… of drought and flooding rains (Part 2)

By Kate Foy

An article I wrote about the flood disaster here in southern Queensland was published in today’s Melbourne Sun Herald newspaper and online. The published version was edited, as it needed to be. Thanks to my Editor (doesn’t that sound grand?) for making it a much tighter piece.  I thought I’d post the full version here…

… of drought and flooding rains

By Kate Foy

[forecast] Since well before Christmas the skies have been open above Queensland. The media have told the stories over and over: an area the size of France and Germany combined is under water. The NASA satellite put images to this fact. People have been evacuated from many towns. Lives and property and animals have been…

Winding down – there goes 2010

By Kate Foy

We’re in the last week of the year and it’s stocktake time. I’m clearing the shelves for the new year and making all of those resolutions that will be lucky to make it to Easter. Time to think about a list of what to do or not to do in the coming year. Everyone else…

Voting in Brisbane, 1937

By Kate Foy

Ah, yes … some things never change, though I see this ‘Ordinary Voting Officer’ is using a fountain pen. Voting in Brisbane, 1937 Originally uploaded by State Library of Queensland, Australia

10 Years on … how technology has changed my world

By Kate Foy

Yesterday the new solar panels on my roof started generating energy for the first time, joining the smaller hot-water solar system I’ve been using for a couple of years now.  I was fascinated to see the wheel on the old meter spinning backwards for the first time; the energy company will put in a new…

Lest We Forget – thanks Dad!

By Kate Foy

Image via Wikipedia Dad served in the Australian Army in WWII.  He was one of what playwright Sumner Locke-Elliott was later to call the Rusty Bugles, in his play of that name. 090296 WILSON. C.S.  served in the ranks as a mechanic, working on Army vehicles that were building the highways through the Australian outback,…