Archive for February, 2011

04 Feb 2011


No Comments Quote of the day

04 Feb 2011

Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide!

1 Comment Typically Aussie, Weather Down Under and Up Above

I just have to admit I really like the Australian Weather Bureau of Meterology. You can get so much information, statistics and data from them it’s insane. In comparison SMHI (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) seems like a joke and if you want to see any statistics over temperature or such you have to pay for them.

Yesterday I was interested and reading about the UV index in Australia and directly found some interesting information and forecasts. For example I found out that the UV index at noon today is going to be extreme in the entire country.

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03 Feb 2011

I’m going!

1 Comment Quote of the day

03 Feb 2011

Queensland needs a break

3 Comments Queensland (QLD)

Cyclone Yasi’s path of destruction(red arrow) compared to Cyclone Larry back in 2006, a cyclone that caused major destruction.

Powerlines and trees are down and houses are damaged but luckily no-one has been reported killed or seriously injured and it doesn’t seem like the cyclone was quite as devastating as many feared. Cyclone Yasi is the first tropical cyclone since 1918 to to strike land with the maximum intensity of category 5. The cyclone crossed the coast at about midnight on Wednesday, local time, near Mission Beach, (138 km south of Cairns, 1500 km north of Brisbane) and battered an area of coastline extending as far south as Ayr, 320km away. In addition to the strongest winds ever registered in Australia (285 km/h equal to 79 m/s), record-high waves of up to 9 meters were recorded off Townsville.


Status last night (Swedish time) – downgraded to a category 3

Today small farming towns, hundreds of kilometres from the sea, were experiencing wind gusts of up to 90 km/h (25 m/s) as Cyclone Yasi moved inland.


Status this morning (Swedish time) – downgraded to a category 1 as Yasi was moving inland hitting farming communities with little experience of cyclone conditions.


Cyclone Yasi damaged boats worth millions of dollars when it slammed into the Port Hinchinbrook Marina at Cardwell.

No, not the bananas!


The National Farmers Federation reports that in repeat of Cyclone Larry at least 85% of the $200 million banana industry is gone. Cyclone Yasi destroyed all the banana plants in the major growing regions of Tully and Innisfail, which supply more than three-quarters of the nation’s bananas. The banana production is not estimated to return to normal levels for another 12 to 18 months. The damage could heighten pressure to allow foreign banana imports, which are opposed by farmers who are anxious to keep their industry disease-free. Many consumers stopped buying the fruit altogether after Cyclone Larry pushed prices above $3 a banana and it’s not unlikely that the same will happen again. The sugar industry is also counting the cost of the disaster, with suggestions crop losses of up to half a billion dollars.

Trailer homes are not a good idea in a cyclone.

Cyclone comparision

03 Feb 2011

What the f**k!

No Comments Sverige

My SIM card seems to be broken. The phone says No SIM and the card doesn’t work in my work phone either. But my work SIM works in the iPhone so it’s not Apple’s fault….not this time. It can take up to 3 workdays to get the new SIM so I’m guessing I’ll be phoneless until the beginning of next week. Knowing Halebop though I’m not sure I’ll recieve the mail with the new SIM at all. 😛

01 Feb 2011

Not according to plan

No Comments Quote of the day

01 Feb 2011

Guide to the Aussies

2 Comments Typically Aussie

I’ve earlier mentioned Xenophobe’s Guide to the Swedes and I found out that there is of course a guide to the Aussies as well.

Aussies do say “G’day.” At all levels of friendship, all levels of formality and all levels of family familiarity. The first word between two lovers in the morning is “G’day.” The other main greeting would have to be “G’day mate.” The reason why this brief greeting has such universal acceptance is simple: it’s the flies. The longer your mouth is open the more flies that can crawl in.

The book is one of a series of guides designed to tell the truth about other nations, using sweeping generalizations and observations as a base, detailing what to expect and how to cope with it. The guides try to explain why things are done the way they are and they try to allay the feelings of trepidation with which the xenophobe approaches new territory.

The book is available for example at the Swedish online bookstore Adlibris for only 69 SEK – HERE.

*Xenophobia is an irrational fear of foreigners.

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