Free book download from ANU Press. We've been had.

"Twenty-five years ago climate scientists spoke clearly and openly about global warming and the risks of climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from burning fossil fuels. Leading politicians of both parties (yes, bipartisan), amplified by the media, repeated the messages of risk and vowed to act."

"In October 1990, the federal Labor government under Prime Minister Bob Hawke established an interim emission reduction target for the nation to lower greenhouse gas emissions 20 per cent below 1988 levels by 2005.
Every state and territory drew up a detailed response plan. Every strategy that is known today to lower emissions, from efficiency and renewable energy to a carbon tax or price and emissions trading scheme was known then."

"The evidence trail shows, however, that by 1996 and thereafter, with basically the same science story as laid out in the first IPCC report in 1990 (albeit with changed communication style), risk messages were being reframed into a hazy scientific debate, particularly about human agency, that confused the public and helped those who blocked action. The narrative that once asked what could be done to slow or reverse the emission of excess greenhouse gases by human societies, i.e. an early risk management and global ethical argument, evolved into an inward-focused national interest argument for no change from ‘business as usual’."

Well done BoM detecting severe thunderstorms near Camden and Picton.

We have water leaking in, one water tank destroyed blown into our forest, several tree branches down, horizontal hail on the cars, and two very scared dogs.

But every creature is safe.

To think we were in the surf at Wollongong this morning!

My favourite thing about January 26th in Australia is that it means the blackberries are ready to harvest.

If you are going to invade a native population uninvited and take over, at least be tasty.

Country Shopkeeper: Bit warm
Me: Good weather for a beer!
CS: Sorry we've closed but feel free to grab one
Me: *surveys the really poor options in the fridge*
Me: Any cider, or Coopers maybe?
CS: We sell lots of Carlton Cold?
Me: ok then... *grabs long-neck of substance I last consumed last millennium*
CS: Because you're only a small girl, don't drink it too fast!
Me: ok sure *rolls eyes, sniggers*
CS: I'll wrap it in paper so you can be like one of the boys
Me: *somehow resists saying "nah, been there, done that"*

I do love country folk :)

Nerve-racking, but important. The session went really well I thought, but I'm glad to have this behind me!

Brain Workout.

1) ABC Jazz on the radio
2) Choose a weapon
3) Improvise
4) All of those keys do slightly different things on each instrument - try to remember what!
5) Try to lift my playing of my worst of the four closer to that of my best.