Tag Archives: Queensland

The Newman Stamp

During December Campbell Newman was deciding to call a snap election in Queensland. At the same time his Party, in their Bowen St offices were analysing the latest polling.

The results were very, very discouraging. A brainstorming session was called. Any ideas to improve the popularity of the Premier were to be welcomed.

One of the staffers diffidently suggested that, with Christmas coming up and lots of cards being posted, perhaps the trick would be to put Newman’s face on a special Christmas stamp.

This seemed a great idea and so Australia Post were contacted and a great photo of Campbell Newman was found, some sample stamps printed off and quick round of market research carried out.

Severe and unexpected problems were found with the adhesive.

No one was licking the sticky side of the stamp. Instead they were spitting on the image.

Pollilim; Newman

Up North there's a New man in charge His power he wants to enlarge By stopping the vote But he shouldn't gloat His future holds Madam DeFarge

Up North there’s a New man in charge
His power he wants to enlarge
By stopping the vote
But he shouldn’t gloat
His future holds Madam DeFarge

I Love a Sunburnt Country

It will come as no surprise to readers of the archive that I love my country.

Sometimes a few of my fellow countrymen aggravate me. More often I am proud of the tasks they accomplish.

Yet to me Australia is not just people. It is a living, breathing, cantankerous continent. With resources and wonderful vistas where mankind has touched lightly upon its surface.

Even today with people dying in the increasingly serious Queensland floods and property and livestock being destroyed in Western Australia’s bush fires. True heroism is being shown by all the police, fireys, defence personnel and volunteers who are helping in terrible conditions.

I love my country. As did Dorothea Mackellar who wrote the poem below.

I love every part of this poem. Yet the line which is running through my head today is “Her beauty and her terror.”

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die –
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold –
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land –
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand –
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Thanks to @lakitambourke for the original thought which went on to produce this post.

Sunday Morning Live

The archive’s Sunday entertainment spot

Or Saturday Night Live if you live in the Western Hemisphere

All the way from Esk in Queensland come the Kransky Sisters.

Here they are singing the Sugarbabes’ first hit song,  “Overload”.

With a little family history included.

Sunday Morning Live; Episode 3

The archive’s Sunday entertainment spot

Or Saturday Night Live if you live in the Western Hemisphere

Once again, the awfulesome Kransky Sisters grace our monitors with their wonderfully unique singing act.

And a little family history as well.

Sunday Morning Live; Episode 1

The archive’s Sunday entertainment spot

Or Saturday Night Live if you live in the Western Hemisphere

For our first episode, I have chosen the amazingly talented Kransky Sisters.

All the way from Esk, in Queensland. One of Australia’s greatest singing groups.

With unique instrumentation and presentation.

Queensland Flooding

Australia is truly a land of droughts and flooding rains.

Experts tell us that this is due to El Nino and El Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean.

After a drought that has lasted for more than ten years, Western Queensland has now been subjected to torrential rain storms and many of its rivers are bursting their banks.

The Fairburn Dam, near Emerald  on the Warrego River has gradually emptied over the past decade and a fortnight ago was practically dry.

Emerald had over 2,000 people evacuated from the town site and from surrounding farms.

A number of other towns have been evacuated in advance of record flood levels.

Farmers who have been struggling for years to find feed for their stock suddenly have all the feed they need, but no stock. There have been heavy stock losses in the raging waters.

Now the water is heading downstream and Rockhampton on the Fitzroy River is the next major town at risk. Luckily one of the residents has a scheme to reduce the water levels there.

You can help.

Now, with a quick visit to Ebay, you can help reduce the flood levels in Queensland.