Shelly Beach Snippets 8. March, 2014.
Summer is officially over but it is still very warm and rather humid. Unfortunately the drought in the bush has not yet been broken, however, the cattle are being fed and the farmers are feeling happier knowing they now have the support of the nation.
The biggest ship to visit Oz, the Queen Mary 2 was far too big to fit under Sydney Harbour Bridge when she sailed in on a whirlwind visit as part of her second circumnavigation of Oz. This gracious lady was a spectacular sight berthed at the upgraded overseas passenger terminal alongside The Sydney Opera House. Brightly lit up at night with glorious reflections she was a fairytale picture. She will return on March 14th.
Qantas the Flying Kangaroo is in big trouble and will be axing 5000 jobs over the next five years. Wage freezes- cuts to the fleets- selling aircraft – leasing out airports. Whatever it takes to get the airline out of the red and flourishing once again is the big plan.
“A quarter million dollar diamond down the hatch”. A British backpacker is accused of swallowing a rare pink diamond from a Cairns Jewellery Store. Tests have been taken but not yet found; meanwhile Detectives are keeping a close eye on his movements. Pink diamonds from the Argyle mine in Western Australia are worth twenty times the usual value of the equivalent white diamonds. It would seem that diamonds are still a girl’s best friend especially pink ones.
Australian Cardinal Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, has been chosen by Pope Francis to head off to Rome for the position of new Finance Ministry created to oversee the Holy See’s Economical Affairs.
Once again the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras weekend in Sydney proved a great success, as thousands from around the world joined in the fun. Each year this over the top extravaganza leaves onlookers gasping at the spectacular and sometimes outrageous costumes. Ten thousand participants all eager to strut their stuff on one hundred and fourteen colourful floats, the show is absolutely fabulous.
After much speculation three Aussie golden girls walked away with four Oscars at the 57th Awards for 2014. Cate Blanchett, Beverley Dunn, and Catherine Martin all three glamorous and sprinkled with star dust accepted the honour with frank delight.
There was drama at the cricket as South Africa beat Australia by 231 runs and took the second test to level the series. Even more drama as the Aussies pulled off a stunning victory on the final day at Cape Town claiming the third series victory and the trophy.
A two-tonne teenage elephant seal, three and a half metres long, kept an audience fascinated at Sorrento Beach in Western Australia, as he covered himself with sand, closed his eyes and rested in the sunshine. Exhausted after hunting in deep waters, and with his belly full of food he needed to sleep before heading back to sub-Antarctic Islands and doing it all again. Good luck and safe travelling Mr. Seal.
The word has got around and the birds in the garden have been very busy visiting and bringing their friends. This week we had two Yellow Wattle birds and two Little Wattle birds, a Pink and Grey Galah popped in, a perky Pee Wee, and happily the Butcher bird has become a regular serenading us every morning. The colourful Lorikeets still have the numbers arriving in a flock and always at the same time. Nature is wondrous. We are fortunate indeed to have our feathered friends.