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starkers
Reply #81 Saturday, January 15, 2011 10:53 PM

The bloke on the tug that steered the concrete walkway....he deserves a medal....

That would have taken out the bridge.....

Yeah, he sure does... more than a medal, in fact.  The damage would have been more than extreme... catastrophic, even... so I'd give him a knighthood and the keys to the city.  That piece of walkway was 600m long, so it was an extraordinary feat in the conditions to have guided it safely away from the bridge pylons.  If that doesn't afford him hero status, what does?

mrs_starkers
Reply #82 Sunday, January 16, 2011 3:32 AM

the amount of people that are helping is just amazing, a community effort  by all, I think they need a medal also.

mrs_starkers
Reply #83 Sunday, January 16, 2011 5:10 AM

Here is a link to the latest news,  its confirmed 17 deaths I did hear that went to 18, so sad to hear of many life's have been lost. link here

sydneysiders
Reply #84 Sunday, January 23, 2011 5:08 AM

scary thing about that pic, Doc. They do have bull sharks in the Brisbane River.   

 

you weren't kidding.....   link... 

 

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or maybe it was just Starkers' bank manager....  

DrJBHL
Reply #85 Sunday, January 23, 2011 5:28 AM

sydneysiders
scary thing about that pic, Doc. They do have bull sharks in the Brisbane River.   

 

you weren't kidding.....   link... 

 

edit

or maybe it was just Starkers' bank manager....  

 

"Waters Recede From Goodna" 

Well, certainly good news, but see what was revealed. Clearly, the blighter was after 'is nibbs' Curried Cabbage!

Uvah
Reply #86 Sunday, January 23, 2011 6:06 AM

That is a very big shark. starkers better break out his Blaster XLL to get rid of that dude. Used sparingly of course. Australia's got enough to deal with without greenish/brown fogs muckin' things up even more.

starkers
Reply #87 Sunday, January 23, 2011 6:30 AM

scary thing about that pic, Doc. They do have bull sharks in the Brisbane River.



you weren't kidding..... link...



edit

or maybe it was just Starkers' bank manager....

Yeah, back in the 70's we used to swim in the Brisbane River at Goodna... until we started spotting sharks, that is.  A meat works opened further upstream at Dinmore... the effluent from there attracts the sharks, so we decided we'd bite the bullet and pay the 20c to get into the local public pool.

The only trouble with that, though, cleaner water and everybody knew who peed in the pool.

My fondest memory of the public pool was throwing in a Poly Waffle bar (looked like a floating turd) and watching everybody urgently clamoring for the edge to get out.

*EDIT*   My son informs me that sharks were sighted car park at the St Ives Shopping Centre on the corner of Smiths Rd and Queen St.... about a km from where the river usually runs.  (I don't/won't go there myself, but Google Maps would enlighten those not familiar with the area)

DrJBHL
Reply #88 Sunday, January 23, 2011 8:04 AM

I'm sure Shaunna had something to say about it, mate.... (ironic title, wot?).

mrs_starkers
Reply #89 Sunday, January 23, 2011 8:37 AM

I'm sure Shaunna had something to say about it, mate.... (ironic title, wot?).

I sure did but don't tell everyone, doh poop i just did , one day I will learn too keep my trap shut

Uvah
Reply #90 Sunday, January 23, 2011 9:39 AM

Maybe they're looking for left overs.

mrs_starkers
Reply #91 Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:08 AM

or salmon sandwiches

Uvah
Reply #92 Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:18 AM

How's it going down there Shaunna. I heard something about another storm they were keeping an eye on. Everybody OK?

mrs_starkers
Reply #93 Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:26 AM

yeah all good here so far 

Uvah
Reply #94 Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:18 PM

Not really wanting to be the bearer of more bad news but I'mhoping to give a heads up.

Cyclones to hit flood-weary Australia

Cyclones to hit flood-weary Australia AFP/File – Water from recent flooding is seen submerging a town in Australia. The flood-shattered nation is bracing …

SYDNEY (AFP) – Flood-shattered Australia braced for further downpours on Sunday as two tropical cyclones hammered toward the devastated northeast, threatening further misery for already submerged towns.

Tropical Cyclone Anthony was intensifying as it closed in on Queensland state, where it was expected to cross the coast between 10:00 pm Sunday and 4:00 am Monday near the northeastern city of Townsville, the weather bureau said.

Abnormally high tides were forecast along the coast along with intense rain and flooding to catchments already brimming from a deluge that destroyed vast areas of the state earlier this month, swamping tens of thousands of homes and killing 35 people.

"Destructive wind gusts are expected to develop about coastal and island communities close to the cyclone centre as it approaches the coast late tonight," the bureau said.

Currently a category two, Anthony is expected to peak on Sunday evening and weaken as it makes landfall, with winds of up to 165 kilometres an hour (100 mph) and between 200 and 400 millimetres of rain.

A tropical low off Fiji was highly likely to develop into a cyclone in the next 24-48 hours according weather experts, with Australian officials warning it could reach category four strength by the time it hit Queensland on Thursday.

The last category four system to strike northeastern Australia, Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry, wrought almost Aus$1 billion in damage back in March 2006 and unleashed some of that region's heaviest flooding in decades.

"Queensland continues to face the prospect of two very significant weather events in the next five days," said Queensland premier Anna Bligh, urging residents in Anthony's path to "batten down the hatches".

The second system, which is yet to develop into a full-blown cyclone or be named, was a "very large" weather event which was likely to bring destructive winds and heavy rainfall, said Bligh.

"We are looking at not only a potentially damaging cyclone but more very heavy rainfall which ... could fall into river catchments and cause further flooding beyond the cyclone," she said.

It would be unwelcome news for the many thousands of Queensland residents still reeling from December's Tropical Cyclone Tasha which unleashed flooding across an area larger than France and Germany combined.

"Yes, we have come through a very difficult time and our emergency resources have certainly been tested in the past couple of weeks,' said Bligh.

"We are not battle weary we are battle ready."

Uvah
Reply #96 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 8:32 AM

I tested the above link and it works.

DrJBHL
Reply #97 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 9:12 AM

From AU Gov't. site:

Uvah
Reply #98 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 9:23 AM

That is one ******* huge storm. Hope no one we know is in its path. Wish nobody was in its path. Looks big enough to take out half the country. Too bad they couldn't move those giant wind turbines NASA uses. Those suckers can generate winds up to a thousand mph I'm told. Use 'em to blow the damn thing back out to sea.

tazgecko
Reply #99 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 9:48 AM

It's one big cyclone around 260km/hr winds, 500km across. Everyone is about as prepared as they can be. People have been moving out of the area and everything has been locked down tight. Queenslanders are use to this type of thing ... just not this big. It's going to cause a lot of damage.

Another problem is the amount of rain which going to be dumped further south ... just what flood effected land needs.

They are having a hard time up there at the moment.

Uvah
Reply #100 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 11:30 AM

I don't doubt it Taz. Over here we're bracing for one hellacious winter storm. Predictions are ominous. Blizzard conditions, whiteouts affecting one third of the country. They're calling it 'deadly'. The northeast, where I'm at might only see rain because the storm is tracking north but that could change. Then another is set for the weekend. Seems no one is catching a break. I'll be so glad, as I'm sure most people here and there, when this weather settles down. Its too damn much already.

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