Fucking horrible day for walkies today. Plenty of sun but flat light and the weather's as muggy as buggery. I had a bit of a wander then sought refuge in the cool of the pub.
Ocean Beach SLSC Trafalgar Avenue Umina
Finished at last. The outside anyways. The inside looks semi-finished.
T'other one, Umina Beach SLSC down the road a bit, is still being landscaped and having tiles done downstairs.
Second memorial seat at Ocean Beach SLSC. The other one is dedicated to the memory of Bob da Silva.
Dunnies (left) and playground of the SLSC in the background.
This one says:
"In loving memory of
Dellwyn Elizabeth Mardell
1943 - 2001".
Box Head from Ocean Beach SLSC
Box Head was on the telly the other night, on that surf rescue programme. It was filmed a while back and the bit at Box Head was an overturned dingy or summat.
Nice shots of the area from the rescue chopper and, after the campers cleared their tents off the camping ground, the chopper put down and picked up the peeps from the boat.
Barrenjoey Head & Lion Island from Ocean Beach SLSC
Storm clouds building up out to sea and a raft of small cumulus floating up from Sydney.
Purple penis bush. Large firm pannicles with a faint perfume reminiscent of soap.
Bernie Banton's dead. The mesothelioma got him in the end. He'd had asbestosis and asbestos-related pleural disease for yonks, hence the oxygen tube he wore.
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral. You might know it as the brown and yellow-striped gem stone tiger's eye. The industrial grade is a dull grey. It was used in World War 2 as fire insulation in warships, heaps of houses have been built from sheets of it (in NSW it's called fibro).
It's deadly stuff. The fibres get in your lungs and cells built up round them and pretty soon there's a whacking great lump in your chest using up more and more of the space you need to breathe. It can take years to show you and there's a group of diseases you can get from it, mesothelioma being one of them and the one that can take twenty years to develop.
You can get asbestos diseases from mining it, from manufacturing it like Banton did when he worked for Hardies, from installing it and from uninstalling it or just from being in the same room as the fibres. Men who worked for Hardies died of it and are still dying of it, wives who washed their work clothes have died from it, builders have died from it, home renovators have died from it. Stay away from the shit.
Hardies fucked around with their workers' lives then tried to wriggle out of the consequences. Banton and the rest of the crew that fought Hardies worked bloody hard to get them to cough up workers' comp. Tell you what, I wouldn't be able to sit across the table from a guy who had to cart a tank of oxygen round to live and say he couldn't have any compo. Takes a real lack of guts to do that.
Onya, Bern. Even those who didn't know you will miss you.
ABC article with picutre