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North Bondi then and now

Pic by Uge at Aquabumps
The 235-tonne boulder at Ben Buckler was believed to have been thrown up by heavy seas on 15 July 1912.

Beautiful Bondi – 1926

It’s not often we get a glimpse such as this of the generation before ours, and partway into it I watched those kids coming out of Bondi Public and heading for the beach – looking for the ones with no shoes, then I looked at their sun-bitten faces and saw Bondi written all over them.

Then there was the babes … and a handy demo of toothpick directionals. The Palatial Bondi Hotel. The kid who wouldn’t get out of the panorama beach shot. A beach inspector telling two grown men wrestling in the sand to pull their heads in. It’s all here …

No sound.

Lifted this from Bondi Longboarders FB .. thanks for finding it.


and the villages were abandoned

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That’ll be the phone


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Tony Abbott … champion surfer

Fined $500 yesterday for not wearing a mask in Manly … says he’ll be glad when the dob in mindset is over .. reckons it’s un-Australian, forgetting the covid infected woman who bolted isolation from Strathfield on a train with her two kids the other day and was taken off in Port Mac together with everybody else in her carriage after someone called the cops – now all of them are in quarantine. Much better we be like Tone and let the virus rip, you reckon? Lock-ups be buggered.

And this bloke was once Prime Minister!.

rivers of blood

2012 – Afghanistan – photo by massoud hossaini.

is there a doctor in the house?

.. or where's Bondi Rescue when you need them?

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the surfer’s nightmare

It’s two o clock in the morning and a little sleep apnea kicks in and you don’t know it but your breathing is getting ragged .. and in a little while the adenoids do a complete clog-up and all incoming and outgoing breath is withheld.

Just for a couple of seconds, maybe ten? That’s when the dream kicks in, which is really a vivid full colour nightmare and I’m swimming out in water two foot deep and looking up at a wave so seriously deadly, so impossibly thick, so high, so purposeful I know it’s going to be the end of me when it finally crushes down and buries me forever.

Tim Bonython has the same nightmares, well maybe because he photographs blokes living it and he must know that like all things imagined, the reality is worse.

Pic lifted from Swellnet

moving to an idyllic acreage in the byron hills has its disadvantages

let me count the ways

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a sunburnt country. a land of sweeping plains.

Image by Joel B Pratley.

Words by Dorothea Mackellar.

Forbes NSW

sick of the bullshit?

“Two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, according to a new study.”

“Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday showed the vaccines were highly effective against the Delta variant, now the dominant strain worldwide, provided a person had received two shots.”


Now we can get on with it.

And stop dreaming, Chicama

a five star foul up

shit will most surely happen.

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car keys .. a modern fable

... in three parts

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dave rundle exhibits a masterful insight into australia’s most profound mystery ..

If a bloke was to read the Adelaide Advertiser recently he might learn that the SA Govt has decided to dig up the 72 year-old remains of The Somerton Man.

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every now and then it needs reminding

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the priest

writing is like gambling

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It plays

B side.

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the mystery sound 2

this sort of thing makes my day

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a peculiar irony

back at you Aub

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the mystery sound 1

I'm picking it for a win.

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