Saturday, 7 July 2018

Stick Figure - Easy Runaway

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Unemployment around Cairns and Townsville

Unemployment statistics get released based on two sizes of statistical area. The more frequent, the Statistical Area Level 4, comes out monthly, and has three areas of interest up here - Cairns, Townsville, and Queensland - Outback. These areas are rather large, with the Cairns SA4 including Mareeba, Atherton and well out past Ravenshoe.

The Statistical Area Level 2 statistics come out quarterly, and each area is a cluster of about two or three suburbs. Trinity Beach is, for example, lumped with Trinity Park and Smithfield. The areas are too small to be useful, but can be compiled into more meaningful areas, as below.

The March 2018 figures got released this week, and after compiling the figures at work I emailed a little table to myself to post here. The last column is the change since March 2017.


Townsville's rate leapt up around the time and in part due to Clive Palmer's nickel refinery closed down, and still hasn't recovered. It used to be below that of Cairns.

The last year seems to have been pretty good for the North, with improvements across the board.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Hawkfishes

Here are a couple of hawkfish being typical hawkfish - perched on good vantage point on the coral, and closely watching their surrounds for danger or food coming close.

Falco hawkfish

Flame hawkfish

Monday, 4 June 2018

Another baby at the Cairns Aquarium

Another youngster on display at the Cairns Aquarium is a small pig-nosed turtle. I don't know if it's one reared in house from the mature turtles that were on display previously. Those adults seem to have disappeared from display, which makes me wonder if they're in isolation due to illness or if they died. Hopefully it's the former and they'll be back in the future.


Sunday, 3 June 2018

Baby clown anemonefish at the Cairns Aquarium

It looks like the Cairns Aquarium has had some breeding success with their clown anemonefish. One of their anemones is now host to a large family of one of the most famous of the Reef's inhabitants. I was passing through late in the day with nobody else around, but I can imagine the squeals of excitement from kids as they encounter this tank.

Around the anemone you'll notice a fair bit of algae growing on the fake coral, which was all there was in this tank in the beginning. I've noticed more and more live coral, anemones and other life in the tanks so I think they've realised that keeping the tanks algae free is easier if you allow other things to compete for space. I'm delighted by this development after initially being disappointed by how little real reef was on display.


Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Dead South - In Hell I'll Be In Good Company


A catchy little song with banjo well worth a listen at regular speed, then at 1.25 or even 1.5 times speed using that little settings button.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Mmmm... Chocolate.

An email I received this week had an attention grabbing heading: Free chocolate sample!!! (exclamation marks in the original). Yes, my Woolworths reward card was giving me a bonus, a block of a chocolate brand I hadn't tried before - Frey chocolate. There were two new flavours they were promoting to choose from, both a little different to the usual bars.


Milk Cranberry? Well, you don't usually see that in the chocolate aisle, but I have had chocolate coated cranberries from the dried fruit aisle. No, Not different enough.

Milk Crunchy Corn! I had to give it a try. My first bite seemed to only get chocolate, but it was immediately noticeable it was good chocolate, very good. The second bite had corn, and it works - both in crunch and taste. The corn is a stronger and sweeter flavour than rice, which I've had in chocolate before. The corn is, I think, nicer. I don't think it beats rum raisin, but certainly better than hazelnut. If you see it on the shelves, give it a try.

I hadn't had Frey's before but probably will again now, so it was a good promotion for them. Looking at their website it seems they have some flavours I'm not seeing on the shelves: Vanilla bourbon sounds like one I might like. Mango-raspberry? Kirsch with sugar crust?

I often find myself in the chocolate aisle hoping to find something new and different. This was something different, but may soon be normal for me. Hopefully Frey will start distributing their more unusual flavours in the stores here.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

One benefit of being a lazy gardener

Agile wallaby (Macropus agilis)
I've been meaning to clear out my small garden for quite a while. It's overgrown with climbers, has lots of ferns underneath, and a couple of plants I have tried to kill keep springing back. It's quite closed in around the patio, with a small open area, and seems to be an attractive spot for the above wallaby. I'm fairly confident it's the same one I've seen two other times in the last week.

I suspect ongoing development near the entrance of Trinity Beach, which has cleared a large field that was home to a large wallaby population, has driven them into areas that they previously didn't occupy - including my garden. I also saw one that had been killed by a car on Moore Street recently, and worry that we'll see more suffer that fate.

Light up the night