Thin on thins

Shopping is not one of my favourite things, but after putting off a number of needed purchases for some time, today I spent more hours in shopping centres than I would normally endure. Here are some things I learnt.

  1. Size labels on clothing are meaningless. In the course of purchasing shirts I tried on many size L shirts, some of which were too small, some too big, and some the right size.
  2. A depressing number of retail outlets ask you to join their ‘loyalty’ programs so that they can track your purchases and send you junk e-mail.
  3. There are a number of perfumery outlets emanating such a stink that I wonder whether they ought to be reported to the EPA?
  4. Thin glasses cords are very thin in stock at the moment. There’s no problem acquiring a thick glasses cord (one that is visually distracting and reminiscent of rope for lashing down loads of freight) but it seems that the thin cords are in short supply. I had to visit 11 stores/chemists/optometrists before finally being able to purchase two thin glasses cord at Bupa Optical Kotara. It turns out they were the last two in their stock. So now there’s at least 12 places across Newcastle that doesn’t stock them.

Electricity Commission of NSW

In the summer of 1982/83, in the long break between my first and second years at University, I worked for the Electricity Commission of NSW as a trainee electrical engineer at the Tamworth Regional Centre.

I could only find two photos from that time, that were included in the work placement report I had to write. Its interesting to note how much work safety standards have changed in 35 years.

Electricity Commission of NSW, 1983.

Electricity Commission of NSW, 1983.

Eraring Power Station

Eraring Power Station, 1984.

In the summer of 1983/84, in the long break between my 2nd and 3rd years at University, I worked at Eraring Power Station near Newcastle, as a trainee electrical engineer.

At this time some of the generating units were in production, and some still under construction.

Wallerwang Power Station

Wallerawang Power Station cooling tower. December 1985.

In the summer of 1985/86, in the long break between my 4th and 5th years at University, I worked at Wallerawang Power Station near Lithgow, as a trainee electrical engineer.

Liddell Power Station

Not Liddell power station – ABC News gets it wrong. (Actually Bayswater.)

Liddell power station (near Muswellbrook NSW) has been in the news this week, with a bit of a public stoush between its owners AGL who intend to close the station in 2022, and Malcolm Turnbull who wants to keep it open for five years beyond that date.

One of the frustrating aspects of this has been how frequently the media shows a picture of a power station other than Liddell when reporting on Liddell.

I’m familiar with Liddell power station as I worked there as an electrical engineer from December 1986 to January 1988 in my first job  after graduating from university.  Since the media is incapable of showing pictures of Liddell, I thought I’d scan and post some of the photos I took while I worked there. It was an interesting time, as there was a lot of repair and remediation work going on, and I got to look inside a lot of equipment that would normally be unseen.

Liddell High Voltage Certificate.