Bits and Pieces
Have your say Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2016 00:00

The City of Darwin has identified Vesteys Reserve in Fannie Bay as being potentially suitable for community - based recreational facilities. However, before making any decision about its future use, an independent consultation pro cess has been launched and closes on 12 August 2016 .

To have your say about the future of this parcel of public coastal land go to darwin.nt.gov.au/vesteys.

 
This month’s PC tip Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2016 00:00

If you’r e looking for something precise in a long text brought up on a site from a search engine such as Google, just hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and press ‘f’ . A search box will pop up on your screen and you can type any word into it. The internet browser will find and highlight e ach instance of that word as it appears on that page. You can also click the ‘next’ button to bring up the next instance of the word further in the text.

 
Car Boot Sales Print E-mail
Friday, 01 July 2016 00:00

The dry s eason car boot sales at The Trailer Boat Club have resumed and take place from 8.30am on the last Saturday of the month. There’s also a newcomer this year: the Sanderson Neighbourhood Activity Centre is hosting a community village and car boot sale from 8am on the first Saturday of the month at 60 Matthews Road in Wulagi. As well as second - hand articles for sale, there will also be handicrafts, food, coffee and music.

For further information go to sanderson-nac.wordpress.com.

 
Johnston MLA office has relocated Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 00:00

The office in Rapid Creek Shopping Village has closed and has relocated to Jape Homemaker Village, Bagot Road. You’ll find it next to Leading Edge, between Forty Winks and Jape. The telephone number, 8999 6620, is unchanged.

 
Orchid Spectacular Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 00:00

The NT Orchid Spectacular, now in its 26 th year, is the largest annual orchid show in Australia. Featuring tropical blooms at their finest, it also offers the chance to see and learn more about other beautiful plants such as bromeliads, gingers and heliconias.

Visitors will be able to purchase orchids and other plants from exhibiting nurseries and clubs, and ask questions of experts, and watch potting demonstrations by orchid, bonsai and bromeliad grow ers. The Spectacular runs from 9am to 4pm on 18 and 19 June in the Foskey Pavillion, Darwin Showgrounds, Winnellie.

 
At the Botanic Garden Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 00:00

At 10am on 29 M ay , as part of the events to mark the first Australia and New Zealand Botanic Gardens Open Day, the new African - Madagascan Garden will be officially opened at the George Brown Botanic G arden. The Malagasy community of Darwin will be providing refreshments and entertainment, and there will also be displays and guided tours.

 
National Trust and NT Historical Society Talk Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 00:00

Dr Clayton Fredericksen is an archaeologist who, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, conducted a series of excavations at the Fort Dun das Settlement site. Dr Frederickson will be presenting his findings in a talk entitled Fort Douglas, Melville Island: The First British Settlement in Northern Australia at 5.30 for 6pm on 27 May at Burnett House, Larrakeyah. For further information, call 8946 6835 (BH) or 8927 9459 (AH).

 
On our doorstep Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2016 00:00

Fannie B ay History and Heritage Society has just published a fascinating guide to some of the historical industrial sites in and around the Fannie Bay area. The booklet is well illustrated with contemporary photographs; the locations described are located on a handy map and are generally accessible to the public. The booklet will be available at the FBHHS stand at the Seniors’ Expo on 3 June at the introductory price of $5 .

 
Men’s Health Week Print E-mail
Monday, 06 June 2016 00:00

The life expectancy of a boy born in Australia in the 2010s is 78.0 years while a girl born at the same time could expect to live to the age of 82.3 years. From the time of birth, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts. Men take their own lives at five times the rate of women: five men a day on average. Accidents, cancer and heart disease account for the majority of male deaths. And yet men are, generally speaking, reluctant to talk about their well - being or consult a health professional.

This year’s Men’s Health Week, which runs from 13 to 19 June , aims to encourage boys and men to reflect and act on issues of concern to them. As part of this initiative, a men’s health expo and check will be available - from 11am to 1pm on 15 June at the corner of Toupein Road and Georgina Crescent, Palmerston (contact: Clifford Taylor – 8999 3372) - from 10am to 2pm on 16 June in S mith Street Mall, Darwin CBD (contact : Jason Bonson – 8999 6139) .

 
Old Age Happiness Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 June 2016 00:00

A stud y of 341,000 people published by the American National Academy of Sciences (www.nasonline.org) has found that enjo yment of life dwindled in early adulthood, but took an upward turn in the late 40s, finally peaking at the age of 85. Elderly people today not only benefit from better health and a secure income, but also from heightened language and decision - making abilities – which continue to improve throughout life as the brain matures.

The findings are explained in You ’re Looking Very Well by Professor Lewis Wolpert who beli e ves that this late - onset bliss may be because in old age we become more selective about how we use our time, focusing more on things we enjoy, rather than the things that make us unhappy.

 
2016 Census Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 June 2016 00:00

The next National Census will take place on 9 August and the Australian B ureau of Statistics is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic self - starters to fill the some 6,000 temporary Field Officer positions in the Territory. Field Officers play a critical role by visiting households, encouraging on - line participation and ensurin g that everyone is included in the count. They earn around $21 an hour, and are also responsible for administrative tasks and the security of Census material.

If you are a tech - savvy senior and know your community, the ABS would like to hear from you. You need to be a good communicator, reasonably fit, licensed to drive, and willing to travel and work independently. Because the Census is going digital, you’ll need to have and be willing to use a home computer and internet connection. For further information or to apply, go to abs.gov.au/careers. Applications close on 29 May .

 
Around Darwin Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 June 2016 00:00

Florenz Court, Virginia (historically known as the 17 Mile) was named for Florenz (Flo) Augustus Karl Bleeser, a well - respected botanist who collected many tropical plants in the Darwin area. Ernestine Hill described him as the Territory’s ‘only’ naturalist. He joined the Postmaster General’s Department in Darwin as a junior operator in 1890 and for many years was Assistant Postmaster in Darwin.

In later years he was the Cost and Accounts Clerk controlling PMG works in the Territory. He retired in 1931, was evacuated from Darwin in 1941 and died in 1942; he was buried in Lyndoch Cemetery, SA.

 
Birds – and other things! Print E-mail
Friday, 03 June 2016 00:00

Part  forty five – Continuation: Flying High, Looking Down

Well, here I am again with my confessions and random jottings about the effect clouds can have on an aficionado (sounds much better than ‘addict’, wouldn’t you agree? It implies a certain je ne sais quoi that is not present in related words such as fanatic, junkie, zealot and all the rest!)

Anyhow, have you ever looked up to see the pretty little puffs of cloud set in orderly rows, looking like a miniature army marching across the sky? Sometimes they can dissolve into smaller particles resembling the ripple effect left on the sand when the tide recedes. The ir absolute uniformity creates such a calming impression on one’s mood as they are totally non - aggressive when viewed from below – or even from above when seen from a jet plane’s small porthole window. Similarly, when the same window frames a host of gauzy , white, cotton wool balls drifting as if by magic along the slip - stream before fading into the never - never, a feeling of peace also prevails.

Decidedly unlike the equally spectacular surging, rolling, darkening storm clouds that indicate an instant down pour of rain, hail, sleet or snow. Observing these menacing fifty shades of grey, I often wonder whether it would be possible to capture the fleeting moments of these sky theatrics on to a canvas and make the painted scene look as dramatic and interesting as in reality.

Once, when looking out of the plane’s window, way above the murky clouds lurking ahead and below us, I noticed that ice crystals were forming on the wing edge before being snatched away by force, into the distant wherever. Then, as the dark clouds reached slowly upwards enveloping the plane as we bounced through the developing storm, the view became blurred as wispy strands of ice and water on the outer glass soon obscured the whole ‘airscape’.

At the time, I wondered whether the crystals a nd raindrops would huddle together to form hailstones and, as they fell earthward, would they meet warmer air down below us, melt and revert back into an acceptable rain shower or would they gather and form into larger hailstones pelting down from ugly black clouds? Or maybe they would turn into snowflakes, falling gently to earth through a chilled, misty whiteout?

I recall an incident many years ago of being up on the side of a mountain (ie a very high hill!) cocooned in the inevitable cloud vapours, and the actuality of being inside a cloud was a very cold, wet experience – regardless of how pretty the cloud may have looked from ground level! The thick air seems to cling to your body, prickling and stinging your eyes, while you may also be Keeping an open mind buffeted by gusty winds. And, of course, if you are high enough up to be in cloud you are usually high enough in altitude to suffer the discomfort of breathing difficulties. The cloud also prevents you from seeing the beautiful view down below – which was why you climbed up there in the first place! All in all a very disappointing adventure.

So why would anyone want to be a mountaineer? I would much prefer to see my clouds from ground or sea level, looking upwards. (Oh drat! That crick in my neck won’t let me write any more!).

Gayle Carroll

 
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