Occasionally I open up one of the e-mails that Google files away in my Spam folder, just to see what’s on offer. This one made me laugh, several times.
Firstly with its claim that “Your Name And Your Contact Details Was Given To This Office”, yet the e-mail is addressed to “Dear Customer” and then goes on to ask me to supply them with my name and contact details and identification documents!
But the biggest laugh is the assertion that my $7.5m USD is sitting unclaimed “Because Of Your Unbelief Of The Reality Of Your Genuine Payment”. Its funny because its true.
The Clyde St rail crossing between Hamilton North and Islington was closed all last weekend. I was hoping that was for the purpose of fixing the horrendously bumpy road surface across the tracks, which was a real pain to cycle over.
My wish came true.
New road surface at the Clyde St rail crossing, Hamilton North.
Tim Simona. Photo by Naparazzi.
Tim Simona is suffering from a drug and gambling addiction, and the NRL has quite rightly deregistered him from playing rugby league.
But the hypocrisy of the NRL is almost excruciating, as it remains silent on its own gambling addiction.
Consulting the website of each of the 16 NRL teams in 2017 shows that 13 of them are sponsored by gambling or betting corporations, the only three clubs not directly sponsored by gambling being the Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers, and Canterbury Bulldogs.
|Manly Sea Eagles
|North Queensland Cowboys
|South Sydney Rabbitohs
||Crown Resorts (Casino), Luxbet
||Crown Resorts (Casino)
|New Zealand Warriors
||SkyCity Casino, TAB NZ
|St George Illawarra Dragons
||Ainsworth Game Technology, South Coast Gaming Machines
|Gold Coast Titans
King of the culprits in this infamous list is the Manly Sea Eagles, who, in a move that is in equal parts pernicious and embarrassing, renamed their home ground from “Brookvale Oval” to “Lottoland”.
In 1992 the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act was passed to ban the tobacco industry from sponsoring sport. It’s time that similar legislation is enacted to rid our sporting landscape of the scourge of gambling advertising.
Having established with reasonable certainty that Ralph Snowball’s 6 April 1900 drain photo was located in Hamilton North adjacent to the old gasworks site, I visited the spot yesterday to take a modern photo.
Drain construction workers, 6 April 1900. Photo by Ralph Snowball. University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections.
The stormwater drain at Hamilton North, March 2017.
Update – July 2018
Based on some helpful observations from Tony Steinbeck, I now believe that is more likely that the 1900 photo was taken at the site where Chatham Road crosses the drain. See my storm water drain page for further details.
Chatham Rd bridge over the storm water drain in Hamilton North. July 2018.