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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 about eight years […]

17/6/2019 – The thylacine’s ‘yip yip’


Tasmania is great, but try not to get sick … https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-02/ambulance-driven-by-patients-family-member-in-tasmania/11269164? Paywalled story here. And full respect to those hard-working people at the hospitals. We know it’s not about you.

31/5/2019 – The dud hospital system


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 […]

22/4/2019 – Is Tasmania a climate refuge?



Brave move by Hobart City Council to ban single-use plastic … external story here. Good on them. Should have happened 30 years ago though. Humanity moves too slowly, as we are discovering with CO2. But it’s nice to know that when the planet boils, there will be less plastic lying […]

9/3/2019 – Hobart to ban single-use plastic


Is Adelaide's heat record 47.7C?
The Bureau of Meterology said Adelaide cracked a heat record of just over 46C this year. January 2019 was Australia’s hottest recorded month. We found an interesting figure on one of Adelaide’s suburban weather stations, a high of 47.7C in Kent Town on January 24. This was around the same […]

7/3/2019 – Adelaide weather station records 47.7C


Enjoy Tasmania (ET) had a post on here titled “Hobart’s parking mafia” that was a dig at Hobart’s bombers nailing shoppers almost the minute after a parking metre expires. We explained how this could turn people off shopping in the CBD, especially when online shopping is an easy alternative. ET […]

2/3/2019 – Hobart’s parking meter fiasco



Our post on January 22 “Fire fuse is lit” was providential, heralding one of Tasmania’s more severe and perhaps unusual fire seasons. No one was killed, but homes were destroyed. The famous Tahune Airwalk through the forest canopy suffered minor damage. The Southwood timber mill was not so lucky, with […]

13/2/19 – A story of fire and ice


Even a wonderful place like Tasmania can’t be perfect. Tasmania’s Achilles Heel is fire. This summer Tasmania has dozens of fires burning, courtesy of a dry thunderstorm that passed over the state on January 15. If a weather front with strong winds comes through between now and the end of […]

22/1/19 – Fire fuse is lit


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Seems everyone and everything is moving into the Huon Valley. Including zebra finches. Although these guys do look aviary escapees, the one on the left being somewhat mutated n’all. Anyone else seen zebra finches? The way these things breed puts mice to shame. Tasmania already has many feral birds … […]

7/1/2019 – Huon Valley zebra finches



'Sleepless Nights in Black' ... Joshua Clement's entry in the 2018 Young Archies in Hobart, Tasmania
We went to the Young Archies art awards in Hobart last Sunday, as one of our kids had an entry. This was a statewide event for school children, also held in other states. There were some truly impressive entries. Sadly, Google isn’t providing much in the way of 2018 winners […]

11/9/18 – The Young Archies Awards, Hobart