ever so close.

I'm definitely going to be taking a break after this. I might read a book. Or something.

P.S. How dare I share a photo with the location details still included ;-) ___

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2015-09-29 04:18:33 (21 comments; 5 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

The Dingo Fence

Protecting babies around #Australia  

Australia has 75 million sheep, kept for both meat and wool, and almost all of them are in the southeast of the continent. The export of wool, in particular, is very important to the Australian economy. The problem? Wild dogs, called Dingoes, are also in abundance and they consider sheep to be a tasty treat.

To prevent their sheep from become a meal for hungry predators, Australia started building fences to keep the vermin out. The largest fence runs from Surfers Paradise in Queensland to The Great Australian Bite in South Australia - it spans some 5,600km (3,480 miles) and is the longest fence in the world.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#Australia   #straya   #oz   #downunder  

The Dingo Fence

Protecting babies around #Australia  

Australia has 75 million sheep, kept for both meat and wool, and almost all of them are in the southeast of the continent. The export of wool, in particular, is very important to the Australian economy. The problem? Wild dogs, called Dingoes, are also in abundance and they consider sheep to be a tasty treat.

To prevent their sheep from become a meal for hungry predators, Australia started building fences to keep the vermin out. The largest fence runs from Surfers Paradise in Queensland to The Great Australian Bite in South Australia - it spans some 5,600km (3,480 miles) and is the longest fence in the world.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#Australia   #straya   #oz   #downunder  ___

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2015-09-21 11:54:36 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Scott Morrison

When I was born, way back in the 20th Century, my family was living in the Sydney suburb of Arncliffe. We lived there until I was 4, at which point we moved to the Labor heartland suburb of Liverpool in Sydney's south-west.

THE only memory I have of the first four years of my life was my brother and I taking our bikes around the block to go and see Mrs Smith (the lady over the back fence). We did that for two reasons - cookies and, because across the road, there was this house that had this really steep* driveway. My brother and I would push our bikes up the driveway and then zooooooooooom all the way down and into Mrs Smith's front yard, then more cookies.

My mum rang me this morning to ask if I remembered Bessie Smith. My mum does this from time to time, you see. She just rings me and asks me something random that happened a thousand years... more »

Scott Morrison

When I was born, way back in the 20th Century, my family was living in the Sydney suburb of Arncliffe. We lived there until I was 4, at which point we moved to the Labor heartland suburb of Liverpool in Sydney's south-west.

THE only memory I have of the first four years of my life was my brother and I taking our bikes around the block to go and see Mrs Smith (the lady over the back fence). We did that for two reasons - cookies and, because across the road, there was this house that had this really steep* driveway. My brother and I would push our bikes up the driveway and then zooooooooooom all the way down and into Mrs Smith's front yard, then more cookies.

My mum rang me this morning to ask if I remembered Bessie Smith. My mum does this from time to time, you see. She just rings me and asks me something random that happened a thousand years ago. When she mentioned Arncliffe, everything I just said above came flooding back into memory.

The missing component in all this was a boy who lived in the house with the driveway. I don't remember him, nor anything about him. As I said, the only things I remember were exactly what I mentioned above. Nothing more and nothing less. I don't even remember anything about the house we lived in.

The reason for my mum's phonecall was to tell me that Scott Morrison was that boy.

So, ......

Because I'm a self-proclaimed egomaniac, I'm going to write the Federal Treasurer a letter. I'd like to know if he remembers me.

Do you think he will? Do you think I'll even get a response?

* About two years ago, I was in the area so I decided to do a drive-by not only my childhood house but also to checkout The Driveway. It wasn't anywhere near as steep as I remember :-)___

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2015-09-14 00:21:14 (8 comments; 13 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

Alcoholic Kangaroos

It's a tough life.

via +Wine Odyssey on Facebook

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF

Alcoholic Kangaroos

It's a tough life.

via +Wine Odyssey on Facebook

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-09-13 12:15:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

America's Migrant Headache

Sorry, not sorry!

Whilst Europe figures out what to do with an influx of migrants, the Muricans have their own battle on their hands.

AUSTRALIANS

Bill Maher takes a long hard look at the migrant crisis gripping the United States. To watch it, go here - https://goo.gl/7xWxHM

For more #AboutAustralia , be sure to check out the entire collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF) 

#Australia   #australians   #aussie   #merica  

America's Migrant Headache

Sorry, not sorry!

Whilst Europe figures out what to do with an influx of migrants, the Muricans have their own battle on their hands.

AUSTRALIANS

Bill Maher takes a long hard look at the migrant crisis gripping the United States. To watch it, go here - https://goo.gl/7xWxHM

For more #AboutAustralia , be sure to check out the entire collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF) 

#Australia   #australians   #aussie   #merica  ___

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2015-09-07 22:52:55 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Hell's Club

A place where all fictional characters meet.

If you've ever wanted to know how to do video editing, this video will show you. Some random dude has flawlessly combined a buttload of famous movie characters, ranging from Tony Montana to The Mask, from Blade to Obiwan Kenobi and Little Ani, into one fantasmagorically amazing nightclub scene.

It's honestly...the most enjoyable thing you'll see today. It's insane. Worth every second of your time.

You're welcome.

Hell's Club

A place where all fictional characters meet.

If you've ever wanted to know how to do video editing, this video will show you. Some random dude has flawlessly combined a buttload of famous movie characters, ranging from Tony Montana to The Mask, from Blade to Obiwan Kenobi and Little Ani, into one fantasmagorically amazing nightclub scene.

It's honestly...the most enjoyable thing you'll see today. It's insane. Worth every second of your time.

You're welcome.___

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2015-09-06 12:02:41 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

Sunset Over Sydney

Happy Fathers Day, fellow dads.

#sydney   #australia   #ns  

Sunset Over Sydney

Happy Fathers Day, fellow dads.

#sydney   #australia   #ns  ___

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