Monthly Archives: May 2012

canvas of light

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My after-work-waiting-for-the-train vantage point at Circular Quay station gives me a weeknightly view of what’s happening around the harbour. At the moment it’s Vivid Sydney and running late last night gave me a few minutes of opportunity to catch a sequence of shots with my phone of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) lit up.

About Vivid Sydney

Sydney will once again be transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark from 25 May – 11 June 2012.

Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and projections; performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the new Vivid Ideas Exchange at the MCA featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers.

Vivid Sydney is a major celebration of the creative industries and the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over 400,000 attendees in 2011.

Now heading into its fourth year, Vivid Sydney was ranked in the Top Ten global ideas festivals by the influential Guardian newspaper in the UK.

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frack off

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Many Australians are concerned about coal seam gas mining, not in a NIMBY way but because real regulations & safeguards do not exist.

Lock the gate. Sticking it to the mining companies, Which Bank ATM, King Street, Newtown, NSW Australia

The companies are not helping themselves. They have zero credibility. Residents in and around my local St Peters area are terrified and up in arms about plans to drill for coal seam gas in that suburb. Apparently plans for drilling in St Peters have been “dropped” but no-one really knows what that means.

Obviously,  alternative clean energy sources are an issue which needs to be addressed but coal seam gas mining isn’t about environment & sustainability, it’s about money, and it’s not clean.

According to the Wilderness Society’s web page coal seam gas is emerging as a massive public issue.Pilliga: After an investigation by the Wilderness Society and local environment groups, coal seam gas company Santos has had to temporarily shut down the majority of their drilling operations in the beautiful Pilliga Forest after we exposed the significant pollution risks of coal seam gas mining.

Santos have now publicly admitted to 20 hazardous events in the Pilliga forest, including a toxic spill of over 10,000 litres of untreated coal seam gas water.

The ongoing spills, leaks and cover-ups taking place in the Pilliga Forest provide on-the-ground evidence of the serious risks involved in the coal seam gas industry. It is obvious that self-regulation by coal seam gas companies is failing.

Kimberley:  Buru Energy has recently commenced ‘tight gas’ fracking operations just 80km from Broome (Yulleroo field) without any environmental impact assessment – thanks to the WA EPA refusing to assess it. The EPA and WA Government Ministers claim that environmental assessment isn’t necessary because the industry is regulated by the WA Mines Department but this ‘regulation’ was recently exposed as a myth by the WA Auditor General.

Three women, three geese, and three frogs, make a fair

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three frogs

I’ve been walking by and coveting this house for over 7 years, amazed the frogs remain intact. I dream of it coming on the market so I can dream of it being mine.

With the three frogs in situ, all I’d have to do is assemble much wine & cheese for which the women would come, and as it was being consumed the geese part would take care of itself.

*“Three women, three geese, and three frogs, make a fair” proverb

Frog house, Newtown, NSW Australia