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  1. Jed Stuart

    September 9, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    In these times Bob Dylan might say: “Something isn’t happening, and we do know what it is, don’t we … Mr Jones?”

    • Cleaver

      September 30, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      I think I’m calling TT deceased.

      Submissions for the EoI closed on April 10. Been radio silence on that process ever since.
      Almost all EoIs I’ve been involved with only needed a couple of months to run, and that’s for a complicated one.

      Any latent financial value this site, and the associated rusted on audience had, is now gone due to the amount of time that has lapsed. The only tangible asset left is the archive. and possibly the masthead itself.

      Such a shame TT had to leave us without so much as a whimper. Such an ignominious end for such a valuable guardian of Tasmania’s interests, and for those without a voice of their own.

      I’d always thought the end would come via litigation, or Linz disappearing.

      Vale TT.

  2. Mary

    September 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Daddy! – are we there yet? I want Tasmanian Times back so that I can learn all about the nasty people tricking us into believing that Tasmania is a wonderful place to live with only nice people doing nice things to us and not being selfish and mean.

  3. Wondering

    August 31, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Hey TT – are you receiving? – Over!

    What happened to all those expressions of interest to take over TT several months ago ? I note that there has been no reply to these people/organizations that expressed an interest. Why not?

    You seem to be positively discouraging a continuation of TT by another individual or organisation by your silence. We all know that Lindsay did an amazing job with TT for hardly any reward, but if his legacy is to continue then we need to have it declared that TT in its old format is dead so that someone else can hopefully provide an alternative.

    For example we badly need a serious article articulating just where the corruption within the Derwent Valley Council over poisoning geese and plovers, and miscellaneous lies and favors for mates, stands.


    Dear Wondering,

    The transitionary process is proving to be a long one, and so TT’s management requests patience.

    An announcement will be made when the situation firms.

    — Moderator

    • O'Brien

      September 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Poor old Linz still is copping criticisms from anonymous posters, eg “What happened … ?” “…Why not?” etc.

      A lesser mortal might ignore them and tell ’em where to get off, but not Linz. With the patience of Job, Linz provides polite responses.

      What a good natured fellow! Three cheers for Linz! I’m almost inclined to make a small contribution so Linz can avail himself of a fat Shiraz …

  4. Garry Stannus

    August 23, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Testing … testing … 1… 2… 3: Is there anybody out there? If there is, do you still use html formatting?

    𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤 𝑚𝑒𝑛
    𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑛
    𝐿𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟
    𝐻𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑝𝑖𝑒𝑐𝑒 𝑓𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑤. 𝐴𝑙𝑎𝑠!
    𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑑 𝑣𝑜𝑖𝑐𝑒𝑠, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛
    𝑊𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟
    𝐴𝑟𝑒 𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑒𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠
    𝐴𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑑𝑟𝑦 𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑠𝑠
    𝑜𝑟 𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑠’ 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑡 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑘𝑒𝑛 𝑔𝑙𝑎𝑠𝑠
    𝐼𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑟𝑦 𝑐𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑎𝑟

    The year was 2018, the month, August. TT was about to launch into a brave new phone-friendly world… then it did so but closed abruptly just five months later. Actually it was a bit like the collapse of Gunns … how there were assurances of interested parties, potential investors and so on … but, in the end nothing.

    It was like the film ‘𝑂𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐵𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ’ … the end of the world as it ended, except that the last hurrah was in Hobart rather than in Marvellous Melbourne. I had taken a walk in the snow, a submariner who was determined not to come back to a future without Tasmanian Times. It has been a bereavement. I know a little about bereavements… the sense of impotence, of disaster, the need for replacement/diversion/action and the unexpected experience of anger.

    Somewhere on the west coast of the States (returning to the ‘On the Beach’ analogy), a morse code signal is detected and rather than it being an indication of a surviving population, it turns out to be “𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑢𝑙𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑘𝑒𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑜𝑤 𝑠𝑎𝑠ℎ 𝑠𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑧𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑐𝑐𝑎𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 ℎ𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎 𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑝ℎ 𝑘𝑒𝑦”. And me, who has been out in the snow, who has refused the suicide pills so freely handed out, has discovered 𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑇𝑇 which might or might not be alive. Yes, I know that the Russells, the Haltons, the Hawkins and the like have been slapping the broken window sash against the telegraph key, and creating the hope in all of us that somehow, there is yet life in TasTimes. Necromancy? Is our surviving moderator the pathway to the past or perhaps just a ‘broken window sash’ hitting the telegraph button in this, our ongoing, hydro-powered state?

    Then … I discovered http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php? It was like Indiana Jones reading the old texts, marvelling how good TT had been ‘before the fall’. I had to test it, I had to see if it was possible to commune with the dead. Nah, none of that crap of direct replies to comments, nup, back … but back where?

    …—… …—… …—… …—… ……………………………………….your comment is off topic … your comment is being moderated … please use proper henglish … this is a recorded message … I am a broken window sash, slapping now and then onto a keyboard … do not reply………………..—… …—… …—… …—… ……………………………………….your comment is off topic … your comment is being moderated … please use proper henglish … this is a recorded message … I am a broken window sash, slapping now and then onto a keyboard … do not reply……………..
    …—… …—… …—… …—… ……………………………………….your comment is off topic … your comment is being moderated … please use proper henglish … this is a recorded message … I am a broken window sash, slapping now and then onto a keyboard … do not reply……………..

    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper



    Thankyou Garry, for your ongoing interest in the welfare of Tasmanian Times.

    Reader contributions need not use html.

    Although the Editor has retired, the Moderator is still here. You and others may freely Comment on Articles as usual. Publication is normally quite prompt. Quality self-editing is appreciated.

    Accepted Expressions of Interest from several sources are currently being closely considered.

    You’ll doubtless be pleased to know of the group’s keen awareness of the depth of supportive feeling held by quality readers and contributors like yourself.

    — Moderator

  5. Cleaver

    August 8, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Another month .. and still no word.

    Vale TT, as nobody in their right mind would want to take over now as the audience will have been lost forever.

    Such a shame.


    Patience, dear Cleaver. Patience.

    — Moderator

    • Ivo Edwards

      August 9, 2019 at 12:59 pm

      I agree, Cleaver.

      I have an article ready to go criticising in detail the findings of the recently published report into last summer’s bushfires in Tasmania – https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-08/bushfire-report-finds-fault-in-gell-river-fire-response/11395

      Should I try and publish this in Women’s Weekly .. or wait for TT to come back online?


      Dear Cleaver,

      TT’s Comments section is still alive and well with nearly every Submission published promptly – as usual.

      In the current circumstances, and if it’s quite brief, you may offer your Article to us in the form of a long Comment. This can be done using Copy and Paste.

      TT expects quality editing from all authors of Articles and Comments. Editing the Comments of some Contributors can be so intense and time consuming that we face the irksome decision of publishing as is, partial editing, or deletion.

      Deletion is extremely rare. TT publishes what others won’t.

      — Moderator

  6. Cleaver

    July 3, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I’m assuming the EoI process came to naught, given the extended period of radio silence now …


    Cleaver, thankyou for your interest.

    Assessments and negotiations are ongoing.

    — Moderator

    • Ivo Edwards

      July 4, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      I guess after three months with hardly any contact by TT with potential successors to Lindsay, via the EoI posting, that TT is effectively dead. It would be very difficult, in my opinion, for anyone to resurrect it at this late stage as potential readers will have moved on to other interests.

      It would probably be easier for anyone interested in a Tasmanian replacement similar to TT to set up a totally new site without the baggage of needing to maintain the old TT archives.

  7. Trevor Burdon

    May 7, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I am very curious to know how Linz is getting along. Has the implied suitor fall through?

    I had thought a community or education based model would be worth exploring. Routine work could be shared with a subscription for the experience funded by councils, colleges, adult ed … and rostered for a month or two. The first year payment could provide for a return to founder Linz, and retainer to host an advisory council!

    • Lindsay Tuffin

      May 7, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      Hey Trevor … you are very wise, but I’ve tried the Uni of Tas, Jan Cameron, Graeme Wood and David Walsh of MONA .. but it was No Go with any of them. At least Jan Cameron replied.

      There’s currently eight expressions of interest which I’ve got back, but it’s a very slow process. EoIs don’t close until the end of May.

      We’ll see at the end of the process …

      • Cleaver

        May 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm

        I’m confused. It happens a lot. Your EOI landing page says Submissions close April 10.

        Have you extended?



        That was the closing date for Submissions. Those that came in are still being considered. Not long now …

        — Moderator

  8. Russell

    April 3, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    That’s fair enough, Mod.

    How about me just ….


    Russell, offering a reader such sarcastic public rebukes might cause distress, or could inhibit your target from enjoying this site.

    Both of these would violate TT’s Code of Conduct.

    — Moderator

  9. Lindsay Tuffin

    April 2, 2019 at 6:36 am

    guyzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz … ever closer we grow to getting TT back online … but without moi. It’s a long, exhausting process but hang in there …!x

    • Isla MacGregor

      April 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Thankyou Linz and Moderator for keeping up with the Comment posting.

      I’m sorry you won’t be with TT, but hopefully we will get to read some of YOUR articles from time to time, Linz.

      All the best, and I hope you are both enjoying our lovely Autumn.

      • Lindsay Tuffin

        May 7, 2019 at 7:49 pm

        I am enjoying it immensely thankyou Isla, but it will be a year before I attempt to write again …

        Just tooooo busy ….

  10. Simon Warriner

    April 1, 2019 at 10:49 am


    Simon .. thankyou.

    Under watch.

    — Moderator

  11. John Caire

    March 29, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Sad days! What do I do now?

    A personal embargo on Murdoch’s mukkery inc online, I guess.

    Local ABC news .. but it’s inadequate.

  12. Russell

    March 25, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    That’s great. TT is too valuable to lose.

    • Formally Just Kate

      March 28, 2019 at 8:03 pm


      A little birdy has told me, that if you lift your offer to ten Kung Fu cards, three Phantom comics (dog-eared) and throw in your very bestest Tom Bowler marble, Lindsay will accept your offer.

      • Russell

        April 1, 2019 at 9:16 am

        …. …. …. ..

        Russell, telling a reader to pull her head in is unlikely to be published here. It could be considered abusive, and that would contravene TT’s Code of Conduct.


        — Moderator

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