Oz Blog News Commentary

Articles from THE BLOT REPORT


June 24, 2024 - 15:13 -- Admin

When we moved into our current house, some many years ago, we were a couple with two children aged 6 and 3. The young couple who bought the house are in the same boat we were in, some 30+ years ago; they have two small children of 5 and 3. I hope they enjoy their life here as much as we enjoyed ours.

Clinging on

June 23, 2024 - 14:05 -- Admin

As a bit of a giggle, a mate of mine sent me a short blurb from the Minerals Council of Australia, one of the lobby groups for the mining industry. It gives a list of a few minerals and suchlike that they mine1. 

Home(less) stretch

June 13, 2024 - 09:45 -- Admin

In the attempt to downsize one has to sell one’s home and, to do that, one has to engage a real estate agent. It is they who advise you on how to arrange the various rooms, what to get rid of, and what to keep in place. They also have your home open to the public for an ‘open house’ at least once a week for the month leading up to the auction.


June 4, 2024 - 20:12 -- Admin

Every year, the federal government offers what is called ‘acreage’ (old American habits die hard) in the areas (‘blocks’) beyond state jurisdiction (i.e. beyond 3km from the coast) for petroleum exploration companies to explore for gas and oil deposits in offshore sedimentary basins.

Internet connection dramas, again

May 30, 2024 - 08:41 -- Admin

Regular readers of this blog maybe remember our travails with our internet connection from a couple of years ago, where it took months to actually fix the problem, with many technicians seemingly not knowing what the problem was1-3.

Now it has started again. Coincidentally, this arrived from Telstra a few days ago:


May 23, 2024 - 09:21 -- Admin

Over two months ago, I was issued (dated March 8) a fine notice from the New South Wales (NSW) government, alleging I had stopped my vehicle in a taxi zone. As I noted at the time, it was incorrect, as the available image of the rear of the offending vehicle showed a Nissan with NSW registration plates, whereas my vehicle is a Mazda with Australian Capital Territory registration plates.

The things you find

May 20, 2024 - 10:18 -- Admin

After the Second World War, with the demise of Nazi Germany, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) occupied most of eastern Europe, and in most of these countries they installed puppet communist governments. In Germany itself, the western allies (USA, UK, France) occupied what became West Germany, while the USSR occupied what became communist East Germany. In addition, the former capital of Germany, Berlin, was divided up between the USSR, USA, UK and France.

Into hiding

May 13, 2024 - 09:45 -- Admin

Some days ago, one of the asylum-seekers released by the decision of the High Court after what has been called the NZYQ ruling, one Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan, 43, was one of several people charged over an alleged home invasion and robbery in which 73-year-old Ninette Simons and her husband were attacked. Ms Simons was struck unconscious, requiring hospitalisation with head injuries, while her husband was tied up during the attack1.