Monthly Archives: October 2011

World Population

“The United Nations estimates that next Monday, October 31, 2011, the world’s population will reach 7 billion. Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to … Continue reading

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Kangaroo attacks

Following the item in Newsletter #47 (reprinted from Brisbane Times) about an attack by a kangaroo on an elderly woman, today’s Sydney Morning Herald carried this story in its on-line service: A woman has suffered cuts to her neck, ear … Continue reading

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Tragedy in the Outback

While driving along an Outback track in an air-conditioned 4WD, it’s easy to forget the incredible hardship and sometimes tragedy encountered by Outback residents in relatively recent times. On a number of Bobby Dazzler trips, we’ve travelled south from Alice … Continue reading

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Are you interested?

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Are you interested? The questions and answers

Issue 47 (October 2011) of the Newsletter contained a list of questions under the heading “Are you interested?” Here are my answers.  1.       Why is Outback soil so red?            Because it is rich in iron compounds. 2.       Emu chicks … Continue reading

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A Passion in the Desert

My good friend Wayne has drawn my attention to a fascinating short story by Honoré de Balzac titled “A Passion in the Desert”, written in 1830. The story concludes with a paean of praise: “There is nothing like the desert … Continue reading

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Hanrahan was right!

The poem “Said Hanrahan” by John O’Brien (see http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/obrienj/poetry/hanrahan.html) catalogues Hanrahan’s predictions of financial ruin for farmers due to the successive catastrophes of drought, then flood, then fire. We’ve seen precisely this sequence of events for large areas of Australia over … Continue reading

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