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Now that it appears former Howard Government minister and Nationals MP Larry Anthony may be contemplating a return to politics perhaps it is also time to recall a little of his history.......
Colouring mandala art therapy to enhance ones psychic abilities and to stimulate the third eye. Colour your own mandala give it that personal touch. by psychic medium Ian Scott
Noted calling into the Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport on
Sunday 17 January was Jetstream Aviation
(Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF.
We are very concerned that Mareeba Shire Council will meet next Wednesday and are set to adopt the new Mareeba Shire Council Plan which replaces the 2012 Tablelands Regional Council Plan. Many protections in the former plan will be scrapped. We ask that this Council postpone finalization of the MSC Draft Plan until a new Kuranda Regional […]
Mid-way through 2014 I posted some photos taken from my front
yard of some high flying aircraft overflying Clermont while heading
North to cities in Far North Queensland and in Asia - LINK HERE.
The bird was sitting in our front yard. Appeared to be fine and flew away. (Moderator notes: Species significantly south of distribution limit at Rockhampton)
I've spent the weekend at Emerald for cricket commitments and
managed to enjoy a bit of plane spotting at Emerald Airport on
Friday 15 January. One of the more
interesting visitors that I managed to capture was Australia
Skydive (Skydive the Beach Group) Cessna 208B Caravan VH-DVS.
‘Mon tuning up - The Shambelles at the Lomond #177’
Something from 2013
Musician, Will Henderson and Curator, Judith Blackall are my guests today. Will Henderson, a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, is currently touring Australia with The ZAP Show – a unique, wild and fun laden show full of puppetry, physical theatre, dance and comedy.
The Zap Show originated in Berlin when two Australians and one Greek (Will, Gabrielle and Petros) combined ideological forces. ZAP constantly performs across Europe, wowing audiences with their phenomenal music and their passionate performances.
ZAP launch their EP at The Basement on 6TH February 2016.
More info: www.thezapshow.com
Judith Blackall is the National Art School’s Curator and Gallery Manager. Their latest exhibition Luminous World brings together a selection of contemporary paintings, objects and photographs from the Wesfarmers Collection in a conversation about light.
The exhibition includes works by 50 leading Australian and New Zealand artists, including Brook Andrew, Paddy Bedford, Brian Blanchflower, Timothy Cook, Dale Frank, Rosalie Gascoigne, Bill Henson, Susan Norrie,...
First flower ever grown in space bloomed today!
Our weekend was chockers with fabulous art. On Saturday we visited the Carriageworks for El-Anatsui exhibition with not only his breathtaking tapestries made from discarded wine bottle caps and wire, but also some older works: ceramics, wood carvings, drawings. Then into town to one part of the Destination Sydney exhibitions – Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith and Cressida Campbell at the S H Erwin. Today we went in late morning to the MCA for the incredibly busy work of Grayson Perry, and then an excellent exhibition of work from Tiwi people. And there were Lloyd Rees’s extraordinary landscape drawings from the 1930s at the Sydney Museum on the way home.
But the biggest thrill happened i the street. I’ve passed Jenny Holzer’s I Stay many times but never stopped to look at it. It consists of text rolling up a couple of slanting pillars outside an office block in the CBD. It turns out that the text is excerpts from a large number of Aboriginal source – historical documents, poems, essays, etc. Only a few words are visible at any one time and the sources aren’t identified (unless, as a plaque explains you go to Jenny Holzer’s website http://www.istaybyjennyholzer.com/). The big revelation today was that if you stand and read the text for a couple of minutes, not only do you absorb the content of the fragment that happens to be playing at that timer (in our case it was some thing about the colour of water), but when you look away, the rest of the world looks shaky and insubstantial – the buildings around you seem to waver like mirages. The word that comes to mind is unsettling.
Fire in the Henge
– Where two hapless hengemakers face the full force of the law
This story involves little drama but much melodrama.
Either a great calamity is averted due to scrupulous adhesion to the letter of the law, or a great deal of time effort and water is wasted due to a failure to apply just a modicum of good old fashioned common sense.
You be the judge.
The story begins right here in Sleepy Hollow, just across the road from our brand spanking new fire station. It is mid-March 2015. The Fringe Festival is taking shape. My contribution is a henge of fridges.
After much wrangling and cajoling and begging and pleading l finally wrestle 40 fridges from the clutches of the Lords of the Landfill, who are reluctant to part with them for reasons l cannot not fathom.
Studious students from all the local schools except South School have gone to great effort to adorn the fridges with pictures of food and filled the shelves with mock food; good food, bad food and absolutely rotten food.
Before we have even begun to arrange them, all hell brakes loose, a hue and cry from all corners of the shire.
The council, who see their primary role as keeping us all safe from harm, is flooded with distress calls laden with angst and anguish concerning the danger of the little kiddies becoming trapped inside the fridges and slowly being asphyxiated. Many old people still alive today vividly remember such horror stories from their youth, indelibly etched in their consciousnesses.
I try to reassure the agitated officer not to fret, modern fridges do not have latches or catches, any child can open them with ease. But he is not to be reassured. The fridges must be lain down lest a someone climb inside, rock the fridge till it falls on its door...
News Updates from CLG
16 January 2016
Breaking:Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal; Sanctions Are Lifted | 16 Jan 2016 | International inspectors confirmed Saturday that Iran had dismantled large sections of its nuclear program, as agreed in a historic accord last summer, paving the way for the lifting of oil and financial sanctions by the United States and other world powers. The announcement came just hours after Iran said it had released four Americans, including The Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, as part of a prisoner swap with the United States…In a statement, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said that "agency inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures required under the JCPOA, to enable implementation day to occur," using the acronym for the accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Republicans now see a Trump-Cruz race, with time for a shift running out | 16 Jan 2016 | As the presidential primary moves into a more urgent and combative phase, there is growing acceptance among Republicans, including the Washington and financial elite, that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the two candidates most likely to become the party’s nominee. Their commanding performances at the sixth debate – along with their continued dominance in national and early state polls – has solidified the conclusion of many Republicans that the campaign is becomi...
Riders are still having a lot of difficulty buying international standard UNECE 22.05 helmets in Australia despite them being allowed in three states and both territories.
In December, NSW joined Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and Northern Territory in approving the use of the UNECE 22.05 motorcycle helmets and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission changed the rules to allow their retail sale.
Tasmania will follow by the end of February, then Western Australia, says longtime helmet campaigner Wayne Carruthers.
However South Australia seems to be out of step with their road regulations still saying it is illegal to sell UNECE helmets in direct conflict with the new ACCC ruling.
Even though Queensland was the first to allow the UNECE helmets about a year ago, we could not find any available in local motorcycle stores, except the discount warehouses. The same is apparently true around the country.
To enable me to grow citrus in a cold climate I have a selection in pots so I can move them into warms spots throughout the year. Now most Citrus can be attached by soft brown scale (coccus hesperidum) but it is particularly prevalent on potted specimens.
Brown scale is a sap sucking insect and will literally sap the
life out of your plants, but the biggest issue is the proliferation
of “sooty mould”, a fungus that lives of the honey dew (excreta) of
the scale and covers the plant in an ugly black substance that
prevents it from getting light and photosynthesising. If not
controlled, scale can potentially kill your plants.
I have had quite an outbreak of scale on my potted citrus this summer. It is not surprising given that they thrive in hot dry conditions.
But why do trees succumb to scale attack. Generally speaking small infestation are occurring all the time and the plants own defence mechanisms and naturally occurring beneficial insects keep things under control and we never notice them.
However, if your plants become stressed and the environment is right for scale to flourish then it is likely that you will get an infestation.
Plants become stressed when they are trying to grow in less than optimal conditions- not the right amount of water, nutrients and light levels and perhaps trying to grow them in a climate that is not ideal- too hot, too cold, too dry, too humid etc
The secret to pest control is keeping your plants strong and healthy by providing them with optimal growing conditions. This is especially important in hot weather where it is necessary to keep the water up to them.
I also like to keep my...
A friend tagged me on Facebook in a nature photo a day challenge, so I thought I'd share those photos here.
Today's pic is of a grey-headed robin sunbathing in the garden. Endemic to north-east Queensland, grey-headed robins are common and conspicuous residents of upland rainforests.
Many of us would have read that shocking article Self-harm epidemic in the SMH Saturday 16 January 2016. Pamela Curr, Refugee and Detention Rights Advocate with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre writes the following to help us understand what life is like inside an Australian detention centre. Behind the report, take a look at daily
In May, 2015, Nazanin, a 23 year-old Iranian asylum seeker was raped on Nauru.
It took three months and a medical emergency for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to finally medivac her from Nauru to Australia in August 2015.
At the time, the Department said that Nazanin’s mother and brother would also be brought to Australia to provide critical family support. But the Department reneged on that promise.
For six months, the Department has ignored advice from its own medical service provider, IHMS, on Nauru and the advice of Nazanin’s treating doctors and psychiatrists in Australia that she be re-united with her mother and brother. Requests for the transfer of her mother and brother were over-ridden ‘by Border Force in Canberra’.
Last Thursday, 14 January, with 30 minutes notice, Nazanin’s brother and mother were told they were being sent to Australia.
Thankfully, the separation of Nazanin from her family, enforced by the Department, has finally ended, but it has taken a terrible toll on Nazanin and her family.
But the belated transfer of the family to Australia raises the wider question of the contempt exhibited by the Minister and the Immigration Department, the Nauru government and the Nauruan police for the victims of sexual assault on Nauru.
There were at least two other victims of sexual assault brought to Australia from Nauru on that flight last Thursday. But other victims have been left suffering on Nauru.
“The transfer of more victims of sexual assault from Nauru is a tacit admission that Nauru is unsafe. But the begrudging response reveals the official policy to cover-up the scale of the abuse on Nauru,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“As a matter of urgency, all the victims of rape and sexual assault on Nauru should be immediately brought to Australia; some victims have been unable to leave their accommodation for months for fear of more har...
That was big……… but this is bigger.
Whilst I admit to not hearing it for some time, the MSM has been spreading its usual nonsense in the form of “the fundamentals” [of the economy] are spot on, there’s nothing to worry about. Which I’ve been calling for years as crap, and now there’s a chart that explains everything regarding why I feel this way.
(Richard Koo: The ‘struggle between markets and central banks has only just begun’, Business Insider)
Why is the economy barely growing after seven years of zero rates and easy money? Why are wages and incomes sagging when stock and bond prices have gone through the roof? Why are stocks experiencing such extreme volatility when the Fed increased rates by a mere quarter of a percent?
It’s the policy, stupid. And here’s the chart that explains exactly what the policy is.
What this chart clearly shows is that the monumental increase in money printing had almost zero effect on lending, nor did it trigger the credit expansion the Fed were hoping for…… In other words, the Fed’s insane pump-priming of the economy experiment (aka– QE) both failed to stimulate growth and put the economy back on the so called ‘path to recovery’ we’ve been told was on, but everyone else has been...
Hello. My name is Brydie. For all professional creative goodness endeavours I am Brydie Piaf. For six years I’ve blogged in the very comfortable space of cityhippyfarmgirl.com In the last couple of years I’ve written in the pages of Earth … Continue reading
Toby Price is “in shock” after creating Dakar Rally history as the first Australian to win the 37-year event, stretching his lead in the final stage for a convincing victory.
I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to think. I’m in shock, I never would’ve thought I could win this race in my second participation. This is incredible for my family, my friends and my fans back in Australia! Winning in my second participation is awesome, but being the first Australian to win the Dakar is just insane. I would’ve never imagined this two years ago. Finishing the rally is already a triumph. Winning it is amazing! I tackled the race in true Aussie style. I attacked when I had to, when the time was right, and I kept an eye on my bike during the all-important marathon stages. I also navigated rather well. I hope this is just the start, to win again. It won’t be easy, so I’ve got to savour this victory.”
Send your congratulations to Toby on his official Facebook page.
After two weeks, 12 stages (one was cancelled), 9000km and five stage wins, the KTM factory rider from NSW finished the event 39:41 minutes in front of fellow KTM rider Stefan Svitko of Portugal.
It was the 15th consecutive win for the Austrian factory....
In Monday's Crikey subscriber email,
Ben Oquist of The Australia Institute (paywalled) took issue
with some comments I made about TAI's recent polling in a piece
And Penalty Rates. While I could have just added my reply
as an update to the original article, some of Oquist's comments are
too cheeky by half - in a way that typifies the general rottenness
of commissioned-poll-spruiking in Australia - and I think that
dealing with these issues deserves a fresh article. Peter Brent
has also replied and my reply is quite similar.
Oquist's comments concern objections I raised about the use of forced-answer methods in an issue poll conducted by robopolling rather than allowing a don't-know option. That said, of the two statements he says that I "confidently state", one (“a ‘don’t know’ option would certainly have changed the numbers considerably’’.) was in fact stated by Brent!
It is true that my initial response (on Twitter) that most voters who went for the "stay the same" option would actually have no opinion was overconfident and probably incorrect, but I'd already said that in my article which Oquist links to, so here Oquist is flogging a horse that has already run away, which must be convenient for him. Oh, except that anyone with enough attention span to read my article that he links to will see that this is so! The problem remains that some substantial number of respondents would have had no actual view, and that these were forced to give an answer (or hang up) and then claimed (by TAI) as supporters of the existing system. I add that when questions like this have an available "meh!" option ("stay the same...
Welcome to 2016. Unfortunately, some of our fellow travellers from 2015 will not be with us this year. No death is easy for those left behind and many are taken too early. In a series of articles for Tasmanian Times I will endeavour to highlight what I perceive to be preventable trauma on our roads through excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, irresponsible behaviours or sheer negligence. I will further detail the inaction by our local and state politicians and relevant authorities to achieve simple legislative and administrative changes to improve road safety. • Andrew in Comments: Thanks for a very topical article Mark. I spend a lot of my time on Tasmanian roads and would like to offer the following observations and suggestions for improving road safety ...
… At a time when the Tasmanian Government are ripping heritage-listed buildings out of the State Heritage list, it is a particularly tough environment in which to raise the need for a heritage vision for Ross. It is much easier to step back and let the town be murdered, cut by vicious cut and demolition hammer blows. What if the town store closes and petrol can no longer be bought there? … • Elizabeth Farrelly, SMH: Taking out the trash is a job half done for Malcolm Turnbull
‘Story of my life…’
Something from 2013
There’s a couple of people I know who are planning to spend between one or two weeks in Stockholm next year, during the months of April and May.
Based on my own experiences of being in Stockholm during that time of the year (and other times of the year), here are a few handy tips I’ve prepared for them, which you might find useful also.
Where to stay in Stockholm: Where you choose to stay depends on a whole range of things: do you like city-life, do you like the countryside, how much you’re prepared to pay etc. My biggest best advice would be to stay near a public transport stop, especially near the subway/metro system, the Tunnelbana. You can buy affordable transport tickets that give you unlimited travel for 7 days, a fortnight or a month. When you don’t have to worry about how you get around, you spend a lot less time worrying about the dailies. And besides, trains and subways go exactly where they’re supposed to. My other piece of advice would be to make sure where you’re staying has a washing machine in your apartment. There are so many awful stories of conflict over “the washing room” in older Swedish apartment blocks, so if you’re using AirBnB, just double check the washing machine is actually in your apartment.
Personally, I really like the southern island, Södermalm. Traditionally a working class suburb, it’s now become quite fashionable. There are two things I really like about Södermalm: first, it’s a cool, funky, and interesting place to walk around; second, it’s close to the city, so you can actually walk to lots of great tourist places. You also look back over the water to the Old Town, Gamla Stan which is fantastic.
What Clothes To Wear: Earlier today when I was chatting with my friend and colleague who’ll be in Stockholm in mid to late April, she asked what clothes she should wear. She doesn’t want to pa...
‘Vondelpark: Reflections #670’
Something from 2013
‘Coming home (in black and white) #191′
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