The choice quote comes from convention delegate Brett Blade, who is reported as saying:
"You can't allow crocodiles to come into the main street of Cairns and eat people - and that is exactly what's happening"
Au contraire Brett, I think they should close one lane of the Cairns main street to traffic for the exclusive use of crocodiles.
Firstly, a declaration of slight personal regret today. I was unable to attend the Walk Against Warming in Sydney this morning because it was... er, too cold.
The fact is that I am still recovering from the effects of a rather aggressive little URTI earlier this week. Despite the weather there were still 10,000 people who did the march from Martin Place to the Botanic Gardens, which is great news. More demonstrations around the world on November 4 coming up.
Sir Nicholas Stern's costings of the impact of climate change are massive, yet I feel that they could still be an underestimate.
I'm putting some of my video archives from the last couple of years onto Youtube. (Note, however, that I have decided not to place any videos of Adara on unrestricted access.)
First up, the one video that I have previously placed onto Youtube - that of the "Stop The Bombing" rally in Sydney on August 12 during the Israeli attack on southern Lebanon.
I'm continuing to migrate my cricket site into my new Drupal-powered content management system. This will take a while as I do this in my spare time (eg, rainy Saturday mornings).
For cricket afficionados, cricket.rickeyre.com will continue to be your starting point for all things cricket. I've added a Technorati-driven list of recent posts on the blogosphere with the tags "ashes" and "cricket" as a means of following discussion of the Ashes over the coming months.
GPS-Equipped Pigeons Enlisted as Pollution Bloggers - A project known as PigeonBlog is using birds carrying high-tech backpacks to create accurate, detailed urban pollution maps. Related projects are also taking flight. [National Geographic]
Now let me get this straight... National Geographic don't have a reputation for doing April Fools Day jokes in November, do they?
Which means that Pigeonblog is for real, too.
October 31 is All Hallows Eve. Over the years it has been corrupted into Halloween. The Church of England Diocese of Manchester is promoting a campaign called Halloween Choice. It's not intended to eliminate all the gruesome "fun" of Halloween, but rather to promote the positive and Christian aspects of All Hallows Eve and lobbies retail outlets to provide more diversity in their marketing.
halloweenchoice.org has more information. I think it would be nice to see this campaign taken up by the church in other areas, including Australia.
The report by Sir Nicholas Stern on the projected impact of climate change is out, as we all know by now. It is available in full from the British Treasury web site.
I'm flagging it now till I read the 27-page executive summary and then make some comments based upon that.