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An interesting visitor to Hamilton Island Airport as the sun was
setting on Monday 17 December with Kefford
Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream IV-SP N7DK noted touching down
from Melbourne (Essendon) via the Gold Coast.
Ron GaleGaze of a Child
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About 20 people gathered at Walmer last Monday for the FOBIF end of the year BBQ. It was perfect weather for a relaxed and enjoyable end of the year celebration.
The FOBIF committee wishes all friends of our forests a happy Christmas and a great new year. Our 2018 walks program will soon be available. Well see you in the bush in the new year!
|Red Goshawk on Cape York (Image by John Young)|
|Queensland Environment Department & Rio Tinto personnel with captured juvenile Red Goshawk|
This weekend (22-23 December) is the last one for the Nature Photography in the Goldfields exhibition by Patrick Kavanagh, Geoff Park and Bronwyn Silver at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub. The Hub will be open from 10am 4pm.
Hailing from Amarillo TX but now Nashville-based, Jacob McCoy excels at cutting to the emotional core of his songs with concise lyrical elements, lilting guitar phrasing, heavenly pedal steel and piano, and a voice that balances grit and sweetness. Rear View Mirror comes from his 2018 LP Questions.
Im going to quit, just not today. Great sounds from Mr Samuel Herb, a 25 year old singer/songwriter who originally hails from Jacksonville, FL. Someone Elses Dream fuses a swingin honky tonk with soul vamps and a killer New Orleans trumpet sound to wonderful effect. We look forward to hearing where Herb goes next with
I am delighted to publish this guest post by Colin Dwyer of DS Economics on the Townsville economys improving prospects. The views expressed are Colins and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT
In this essay Founder of Our Fair Share Colin Dwyer identifies over 20 private and public sector Townsville projects, (some potential, many confirmed) worth over $9 billion that are helping Townsville forge a new reputation and a stronger more diversified economic future.
Townsville is Northern Australias largest city, has 300 days of sunshine each year, and has a reputation as a diversified economy. The North Queensland city once enjoyed 8% GRP growth and 3.5% population increases. The economy is bolstered by the largest regional hospital in Queensland, the largest Army Barracks in Australia and is a major higher education, base metals exporter and transport hub. But in 2016-17, Townsville experienced a deep depression with significant declines in asset values, significant jobs and skills losses and suffered another year of negative net migration. A contributing factor to the length of Townsvilles downturn was minimal public and private investment.
Something has changed in Townsville. Asset prices have stabilised, jobs are being created, there are cranes on the horizon once again and, while the city is not firing on all economic cylinders, in 2019 a NEW Townsville is likely to build on this opportunity and create a new economic reputation. Over 20 major projects are current, starting or planned for Townsville in 2019. Their total cost is similar to Townsvilles current GRP, something that should be envied by other cities.
Although some sectors in Townsville are struggling, 2018 seems to be the start of economic recovery. Theres more potential in Townsville with multiple major projects costing over $9 billion, more jobs and improving economic activity in 2019 and beyond. This is significant for a city with just over $10 billion in GRP. Some of the projects are large with meaningful enduring operational job outcomes. Sun Metals recently confirmed its expansion plans with a 350 jobs construction workforce requirement, and more than 150 above average income earning operational staff needed on completion. In 2019 the federal government will drive the three year $512 million Haughton flood plains Bruce highway upgrade just south of Townsville and Adani will start on its $2 billion Carmichael Coal mine. The $2 billion Singapore defence project recently announced it had acquired enough land to proceed to the next phase of the project. In 2020 Townsville will open its new stadium, in time for the NRL season. These diverse projects will create significant enduring jobs.
Several other organisations have similar reports including QMBA and Townsvil...
The Australian Rugby League Commission, which controls and administrator the game, has announced a trial of new rules for junior players in a bid to stem the tide of kids leaving the sport. The shake-up is being described as the most radical in the sports 110-year history, as the embattled code tries to rebuild its
Abusive partners in LGBTIQ relationships often claim violent or disrespectful behaviour is normal. It is not. A healthy relationship is a healthy relationship regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or hair colour. Unfortunately, sometimes previously healthy relationships deteriorate, and domestic and family violence enters the picture. QNews Magazine asked Krissi and Louise (pictured) ...
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By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey The Queensland Police officer who was found to have unlawfully accessed a police database and leaked a domestic violence victims details to his friend, the womans abusive former partner, has been charged with multiple criminal offences. An internal police investigation found that senior constable Neil Punchard illegally accessed the
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Featured Dish: 24hr Braised Lamb Shoulder Babajan is a modern Turkish and Middle Eastern eatery situated in Carlton North. Their new summer lunch and dinner menu have a host of sharing and small plates, including Warm Olives, Baba Ganouj with Crispy Sucuk, Pickled Octopus with Marash Chilli & Oregano and Saganaki with Pears. Or head 
When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)
Featured Dish: Jerk Chicken Queen Vees has just taken over the old Hanoi Hannah venue on High St. Big shoes to fill? Indeed. You might wonder what kind of tactic a restauranteur might deploy to when entering iconic grounds. The answer here is quite clearly to run a mile from any overlap. Caribbean cuisine shares almost 
Groundbreaking new biopic Colette details the life of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley), her unorthodox marriage, struggle to be recognised as a writer, and her relationship with a gender-defying aristocrat. Peter Gray from QNews Magazine caught up with co-writer/director Wash Westmoreland. Congratulations on the film. You co-wrote the script with your partner Richard ...
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Federal Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert has said the federal government should intervene to stop state governments from making sex markers optional on birth certificates, but transgender advocates say the MP has misunderstood the legislation. Last month, Tasmanias lower house passed legislation that would make the displaying of sex markers on birth certificates optional. The data ...
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I am not one who makes much of the festive season, but inspired by the example of my favourite blog, Thom Hickeys Immortal Juke Box, here are five favourite Christmas songs.
The King, sung here by Canadians Loreena McKennitt and Cyril Smith, from Loreenas Christmas album To Drive the Cold Winter Away, hails from a long tradition of Wren King songs. The king of the title is the wee wren, the king of all birds, as many old songs tell it. Through December until Twelfth Night (the sixth of January), it was common among Celtic-speakers in Brittany, Wales, Manx, Scotland, and Ireland for children and adults to cruise their neighbourhoods cadging food, money or booze in return for seeing a Wren that they had captured. This particular King Wren song dates from the eighteenth century, although the heavy weaponry was added in the nineteenth.
Health, love and peace be all here in this
By your leave we shall sing, concerning our King
Our King is well-dressed in silks of the best
In ribbons so rare no king can compare
We have travelled many miles over hedges and stiles
In search of our King unto you we bring.
We have powder and shot to conquer the lot
We have cannon and ball to conquer them all.
Old Christmas is past, twelve tide is the last
And we bid you adieu, great joy to the new
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown. Northumbrian Kate Rusbys rendering of the old English carol The Holly and the Ivy is gorgeous. I reblogged Thom Hickeys tribute to this lovely song earlier this month. It is worth another look and listen. The lyrics are so bucolic, so timeless:
The rising of the sun
The running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing in the choir
Is black salve, the much-feted skin cancer cream, a miracle cure or a horror story? New research from Southern Cross University (SCU) proves the latter in the first international study to quantitatively assess its dangerous ingredients.
The sale of black salve is illegal in Australia so the SCU research team analysed 13 black salve products purchased from different online sellers around the world.
Lead author and PhD candidate Andy Croaker GP, who is a medical practitioner, said the findings published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine showed that black salve products were dangerous.
Its similar to playing a game of Russian roulette with the majority of black salves tested posing a significant risk of harm to patients.
Some black salves contained very high concentrations of compounds likely to kill any tissue they came in contact with, putting patients at risk of significant scarring and deformity.
One salve contained a compound at a concentration over 900 times that needed to kill normal skin cells; its clinical use would be similar to applying a strong acid to the skin, said Mr Croaker.
Other black salves had undetectable levels of cytotoxic compounds meaning they would not react to cancer tissue giving patients a false sense of security that their skin lesion was not cancer. This could delay skin cancer diagnosis which for some skin cancers could put patients lives at risk.
Mr Croaker, who works at the Sawtell Medical Centre, cautioned against people self-administering black salve.
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What: The 23rd year of this nationally renowned cultural event will feature four transformational days of keynote speakers, soundbaths, yoga, workshops, chant, breathwork and much more. Each day features a full program of events included with entry and the main hall with its celebrated community of yogis, healers, artists, psychics, practitioners and presenters. Treat yourself and enjoy a truly Byron Bay experience. Nurture your mind, body and soul at the Starlight Festivals this January 3rd-6th at the A&I Hall in Bangalow.
When: 3rd-6th of January 2019.
Where: Bangalow (A&I Hall & Surrounding
Price: $25 one day pass. 4 day pass $60. Locals 2 for 1 days on the 3rd & 4th January.
Tickets at the door or online starlightfestival.com.au
Brandon Bays, international bestselling author and pioneer of the Journey Method, is one of the most dynamic, inspirational and innovative teachers in the field of personal growth and cellular healing. Her radically transformative work has grown organically and exponentially over the last 20 years. It offers practical, accessible and liberating process work that can be used by anyone, in all areas of life to uncover and awaken limitless potential and bring about healing, freedom, true fulfillment and abundance on all levels of being emotionally, physically, spiritually, materially. Brandon is an authentic living example of her work. Her open, candid honesty combined with her genuine compassion for the human condition and her relaxed, warm-hearted humour, bring her teachings alive with insight, depth, humanity and grace. She counts the greatest blessing in her life to be given the immense privilege of serving awakening and healing around the world.
ACROSS THE DITCH In musical terms, and to Australia audiences, New Zealand may be best known for its indie exports (based around the Flying Nun label), the various pop shapes of Neil Finn and associates and heavier acts such as Shihad. Yet there is, and always has been, a fertile country & folk scene throughout
Nationals MP Andrew Broad has resigned from the government frontbench after a magazine alleged he met a woman through a dating website for sugar daddy arrangements and met with her while on an official government trip overseas. The allegations were published in New Idea magazine, who quoted a woman who claimed to have exchanged text ...
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It wasnt long after my pup Rosie got her final vaccinations that we both braved the winter weather and took our first trip down to the dog beach in Brighton. Beforehand we were strolling down Acland Street checking out the sights and smells of a mostly busy Saturday afternoon filled with pedestrians, pets, and other 
In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: More Music Festival Overdoses, But Still No Pill Testing A 19-year old man is dead and three other young adults are in a critical condition as a result of suspected drug overdoses at a Sydney music festival. But Gladys Berejiklian
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The Ballina National Party candidate, Ben Franklin, has defended a complaint made against him for establishing a campaign office in close proximity to that of sitting Greens MP, Tamara Smith.
Nationals MLC Ben Franklin was referred the clerk of the Legislative Assembly according to Ms Smith, yet The Echo understands the location of his new Ballina office breaks no parliamentary regulations.
Ms Smith toldThe Echo the office is misleading the electorate because it implies he is the local MP. The guy is ruthless, she said.
The NSW seat of Ballina encompasses Ballina and Byron shires.
With the election slated for March, Franklins government believes it has a good chance of winning the seat and has been spending big on the Ballina electorate.
Its perhaps the biggest spend ever on the seat of Ballina, which has seen decades of neglect. The term to try and win votes through spending on an electorate is commonly known as pork barrelling.
Despite Ms Smith claiming his office is just metres away, Franklin told The Echo his office is on an entirely different street.
He said, This is a very strange contention. In no way am I suggesting I am the local member! My office has the signage of a usual and standard campaign office the sort that all parties set up for their candidates in each seat they are contesting. It says my name and the seat I am running for. Frankly it would be quite strange if it said anything else!
The fact that the office is situated in River Street is simply because that is the main street in the largest town in the electorate which is no doubt exactly the same reason that Tamara has her electorate office close to there!...
I have just finished my collection of election data for the Victorian state election.
This collection features the full list of booths with location information, the full list of candidates, primary vote and 2CP voting figures by booth, and voting figures by electorate and region as well.
Ive been able to use this data (as well as the swing data from Poll Bludgers excellent results site) to produce a series of maps, the first of which I will be publishing today.
These maps show the two-party-preferred vote by booth for the 77 seats which held Labor vs Coalition booth counts. This includes the 76 seats where those parties came in the top two, plus Benambra where the 2PP count was finished despite the change in the top two in the final distribution.
If youd like to check out this data, its now available for download on my maps page, along with thirteen other collections from recent state and local elections. Older data (including the 2014 Victorian results) are available to Patreon donors.
First, this map shows the two-party-preferred vote by booth for every booth in the 77 seats where we have a 2PP booth count. This excludes six inner-city seats where the count included the Greens, as well as four regional and one suburban seat where an independent made the final count.
You can also toggle that map to show the swings by booth. Youll see that most areas swung to labor, but there was a particularly strong swing in the inner south-east of Melbourne, where Labor tended to cross 10% on the election-night vote.
Ill be back tomorrow with more maps created from this dataset.
TALES FROM TWO CITIES Jo Meares reveals the complicated process of recording his new album and how he learnt to embrace his own voice. By Chris Familton Over a series of albums, Jo Meares has slowly whittled away at his craft of songwriting and the delicate placement of those songs on atmospheric musical canvases. Dark
Buff-breasted sandpiper found by Tina Ellen Rider and Sean Nolan on Saturday and twitched by many people over the weekend. The bird is still present this morning (17th) according to a post from Tina on Facebook. The bird tends to prefer the samphire around the second hide (further from the gate). For those going to see it, please take the track along the fence to the second hide rather than the inside track to avoid flushing the birds.
I dont mean to alarm you here. But according to Nutrition Australia, the average weight gain for Australians over the festive season is between 0.08kg and 1.5kg. So before we start loosening that belt buckle for the looming Christmas and New Year celebrations, heres a few tips to keep you in shape. Feel less guilty ...
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Climate science makes it abundantly clear that winter as we know it is coming to an end. Despite the evidence, the global community as a whole continues as if everything is fine. The climate change negotiations that have been underway in Poland had progress blocked by key oil producing nations and those led by climate deniers, like Saudi Arabia, the USA and Russia. Yet there was barely any reaction from the community as vested interests put their profits ahead of the planet.
Denial does not make the problem go away. The evidence keeps building up, like this recent work looking at climate change impacts on ski resorts in the USA.
Writing for the Snowbrains website, Sydney Stephens looks at likely impacts of climate change on resorts in the USA. She says:
Ski season is going to be shorter everywhere. Higher elevations will be especially important as trends continue, but all resorts will likely have to increase their reliance on snowmaking machines: but even these require certain conditions to make snow.
With higher elevations and a drier climate, ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains will be the least affected by these changes while resorts in lower elevations, the northwest, and east US will take the biggest hits from warming annual temperatures and more severe and frequent spells of warm/cold fronts. Some resorts may have to close all together.
She uses data that was released in 2017 that shows that resorts will need to do more snow making earlier. The image above shows the average projected date from opening of the ski season to reach 450 hrs of snowmaking Credit Wobus et al. 2017
As always, action is the antidote to despair: She says we still have the ability to make a big difference in minimizing the negative effects of our climate in the near future.
Here are some simple ideas on taking action on climate change.
Travellers are being warned to avoid the Pacific Highway between Ballina and Woodburn during the Xmas to New Year period, with delays of up to 90 minutes predicted by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
To add insult to injury, new night works will commence from tonight at New Italy and Pimlico just as the peak travel season kicks in.
The RMS says the Bruxner Highway or Summerland Way will be better choices for motorists hoping to avoid the blood-pressure raising trip.
Further south, motorists can expect to take 10 minutes extra to get through Coffs Harbour (its bypass wont commence until after the Ballina to Woolgoolga section is finished).
Delays of up to an hour are expect at Hexham.
Some 40 people were arrested for possession of drugs during a music festival on the North Coast over the weekend, and one man was charged with dealing.
About 3,000 people attended the Festival of the Sun event, in Port Macquarie between December 13 and 16.
During a police operation, which included the use of drug dogs, they reported 41 that people were detected with drugs, including cannabis, MDMA, cocaine and LSD.
One man, aged 27, was allegedly found to be in possession of 55 MDMA capsules. He was charged with supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug.
He was conditionally bailed to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court on Wednesday January, 9, 2019.
Other alleged offenders were issued field court attendance notices, infringement notices, cannabis cautions and warnings.
Police say on-site medical services treated about 40 people at the event for various issues.
It appears this latest burst of summer rain may have spurred on a surge of breeding before the hot weather kicks again.
This Black-fronted Dotterel found a typically risky location to lay its eggs on the edge of a driveway near Pound Lane. The two beautifully camouflaged eggs blend seamlessly into the surrounding gravel. While the location may appear unusual it enables the adults to leave the eggs safely exposed at the slightest hint of danger.
About 4am on Sunday (December 16), an 18-year-old female approached another female on Jonson Street Byron Bay.
They entered into a conversation before one woman struck the other, knocking her to the ground.
A fight ensued before the two were pulled apart by persons present.
The victims injuries including swelling, a sore head, a bleeding lip, scratches and grazes.
She reported the matter to police, who located the defendant a short time later.
The defendant was arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was conditionally bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court on December 18. .
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Two male drivers were arrested in Tweed on Sunday (December 16), one for being four times over the alcohol limit and the other for driving on an expired licence.
About 12.02am, police were attending another incident in Seaview Street, Kingscliff, when they saw a vehicle mounting the gutter and driving erratically.
Police then followed the vehicle and stopped it a short distance away.
After the driver returned a positive roadside breath test, he arrested and taken to Kingscliff Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.256.
He admitted to drinking 12 full strength VB beers before attempting to drive the vehicle. The male was charged with high range PCA, his licence was suspended. The male will appear at Tweed Heads Local Court 04/02/19.
About 11.14am, police stopped a vehicle on Kennedy Drive, Tweed Heads, after the registration plates did not match the vehicle.
They spoke to the male driver who handed them an expired QLD drivers licence.
Police conducted checks that revealed that the vehicle had an expired registration and driver was disqualified from driving.
Police had suspicions about the driver and conducted a search of vehicle, which they say contained property from Palm Beach in QLD, which had previously been reported stolen. The driver was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged He will appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on February 2, 2019.
Photo by Aaron Bull
South East Sydney rapper YIBBY lands with WOAH, his playful debut single.
20-year-old Sydney rapper YIBBY debuts with WOAH, the first single off his upcoming EP Lost in Translation. Born in Ethiopia, YIBBY was adopted and brought to Australia at age 2 after the passing of his parents. His music has a conscious edge, drawing on his experience growing up as an African in Australia. Earlier this year, YIBBY was signed to legendary booking team Niche Productions alongside B Wise, Sampa the Great, and Winston Surfshirt.
On WOAH, YIBBY showcases his playful lyrical style over a swirling organ beat from the team behind Clockwork Odyssey. Explaining the meaning behind the lyrics YIBBY says
Woah is a track about extremities; things that I have caught wind of or experienced that have a lot of the time shocked me and made me want to double take.
Check out WOAH below:
For parents enduring daily fights with their sons about video games, the chilling video of Western Sydney man Luke Munday allegedly hitting his partner as she begged him to stop playing Fortnite was a manifestation of their worst fears this week.
Violent and aggressive reactions in children as young as eight when they are asked to stop playing are not uncommon, said Game Quitters founder Cam Adair.
Its unfortunately not uncommon, violence and aggression are quite frequent reactions of people who are made to stop, he said from the Chang Mai outpost of Sydney addiction centre The Cabin.
We speak to a lot of parents who are at their wits ends, they dont know how to make their sons stop.
Mr Adair estimates that there are 10 to 50 million gaming addicts across the globe, with that number set to rise.
The volume of people seeking help is double or triple what it was a year ago, and I think itll keep going up. Australia is a really significant market for gaming companies, and thus fertile ground for a video game addiction. Lots of people are suffering.
Beginning in childhood, an addiction to video games can have devastating consequences.
Last month, Sydney man Daniel Chapman, 22, was convicted of fatally stabbing his father Steven Chapman with a 14cm blade when the pair began arguing about Daniels refusal to stop playing computer games and come to the dinner table in October 2016.
A harrowing video of Luke Munday, 26,.........
On 13 December 2018 Australia's 'interim' Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook, Scott Morrison, announced that his government intended to protect religious freedom in Australia and to protect the rights of Australians to be themselves by way of a new piece of legislation titled the Religious Discrimination Act.
Not a line of this legislation appears to have been put down on paper to date even though it is apparently expected to come before the Australian Parliament in the seven days or so it will sit before the May 2019 federal election.
One would have thought that religious freedom and diversity of faith was thriving in Australia given over 127 different formal manifestations of religious faith/spirituality exist in its cities, towns and villages without ongoing overt community discord or institutionalised discrimination.
Even former Liberal Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock concedes the Religious Freedom Review he led found little evidence that discrimination is occurring in Australia. That lack of hard evidence at population levels mean that government cannot reliably assert that religious discrimination as a form of harm is an existing problem requiring the 'solutions' it is prop...
Harry comments on the UN is a corporation, Tasmania removed genda on birth certificates, Australia again being in the dark from summer power outages, Bill Shortens push to be king on battery power, Government gives PNG $2BILLION to update their power grids, a joint standing committee convened to investigate Australian electoral cyber fraud that we dont have. A Christmas from from Australia you will enjoy. Harry and Mike Holt present their weekly OZ CHAT program that opens closed doors to government unaccountable corruption and mismanagement of your nation CLICK HERE
I've lived in 3 capital cities, 6 major regional cities and a few country towns all over Australia, but the quality of driving in this town is just some next level shit. It's like being passed by another driver is to be avoided at all costs. Merging? Hah! Fuck that shit, "me first cunt!", at the cost of keeping the flow of traffic going. It's even so bad that cunts will just straight up sit at the end of a merging lane if they "missed their chance" instead of being comfortable speeding up to the traffic speed and having someone let them in. And indicators? Nah cunt, too good for that faggy shit. The extreme levels of testosterone have also rubbed off onto the Sheila's also. God Townsville, you cunts are just the fucking worst drivers.
Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa) is a prickly bush, indigenous to our area, with sprays of white flowers in early summer. Weve had a few specimens on our place and have been lucky to augment them with plants grown by Frances Cincotta from seeds in our own lane in Strangways. The ones we planted in our front yard, free from grazing pressure, have a profusion of small, delicate flowers at present.
The plant takes its name from the purse-shaped seed pods. As the plants have been flowering over some time, there are seed pods forming alongside new flowers.
Sweet Bursaria seed pod.
Slender Bee Flies (Geron sp.) are frequent visitors to the flowers at present and make great subjects as they dont seem bothered by the proximity of the camera.
Slender Bee Fly
I love the way these flies so often seem to have pollen grains on their eyes. Their long probosces are great for going deep into flowers. I am also fascinated by the intricate details of all fly species, especially around their thoraces where the wings join on.
Slender Bee Fly up even closer
Red and Blue Beetles (Dicranolaius sp) have also been enjoying the bounty.
Red and Blue Beetle
On one plant, I thought this Rhytidoponera ant was doing some pollinating, as ants are very important...
According to Nature, researchers at the University of Brisbane may have developed a simple test thats able to detect the early stages of cancer.
Not only that but the method is inexpensive, takes a mere 10 minutes, and works for all types of cancer and the central component used for identifying cancer cells is gold particles.
The widespread drying of soils, due to higher evaporation rates due to global warming, is shrinking water supplies to the point that drought-like conditions may become the norm in many parts of Australia. At a news conference held in Sydney, Prof Ashish Sharma of the University of New South Wales who led the most 
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It's not really workHaving blown his precious first Hundred Days to define himself and his government, Scott Morrison has finally found an issue to make his own.
It's just the power to charm
I'm still standing in the wind
But I never wave bye bye
But I try, I try ...
- David Bowie Modern love
Birmingham UK is alive with Muslims. This is indicative of the downfall of the UK. Islam now controls much of the country. Will we allow Bill Shorten to do this to our country?
If he gets control he already promised to open up the borders. Will you vote for the ALP/Greens?
After a few initial mishaps I have been regularly posting twice a week on this blog since December 2012. It was conceived as a commentary on climate change related as closely as possible to Gippsland. The first posts, without images, were made by my sister in Canada who presented me with the website (and a twitter account) as a Xmas present in 2012. The first couple of posts were made by her from brief articles from a climate change newsletter I was producing at that time and done before I was aware the website or blog existed. It was a most pleasant surprise and the newsletter was quickly superseded.
Although concentrating on local content occasionally some of the more general posts have attracted international interest. One of these was a post I wrote almost two years ago on the threatening effects of high wet bulb temperatures basically a measurement of both humidity and temperature. Many people are still surprised to know that wet bulb temperatures over 30 degrees are life threatening and at human body temperature will cause death in a short time. This post still has occasional visitors six in the last month. Generally in a popular post the interest is overwhelming Australian with unique website visits over 80% of visits. Usually the Australian visitors figure hovers around the 60% mark with the remaining visitors from around the globe and all continents. It is an audience I have never had before.
Statistically the web site visits have grown and currently sits between 500 and just under 1000 unique visits per month with 971 visits a recent high.* So far there have been about 600 posts of 400 to 450 words on average more than 250,000 words in total. Somewhere between 10 and 20% of the posts are from guest bloggers and others are republished online articles of local interest. This year Paul Treasures post on a pumped hydro proposal on the Thompson River was a high for guest posts which was also republished elsewhere and quite controversial.
As works of journalism the posts are sometimes hastily written for a deadline, so occasionally an inaccuracy or small error creeps in, though they are generally as accurate as possible. Where they are basically an opinion piece or some future projection no doubt there will be discrepancies sometimes large which will eventually become obvious...
Flash floods have caused havoc for some in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, with flash flooding turning backyards, suburban streets and ponds into gushing rivers. A Christmas party at a Pakenham housing estate in the city's outer southeast was called off Saturday afternoon when heavy rainfall halted celebrations. Organiser Samantha Thorpe said a little pond nearby became "like a raging river". "It has never happened like this before."
Seventeen people have been rescued by helicopter and 100 people are stranded in their cars on a flooded Hume Highway in northeast Victoria. With more than a month's worth of rain already fallen across parts of northeast Victoria as wild weather rages across the state, authorities say some people have not heeded warnings about driving into floodwaters. "We've seen people that have had to be rescued from the roofs of their cars, 17 people in total, and 100 people have been stranded just to the south of Wangaratta," Victoria State Emergency Service chief officer Tim Wiebusch told reporters.
My metal health is something I've been putting off for a long time, I've recently come to terms with it. And I was thinking of going to headspace to sort out my feelings (maybe even get a diagnosis). But all the reviews have said that staff are rude and basically told them to toughen up? Has anyone recived such treatment? Would I be wasting my time, should I try someplace else? Thank you in advance.
The Powering Past Coal Alliance announced on Friday that Sydney and Melbourne had joined the Alliance at an event: Accelerating the global coal transition. This follows the Australian Capital Territory joining in September 2018. Other states and businesses that joined at COP24 included Israel, Scotland, Senegal, and Scottish Power. The Alliance, formed in Bonn in 2017 at COP23, now includes 80
Interesting to note that on Friday
14 December, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman
BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS was noted ferrying North from Archerfield
to Cairns via Gladstone and Mackay Airports. It appears to
have completed planned maintenance after arriving into Archerfield
On Thursday 13 December, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 was noted
completing a missed approach and low overshoot at Rockhampton
I was wondering if anyone would be interest in a games torment. This would be including. Tekken 7 and dbz fighter on the ps4, smash ultimate and a card tournament either magic the gathering or yu-gi-oh. So far this is just an event that I'm planning. Just wondering if people would participate.
During the warmer months of the year the bite from the Australian Common (AC) March Fly (Tabanus australicus) can take the shine off a BBQ and in my experience many of these flies are pre-emptively despatched during the course of a lazy summers afternoon outdoors. In reality it is only the female fly that bites. 
Just a reminder that our show, Nature Photography in the Goldfields, is on for another two weekends at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub.
Bronwyn, Patrick and I have been delighted with the response so far and it would be great to see you drop by.
The Hub will be open from 10am 4pm, this weekend and next.
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