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Australia’s strange, furry marsupials

So the Royal couple were delighted to see and handle a bilby downunder.   Wiki:

Bilbies have the characteristic long bandicoot muzzle and very long ears. They are about 29–55 cm in length. Compared to bandicoots, they have a longer tail, bigger ears, and softer, silky fur. The size of their ears allows them to have better hearing as well.

They are nocturnal omnivores that do not need to drink water, as they get all the moisture they need from their food, which includes insects and their larvae, seeds, spiders, bulbs, fruit, fungi, and very small animals. Most food is found by digging or scratching in the soil, and using their very long tongues.

They’re suited to semi-desert areas.


The wombat is more widely spread. Wiki:

They are adaptable in habitat tolerance, and are found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas of south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania, as well as an isolated patch of about 300 hectares (740 acres) in Epping Forest National Park[2] in central Queensland.

Flying fish hit plane


From This is True:

A plane taking off from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., hit something and aborted the flight.

Assuming it was a bird strike, wildlife manager Lindsey Garven was called to locate it. She couldn’t find any dead birds, but she did find a dead fish. DNA evidence later confirmed that it was the fish that hit the plane.

“This was the first fish strike we have had on base,” Garven said. The pilot, NOAA Lt. Cmdr. Nicholas Toth, was skeptical. “At first, we didn’t believe the test results,” he said. “I mean, how does something like that even happen?”

Garven theorized a bird of prey was eating by the runway and took off, dropping the fish on the plane.

MacDill personnel now refer to the incident as the “fishnado”. (MS/Tampa Bay Tribune)


Keeping it in perspective


Quite interesting how things happen at the same time.

I haven’t been able to blog since early yesterday because my skin decided to erupt, especially around the wrist and hands, though it’s now also spread to legs and neck.   As the two things I’m doing right now are blogging and building, it’s quite uncanny.

There were two points yesterday when epoxy spilt onto first my wrist and then my leg.   So I expected skin issues later and immediately washed and scrubbed the glue off upstairs.   It did get rid of it and didn’t even cause inflammation but what it did do was set off a condition which has been a worry since last year – the skin erupts up and down arms, legs and neck but seemingly nowhere else.   It’s like needles everywhere and prevents sleep, needless to say.

So that was the issue in the past 14 hours or so and I think I’d best get to the doc to sort out – I’ll call them today.…

And pigs may safely graze

5832ff9c97Every now and then something comes up that reminds one of those strange and sometimes unsavory moments you come across in life.

Yesterday the plumber arrived for the first stage of the bathroom update. Before he went, we had a cup of tea and discussed the usual things and what the time scale for the job would be etc.

I asked him how was business and this story emerged.

Before Christmas he had a call out to a property with a burst pipe. On arrival, he was shown into a downstairs “bathroom” where the burst pipe was, somehow the main delivery pipe that ran along one wall had been ‘stood’ on and fractured.

He asked how long it had been like that as there was a lot of water on the floor and they said a couple of months !

At first they said to get water they turned the mains back on and filled what they could and then turned it of again, but that meant the floor getting very wet so they had just used bottled water for everything for most of the two months, it was obvious that they had failed to get anyone to mend the pipe if they had bothered at all.…


This is right about Iceland chicken:

Had some chicken legs from Iceland just this week. They were huge, the biggest I have ever seen, and were nearly as big as turkey legs. Sampled it, but I couldn’t eat them. They did not look natural and put me right off. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, it might in size, but not in taste when pumped up !! Clever packaging means you can’t see what you are getting with some food products. Either these chickens are going to the gym 3 times a week, though I have yet to see any in mine, or steroids might have something to do with it.

The fresh fillets don’t seem pumped up and gelled – the dry texture of the meat is still there but the cooked fillets are awful – they have a glazed feel and taste rubbery, not at all like real chicken breast which tends to shred.   I simply couldn’t eat the precooked and as for frozen, I never would.…