Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Yarra Valley Railway


I like to take my walk around Healesville when its wet. And this often takes me past the Yarra Valley Railway and there always seems to be opportunities for a few photos. I find trains to be somewhat romantic no matter what state of disrepair they might be in.


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

RIP Jenny

Whilst travelling in China, a dear friend passed away just a few hours ago. Here she is with the 9th Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche. She was travelling to meet the 10th Traleg Tulku. We had the good fortune to spend a week with them in their remarkable, isolated home at the end of a goat track, in Tasmania a few years ago. In hindsight I'm so glad we made the time and effort to be with them.
She was a joy to know and her openness was infectious. RIP Jenny.

Friday, 3 July 2015

The Greenhouse Conspiracy

The more I look into Climate Change, the more it appears the popularization (politicization) of the so-called science has rendered the exercise entirely futile. 

Thursday, 2 July 2015

David Cameron wants to ban encryption in Britain

The American mouthpiece, David Cameron, wants to ban encryption in Britain. Funny I didn't think he was such a simpleton. The amount of commerce and business that would be lost in just a single day is beyond comprehension. The downstream affect on economies would be beyond imagination. Yes I know, life in the 1950s was so wonderful David, all we had to do was bug a phone and go-get the bad guys.

The problem is not encryption of the internet, the problem is that law enforcement, getting lazier by the day, thinking they can use the internet to solve their cases and get quick, convenient convictions. The overweight, donut munching cops is a reasonable visual metaphor. With every successful online conviction they get lazier.
The problem is internet crime, the solution is not slashing open everyone's email and reading it. The solution is doing proper police work. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Native Orchid Yarra Ranges National Park


Recently whilst on my daily walk, I stopped, as I like to do, to take in the stillness of the forest, and happened to glance down at my feet and noticed this native orchid. I had heard about them from other walkers, but couldn't believe my good luck. Here was this slightly bedraggled example of the native orchid. A quick review of the local directory of Yarra Ranges Orchids and I'm no wiser. However I don't think that matters too much. The beauty of the moment was what counts, for me at least.