Some people say it is because they cannot turn down a free lunch, others might be doing it tough financially — whatever the reason, hundreds of Australians are fishing through dumpsters, hoping to score their next meal.Dumpster diving typically involves rummaging through a rubbish heap behind a retailer, with the view to find salvageable food.
Dr David Goodall’s life has been one of teaching, learning and discovery. Now the 104-year-old academic has departed on the last journey he will ever make.
As a group of family and friends gathers on a busy Wednesday afternoon in the departure hall of Perth Airport, it could be mistaken for just your regular farewell. The group clusters around a frail-looking man in a wheelchair, smiling, sharing a joke and a hug, as he prepares to board his flight. But at this farewell, there will be no coming home. David Goodall is going to die.
Make sure you have your Tissue’s handy – I have [Ed]
Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa set a new world record for the largest wave ever ridden. The athlete from Guaruja beat Garrett McNamara’s 2011 wave by two feet.
The judging panel for the Big Wave Awards concluded that the record-breaking wave surfed by Koxa at Nazaré, Portugal on November 8, 2017, was 80 feet (24.38 meters) overtaking Garrett McNamara’s record, whose wave was marked at 78 feet (23.77 meters) in 2011. More . . . .
April 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wahine tragedy, which claimed the lives of 53 people after the ferry ran aground in Wellington Harbour.
With 734 passengers and crew, Wahine left Lyttelton at 8.43pm on her final voyage and was due in Wellington the next day. In the run up the Canterbury and Kaikoura coast and across Cook Strait, conditions deteriorated. As the ferry entered the funnel of the Wellington Harbour entrance it was hit by Giselle’s high, strengthening winds and towering waves that were later in the morning estimated to be up to 12m high. More . . . .
It has been a freezing journey full of icy hazards around the world’s most remote continent, but Polish businessman Mariusz Koper and his crew have achieved their goal of an historic circumnavigation of Antarctica.The fierce weather hasn’t been the only foe, with crew members overcoming significant personal challenges to join the voyage. More . . . .
I had to share these two Animal Stories that tugged at my heartstrings on the same day. [Ed]
Alan Gent didn’t know his purpose in life until he retired and bought his granddaughter a horse named Rebel. That sparked a passion to save these loving creatures from the knackery, and restore the “soft and bright” look to their eyes. More . . . .
An old man dies. Alone except for his two old dogs, Indigo and Blue. They stayed by his side for weeks until his body is found. It’s the sort of tragic story that makes people wonder how it could happen, and often ends sadly for all involved — including the faithful pets. More . .
A young English family of five, desperate to visit a sick relative back home, attempts to sail from Australia in a rubber dinghy; instead they take a 6,500 kilometre, nine-month detour via Indonesia.
That is the absurd plot for Melbourne filmmaker Alessandro Frosali’s next project — but incredibly, it’s a true story. More . . .
Four young men have completed an epic 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic in a pedalo to help raise funds and awareness about mental health.
Henry Quinlan, Max Mossman, Paddy Johnson and Hector Turner left Gran Canaria on January 7th, and arrived to cheers in Antigua on Friday February 16th. More . . .
For those of us who can’t stand the thought of creepy crawlies or who jump at the sight of a shadow in the ocean, summer in Australia can be a challenging time. Deadly snakes, sharks and spiders — you name it, we’ve got it. But just how deadly are these creatures and how disproportionate is our fear of them? To find out we compiled a list of deaths commonly associated with summer. More . . .
Japan’s public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes. More . . .
The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is launching a “full investigation” into a false wireless emergency alert that a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, the chairman of the commission says.
The alerts to Hawaii mobile users were issued at about 8.07am local time, saying “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL”. More . . .
Seek immediate shelter in your bathtub! Ooops. . . your State Authority mistakenly transmitted this alert due to human error! Sorry Hawaii but you are a S*****hole Country anyway. . .goodbye! I wonder how long before human error pushes the big Red Button? [Ed]
Imagine your car could automatically call triple-0 after a crash, even if you were trapped or unconscious, and communicate your GPS location, the type of the accident and the number of people on board to emergency services.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he plans to replace his current rocket fleet and capsules with a next-generation spacecraft that could be used to travel to the Moon, Mars, or around the Earth — cutting most long-distance Earth flights to just half an hour.
Scores of supporters have welcomed Queensland sailor Lisa Blair back into Australia, capping off her 184-day journey around Antarctica.
Blair, 32, set off from Albany in Western Australia in January and is set to be named the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica solo.
Australia is plunging headlong into catastrophe and we are utterly unprepared. In fact, we may be past the time when we can prepare.
The time-bomb is ticking and it will explode in our lifetimes. All certainty will be lost, our economy will be devastated, our land seized, our system of government upended. This isn’t mere idle speculation or the rantings of a doomsday cult, this is the warning from a man who has made it his life’s work to prepare for just this scenario. Admiral Chris Barrie was chief of Australia’s Defence Force between 1998 and 2002. He has seen war and sent troops into battle. Now, he says we are sleepwalking towards a conflict that will alter the world as we know it. Australia, he says, will be invaded. He fears for the country his grandchildren will inherit.
In the early 1960s Washington was a city on edge and the threat of a nuclear attack was not far from the minds of the powerful. It was a threat considered so real that boxes of medical supplies were distributed across America — intended to aid survivors of an attack for the days and weeks after the blast.
Today, the threat of an attack has resurfaced amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea’s missile capabilities.
An Australian sailor is attempting to sail “the wrong way” around the world in what he hopes will be a record-breaking journey aboard his 34-foot boat.
Andy Lamont left the Gold Coast today and is planning to sail solo, non-stop, and unassisted around the world in a westerly direction. He said his world record attempt began with a childhood idea. More . . .
Enter the Arctic Doomsday Vault, a final safeguard for the world’s biodiversity.
At the very edge of civilisation, on a rugged island north of Norway, sits a strange, jutting building that houses the most important collection of seeds in the world, stored away in the event of catastrophe.
The mummified body of a German adventurer was found dead drifting on his abandoned yacht at the weekend off the coast of southern Philippines.
Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was discovered by two fishermen aboard his yacht in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Barobo town in Surigao del Sur.
Adventurer John Beeden has become the first person to row solo non-stop from North America to the Australian mainland.
December 27 marked day 209 at sea for Mr Beeden, who has rowed more than 7,400 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean.
[Kiwozi: Whoa !!! . . . .what’s this doing on my Blog. . . this is serious stuff !
Well given Kiwozi could need this any day now ( as he falls off his Rocking Chair on the Verandah ), I thought it might be appropriate to share it with you all.
They never did it like this when I was a boy, but given “Ms Kiwozi” is a Nurse she came home with all the latest info. Vinnie can explain it much better than I in the following video so here ya go . . . . . . .oh don’t forget to turn ya hearing aid on first ]
BEARDED, bloated and wearing nothing but his bedraggled underwear, José Salvador Alvarenga stumbled ashore on a remote island in the Pacific last week with a remarkable story to tell.
After setting off from the Mexican coast for a day’s fishing in December 2012, the 37-year-old claimed he had drifted across at least 5,500 miles of ocean to the Marshall Islands, surviving on little more than fish, birds and turtle blood. On Monday, Mr Alvarenga arrived in the archipelago’s capital, Majuro, following a 22-hour journey from the coral atoll of Ebon, where he first washed up.
Clutching a can of coke as he was helped down the gangplank of a police boat, he appeared to be in moderately good health. Doctors suggested, however, that the castaway could be suffering from edema, a condition which causes the body to swell after exposure to excessive sunlight and salt. More. . . and Conclusion. . . .