HSD: When did PULP95 petrol get 17c more expensive that ULP?

I guess I sort of knew something was going on. It was costing more to fill my car with petrol (that's 'gas' for my American readers). But I sort of dismissed it as the cost of petrol gradually creeping up—which is has been.

Then the other day I took notice and I was stunned to work out that premium unleaded petrol (PULP), which is 95 RON in Australia, was now 17 cents per litre more expensive than normal unleaded petrol (91 RON).

Holy Snapping Duckshit! 17 cents dearer for PULP—with your average 50 litre fill up that adds $8.50 to your gas bill on each fill. Based on the average of 1.5 fills per week that comes up to around $650 per year extra.

Long time readers may just remember that I did a post some time ago when I notices that PULP had gone up from 10 cents to being 12 cents more expensive than ULP. You can find that post here. That was July 2012.

And before that I had done a post about the difference going from 6 to 8 to 10 cents. That post is here.

So the additional cost per litre that we pay for 95 RON PULP has gone from 6 cents to 17 cents in the space of about six years. Almost tripled.

Anyone want to have a bet on what the difference will be by Xmas? I will be surprised if it is not very close to 20 cents. A nice even $10.00 extra per average fill.

Lately the Australian government has been considering the idea of cutting out 91 RON ULP because apparently it's 'dirty'. Well, dirtier than PULP anyway. It seems that cutting out ULP would be so good for the environment; and maybe it would too. I have no idea how much dirtier 91 RON than 95 RON when burnt in a car's engine.

But my thinking here is the that gasoline companies want to get that difference up as high as possible before that happens so they can make a very nice little premium from their premium petrol.

HSD: Is Gerry Gibbs gone?

Long time readers of my shambolic scribbling might remember my "HSD" postings from the 'old Blog' period. HSD is my abbreviation for Holy Snapping Duck-shit which, in turn, is sort of my version of OMG. A long-time friend of mine has been known, on occasion, to utter the phrase "Oh! My giddy aunt" but the abbreviation OMGA doesn't really work that well, and it should really be "O!MGA".

Anyway, back on topic.

Has Gerry Gibbs photographic store and business really gone the way of screw mount lenses?

I recently tried to go to Gerry's online wholesale Web site and this came up . . .

So, as one does these days, I Googled 'Gerry Gibbs Camera House'. Then you get this in the side bar of the Google results.

Note the bit that says "Permanently closed".

It was only about four weeks ago that I was down at Gerry Gibbs and bought a Peak Design camera strap for my Sony a6000; so to find out now that they have folded comes as a bit of surprise.

Over the years since I came to Perth I have spent a lot of money with Gerry Gibbs on camera upgrades, flash units, lenses, camera bags (one just can never find the 'perfect' camera bag), tri-pods, film and processing, and various other accessories.

I have not heard or read why Gerry Gibbs Camera House folded but I bet I can make a very close guess at it—the Internet. Poor old GG's Camera House would have to be competing against all the on-line 'shops' that have sprung up for camera and accessory sales. On top of that there are hundreds of on-line 'shops' doing printing (paper, canvas, metal, and glass), which would have stomped on the other income stream of GG's.

Well Murray, thanks for all the service GG's provided me in past and I for one am a little sad to see you leave the market.