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Entries from February 27th, 2011

Let Them Eat Bike Dust

February 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Blog

South Townsville. It’s about 8pm after a Saturday night spent with friends on a Queenslander house’s deck and I am cycling home. The rest of my family is driving. The reason? We have a ute with only three seats and, because there are four of us, either my wife, Prue, or I has to ride.  […]

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Cyclones Also Fell Rainforests of the Ocean

February 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Updates

Last night I filed this story for The Guardian in London and this one for the Sydney Morning Herald: Tropical Cyclone Yasi not only felled vast numbers of trees in some of the Australia’s most spectacular and precious rainforest. The storm’s reach was felt not only on land but also underwater. Yasi will almost certainly […]

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Cyclone Yasi: The Clean-up Begins

February 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog

There is still no power here in many parts of Townsville and the streets remain strewn with trees and powerlines. I filed this story to the Guardian in London late last night: All everyone wanted was to get to the morning after the cyclone before. The citizens of Townsville had been told that category five […]

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The Morning After the Cyclone Before

February 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog

No-one knew what to expect when dawn arrived in Townsville after a relentless night, of storm winds and rain. Just before midnight, when we lost power I managed to file this piece to the Guardian in London: Cyclone Yasi had arrived. At 2pm on Wednesday the wind changed from its usual tropical laziness into something […]

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Cyclone Yasi Begins to Arrive

February 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Blog

It’s 2pm and the Strand at Townsville is absolutely deserted. Everything is closed and the wind is beginning to roar. The sea is looking ominous and yet it is still hours until the first proper front of Cyclone Yasi is due to arrive. For the past few days we have been watching as the storm […]

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