If I can.
If the furbabies will allow me to type on the keyboard and not demand many pats and ear scratches.
And belly rubs.
And insist that I tell them how much I adore them and think them splendid examples of doggie perfection.
Or snaffle my porridge that is cooling in the kitchen....
January 10th + 11th
Toowoomba, at the top of the Great Dividing Range, experienced unprecedented flash flooding. This sent a 7 metre high wall of water down the range, flooding the Lockyer Valley and raising water levels in Wivenhoe Dam to 190% and higher. Fourteen people were killed in this one flash flood alone. With all the floodgates open, the Brisbane River was filled to capacity and, by early afternoon on 11 January 2011, began to break its banks.
Australia experienced its worst flooding on record affecting Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania. The floods claimed the life of at least one Aboriginal person, delayed land claim hearings and put further pressure on people on housing waiting lists. Many didn’t accept help or played down their loss. Aboriginal musician Troy Cassar-Daley lost his farm near Brisbane.
Burnum Burnum, Aboriginal activist, cricketer, rugby league player, actor and surf lifesaver was born on 10th in 1936; he is possibly best remembered for planting an Aussie flag in the White Cliffs of Dover on Bi Centennial Day, January 26th 1988 as his tongue-in-cheek way of claiming England the same way as Phillip had claimed Oz.
11th Jan in 1896 saw the end of the horrific 13 day heatwave that had swept over NSW, averaging temps of 47 degrees Celsius, 47 people had died in Bourke alone, and by the end of January 437 people across the southern states had died.
Today in 2012 Emeritus Professor Riaz Hassan published an article in The Conversation which not only corrected an accepted 'fact' of Oz history but also questioned why, in The Fair Isle of Oz , exactly does our history patronise women.
The South Australian Government Gazette published today in 1918 the 69 place names that had been changed from German origin names to Anglo names...note how many have changed to place names of fighting in WW1.