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The Carols by the Bay organised by Dennis Walter was a great success this year - last year it was cancelled because of rain. They reckon there were about 10,000 people down at Eastern Beach. Notes from the Addie:
Giles Parkinson, editor RenewEconomy
There is considerable concern in Paris – and elsewhere – about whether the deal negotiated at the UN climate change conference will be strong enough to drive the global decarbonisation effort that everyone recognises is needed.
Tony Seba, a leading academic from Stanford University, says it doesn’t matter.
He says the plunging costs of technology will sweep away political inertia and the resistance of vested interests. So much so that by 2030, he believes coal, oil and gas generation and usage will be all but obsolete.
Seba’s claims are not new. We reported on them last year, and more recently when he talked about God Parity and the decline of centralised generation, but 18 months after completing his book, Clean Disruption, Seba is now more convinced than ever that he is right.
‘It’s happening,’ he told RenewEconomy on the sidelines of the Paris climate talks.
‘When you look at the industry from a technology cost curve and the adoption of the market of technologies such as solar and electric vehicles, and energy storage, and the astonishing progress in self driving cars, it’s actually happening more quickly than I predicted.’
Seba’s predictions are based around....
A hardworking team under the leadership of Maureen Williams ran a very successful fundraising stall in Leura Mall on Saturday, $1,679.20 was raised plus the raffle raised more than $5000. The raffle winners are: Leah Godfrey, Susan Stubenrauch and Eileen Norrish (Sorry guys, no luck this time). Maureen and BMRSG are truly grateful to every
A surprise arrival into Gladstone Airport late on Wednesday 2 December was Gippsaero GA8 Airvan VH-ACZ.
It arrived from Cairns and Mareeba.
The run of Virgin Australia jets visiting Gladstone Airport
still continues, and on Sunday 6 November, Col
captured some great photos as the larger Boeing B737-800 VH-YFV
touched down on a scheduled service from and back to Brisbane as
One morning a little while ago, I awoke with an excruciating pain in my chest. It was not physical, it was not even emotional, but it felt as if some energy was crushing me. I felt rather desperate, so desperate that I even considered calling someone like a friend for help (which would be very unusual for me). Instead I meditated for a while and felt a little better. But I needed to feel a lot better in order to feel normal again, so I began thinking about what I could do for myself, what I could get for myself, what I could put into myself, that would make me feel okay again.
After a short time I felt thoroughly disgusted by how self-focused I was, how self-possessed I was, trying to constantly take things into myself in order to feel better. From God to chocolate, I realized at that moment that I didn’t need to take things into myself, but rather, needed to give things away from myself. Since I do a lot of volunteer work already, I naturally thought maybe I should call in and do some more volunteer work’, and although that’s a great thing to do, I needed something more immediate and direct and spontaneous. And I needed it now, or at least, today.
The only thing I could think of, oddly enough, was that since I had become financially stable lately after inheriting a small bit of money, maybe I should find some way to give money away. I first thought that perhaps I should transfer a bit of money into all my friends banks accounts, but then I realized how convoluted that would be, trying to acquire their banking details in order to make it work.
Then I thought to myself that since I just happened to have an unusually large number of $5 bills in my wallet, why don’t I go down to a busy street corner in town and try giving them away. This seemed like a very immediate and direct action to take release myself but posed its own challenges. The first one was decided for myself whether I was beginning to lose my mind! Checking carefully I...
Immerse yourself in the magic of a traditional Christmas market with a distinctly Brisbane twist as the cobbled streets of Stanley Street Plaza transform for 13 days. Twinkling lights, festive decorations and the scent of real Christmas trees fill the Plaza, while visitors can enjoy delicious festive fare from ready-to-eat food stalls at the market’s […]
While the motorcycle community is celebrating the reform that allows international-standard helmets to be sold in Australia, issues such as visors and action cameras still need to be resolved.
Australian Motorcycle Council Helmets Committee Chair Guy Stanford says there are many people to thank for the bureaucratic change, but says they will also have to keep working for more reform.
“More is required to finish the task with a new, uniform National Road Rule 270 to replace the disparate variations with many unbelievable stupidities, impossibilities and allowance of whimsical enforcement,” he says referring to police in NSW and Victoria who have fined riders for wearing action cameras and dark visors.
“This requires that all road authorities, as agreed by the TIC, engage the agreed full COAG principles of Better Regulation and conduct a transparent, contestable Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) with wide community consultation.”
Sounds like gobbledigook, but it means that regulations and road rules have to be standardised and specifically stipulate requirements such as action cameras and visors, so riders are not confused.
“We expect that riders will continue to be subjected to confusing and misleading announcements and gossip,” Guy predicts.
Changes to the Consumer Protection Notice by th...
NEWSTEAD COMMUNITY GARDEN 21st November 2015
Meeting commenced at 5pm
Present: Mary Park, Karly Smith, Andrew Skeoch (Chair), Dave Stratton, Ros Hart, Saide Gray, Gary Gibson, Geoff Park, Genevieve Barlow.
Apologies: Janet Barker, Don Culvenor, Sarah Koschak, Kylie Richardson.
Guests: Monique Kerr, Lachie Park
Our guest speakers Monique and Lachie gave terrific presentations on their experiences growing up in Newstead, their travels and adventures since leaving school and some observations on the benefits and challenges of growing up in a small village regional setting.
Andrew thanked them on behalf of N2021 and gave them a small gift.
President Report provided by Andrew Skeoch. Andrew reminded the meeting of the N2021 Statement of Purpose.
Treasurers Report and Financial statements – provided by Kylie Richardson (presented by Mary Park) – attached.
Community Garden – Mary Park (report attached)
Newstead Railway Arts Hub – Andrew Skeoch
Renewable Newstead – Geoff Park (report attached)
Community Planning – Genevieve Barlow
Skate Park – No report. Andrew Skeoch advised that things are progressing.
Election of Office-bearers
Andrew vacated the Chair. Lachie Park chaired election of committee.
All positions were declared vacant and nominations were called.
President – Andrew Skeoch nominated by Saide Gray, seconded Genevieve Barlow. Elected.
Treasurer – Kylie Richardson nominated by Geoff Park, seconded by Andrew Skeoch. Elected.
Secretary – Saide Gray nominated by Geoff Park, seconded by Gary Gibson. Elected.
The following ordinary Committee were elected: Genevieve Barlow, Mary Park, David Stratton, Gary Gibson, Ros Hart, Geoff Park and Don Culvenor.
The meeting closed at 7..........
Roger Good was a well known, deeply dedicated alpine ecologist. He passed away in October. He was a member of the Carruthers Group – a group of eminent alpine ecologists and scientists – which was active around the issue of alpine grazing.
The following was written by Graeme L. Worboys, Andy Spate, Adrienne Nicotra, Graeme Enders, Jennie Whinam and Stuart Johnston, and appeared in edition 52 of the News from the Alps newsletter.
Sadly, on October 12th, 2015, one of Australia’s eminent alpine ecologists and naturalists,
Roger Good lost a battle with cancer. Roger loved nature and his contributions to national and international conservation efforts during his professional career contributed significantly to a better Australia and a better planet. Roger’s early professional career began in the 1960s with the NSW Soil Conservation Service where he helped manage the restoration of severely eroding catchments in the then Kosciuszko State Park.
In the 1970s Roger commenced work with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and his professional contributions included early computer modelling work of fire in natural mountain environments; contributions to the establishment of the Victorian Alpine National Park; changes to the governance of fire management in Kosciuszko National Park (from the Hume Sn...
A long days journey into night finds me stranded once more. Far from home, far from civilisation, far from certain of my place amongst this motley crew of cowboys, tomboys (Carol), ferals and hippies.
The camp is primitive to say the least, but they have managed to construct a dwelling of sorts, utilising the surrounding timbers and some corrugated iron. Although lacking walls it does boast a loft with a rather novel corrugated iron floor covered in cow hides where the gang bed down for the night. l am left to share the ground with a plethora of creatures of the night including scorpions the size of tarantulas (l kid you not), and tarantulas the size of dinner plates (only kidding). l sleep like a log, a log that is temporary lodgings for said uninvited guests.
I wake to the sweet, sweet sounds of the wild. Maybe, just maybe, l have arrived at the destination of my destiny. My hosts, however, don’t seem to be grooving on the ambience. They are shifty and taciturn, tense and edgy, and guarded. The leader of this little gang struts about in Cuban heels muttering to himself, and he wears a pistol on his belt, a la The Lone Ranger, which l find a little unsettling. When I innocently enquire what in the fuck they are all doing out here squatting in the middle of nowhere, twelve hours from the nearest town, l am given some lame story about experiments with seeding pearls in fresh-water muscles and farming blubber-mouthed-sooty-grunters. This is not an entirely unheard of idea, though somehow these people don’t strike me as scientists; but l do not quibble. To tell you the truth, l don’t want to know the truth. The truth hurts. Every morning they head off to some unknown destination, leaving me and Carol behind. Carol being the only woman, though a very manly woman, she is naturally assigned the job of cook. They may be a bunch of ferals but certain aspects of civilisation must be maintained, lest we all des...
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From their forthcoming monster concept album The
Thought process while listening: “Hmm, reminds me of Rush. Nope, reminds me of the most recent DT albums. The music just lacks… balls? Looks like all the balls are on screen though.” *laugh to self for a sec* “No but seriously, it feels like it’s missing something, and that’s how I’ve felt for the past three albums.”
Anyway, I didn’t hate it. Maybe there’s hope yet that I’ll move past James LaBrie’s ‘new’ vocal style. Maybe there’ll be some more substantial stuff on the rest of the album.
And loving this trailer for The Nice Guys, starring Russ and Ryan. Shane Black, the director, is credited with Iron Man 3, but the crucial reference here is Lethal Weapon, his first screenplay and proof that he can write a seminal buddy movie.
It's awesome how Russell Crowe has let out his belt and his innner bogan for this character.
Animal totem meanings the magic of Kangaroo, share in the wisdom and spiritual presence of the Australian animal spirit guide Kangaroo. by psychic medium Ian Scott.
To see this species, the White-throated Nightjar Eurostopodus mystacalis, is very unusual in the Newstead area. To be able to photograph one is a rare and memorable event. Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate to make a number of observations of this stunning spring migrant. It’s cryptic behaviour and camouflaged appearance make it an extremely difficult bird to find. I suspect some locals may have heard its eerie call, described by Pizzey as ‘rising deep ‘kooks’ accelerating into a weird staccato laugh’ – I’d be very interested to hear from you if you think you may have seen or heard a White-throated Nightjar.
Reference: The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight, 9th edition (ed. Sarah Pizzey), 2012. Harper Collins Publishers.
Carmel Bird, Fair game: A Tasmanian memoir (Review) DECEMBER 6, 2015 As I started reading this next fl smalls offering, an essay this time, I was reminded of one of my favourite Australian writers, Elizabeth von Arnim. Von Arnim was a novelist, but she also wrote several pieces of non-fiction, including her delightful non-autobiography, All the dogs of my life. The similarity stems from the fact that both writers play games with the reader regarding their intentions or subject matter – “This not being autobiography, I needn’t go much into what happened next”, writes von Arnim at various points – but this similarity fades pretty quickly because Bird’s piece, despite its similarly light, disarmingly conversational tone, has a dark underbelly. I thought, given its subtitle, that Fair game was going to be a memoir of Bird’s growing up in Tasmania. But I had jumped too quickly to conclusions. The subtitle “a Tasmanian memoir” means exactly what it says, that is, it’s a memoir of Tasmania. Her interest is Tasmania’s dark history – “the lives of convict slaves, and the genocide of the indigenous peoples”. The title Fair game, you are probably beginning to realise, has a deeply ironic meaning. However, getting back to my introduction, Bird does start by leading us on a merry little dance. Her essay commences slyly with a discussion of epigraphs – hers being taken from one of her own books – and the cover illustration. She doesn’t, though, identify the illustration at this point, but simply describes it as “an image of a flock of Georgian women dressed as butterflies, sailing in a glittering cloud high above the ocean”. She then takes us on all sorts of little digressions – about birds, and gardens, and collectors, about her childhood and such – but she constantly pulls up short, returning us to “the story”, or “rural Tasmania”, suggesting that the digressions are “not relevant to this story”. Except they are of course, albeit sometimes tangential, or just subtle, rather....
1 bird seen from the footbridge over Enoggera Ck between Somme and Davidson Streets Ashgrove 0830.
Single hepatic Oriental Cuckoo observed in the late afternoon along the short track leading to the lookout over the river north of the quarry.
gone fishing….see you in January dear readers. xxx (there is still lurking to be had on instagram and facebook however.)Filed under: Rambles, Waffles and Digressions Tagged: gone fishing
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With food, clothing, art and music, there needn't be any appeal to authenticity. My Taipei meal might have been local cuisine, but what mattered to me was the taste, texture or colour; the experience itself, and its various pleasures. Locals do develop their own distinctive cultures – yet they also refine and revise these, often in response to exotic influences.
Stasis is a poor recompense for supposed genuineness. I drank an excellent espresso in Taipei's Xinyi district, at a cafe with the surprising name of Woolloomooloo. This was neither Italy nor Sydney, but it combined culinary and architectural traditions from each. In this, it was neither authentic nor inauthentic – these categories were irrelevant.
Authenticity can also be a poor guide to aesthetics. A world-class replica of a Matisse is no longer the unique first thing, but it offers the same pleasures of colour and line. This...
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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Beachmere Blog: The LISTING, description & celebration of some culinary & EXOTIC plants recently discovered while RESIDENT in Terra Australis Icognita during anno Domini 2015 [complete with a hall of fame section for past comestibles] according to A GARDENER who is a local yokel. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"
Last Friday, while walking 3 dogs, I tripped, fell heavily and broke my left wrist. Now I’m facing 6 weeks without being able to swim, drive or play the piano.
It’s amazing the number of dog-walking mishap/ falling down/ breaking limb/ stories I heard during my 24 hours in hospital.
One of my nurses broke her ankle after slipping on some perfectly ordinary leaves. My anaesthetist told me how he was riding his bike with his dog running obediently alongside when all of a sudden the dog dashed in front of him. He went straight over the handle-bars, but fortunately wasn’t hurt. The culprit? A pedestrian walking towards them carrying a packet of sausages. This story was made all the more vivid because the anaesthetist was sticking needles into me at the same time as he was telling it.
I’ve just tried playing a few bars of a favourite piece on the piano with my right hand only. I can see I’m going to have to do a lot of experimenting/improvising over the next few weeks.
Soon after I started blogging, I wrote a post about the importance of music to my father when he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and about playing the piano at different writers’ residencies around the world.
Thinking about this, I was reminded of the poet Tomas Tranströmer and how he taught himself to play the piano left-handed after suffering a stroke.
‘Tranströmer began playing piano as a child and it became for him in his life a passion matched only by his career as a poet. Musical references and composers often appear in his poems. In 1990, he suffered a stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body and affected his speech.
A life-threatening list of recommended events happening in Sydney and surrounds this week.
SATURDAY 5th DEC
– Rise Against
(US), Clowns, Outright – Hordern Pavillion
– Fairgrounds Festival: C.W. Stoneking, Father John Misty (US), Jessica Pratt (US), Mercury Rev (US), Ratatat (US), Royal Headache, Unknown Mortal Orchestra (NZ), Ben Abraham, Le Pie, Meg Mac, Shining Bird, Methyl Ethel – Berry
– Thurston Moore Band (US), Gold Class – Metro
– The Plot: Andy Garvey, Art Vs Science, Asta, Basenji, Boo Seeka, B Wise, Crooked Colours, E^st, Friend Within (UK), Future Love Hangover, The Griswolds, Jawz, L-fresh The Lion, Luen, Luke Million, Matoma (NOR), The Meeting Tree, Ngaiire, Paces, Safia – Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Spit Syndicate, Stoney Roads DJs, Tkay Maidza, Tuka, Urthboy, UV Boi, Young Franco – Parramatta Park – 2 til 11PM
– Six60 (NZ) – Enmore Theatre
– Slum Sociable – Newtown Social Club
– Mick Turner Trio, Ela Stiles, Wild Cat Falling – Union Hotel – FREE
– Big White – Brighton Up ̵...
There are plenty of newly-fledged young birds around at present, and it’s a precarious existence for them out there, with all sorts of predators around – butcherbirds, currawongs, snakes, etc. Young birds still dependent on adults for feeding tread a fine line between ensuring they remain hidden, letting the parents know where they are and […]
Meanwhile, back at Natureworks, they’ve been finishing a giant Santa and shipping more big koalas. When they’re bubble wrapped they look like a Christo work in progress. I like the inside-outside casting shells that hang in the sheds. On the project, there is now a new perfectly smooth starfish to work on, a dream-like turtle and a rather beautiful stingray. Life is always interesting in my surreal workplace, and the pressure is on to move these big things to their locations....
As well as all the Virgin Australia jets calling into Gladstone
Airport, a smart little corporate bizjet was also spotted visiting
in the industrial city on Tuesday 1 December in
the form of Sundown Pastoral's smart little Hawker Beechcraft
Hawker 900XP VH-EVF.
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