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Entries from November 28th, 2009

Wonder Wonder Copenhagen: Our Copenhagen Correspondent

November 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

In Copenhagen the signs of the climate change summit are everywhere, at least in the public thoroughfares. In the center of the city, around the Kongens Nytorv, the posters were going up today: two-story high images of the Alps, another says ‘France is committed!’ On the weekend the lights on the giant Christmas tree in […]

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Cape York Paradise: Marine Parks Work

November 25th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Blog

A few weeks back I saw a local newspaper story that featured my local member of state parliament down on the NSW south coast, in a boat off Batemans Bay. He and a couple of local fishermen were grizzling about how hard it was to go fishing now there is a marine park in the […]

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The Politics of Eggs

November 21st, 2009 · 5 Comments · Blog

Eggs are good but chickens themselves aren’t actually very nice. We only overlook their many foibles because they turn the chaos and filth of our compost bins into one of the most elegant and aesthetically pleasing objects in the known universe – an egg. The other evening after watching Nathan Rees at the state ALP […]

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WOLLEMI PINES: LONELY LITTLE GUYS WITH SMALL FRONDS?

November 14th, 2009 · 14 Comments · Blog

  Ok I admit it. When I was a kid I was a stamp collector. But I gave up scouring through the Australia Post philatelic magazine about the same time I stopped using my Malvern Star ten speed racer and let my VFL junior supporters’ membership lapse. What I am saying is that I wasn’t […]

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BARNEY AND NICKY’S NEVER-ENDING CARBON PARTY

November 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments · News, Real Dirt Fast

This week we had the spectacle of climate-denier-politicians Barney Joyce and Nicky Minchin (Nobel prize-winning scientists and philosophers that they aren’t) telling us everyone else with a doctorate and a brain is wrong and that they are right. Humans have nothing to do with climate change, they say. We actually don’t need to worry, our […]

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TURNING TURTLE: FROM SYDNEY TO THE DEEP BLUE SEA

November 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments · News

Exclusive footage of green turtle being released off Lord Howe Island by marine parks ranger, Sallyann Gudge  After months in the care of humans, three precious green sea turtles are back in the hands of chance. The three young reptiles were born last summer somewhere on an unknown beach in Queensland and were rescued, off […]

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See No Evil, Feel No Evil

November 6th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Blog

There are things we want to watch, things we decide not to look at and things we should be forced to witness. Did you see Mark Kavanagh, the trainer of Melbourne Cup winner, Shocking, as his stallion tore down towards the finish line? On television, Kavanagh’s ecstasy was so complete it looked as though he […]

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