Discussion in 'Australia, NZ, Pacific' started by Moi621, Dec 4, 2017.
Is this for real? Getting a distinctly 'boys own adventure' vibe here
Don’t know if it still runs but at the bottom of what was once called ‘The Scenic Railway’ (not The Scenic Skyway) at Katoomba turn left for approx 2km (?), wander up the slope until you find the entrance to an old mineshaft. Looks more like a natural cave opening though. That’s as accurate as I can get 61 or so years later. OH, and watch out for the leaches.
It still runs! And as far as I know, it's still the steepest railway on planet Earth. Feels every bit of that when you're on it, too!
Not familiar with the area you're referring to, but doesn't surprise me to hear there are old mine shafts. Or that there are leeches aplenty. Damp and cool sort of area, no?
Bad luck Ashleigh, I always thought that this game was going to be A Riske
Fun In Queensland, O.Z.
Gender reveal stunt causes car to catch fire in Australia
GOLD COAST, Australia (CNN) - Queensland police have released video of a man's car bursting into flames, in a bid to deter others from similar actions.
The driver was performing a burnout - spinning the wheels to create smoke - as part of a gender reveal.
It was driven about 100 meters before it caught fire, with panicked onlookers running to rescue the driver.
The incident shown in the video happened in April 2018, but other failed burnout gender reveals also have taken place.
Police confirmed that no one was injured. Also, it's a boy.
There is a video at the link.
Not on YouTube , yet.
Probably practising for the Darwin Award.
Howdy Doody. Oh I have been here lurking around in the shadows
It was a "gender reveal" stunt.
A son is in the cooker.
Disqualifies him for a Darwin Award.
mightn’t be his!
What does his exosuit do besides make a good Halloween costume.
oops, you don't have Halloween,
It augments his own strength. He originally thought it could help his Dad who is a builder and does a lot of heavy lifting. It increases his lifting ability by 60 kilos.
Remember the Loader in Alien?
Dozens of birds fall from the sky like 'a horror movie.'
They were poisoned, experts say
Nearly 60 dying birds fell from the sky in Australia, leaving witnesses horrified.
Sarah King, founder of local nonprofit Casper's Bird Rescue in Adelaide, a city in Southern Australia, was contacted by a member of her staff who discovered corella birds falling out of nearby trees and the sky.
A few were dead on sight. The rest, she told the Guardian, were screaming in pain with blood gushing out of their eyes and beaks.
"What we were seeing was something out of a horror movie,” she said to the Guardian.
King suspected poisoning of the birds, as the short-billed species of corella — a type of cockatoo — is a known pest in Australia. They are known to kill crops and damage power lines.
"The birds weren't able to fly and were lying on the ground wailing in pain," King told the BBC. "Some birds were bleeding out of their mouth. That immediately made us think of poisoning, which we've seen before."
The long-billed corella is a protected species, and individuals who kill them could receive jail time and fines.
Poisoned by farmers?
BTW how are the bunnies doing since the germ warfare on them?
How about the dingoes?
Don't ize Australia
Corellas aren’t loved as they can be destructive.
There was a story a while ago about poisoned wedge tailed eagles. There are still a few old farmers who believe that the eagles will take a lamb and this one employee, a New Zealander, killed more than 400 of the birds over four years.
There are fewer rabbits around now but I still see some along the freeway grazing on the grass at dusk.
Dunno about the dingoes.
Australia's foreign pest problems aren't just limited to bunnies or land, the Department of Primary Industries now have their sights set on eradicating carp from the country's waterways as well, following the success of the calicivirus.
"What is being proposed is what's known as a koi herpes virus with intention to reduce the population of carp to allow the recovery of native fish populations."
"In some of Australia's waterways that have huge numbers of carp in them, estimates say 80-90 percent of those waterway's fishlife or biomass is actually carp."
(From Xinhua and I’ve lost the page)
Those carp have become a problem in rivers.
The barrier that was supposed to keep them out of Lake Michigan
has not worked.
How bad tasting can they be?
So who is killing those birds?
I think perhaps farmers are poisoning the birds.
It’s said that the carp taste muddy. I’ve never tasted them.
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