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Cameraygal Festival Meeting

Lane Cove council holds a festival each year – The Cameraygal Festival – named after the aboriginal people who lived here before we white people killed most of them and stole their land. The NSAS is hoping to hold a stargazing night as part of the festival and so tonight I went to a meeting at the council – an information night for event organisers. Free sushi was provided…

Much of the meeting was devoted to discussing everything that might go wrong and result in litigation. This included things like members of the public falling over and killing themselves etc. Of course our event will be held in the dark making it all the more dangerous.

Below is a teardrop banner which we can errect at our event to show that we are part of the festival…

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Tax Office Debacle

Yuko hasn’t yet informed the tax office of her change of name – although it’s more than two years since we got married. It hasn’t mattered until now because she has not needed to do a tax return. However, when she recently tried to open a bank account online, the identity check using her tax file number failed.

So today we decided to go to the tax office to get her details updated. I checked the ATO website for the locations. It said there was a shopfront at Chatswood…

So we went. But when we got there, the door refused to open. Peering inside, the place seemed deserted. Then I noticed this sign…

So we went home in disgust – having wasted a trip. As today is July 1st, it appears that if we had gone yesterday, the office would have been open!

I later submitted a complaint on the ATO website expressing my outrage.

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Fighting Stress

The board at Firefly today had some good advice…

So I went to buy some deadly weapons. But when I attempted to pay for them at the self-checkout at Woolworths, the computer said ‘NO!’ A member of staff had to come over and check that I was over 18. Fortunately I was, and I was able to complete the purchase…

After that I felt stress-free!

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Big Day For Garbage

Tomorrow is our final council waste collection at Mother’s house for 2009 (they only allow four per year). So today Yuko had Sam (the magnificent gardener) come over to put the garbage out on the nature strip. When I saw it in the evening I was shocked by the amount. The council limit is three cubic metres, and I was sure we had exceeded that by a significant margin.

Garbage at Mother's house

Although it’s our final waste collection at Mother’s house, we do have another house – and therefore another set of four waste collections we can use. We therefore spent some time this evening transporting garbage from Mother’s house and placing it on our nature strip too. This made the garbage at Mother’s house look a bit smaller, and the pile at our house should be under the volume limit.

Despite this, I’m still concerned that the council dudes might not take everything.

Garbage at the Noswonky house

While I was removing bags of garbage from my car to place on the pile, I carelessly left the car door open. When I returned to the car after only about 30 seconds, an animal had intruded…

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Public Works II

The promenade at Circular Quay is now open again and i was able to inspect it carefully to see what they’ve been doing behind the opaque barriers for the last several weeks…

Sure enough, I found a row of bricks that looks new! other than that, there’s no change…

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Public Works

As I mentioned some time ago, a big section of the promenade at Circular Quay has been boarded up for several weeks for ‘improvements’. Today the boards were gone, although it hasn’t been re-opened to the public yet. A casual inspection from a distance shows that it looks the same as before!

Another great achievement for Nathan Rees and his Government…

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Drowning in Paperwork

Today I received a ‘pack’ of forms from the bank regarding Mother’s finances. To access Mother’s money involves wading through a frighteningly large stack of forms. Here’s a sample…

And there’s more…

But my favourite page is this one…

The other thing I reveived was a bill for Mother’s ambulance ride from the hostel to RNSH onĀ June 14th. I didn’t know they charged for this – Mother’s earlier ambulance ride to RNSH back in April had certainly been free, but that was the result of a 000 call.

I was moderately shocked by the amount…

But wait! I noticed on the front it says “You may be eligible for free ambulance service”. The details were on the back of the form. Indeed, it’s just a matter of filling in Mother’s pension number and sending the form back.

The only catch: Mother has to sign it.

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