Damn you Google! Your map to Newcastle is sending people to Lake Macquarie

Thursday, 13. June 2019

Wrong Location: Type in Sydney to Newcastle on Google Maps and you get this. Oh Google, what have you done?
Nanjing Night Net

You trawl through our search history to sell us things, pay stuff-all tax, manipulate search results and suck the blood out of writers andmusicians.

Now you’re sending people who want to get from Sydney to Newcastle to the wrong place.

Damn you Google! Your map to Newcastle is sending people to Lake Macquarie TweetFacebook Having a laugh at Google. Reader Rod alerted us to this shocking error.

“Type in ‘Sydney to Newcastle’ in Google Maps and see what happens,” Rod said.

We followed his instructions. It wasn’t pretty.

Instead of directing us to Newcastle CBD, the map sent us to the back streets of Hillsborough in Lake Macquarie, of all places.

Google, how could you do this? We thought your maps were on the money.

“I have complained to Google many times and they haven’t fixed anything yet,” Rod said.

We admit that Google’s search engine is pretty good.

But come on. Surely they can sort this out. We can’t explain why they won’t fix this.

After all, their motto is supposed to be “Don’t be evil”.

The only explanation we have isthey’re too busy trying to invent immortality. We’re not joking. They really do want that.

History of Wallsend

The opening of West Wallsend colliery in 1888, with the iconic poppet head.

We love cool names. How’s this one: Cath Chegwidden.

Cath is writing and researching a book about the history of Wallsend.

Cath, like a lot of writers, doesn’t mind a metaphor.

“This task has become like the coal mines on which the community is founded,” she said.

“Every now and then, I’m uncovering a treasure.”

Wouldn’t that be more like a diamond mine? We suppose coal is a treasure.

They don’t call it black gold for nothing. Or is that oil?

Cath is on the hunt for stories about the town,relating to family histories, tragic and uplifting events, funny anecdotes, sporting moments and festivals.

She’s alsointerested in the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,which was “an integral part of this community for 150 years”.

Cath has already devotedmonths to digging through archives.

“I’d like to create a fascinating page-turner about Wallsend itself over the last 150 years,” she says.

That’s quite a task, Cath. But we reckon you’re up to it.

Anyone with a story or photographs about Wallsend, can contact Cath on 4954-6914.

Kermit’s Mates

It’s Save the Frogs Day on Saturday. Many are endangered. Don’t let them croak.

We’ve got a joke for you. What’s black and white and green? A frog sitting on a newspaper.

One more. We can’t help it. What do you say to a hitchhiking frog? Hop in.

Last one, we promise. What happened to the frog’s car when his parking meter expired? It got toad.

Jokes aside,the future of frogs isn’t funny. That’s why it’s Save the Frogs Day on Saturday. Kevin McDonald, a retired senior lecturer in environmental scienceat the University of Newcastle, loves frogs.

Kevin noted thatattempts have been made to save the green and gold bell frog from extinction in the Hunter.

And hewas chuffed about the recent discovery of a new frog species in Port Stephens, namedMahony’s toadlet.

The frog was discovered by University of Newcastle biologist Simon Clulow, who named it after his mentor andfrog expert, Professor Michael Mahony.

Kevin said frogs were indicators of “the health of our local wetlands”.

“Protect them lest they croak it!”, he said.

Hey, that’s a good one.

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