Simon's personal website and blog

This is where I write about whatever is going on in my life. Mostly family or photography, also some tech, sport, travel, blogging and comments.

Census website

When I first heard the 2016 census would be completed online by the majority of Australians, it was just after lining up at the local school to vote in the Federal Election with pencil and paper.  I thought that if the government has the I.T. infrastructure to...

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Karla and the steam train

Steam Train Twice a year SteamRail Victoria run a tour to Traralgon from where passengers can visit the snow fields or other Gippsland attractions.  The tour runs from Melbourne on a good old fashion steam train, consisting of two powerful locomotives pulling a...

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Yelarbon, Queensland

You may have heard in the news recently about the small Queensland town of Yelarbon being auctioned for just $1.  I have a strong connection to that town, my Dad grew up in the area and we still have family there today.  As a kid I would tell people we were going on...

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Driving again

I’ve finally been given the OK to drive again. Following my surgery two weeks ago I haven’t been allowed to drive, but my surgeon said today I should be able to get behind the wheel again. I love driving, I drive for leisure and I drive for work, so...

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Hospital, Surgery, Recovery

The past nine days have been horribly painful, but I knew my hospital stay was coming.  I went under the knife last Tuesday, having major abdominal surgery to address a bowel issue and repair a hernia, both related to an even bigger operation 14 years ago. The Pain...

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Voting with pencil and paper

Yesterday Australia voted in the Federal Election, for most people that meant lining up at the local school or church, waiting for an official to find your name amongst hundreds of pages of names and hand you two pieces of paper.  You then took both of those ballot...

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Friday night junior footy

Floodlights shine through the darkness at the Koo Wee Rup football ground, it’s wet and only five degrees Celsius, the not so perfect setting for junior Aussie Rules football.  The opening bounce was at 7pm, and it was only going to get colder and wetter. The...

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Karla’s YouTube Channel

Seven year old Karla loves watching YouTube videos of other kids and she recently asked if she could have her own channel.  I wasn’t too keen at first, but she kept on asking and I did a bit of researching and found that I can create separate channels under my...

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Motel Kettle

From time to time I need to stay in regional motels for work and it surprises me the differences you can find in budget motels in the country.  Some are really nice, others are… budget.  One common problem I have almost everywhere I stay is making a coffee!  I...

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AFL Womens Teams

AFL Womens Teams (from AFL website / AFL Media) The AFL announced today the eight teams that will take part in the inaugural Womens League in 2017.  I think this is fantastic!  Back in the day we would have scoffed and said “footy is a man’s game”,...

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Faster NBN (FTTN)

Last week I wrote how our house had finally been switched over to the the National Broadband Network (NBN).  Rather than having fibre direct to our premises (FTTP), we are connected by the inferior Fibre to the Node (FTTN) system, where the last link from a...

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

I took my 13 year old son, Brad, to the movies today and let him choose what we saw.  Brad said he had seen the trailer for Hunt for the Wilderpeople and he’d really like to see it.  I’d never heard of this movie and didn’t know anything about it,...

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NBN switched over

A week and a half since plugging in our new NBN compatable modem, supplied free by Telstra, we were finally switched over to the new National Broadband Network (NBN) today.  I’ll admit to being a little bit excited at finally getting faster internet, even though...

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Back Up your Data!

My 3TB Hard Drive that stopped working Almost four years ago I built my own desktop computer.  I’d researched all the parts I’d need for a PC for the type of work I use it for, while sticking to a budget.  The build included two hard disc drives, the...

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Fremantle V Essendon

The Fremantle Dockers haven’t been able to win any of their ten AFL games of footy this season, yet they are favorite to win against the Essendon Bombers tonight. Why is nobody tipping Essendon to defeat Fremantle, when the Dockers haven’t won a game yet? Sure,...

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Census website

When I first heard the 2016 census would be completed online by the majority of Australians, it was just after lining up at the local school to vote in the Federal Election with pencil and paper.  I thought that if the government has the I.T. infrastructure to...

read more

Karla and the steam train

Steam Train Twice a year SteamRail Victoria run a tour to Traralgon from where passengers can visit the snow fields or other Gippsland attractions.  The tour runs from Melbourne on a good old fashion steam train, consisting of two powerful locomotives pulling a...

read more

Yelarbon, Queensland

You may have heard in the news recently about the small Queensland town of Yelarbon being auctioned for just $1.  I have a strong connection to that town, my Dad grew up in the area and we still have family there today.  As a kid I would tell people we were going on...

read more

Driving again

I’ve finally been given the OK to drive again. Following my surgery two weeks ago I haven’t been allowed to drive, but my surgeon said today I should be able to get behind the wheel again. I love driving, I drive for leisure and I drive for work, so...

read more

Hospital, Surgery, Recovery

The past nine days have been horribly painful, but I knew my hospital stay was coming.  I went under the knife last Tuesday, having major abdominal surgery to address a bowel issue and repair a hernia, both related to an even bigger operation 14 years ago. The Pain...

read more

Voting with pencil and paper

Yesterday Australia voted in the Federal Election, for most people that meant lining up at the local school or church, waiting for an official to find your name amongst hundreds of pages of names and hand you two pieces of paper.  You then took both of those ballot...

read more

Friday night junior footy

Floodlights shine through the darkness at the Koo Wee Rup football ground, it’s wet and only five degrees Celsius, the not so perfect setting for junior Aussie Rules football.  The opening bounce was at 7pm, and it was only going to get colder and wetter. The...

read more

Karla’s YouTube Channel

Seven year old Karla loves watching YouTube videos of other kids and she recently asked if she could have her own channel.  I wasn’t too keen at first, but she kept on asking and I did a bit of researching and found that I can create separate channels under my...

read more

Motel Kettle

From time to time I need to stay in regional motels for work and it surprises me the differences you can find in budget motels in the country.  Some are really nice, others are… budget.  One common problem I have almost everywhere I stay is making a coffee!  I...

read more

AFL Womens Teams

AFL Womens Teams (from AFL website / AFL Media) The AFL announced today the eight teams that will take part in the inaugural Womens League in 2017.  I think this is fantastic!  Back in the day we would have scoffed and said “footy is a man’s game”,...

read more