Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year for 2014 to all our friends and colleagues!

This has been a good year.  Bowral and Kings Cross are such a contrast, each with their attractions. 

We have 'discovered' some new foodie places including Fu Manchu and Bourbon restaurants in Kings Cross; Exeter Studio, Biota and Burrawang General Store eateries in the Highlands.  Jamon Iberico and Tetsuya’s truffle salt have been new taste introductions.  

The surgery at Redfern ticks along with about 150 patients in current treatment.  Most are grateful and responsive people with serious problems, some now dealing with life's middle age obstacles, children, grand-children, businesses, overseas travel, arthritis and the like.  The challenges have included street drugs such as 'ice' (crystal methamphetamine) and prescribed drugs such as Xanax (which should have been taken off the market years ago in my view and has now been made a restricted drug).  Alcohol is still probably number one problem. 

Accreditation remains a ludicrous farce but cannot be criticised publicly, despite the flaws in the health care system which are documented almost daily in the press.  Since it was introduced bad clinics remain bad clinics and good clinics have either remained good or else closed down. 

Here are some photos I took from the train to show the remarkable recovery of the forest after the terrible bush fires recently.