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  1. Having visited that area a number of times, I quite enjoy the colours and shapes on and around Uluru. Quite delightful to see it when cold and wet, with rain tumbling down. However it has never really "moved" me. One time, whilst awaiting the sunrise colours(along with a mob of shivering camera wielding tourists), I looked over my shoulder, away from the 'rock'. There in the distance stood Kata Tjuta. It's domes poked up through the ground mist, and glowed gold in the first rays of sunshine. That "moved" me spiritually. I turned my camera away from Uluru. I simply HAD to go and walk through them. And although I have no real reason to be 'connected', that place felt very special to me. It's a personal thing. That feeling of connectedness.
  2. Just as a slight diversion from OP, years ago I had a friend who was part indigenous. He informed me that the truely sacred rock isn't Uluru itself (although that is still significant). The really special place is a much less interesting (to white fellas) small area of rock that sticks up out of the ground nearby. But the indigenous don't tell the white fellas about that because they'll desecrate it. I have no way to verify this, but it wouldn't surprise me if it's true. I find Uluru to be an impressive big rock. I personally have felt that the Olga's are more special. Mount Augustus is older and larger than Uluru, and it turns all the same magical coulurs as Uluru. It's also easier to climb than Uluru because one side is still buried.
  3. My wife has a different interpretation of "half cocked"! Her ex-husband was a gun nut, but that had nothing to do with his hair trigger.
  4. Marty, "just waiting for summer to set in. " You must have missed it. Summer was last Tuesday. It was 28 degrees all day . Just before the grey cold drizzle set in.......
  5. "a hair trigger, or does he go off half-cocked? " Aren't they one and the same?
  6. It's an austerity move. Soon to be adopted by Britain, as soon as they exit the EU.
  7. It sounds like a story of democracy's death by a thousand cuts. We colonist seldom get such insights into what's happening or how it's happening.. But I blame that on our yankcentric MSM. BTW, are any other countries unhappy with their membership of the EU?
  8. Mike, AUD$37.875 Billion sounds like a lot of income from mining, but it should be viewed in relation to the other sources. A quick search (Wikipedia) gives perspective for 2016 ( probably not much has changed since then).... _____________________________________ GDP by sector Services: 61.1% Construction: 8.1% Mining: 6.9% Manufacturing: 6.0% Agriculture: 2.2% (2016)[7 ________________________________ Mind you, although "Manufacturing" rates almost as high as mining, I can't think what we still manufacture in Australia!
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    Quickies part 2

    But.... but..... Phil, really? Everyone knows that the world really isn't a sphere!!! It's an oblate spheroid.
  10. Did nobody notice..... The American electric police car has a BULL BAR ! There should be a big heaadliine in the media to tell all those doubters that there is a Tesla designed for Australian roads!
  11. "expect journalists and editors to know" Well there's your problem, Peter. A flawed assumption. When we were young, journalists and editors had to have a fair grasp of the English language, to get the job. And the ability to verify their sources, proof read, and spell! But that is all in the past.
  12. The biggest problem that I see, is that although climate change, regardless of whether totally caused totally by humans or not, is real, and at the very least, made worse by human greed. Even the 'deniers' mostly seem to agree with that. They mostly just argue about the percentage. But since it is slow, and might not wipe us out for centuries, humans (the voting public) really don't care what happens to their kids, grandkids, etc. And are afraid that taking preventative action might be somehow uncomfortable (fear of the unknown). In fact, it looks more likely that taking action with regard to coal and oil doesn't have to be a catastrophe. And if we're wrong about climate change, we still have all those resources in the ground and with time they even become more profitable! We can't lose by diversifying our energy sources! Anyway, we should be changing from our archaic fossil fuel addiction. Burning coal and oil causes way too much damage with all its pollution.
  13. Amazing! Why isn't our media proudly screaming out about these Australian advances???? A viable electric heavy truck with 350k range and ten year battery life! That's a big step forward.
  14. Bring back the trams,or light rail, and ban the cars in the inner city. (Brisbane used to have free 'city circle' bus service) More frequent smaller buses to cover more of our sprawling suburbs.
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