Mr Tasmania

Tasmania is famous for its forests. It is a very special experience to walk into Tasmanian wilderness areas and experience these forests from within. Forests worldwide are under threat from climate change. Trees are dying in many areas. Are Tasmanian forests under threat? Or are the dead trees we see […]

Dead trees in the Huon

The grey goshawk is a white bird in Tasmania. Picture: Francesco Veronesi
It’s proper name is the grey goshawk, but the Tasmanian version is pure white. This striking bird is rarely seen, but its unusual appearance means it is rarely missed. Despite the presence of nearby sulfur-crested cockatoos, one of these birds was immediately identified as “a white eagle” by our children […]

The Tasmanian white hawk

Every good prepper should have nuts in his pantry
People are moving to Tasmania and New Zealand to beat the climate apocalypse. Huonville’s Shiploads, in Tasmania’s south, appears to be on the bandwagon, selling cartons of 48 Snickers for just $10. That’s about 20C a bar. No need to stock the prepper bunker with boring bags of rice when […]

At 20c a bar you can beat the apocalypse

The Huon Valley
Should councils anywhere be charging their constituents increases at four times the CPI, as the Huon Valley Council has done? An article … here.

Huon Valley ratepayers hammered

Thylacines (Tasmanian tigers) were officially extinct in the 1930s, but sightings continued into the 1950s. In more recent times, two cases stand out. Both were reported by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Officers. In 1982 Parks biologist Hans Naarding was camping at a remote spot near Togari, east of Marrawah, in […]

The most recent thylacine reports

A pair of thylacines, male and female, in an American zoo, 1902
This writer recently answered a post on Quora about the supposedly extinct thylacine (Tasmania tiger), and it got my wife and I thinking again about an event that happened at our farm. I live in the upper Huon Valley with my family. We moved to the farm after 20+ years […]

The thylacine’s ‘yip yip’

And why we all love iodised table salt … story here. BTW, the woman pictured in the external story may not be from Tasmania. This suggests she is Norwegian. In fact, the whole story is a bit dodgy. I was in two minds about posting it here.

Origin of ‘the two-headed Tasmanian’

Tasmania is great, but try not to get sick … Paywalled story here. And full respect to those hard-working people at the hospitals. We know it’s not about you.

The dud hospital system

What do the brackets signify? Insignificance?
We published a blog post last year asking what the brackets mean on Tasmanian road signs. Here’s the link … This post proved surprisingly popular, according to our visitor stats. Other people were asking the same question. This week we finally got around to asking the Transport Department why […]

Brackets on Tassie road signs Part 2

Tasmanian rainfall anomaly over six months
Is Tasmania a climate refuge? Perhaps. But it is not escaping climate change. The Bureau of Meteorology anomaly maps here are self-explanatory. They don’t mean a lot on their own, but they do seem to be following recognised trends. Keep in mind that the West Coast is a wet part […]

Is Tasmania a climate refuge?