United Nations Survey

Last month a world-wide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was:-

“Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?”

The survey was a huge failure because of the following:

In Eastern Europe they didn’t know what “honest” meant.

In Western Europe they didn’t know what “shortage” meant.

In Africa they didn’t know what “food” meant.

In China they didn’t know what “opinion” meant.

In the Middle East they didn’t know what “solution” meant.

In South America they didn’t know what “please” meant.

In the US they didn’t know what “the rest of the world” meant.

In Australia they hung up because they couldn’t understand the Indian accent.

Lake George

Lake George is an ancient lake, believed to be more than a million years old. Originally, small streams drained its catchment into the Yass River, but then the Lake George Escarpment rose due to major crustal movement along a strong fault line, blocking this drainage and forming the lake. Lake George has in previous Ice Ages been much larger and deeper.

The thickness of sediment beneath the lake exceeds 250 metres, according to a Bureau of Mineral Resources Canberra drilling program in the 1982/83 summer. The oldest sediments, which lie some distance above the bedrock, were dated at 3 – 5 million years using spore and pollen analysis and magnetic reversal stratigraphy

Emirates A380

Well its been poking about on the weekday mornings about 8am, no surprises for whos got a A380 now… but checkout the first class!

The Emirates A380 promises customers in all classes a whole new travel experience*. Designed to transport passengers on long-haul journeys in unmatched comfort, the Emirates A380 boasts First Class Shower Spas, a spacious onboard Lounge, and our award-winning ice inflight entertainment system offering over 1,000 channels of movies, music and games on-demand in all classes

Faces of Newtown – September 13, 2009

Gerry’s photos from the street shooting exercise on September 13, 2009. Newtown, Sydney.

Newtown, some of the most colourful characters pass thru and live here – here we took a few hours out of a Sunday morning to set up shop to take some images of the people passing along the street in Newtown. Response varied from complete enthusiasm to abuse :)

This is a concept that has been done before, most notably and recently by a US photographer who set a white background on a street side and requested if perople would like their portrait taken. It was simple enough, setup the position, no background or anything fancy, just a flash and ask passing people if they would like their image taken, with the option of having it emailed to them! Given that Newtown is a common place for all sorts of people to hassle you on the street from everything from a spare dollar to signing up that new phone contract, it was not surprise it was hard to get peoples attention. However once we had a good flow of people, others become curious and interested. It was really great to see the different faces of the area and very interesting to how many visitors to the area there are on a weekend.

Hopefully we will do this again in a few years and see what the differences are like..

Temora Aviation Museum – Sabre 1st Public Flight

Temora has a rich and noteworthy aviation history having been home to the No. 10 Elementary Flying Training School (10 EFTS) set up by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in May 1941. No 10 EFTS was the largest and longest lived of the flying schools established under the Empire Air Training Scheme during World War Two (WWII).

Throughout WWII more than 10,000 personnel were involved at the school with upwards of 2,400 pilots being trained. At its peak the unit contained a total of 97 de Havilland Tiger Moth aircraft. Four satellite airfields were set up around the Temora district to cope with the demand to train RAAF pilots.