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« on: Dec 31, 2016, 09:18AM »

Greetings, long-term Bunker residents and new TTF members!

Welcome to the Forum's virtual bar/cafe/restaurant/pub/rec room. You can drop in and discuss anything, topic miscellaneous. If you're happy or infuriated, or have a subject you'd like to air but don't want to start a new topic, or just feel like saying something, post it here! It's a bit like Facebook, but without the ads and games....

This place is called "The Bunker" because here we can hide from the world and escape from reality, just for a little while. Please don't be shy, the Bunker is open to all, no dress code necessary. No dress necessary at all....

We're going in the Wayback Machine to 1912 aboard the RMS Titanic.



We aren't taking halfway measures here.  This is the First Class lounge.  The bar is open for all First Class passengers (including you).  The ship's band plays in a corner.  Popular tunes of the day like "Turkey Trot", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", and a new one, "Everybody Loves A Chicken".  But they won't play "Nearer My God To Thee".  Don't worry, the ship is unsinkable and there are no icebergs in our virtual route.

Happy New Year everybody!
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 31, 2016, 07:18PM »

Opening in 45 minutes...

Happy New Year to all Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and Asia (and to the 3 or so Forum members in Africa).

Happy New Year to the US and Canada East, Central, and Mountain zones.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 01, 2017, 12:01AM »

And we're open!

** Moves velvet ropes aside **

Happy New Year!
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 01, 2017, 12:20AM »

Happy New Year everyone!

I have been watching the World Clock to see when the West Coast went past the end of year marker - some 18 minutes ago.

I was anxious to get in and make sure that no one took my corner seat at the bar.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 01, 2017, 06:11AM »

It has your name on it.  Just don't disturb the sleeping Richard in his Fury Green Thong :-P
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 01, 2017, 06:31AM »

Happy New Year!  :)
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 01, 2017, 07:12AM »

It's a pretty hoity toity bar this year! I feel like there IS a dress code on the Titanic. Wouldn't this place be more suitable for musicians who are not actually playing a gig in the bar?

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 01, 2017, 07:24AM »

I have been on TTF for 15+ years and never posted in the Bunker before. So now I have.

Random thoughts and observations.

Happy New Year.

It was cool to see the bones get a lot of screen time on the NY Phil Live from Lincoln Center last night. I got to meet Colin Williams and George Curran at STS in 2015. The Atlanta Symphony must be a pretty good training ground as 3 former ASO players are in the NYP brass section now.

Clemson sure beat the snot out of OSU. And FSU beat Michigan, so maybe the Big 10 ain't what it's cracked up to be and the ACC is pretty darn good.

Every time I sell a trombone I end up wishing I still had it at some point. Mostly. Except for that Getzen 1050 with the bad slide. And there was a Conn something or other that I really hated and only kept for a month. If I was a rich guy, I would be dangerous and probably own about 20 horns.

Maybe this is the year I will lost some weight. But probably not.

I don't mind global warming in the winter but I hate it in the summer.

Maybe the Braves won't suck as bad this year as last.

I wish my community band had members that actually practiced their horns. And drummers with at least a small sense of rhythm.

Enough for now. Y'all have a good year!!







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« Reply #8 on: Jan 01, 2017, 08:45AM »

Happy New Years! 
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 01, 2017, 09:24AM »

Happy New Year!!! :)
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 02, 2017, 04:38AM »

I hope everyone here has their best year yet in 2017. IT is likely to be a rocky year here in the States. I hope it doesn't upset too many applecarts around the world.
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 02, 2017, 06:00PM »

sent my daughter back to school for Winter Term.  We were happy that she was able to carry her trombone onto the plane.
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 02, 2017, 06:08PM »

Thongs of Fury.

Can 2017 be weirder, more alternative universe, than 2016?

I guess we'll soon find out.
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 02, 2017, 06:34PM »

One thing I've learned - things can always get worse.
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 02, 2017, 08:20PM »

Eagles on this morning's walk.

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« Reply #15 on: Jan 02, 2017, 08:41PM »

That's quite a sight. I consider myself lucky to see a handful of wild eagles a year, let alone more than one at the same time.
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 02, 2017, 08:42PM »

You want to keep the ShihTzu leashed.
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 02, 2017, 09:20PM »

The hatching of the Southwest Florida Bald Eagles has been getting a lot of attention over recent days on the TV news in Australia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gymPFiPE88I
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 03, 2017, 12:40PM »

The hatching of the Southwest Florida Bald Eagles has been getting a lot of attention over recent days on the TV news in Australia:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gymPFiPE88I

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 07, 2017, 04:12PM »

Graham,

Enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbLweooe3aM

Aussie's still have it for a bit!  Good!
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 07, 2017, 04:44PM »

Well, the Holden has always been my favourite car and the one I have driven for most of my time in Australia. That particular vehicle, although based on an American model, is Australian designed for the Australian market. Unfortunately, as it related in the video and you referred to, Holden is almost no more in Australia. Many of us are pretty peed off at GM's action in pulling out - after we showed so much loyalty to the brand - and that is why I will never buy another Holden, or GM vehicle. Albeit,our Government could have got them to stay if they had really tried. And that's only one of the reasons I would never vote for the Australian coalition government parties. Never have, actually!  Evil
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I love my Williams trombone.

Went back to work after a big break and decided to start with the Williams and very glad I did. The Horn That Plays Itself.

Hate coming back from long breaks but always look forward to getting back into it  Good!
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 12, 2017, 10:10PM »

New show this year, Megan?
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 13, 2017, 06:54AM »

New show this year, Megan?

No, actually for the first time we're running a repeat show for a third year (usually shows here run for two years). This means I've played our High Wire music something like 2000 times.  Don't know
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 13, 2017, 11:16AM »

... This means I've played our High Wire music something like 2000 times.  Don't know

Better than having to play Rolling Thunder that many times ;-)
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« Reply #25 on: Jan 13, 2017, 09:10PM »

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« Reply #26 on: Feb 04, 2017, 09:08PM »

The past few weeks have been pretty awful. We all find out we're losing our jobs, then Brett's mom passed away...can you imagine, losing your job and your mother within just a few weeks?  :(

I used to think it would be fun to decide where to live after the circus. The truth is I'm overwhelmed and torn.

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« Reply #27 on: Feb 04, 2017, 10:07PM »

So sorry to hear about Brett's mom.

Yeah, losing a job and a parent at the same time is very stressful.  There was a piece in the New York Times magazine a few years back (maybe a lot of years back) talking about life stressors.  Losing a job, divorce, and losing a parent all are extreme stressors.

I hope all of you will bounce back from this quickly.  Hope that some of you may actually find employment with the Feld organization so you don't lose seniority (if that's possible). 

I saw in another thread you were interested in auditioning for the LA Phil.  Hope that happens (and that you succeed).
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« Reply #28 on: Feb 05, 2017, 12:57AM »

Sorry to hear of your loss Megan.

It is very disappointing to hear about the circus closing down but at least you can say you were part of a history that went back 150 years, where the circus band became an important part of the circus entertainment spectacle, in some places the only entertainment show people were able to see.

A Short History Of The Circus Band here:

http://www.sideshowworld.com/13-TGOD/2004/tgodcircusbands.html

Although the circus started in Great Britain, it was the USA that made it a true travelling entertainment show by introducing the tent and the band, which was then taken back to Europe. Good!

You are part of that great history of the circus, Megan. Way cool

 
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« Reply #29 on: Feb 06, 2017, 03:18PM »

Super Bowl Commercials:

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« Reply #30 on: Feb 09, 2017, 04:42PM »

Phew! Australia is experiencing a heat wave and it is going to get worse. The strange thing is that, although we expect to get hotter weather in Queensland, that has not been the case recently and it is the Southern States that have the highest temperatures. But starting today South East Queensland is going to get 10 degrees Celsius above-the-average temp. On Sunday 39C = 102F. Pant

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-10/australia-heat-wave-catastrophic-fire-conditions/8258164

I suppose we have to expect this with the present global warming; last year being the hottest on record and this year set to be hotter.

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« Reply #31 on: Feb 09, 2017, 04:47PM »

Meanwhile, northeastern United States finally had a decent snowfall.  We got about a foot of snow in the Hudson Valley.  It's the first time all winter I've been able to ask myself "skis or snowshoes?".
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« Reply #32 on: Feb 09, 2017, 05:10PM »

Yeah.  We have a foot and a half here and they are talking about 2 feet in Worcester, MA.  No school in Boston today and tomorrow.  Don't know about here yet.  I think I'll be shoveling my driveway for the weekend. :(
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« Reply #33 on: Feb 09, 2017, 06:03PM »

Yeah, losing a job and a parent at the same time is very stressful.  There was a piece in the New York Times magazine a few years back (maybe a lot of years back) talking about life stressors.  Losing a job, divorce, and losing a parent all are extreme stressors.

When my mother died 26 years ago at age 71 that was very bad. I found myself spontaneously breaking into tears for a year after that.

But a couple days ago my father died at age 100 and I'm fine with it.

From Woodrow Wilson to Donald Trump, he got to witness an amazing stretch of human history, and perfectly timed his ride on the wave of American prosperity.

I think the happiest time i had with my father was when I was about four or five. I'd climb up in his lap and say "draw me a train" and he'd pull an envelope out of the wastebasket and draw me a scene with a steam locomotive.




That's a long way to have to go back for a happy memory.

I know a lot of people would be glad just to have a father like mine who never came home at 2am in a drunken rage or one like mine who had a long, continuously-employed professional career. I am grateful that he had those positive qualities. I've met fathers who didn't and their families were a wreck.

None-the-less, my strongest memories will be the disappointing ones. His hands-on parenting was pretty much limited to dragging us to church every Sunday.

He expressed no interest in any of my interests even when they were interests that he had had at one time, like wood-working projects or photography.

I learned early on not to bother asking him questions because his answer would typically be, "I guess you'll just have to put on your thinking cap, my good man!" If I had a complaint about something, his remark would be, "Well that's just tough!"

He had a PhD in Chemistry and was a calculus whiz but was incapable of helping me with any of my homework. He could not understand why I had questions about something that was so obvious to him.

The only time I ever heard him say, "I'd like to help you with that" was after he was able to add, "but I'm just too old and weak to be much use."

If you went down the list of classic father-son activities, we did none of them. To this day I can't pass a football or hit a baseball. The only sit-down serious father-son talk we ever had was when he told me I HAD to go to his alma mater for college because that was the one he'd pay for.

But then I ended up having to pay for most of it anyway even though he could have easily covered it. That was seriously bad financial guidance from my parents that took me almost 20 years to unwind.

One of my biggest surprises was after my mother died and I came home to find him playing the piano, choosing hymns to play at the funeral.

Huh? My dad plays piano?!?

For years, all we had ever heard from his childhood piano study was "America" and he said he could play nothing else. But here he was now, sight-reading through the hymnal.

All during my beginner trombone years he could have been helpful and plunked out a simple accompaniment to a simple solo. That would have been great fun but it never happened. It would have cost him nothing but a little time but he never ventured to try.

So, I don't mourn my dad's passing. He had a longer life and more chances to do the things he wanted than most of us can hope for.

I do regret the missed opportunities and all the things that could have happened and should have happened but didn't because... he just didn't want to bother.

May he rest in peace. He's finally getting that nap he always seemed to need.
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« Reply #34 on: Feb 10, 2017, 07:45PM »

It looks very much as though New South Wales will see the hottest day ever today (Saturday)with catastrophic fire conditions! And then the heat wave will head our way (Queensland), with Sunday likely to be extremely hot.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-11/heatwave-moves-across-australias-eastern-states/8261520

Most surprising is that many sporting events have been put back until the evening and some horse racing abandoned. I do not remember that happening previously but the extreme temperatures are certainly very dangerous for athletes, with many being taken to hospital over recent days. Bad for kids also and there was one school yesterday where they stupidly held an open-air Assembly, due to construction work on the hall, and then had to call the ambulances for seven kids suffering heat exhaustion.

I suppose we should get used to it because it is the result of global warming and the scientists are all predicting heatwaves and fierce storms will become the norm.
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« Reply #35 on: Feb 10, 2017, 08:49PM »

I suppose we should get used to it because it is the result of global warming and the scientists are all predicting heatwaves and fierce storms will become the norm.
You've got it all wrong.  Herr Trump says global climate change is a Chinese hoax.  Plump Trump caint nev'r be wrong!!!  Jus aks DD 'n Badger.
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« Reply #36 on: Feb 10, 2017, 08:55PM »

My condolences Robcat. 100 years. He had an excellent run.
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« Reply #37 on: Feb 10, 2017, 09:06PM »

Yeah.  We have a foot and a half here and they are talking about 2 feet in Worcester, MA.  No school in Boston today and tomorrow.  Don't know about here yet.  I think I'll be shoveling my driveway for the weekend. :(
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« Reply #38 on: Feb 11, 2017, 03:03PM »

Doomsday has arrived.

New South Wales residents have the 'worst ever' fire rating and have been told to prepare for catastrophic fire conditions before it's too late, as temperatures across the country are set to break records. The word 'catastrophic' is an official level of fire danger! Eeek!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-12/fire-heatwave-worst-possible-conditions-for-nsw/8262774

In South-east Queensland we are also experiencing a hot weekend, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying temperatures look set to break records.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-weather-more-heat-records-to-tumble-as-state-scorches/news-story/69cdcf1628e75a7b11ebf896c608a281

I made sure to take our morning walk very early because Maggie is an old dog (nearly 15) and I do not want her suffering from heat exhaustion after everything she has been through in recent months. But she would not let me cut the walk short, absolutely insisting we did the full thing - very slowly!
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« Reply #39 on: Feb 11, 2017, 03:13PM »

Remember, Grah, she has to check the pee-mail.  So she has to go to all the spots to sniff.

Wish I could send you some of our snow.  We have more than enough, thank you with a pile to come tomorrow into Monday.  I may be digging for a week! Eeek!
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« Reply #40 on: Feb 11, 2017, 05:01PM »

When my mother died 26 years ago at age 71 that was very bad. I found myself spontaneously breaking into tears for a year after that.

But a couple days ago my father died at age 100 and I'm fine with it.

From Woodrow Wilson to Donald Trump, he got to witness an amazing stretch of human history, and perfectly timed his ride on the wave of American prosperity.

I think the happiest time i had with my father was when I was about four or five. I'd climb up in his lap and say "draw me a train" and he'd pull an envelope out of the wastebasket and draw me a scene with a steam locomotive.




That's a long way to have to go back for a happy memory.

I know a lot of people would be glad just to have a father like mine who never came home at 2am in a drunken rage or one like mine who had a long, continuously-employed professional career. I am grateful that he had those positive qualities. I've met fathers who didn't and their families were a wreck.

None-the-less, my strongest memories will be the disappointing ones. His hands-on parenting was pretty much limited to dragging us to church every Sunday.

He expressed no interest in any of my interests even when they were interests that he had had at one time, like wood-working projects or photography.

I learned early on not to bother asking him questions because his answer would typically be, "I guess you'll just have to put on your thinking cap, my good man!" If I had a complaint about something, his remark would be, "Well that's just tough!"

He had a PhD in Chemistry and was a calculus whiz but was incapable of helping me with any of my homework. He could not understand why I had questions about something that was so obvious to him.

The only time I ever heard him say, "I'd like to help you with that" was after he was able to add, "but I'm just too old and weak to be much use."

If you went down the list of classic father-son activities, we did none of them. To this day I can't pass a football or hit a baseball. The only sit-down serious father-son talk we ever had was when he told me I HAD to go to his alma mater for college because that was the one he'd pay for.

But then I ended up having to pay for most of it anyway even though he could have easily covered it. That was seriously bad financial guidance from my parents that took me almost 20 years to unwind.

One of my biggest surprises was after my mother died and I came home to find him playing the piano, choosing hymns to play at the funeral.

Huh? My dad plays piano?!?

For years, all we had ever heard from his childhood piano study was "America" and he said he could play nothing else. But here he was now, sight-reading through the hymnal.

All during my beginner trombone years he could have been helpful and plunked out a simple accompaniment to a simple solo. That would have been great fun but it never happened. It would have cost him nothing but a little time but he never ventured to try.

So, I don't mourn my dad's passing. He had a longer life and more chances to do the things he wanted than most of us can hope for.

I do regret the missed opportunities and all the things that could have happened and should have happened but didn't because... he just didn't want to bother.

May he rest in peace. He's finally getting that nap he always seemed to need.

Condolences Sir… May your father RIP.
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« Reply #41 on: Feb 12, 2017, 01:05AM »

As predicted, temperatures in South East Queensland kept rising in the state's heatwave, making it the hottest day on record. Pant

Thargomindah in the south-west was the hottest place at 46C, but Birdsville in far south-west Queensland was not far behind on 45C. In Brisbane and here on the coast it was extremely hot but bearable. Fortunately there were none of the power blackouts caused by over-demand that plagued the other states down South.
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« Reply #42 on: Feb 14, 2017, 12:25AM »

It was a spectacular end to the hot spell last night with a really wild lightening storm as I was driving to band practice.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-14/queensland-storm-clean-up-underway-after-lightning-rain-bom/8267866?WT.ac=statenews_qld

We now have a couple of cooler days before the temps rise again over the weekend.

New South Wales had it even worse than Queensland with many bushfires destroying property and livestock. Fortunately there was no loss of life due to the fires but there are still 11 fires which are classified as out of control. Eeek!

This video shows how these recent fires even created their own weather system:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-13/did-you-know-a-bushfire-can-create-its-own-weather/8267022

I hope that further storms in California do not cause the collapse of the Oroville Dam, which I understand is the tallest dam in the US. That could be catastrophic for those in the path of the 10-metre wall of water that would be created. I remember how much damage and flooding was caused here in Brisbane when they just released too much water from Wivenhoe Dam back in March 2011.
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« Reply #43 on: Feb 14, 2017, 07:30AM »

Glad you got some cooler weather Grah! 
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« Reply #44 on: Feb 16, 2017, 05:26PM »

It seems like severe weather of various types will not leave Queensland alone. There is a high chance that the first cyclone of the season will form in the Gulf of Carpentaria tonight. It is presently a tropical low and was moving over Mornington Island early this morning, with wind gusts of up to 95 kilometres per hour and heavy rainfall. Fortunately for us down in South East Queensland, the low is expected to move south-west towards the Northern Territory border, where it has a more than 50 per cent chance of turning into a category one cyclone by this evening. If it does develop they are going to call it 'Alfred'. :D
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« Reply #45 on: Feb 16, 2017, 09:27PM »

Man, you folks down under have been experiencing the most extreme weather imaginable over the last decade or so.  If your not being fried to a crisp, your being washed away in floods.
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« Reply #46 on: Feb 16, 2017, 09:58PM »

As I post this, Sydney is now copping it with severe thunderstorms and hail:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-17/sydney-braces-hail-and-damaging-winds-after-storm-warning/8280506

Also they are still fighting bushfires/grass fires in New South Wales:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-17/fast-moving-grassfire-threatens-homes-near-queanbeyan/8280414

Here in Queensland we expect to get hot weather and the odd cyclone during the season but NOT records being broken all the time. That is definitely the effect of global warming and we had better do something about it for the long term survival of humanity.
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« Reply #47 on: Feb 17, 2017, 04:41AM »

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Here in Queensland we expect to get hot weather and the odd cyclone during the season but NOT records being broken all the time. That is definitely the effect of global warming and we had better do something about it for the long term survival of humanity.

Sadly, not with this American President and his cohort of Climate Change Deniers.

Like the song says: "Better get ready to tie up the boat in Idaho" (West coast will be flooded with ocean rise).  Of course this will result in the Earth making a recovery -- with no additional carbon dioxide being emitted by the now non-existent humans, the plants will clear the air and things will get back to normal.  For the next species to climb to dominance. :(
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« Reply #48 on: Feb 19, 2017, 09:46PM »

A category one cyclone has indeed formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria but is due to weaken before heading towards the Northern Territory coast. The low had been threatening to turn into a cyclone for days, and finally intensified into Cyclone Alfred about 7am this Monday morning.

I read an article about the naming of cyclones yesterday, which suggested hurricanes with female names lead to a higher death toll. So I smiled when I read the next bit about Albert, which was from a female Bureau of Meteorology forecaster, Sally Cutter:

"He had a good night, he's been sort of wandering around the south-west part of the Gulf for quite a while, and in the early hours of this morning he finally got himself organised and spun up."

She added, "Alfred's gone off to Mornington Island and come back, headed off to Groote [Eylandt] and come back, he's well-travelled," she said. Yeah, RIGHT.

It seems to me that any familiar name, female or male, tends to make a cyclone sound like they really do have a friendly personality rather than just being a weather event that can be very dangerous.
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« Reply #49 on: Feb 20, 2017, 12:13PM »

Praying for the people of Australia who will be affected by this Cyclone.
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« Reply #50 on: Feb 20, 2017, 12:24PM »

Good luck with the cyclone, Grah.  Looks like it's keeping to the relatively unpopulated North Coast.

And watch out for Cyclone/Taiphoon/Hurricane Bambi.  It's not as gentle as its name.
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« Reply #51 on: Feb 20, 2017, 01:29PM »

It seems to me that any familiar name, female or male, tends to make a cyclone sound like they really do have a friendly personality rather than just being a weather event that can be very dangerous.
Well, you probably want to save names like 'Armageddon' for those cat-4 or 5 storms.

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« Reply #52 on: Feb 20, 2017, 02:48PM »

For the time being Albert, the weather event in the Gulf of Carpentaria, has been downgraded back to a tropical low. But there are still severe weather warnings for coastal areas, which are expected to be impacted by damaging winds, with peak gusts to 100 kilometres per hour and heavy rainfall which may lead to flash flooding. And there is an increasing chance the tropical low will re-develop into a tropical cyclone on Sunday morning.
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« Reply #53 on: Feb 21, 2017, 12:38AM »

Praying for the people of Australia who will be affected by this Cyclone.

Thanks Billy, but I think the similar tornados in your Texas have done more damage than Albert has - so far, anyway. I saw coverage of the American tornados in Texas on TV, which officials estimate damaged at least 150 structures, most of them homes in the San Antonio area, late Sunday and early Monday. I understand there were at least six tornadoes which touched down but thankfully no major injuries were reported from the storms.

Some bad news from Australia today where four US citizens lost their lives in the crash of a jet into a shopping centre in Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria. The pilot was also killed. The four on board were golfers on the trip of a lifetime and were flying out to an island for a game. This is Victoria's worst civil aviation accident in 30 years.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-21/five-passenger-plane-crashes-near-melbournes-essendon-airport/8288964

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-21/four-us-citizens-aboard-plane-that-crashed-at-dfo-essendon/8290598

Australians are extending our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died in the crash.
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« Reply #54 on: Mar 03, 2017, 07:03AM »

Feeling sad today.  My dad passed away one year ago today.
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Feeling sad today.  My dad passed away one year ago today.

As best you can, remember the good times.  Be happy for what he meant to you (and others).

My father is still healthy, but my mother is starting to decline.  It is inevitable, but still not easy.
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« Reply #56 on: Mar 08, 2017, 03:38PM »

Oh my goodness, the fundraising banner is gone!! *applause*
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« Reply #57 on: Mar 08, 2017, 03:40PM »

Oh my goodness, the fundraising banner is gone!! *applause*

Yeah.  Apparently Richard has checked in.  He hasn't been well these last couple of years, so I guess he should be forgiven.
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« Reply #58 on: Mar 22, 2017, 01:50PM »

I was rejected for the upcoming Sarasota audition based on my resume. Kinda bummed.
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I was rejected for the upcoming Sarasota audition based on my resume. Kinda bummed.

Sorry to hear that.  You'll get the next one.  I'm sure. Good!
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« Reply #60 on: Mar 22, 2017, 03:07PM »

I haven't posted in the bunker before but small talk looks like it would fit here.
I am very excited, it looks as though I will be coming to live in America for two years! I took an audition for a school that covers all tuition costs as well as food and accommodation in L.A. and I got in! I will be sad to be leaving Melbourne for a couple of years but this will be a fantastic opportunity for my playing, and America is such an exciting place to be! Also looking forward to regular access to Dr. Pepper  :D
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Make sure to check thoroughly that you can obtain a visa. They have been very difficult to obtain of late, even for business and education purposes.

It is a long time back now but I lived in the US for a couple of years and I am sure you will have a great time. Aussies are very popular in the US, as indeed are Americans here. Good!
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... Also looking forward to regular access to Dr. Pepper  :D

Yeah, but our version of Foster's tastes like cat pee. Evil

Good luck here.  Hope you get a lot out of your visit.

As long as you are not a Muslim, you should have no problems with visas.  Right now our Fearless Leader has an anti-Muslim bias. >:( >:(
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Yeah, but our version of Foster's tastes like cat pee. Evil
Yeah, Bruce has it right.  NA Fosters is just plain pooch urine.  Better to form an appreciation for Guinness.  You can always find a good pint of Guinness over here.


As long as you are not a Muslim, you should have no problems with visas.  Right now our Fearless Leader has an anti-Muslim bias. >:( >:(
Just whistle the refrain from 'Waltzing Matilda' as you go through immigration.  As long as you don't sport a hijab, you'll waltz right trough.  Don't whistle 'Australia Fair', not many in the US know that one...
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Absolutely.  We think "Walizing Mailda" is the Aussie National Anthem.  I was there 25 years ago and learned the real National Anthem.  New Zealanders snap that only in Australia can you have a Waltz in 2/4 time :-P
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« Reply #65 on: Mar 22, 2017, 09:11PM »

Aside from exec order about Muslim countries, the main problem with visas for the US is qualifications. I am aware of some problems right now trying to get a visa for a businessperson because they have the wrong degree. Have a read of this website to make sure you qualify:

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/au/au-niv-typework.asp

For most visas, your prospective employer, or agent, or whatever must file a petition, which must be approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States before you can apply for a work visa.

An E-3 visa is a special one for Aussies!
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« Reply #66 on: Mar 22, 2017, 10:39PM »

You know.... ive actually never had fosters! Because Melbourne is a bit if a hipster city we have micro brewerys everywhere making some pretty tasty beers! And having said that, I dont think ice ever seen a pub around here that even stocks fosters.... abd ive been to a lot of pubs!  :D

Graham, thanks for that info! Im getting on top of all this stuff now. The school is sending me a package with all the details about exactly how they want me to go about this stuff so hopefully i will have more info when that arrives.
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There is another tropical low brewing 600 kilometres north-east of the Queensland coast and it could make landfall early next week as a category three cyclone or higher. They usually do not affect us too badly this far South in Queensland. But it is not looking good if you live North of Mackay and right up to the Cape.

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This is one of the dangers of our typical cyclones in Queensland - Storm surge! Eeek!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/what-is-storm-surge-and-how-can-you-prepare/8123274
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They have named the cyclone off the Queensland coast "Debbie" and evacuations have already been ordered because it is likely to be the most severe cyclone since Yasi in 2011.

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They have named the cyclone off the Queensland coast "Debbie" and evacuations have already been ordered because it is likely to be the most severe cyclone since Yasi in 2011.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-26/cyclone-debbie-bears-down-on-north-queensland-coast/8387472


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« Reply #71 on: Mar 26, 2017, 08:46AM »

Good luck, Grah.  Hope it doesn't affect you badly.
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« Reply #72 on: Mar 26, 2017, 02:49PM »

Debbie probably will not affect us this far South but those in the path will likely experience one of the worst cyclones of recent years. However, they have been given enough warning to at least make some reasonably preparations. Lots of sandbagging and battening down to secure outside articles that are likely to blow away and cause damage in a category four with 300Km/hr winds. Plus thousands of North Queenslander have and are being evacuated. It is likely to cross the coast in 24 hours, at 8am on Tuesday (Qld time).
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« Reply #73 on: Mar 27, 2017, 03:24PM »

Updating on Cyclone Debbie at 8am Tuesday. It has not crossed the coastline as yet but the destructive forces are already being felt along the north Queensland coastline, with wind gusts hitting Hamilton Island off the Whitsundays "like freight trains" (260K/hr) and the streets of Bowen deserted ahead of an expected direct strike. 25,000 people have been evacuated from low lying areas.

Other fears are tidal surges and flash flooding. This will be particularly damaging to crops in the mainly agricultural area. The sugar cane would normally be harvested in June, if there is any left. Previously with Cyclone Yasi it was flattened. Power has already been cut to thousands of homes at Airlie Beach and they will not attempt to get it back until after the cyclone has passed. They do not send out repairmen, or even rescue staff when the storm is still being felt.

Debbie is not and probably will not affect us here in the Brisbane area (S.E. Queensland) and we are enjoying a late summer with temps around 30 degrees C and very calm winds. We have also had some badly needed rain and all the grass is looking very green. It is very rare for the cyclones to head in a Southerly direction. Not impossible though. Eeek!

 
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« Reply #74 on: Mar 27, 2017, 03:58PM »

The thing with cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes, is that once they make landfall they lose strength very quickly.  I'm about 100 miles (160 Km) from the southern coast of New England.  We had a hurricane strike the south coast (through Long Island) and by the time it got here it was just a moderate wind storm with a lot of rain.  I would expect the same if the cyclone went ashore on the north coast and headed to Brisbane.
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« Reply #75 on: Mar 27, 2017, 04:23PM »

Yep, the danger is if it turns South and tracks over water before making landfall. They get their extra strength from travelling over warm water. I remember one really bad one that tracked right down the coast over water until it got all the way to New Zealand, where it created havoc.
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« Reply #76 on: Mar 27, 2017, 08:06PM »

Cyclone Debbie has made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach with destructive hurricane force winds up to 260K/hr.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-28/bom-warning-cyclone-debbie-hours-from-hitting-north-queensland/8391174
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« Reply #77 on: Mar 27, 2017, 08:17PM »

Looks like it won't be too bad where you are, but it will go offshore again leaving Brisbane and may strengthen for a hit on Sydney.
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« Reply #78 on: Mar 28, 2017, 12:49AM »

Debbie crossed the shoreline as a slow-moving category four system earlier this afternoon and it will likely be downgraded tonight to a tropical low. There is a lot of damage to structures but we will not know how much until everyone comes out of hiding and the crews are allowed to go out and inspect. Certainly power and telecommunications are out in a lot of places and, going on past performance, it may take weeks to get them fixed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-28/cyclone-debbie-wind-speed-tracker/8392288

News about another disaster is that in test cricket, Australia has fallen short of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy following an eight-wicket loss to India in the series finale in Dharamsala. :cry:
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« Reply #79 on: Mar 28, 2017, 07:13AM »

But the cricket loss is not going to blow down your house.  Gotta keep perspective here, Grah.

On a similar front, the USA won the World Baseball Classic, beating perennial champs Puerto Rico.
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« Reply #80 on: Mar 28, 2017, 03:50PM »

Damage from Cyclone Debbie has cut all roads to the towns of Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine including the main coastal artery, the Bruce Highway, and fears remain for the safety of people caught in the path of the category-four storm overnight. There is still no assessment of the extent of damage because the crews have still not been allowed out. However, we should get more news later this morning. Suffice to say that damage is extensive and has been compared to a war zone. and it will take a long time and be very expensive to clear up.

So far there have been no reports of loss of life, but it is early days with many places out of contact. It does seem that most people were able to make proper safety preparations. The big message from authorities is not to try and cross flooded rivers and do not go anywhere near fallen power lines. These have been the main killers in the past.

Hamilton Island is going to be evacuated because their water supply has failed and they are running out of the bottled water that most people stocked up on. Hamilton Island is a big tourist centre and there is going to be severe loss of income for the entire area of North Queensland.

The good news is that Cyclone Debbie has been downgraded to tropical low. The bad news is that it is now headed towards Brisbane, as Bruce predicted, with heavy rainfall and strong winds, which should hit us sometime on Thursday night before heading back out into the Tasman. However, the heavy rainfall could be a blessing in disguise for the drought-declared areas it will pass over.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-29/cyclone-debbie-videos-show-rain-wind-lashing-north-queensland/8395588
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« Reply #81 on: Mar 28, 2017, 04:16PM »

Growing up on the immediate Gulf coast, I've always had a fascination with hurricanes and tropical storms. The sheer power and magnitude is incredible to witness. I've weathered a few 'rough' storms over the years, in the worst case we were without power/water for about a month, but I've always just seen it as the occasional price of the other bounties the coast provides. The worst part was always how much it affected the fishing!
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« Reply #82 on: Mar 28, 2017, 07:36PM »

Being from Florida, hurricanes are old hat. But, I experienced my first earthquake a couple of days ago here in Bali. We only had about a 1 minute tremor here in Ubud, but it was a 5.4 in Denpasar. Not a major quake by any means, and fortunately little damage and no injuries, but,.....DAMN, that was disconcerting.
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« Reply #83 on: Mar 29, 2017, 03:23PM »

The devastation in North Queensland is going to take a long time to clean up. Right now there are still rescue operations going on as people emerge from their places of safety. Water and Power are in short supply and flash flooding is occurring all over.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-29/cyclone-debbie-aftermath-gallery/8395494

Debbie has also got an unexpected sting in its tail. We have heard in the last half hour that all schools in Queensland have been closed. They are worried about flash flooding and heavy winds this afternoon when kids would normally be leaving school. They want to keep as many people, especially kids, off the roads. The problem is that the call was so late, many kids had already been dropped off at school. However, there will be minders at the schools to look after kids who can't get home straight away. The Police Commissioner has also requested that all businesses close at midday. This is totally unprecedented and smacks a little of panic by the Government and authorities. Mind you, I have got to tell you that it is already raining cats and dogs with a very heavy wind and they are expecting up to 400mm rain, similar to what happened up in Mackay.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-30/ex-cyclone-debbie-south-east-queensland-rain/8398980
 
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« Reply #84 on: Mar 30, 2017, 07:44AM »

Keeping all you Aussies in my prayers, Grah!
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« Reply #85 on: Mar 30, 2017, 04:52PM »

Thanks Billy, Fortunately there is still no loss of life but thousand of people have been evacuated and it ain't over yet due to the effects of up to 800mm rainfall over 48 hours. We had a very windy and wet night here and there is extensive flooding right across South East Queensland, and now down into New South Wales. In the Brisbane area, since last night there have been over 100 swift-water rescues resulting from people's stupidity and putting an unnecessary load on the emergency rescue people.

Now we have major flood warnings for many of the local rivers including the Logan River. Logan is the next suburb to ours and there are mass evacuation orders in place. The peak will occur about lunch time today.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/cyclone-debbie-bom-warnings-logan-jambin-evacuation/8403360

The Brisbane River is okay so far, which is good because it has been the major cause of flooding in the past.

The North of Queensland, where Debbie crossed the coast, is absolute devastation, with estimated damage costs running over a billion dollars.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/cyclone-debbie-airlie-beach-proserpine-locals-pull-together/8403684

 
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« Reply #86 on: Mar 31, 2017, 12:39AM »

The scale of this unexpected disaster is absolutely huge. I did not expect we would be greatly affected here in South East Queensland, let alone the devastation that has now occurred down into New South Wales, particularly in places like Lismore.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/cyclone-debbie-northern-nsw-braces-for-major-flooding/8402830

Thankfully it is really calm here in the Redlands area now, especially where we are which is quite high. The winds have gone and the rain has stopped. I don't know how much fell locally because our rain gauge overflowed.

The scale of flooding and damage is unprecedented and much worse that 2011, which was the last cyclone that affected South East Queensland. Hardly anybody saw this sting in the tail would come from ex-cyclone Debbie. We are so lucky the Brisbane river is behaving itself this time.
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« Reply #87 on: Mar 31, 2017, 02:04AM »

So glad the casualty count is so low, and that you have good fast water rescue teams. You can fix and replace things, but losing people can't be undone. Keep your head down. Or, up, or ....well, just be safe.
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« Reply #88 on: Mar 31, 2017, 03:17PM »

It is very calm in the Bay area of Brisbane and ex cyclone Debbie has now moved back out to sea. However, it is still affecting New South Wales, even down to the Central Coast, due to the very bad flooding. Unfortunately there are two deaths reported from NSW, one due to people driving across flooded causeways. The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has now issued evacuation orders in Billinudgel, Ocean Shores and New Brighton. Lismore is an absolute mess due to the whole town being flooded.

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« Reply #89 on: Apr 01, 2017, 03:35PM »

The flooding caused by ex cyclone Debbie's rainfall turns out to be the worst of the story, right the way down into NSW where 30,000 people are still under evacuation orders:

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« Reply #90 on: Apr 06, 2017, 12:54AM »

Ex Cyclone Debbie has not finished with its destruction even now. It travelled down the Australian east coast and is now having a go at New Zealand. Thousands of people at the top of New Zealand's North Island have been told to evacuate as the tail end continues to batter the country, bringing heavy rainfall and major flooding.

The effects of Debbie are still being felt in Australia on Thursday, more than a week after it made landfall in Queensland. The storm system killed six people in Australia, smashing tourist resorts, bringing down power lines, and shutting down coal mines.

In Rockhampton, Australia they were expecting very heavy flooding today as the river reached its peak. Fortunately, it was not quite as high as expected and the town itself has been spared. Out of town there are many flooded houses and agricultural properties, with the various authorities still trying to help out and restore power to the region.
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« Reply #91 on: Apr 06, 2017, 02:46PM »

Do cyclones usually last this long?  I don't remember a single hurricane that lasted as a storm for more than 3 days after it made landfall.
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« Reply #92 on: Apr 06, 2017, 04:44PM »

The cyclones that make landfall on the East coast of Australia tend to do the same thing. After impacting, usually in North Queensland, they go inland for a bit and then turn South towards S. E. Queensland. Then they often go back out to sea and travel South regathering strength until they hit New Zealand. Debbie was a pretty big cyclone with the winds and rainfall covering a large part of Queensland. It was so big it could be seen from the space station.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/27/asia/australia-cyclone-debbie/

The other track that cyclones often take is West across the top of Australia and then down the West coast of Australia, often making landfall and causing the same kind of damage as Debbie in Western Australia. As a matter of fact there is a new one called Ernie going down the West coast right now but they do not expect it to make landfall.

http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/
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« Reply #93 on: Apr 12, 2017, 10:19PM »

Well, this cyclone season is definitely one of the worst. Now New Zealand is bracing for one that missed us but may be the worst storm since 1968 for the Kiwis. Emergency services are moving to evacuate seaside towns and close schools, while warning residents to reconsider their Easter holiday plans. Landslides, flooding and wind damage from 150kph gusts are expected. Airlines warn of "significant disruptions" with flight delays and cancellations.

This is all be caused by the tail wind of Cyclone Cook, which had killed one person this week in New Caledonia, and is expected to make landfall in New Zealand's North Island tonight.

So, wishing for the Kiwis that it will not be as bad as predicted and their Easter will not be ruined.

Meanwhile Australia is still cleaning up from cyclone Debbie, from which the flooding in Queensland seemed to go on forever.
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« Reply #94 on: Apr 12, 2017, 10:32PM »

Wow.  And the New Zealand Brass Band Nationals are supposed to go on this weekend in Wellington.

Good luck to all our Kiwi friends.
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« Reply #95 on: Apr 14, 2017, 09:45AM »

Prayers going out to all who are/will be affected by this cyclone.
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« Reply #96 on: Apr 28, 2017, 05:13PM »

Another long weekend here in Queensland for Labour Day, which is on Monday. Good! Not that public holidays make much difference for me these days, being mostly retired. Just the odd consultancy request.

On the tropical cyclone front, we have just been buzzed across the Top End by Cyclone Frances. Supposedly it is now headed away from Australia in a Westerly direction.

http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/cyclone-frances-packs-little-punch-for-darwin/news-story/9047785f3e251d0ab647c0173a52b4fa
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« Reply #97 on: Apr 30, 2017, 07:03PM »

I hope everyone is okay after the recent Tornadoes that have ripped through the US state of Texas, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others.

Billie, I know it's a big state but did they come anywhere near you?

I also read there are severe storms in neighbouring states which left five people dead, including three people killed by flooding and winds in Arkansas, rushing water sweeping away a car and drowning a woman in Missouri, and another death in Mississippi.

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« Reply #98 on: Apr 30, 2017, 07:05PM »

No, Grah, they missed me.  They passed 50 miles north.  We had heavy winds that broke large limbs off several trees across the street from my house, though.
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« Reply #99 on: Apr 30, 2017, 07:12PM »

Glad you're safe. Your Tornadoes seem a lot fiercer than most of our Cyclones. Ours are a lot bigger in terms of area affected but they move slower which gives people time to prepare for the onslaught. Also our weather tracking people are very good at predicting where they will cross the coast. 
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« Reply #100 on: Apr 30, 2017, 07:15PM »

Kinda comparing apples to oranges isn't it? I thought your cyclones were the same as hurricanes.
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« Reply #101 on: Apr 30, 2017, 08:01PM »

Kinda comparing apples to oranges isn't it? I thought your cyclones were the same as hurricanes.
Typhoon, Cyclone, Hurricane  - same thing, but in different places. You'll hear tornadoes called "cyclones" from time to time in the USA (as in The Wizard of Oz), but that's not too common any more.

In some ways, tornadoes can be more dangerous, even though they're orders of magnitude smaller. The wind speed is higher, for one thing. Plus there is the sheer randomness of their path. We've got pretty good models for where hurricanes/cyclones/typhoons will go, but predicting when and where a tornado will touch down just isn't really possible today.
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« Reply #102 on: Apr 30, 2017, 08:12PM »

I've weathered out multiple hurricanes, some right on the coast and some inland, some big and some small. I would take them any day over a tornado of any size.
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« Reply #103 on: Apr 30, 2017, 10:53PM »

"The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs. ... Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used."

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« Reply #104 on: May 01, 2017, 04:09PM »

"The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs. ... Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used."

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/cyclone.html

Lest one forget the Coriolis Effect…also used in Artillery and extended Riflery solutions.
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« Reply #105 on: May 03, 2017, 09:55AM »

This is the last week of the Ringling Red Unit. eight shows/four days and we're done.

I just did an interview with the BBC in my train room. It was weird.

Hard to accept that in a few days this room I'm sitting in will be gone, and the people around me will have scattered to the winds. And a few weeks after that, no more Ringling at all.

Sorry to deviate from the topic of cyclones/hurricanes/typhoons...do emotional storms count?
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« Reply #106 on: May 03, 2017, 10:42AM »

Yeah, emotional storms count.  Are you rotating clockwise or counterclockwise? :-P

It's really sad to hear a 150+ year old tradition is going down the tubes.  I'll bet it was a great gig while it lasted.

Good luck with the BAC gig.
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« Reply #107 on: May 03, 2017, 04:19PM »

This picture from space illustrates my point about our Cyclones being much bigger across and therefor affecting a much bigger area:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-29/cyclone-debbie-big-picture-view-from-space/8396684

But I still think those Tornadoes that hit Texas recently are much fiercer and more destructive over a small area.
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« Reply #108 on: May 03, 2017, 04:31PM »

A cyclone/hurricane/taiphoon has wind speed of around 100 km/hr to 200 km/hr.  The torando is only a half a kilometer in diameter but the wind speed can exceed 400 Km/hr.  Few structures can withstand wind that strong.  Also, the pressure in the center is so low that windows tend to burst outward as the storm passes.

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« Reply #109 on: May 03, 2017, 05:35PM »

Yes, certainly much larger than tornadoes. These large tropical systems are most impressive. I am glad I've never personally suffered any loss from them, save a few weeks without power here and there, but also glad I was able to witness some of them firsthand. Wow, what a sight. Two of them stand strong in my memory, as they were particularly vicious in my area. I tried to find a figure on the size of Debbie to give myself some sort of scale - a picture next to Australia only helps me slightly. Hurricane Rita in 2005 was the first of the 'bad' storms while I was in Texas, pounding into Houston with winds over 200km/h.



Then in 2008 came Ike. Ike was worse. Winds not as high, coming ashore at about 175km/h, but the storm surge and sheer size of the system were devastating. The barrier islands and immediate coast were under 22 feet of water.



For all the trouble they are, I do miss the excitement of a good coastal storm. Watching the ocean churn and the clouds roll in is a fantastic sight.
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« Reply #110 on: May 05, 2017, 02:17PM »

Greetings, long-term Bunker residents and new TTF members!


This place is called "The Bunker" because here we can hide from the world and escape from reality, just for a little while. Please don't be shy, the Bunker is open to all, no dress code necessary. No dress necessary at all....

We're going in the Wayback Machine to 1912 aboard the RMS Titanic.



If we're in The Bunker, isn't that worse than travelling in Steerage ?

I mean we're being forced to shovel Coal all day to keep this beast running . . . .





          DuPage County Register, 26 Apr 1912, Fri, Page 7



I've heard that Bunker #6 was the troublemaker !




Did an Untamed Coal Fire sink the Titanic?




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« Reply #111 on: May 05, 2017, 04:15PM »

Eagles on this morning's walk.


I live on a lake about an hour south of Garrison Keillor's Mythical Lake Wobegon.


My  lake  is said to be 215 acres in area and it stretches out just a bit more than a mile.


Normally, winter's ice thaws out until it's just little klinkers that come ashore,

in our bay, all at once, on a Windy afternoon.

(  Nature's Music can be quite Beautiful ! )



Just a few years back, the spring thaw-out didn't proceed as it normally would.


About a third of the ice cover disappered.

The rest of the ice sheet seemed still solid enough for a man to walk on.


This is a shallow lake ( average depth 3 meters ) which has frequent freeze-outs of fish,

and that year was a real Doozey !


The appearance of a Bald Eagle is still a rare event in my neighborhood.


That year there were Six to Ten Bald Eagles  seemingly

Bivouacked at the edge of the ice,

doing what Fish Eagles do best,

but in quite a leisurely fashion.

They stayed several days.



I almost imagined them sharing miniature six-packs of Beer.

     (  Well, normally, they probably lived in Mist County. )





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« Reply #112 on: May 05, 2017, 04:17PM »

Nope, wrong kind of bunker. It is more like the Wikipedia description:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunker

Also it is of very special construction with its own bar (the corner seat is mine!) and our own time machine stored in a lower lever for use by members. It has been around since the beginning of this forum, maybe even part of the predecessor but I can't remember if it was originally dug by rlb, Billy or RHM. Billy will know for certain.
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« Reply #113 on: May 05, 2017, 06:44PM »

I think the first Bunker was set up by RHM.  But RLB was a frequent visitor.  I miss him.  And his fury green thong ;-)
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« Reply #114 on: May 05, 2017, 09:29PM »

Rascal that I am, I couldn't resist taking advantage of

the opportunity to feign offence on behalf of Sailors

everywhere who still 'Bunker Up' before they leave port

( even though their fuel now flows in through a hose ).


(( Not All Gathered Here know that Coal was stored onboard ships in Bunkers.

    Many think of a Bunker only as an annoying hazard on a golf course. ))



And the article I linked to was almost printed on New-Year's Day !



Also, . . . , Page Two of this Skit was to involve some sort of joke about

Trombonists performing in Black-Face . . . and frequently Coughing.

( Coal is really Dark and Dusty, ya know ! )




Oh, and Hey !  We're in The Bunker--anything goes !


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« Reply #115 on: May 06, 2017, 06:55PM »

Earlier I snuck up to the Radio Room.

It seems they have a special transmission prepared for Tonight !

RMS Titanic "SOS"
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« Reply #116 on: May 06, 2017, 08:56PM »

Earlier I snuck up to the Radio Room.

It seems they have a special transmission prepared for Tonight !

RMS Titanic "SOS"


Was the guy playing two trumpets on a pogo stick there? :-P
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« Reply #117 on: Jun 27, 2017, 05:52PM »

Sad how the Bunker seems to have lost popularity. I suppose because most of the old inhabitants have left the forum.

I have not been posting on the forum myself for the last few days due the last Windows 10 update completely crashing my computer; to the extent I had to take it back to the shop I purchased it. I suppose the fact that my Toshiba laptop (but used as a desktop) is over five years old does not help, although the guy in the shop did say it was a very powerful piece of equipment. Anyway, $500 later I have it back with the data recovered, but not of course the programs.

As you can see, I have managed to get the Internet up, although not even close to the way it was previously setup. It is all making life very difficult, I can tell you, and I hate Microsoft for causing the problem in the first place. Although it does appear that there was a fault on the hard drive, according to the repairman.

It is now obvious to me that I am never going to understand the current methods of using computer programs, particularly not Microsoft operating systems and programs. I hope the younger people are able to use today's software because I find no logic in it whatsoever. I guess it has a lot to do with the I-pad/I-phone revolution, which mostly passed me by. Yeah, RIGHT.

 
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« Reply #118 on: Jun 27, 2017, 06:12PM »

I was starting to wonder about you, Grah. Thought maybe you were on holiday...
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« Reply #119 on: Jul 16, 2017, 03:46PM »

The lead role in British sci-fi television series Doctor Who will be played by a woman?  :-0
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« Reply #120 on: Jul 16, 2017, 04:45PM »

The lead role in British sci-fi television series Doctor Who will be played by a woman?  :-0

The Time Lord can assume any form after a Reorganization, so why not a woman?
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« Reply #121 on: Jul 16, 2017, 05:20PM »

The Time Lord can assume any form after a Reorganization, so why not a woman?

Alien villain: "You're in such good shape."
(To alien crony):  "She's in such good physical shape. Beautiful."


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« Reply #122 on: Jul 18, 2017, 01:42AM »

Australia is sending 50 firefighters to Canada to help battle the rapidly spreading wildfires in British Columbia that have forced 39,000 people from their homes. Canada and Aussie firefighting techniques are very similar and this may enable some of the Canadians to take a bit of a break.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/australia-to-send-firefighters-to-battle-wild-fires-in-canada/8721024
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« Reply #123 on: Jul 18, 2017, 04:23AM »

That's excellent news. When we had our firestorms in Florida in 1998  I was able to volunteer here in the county where I live because Miami Beach, where I worked, was far from the affected area. I only worked with FF's from out of state who were sent to help out. No fire service can have the manpower and equipment to adequately fight massive wild land fires once they get going.
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« Reply #124 on: Aug 06, 2017, 04:57PM »

Hi Richard  Hi Good! Good! Good!

I am so pleased to see that RLB's health has stabilized and he is back looking at bringing aspects of the forum up-to-date. See the header "It's that time again..."
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« Reply #125 on: Sep 07, 2017, 01:40PM »

Well I have now been living in L.A. for several weeks now, and I am very much enjoying it! America is a lot of fun, just about everyone has been very friendly and the standard of playing at my school is very high across the board!
I have had several lessons and have taken a lot away from each one so far. I have also just had a successful audition for the American Youth Symphony which sounds like it will be a lot of fun to play in.

The main difference I notice in the states is the amount of food and drink you get in a single serving. The samllest size coffee at Starbucks is...... ridiculous. I cannot even imagine how I would feel drinking a LARGE size in one sitting. Same with soft drink actually  :D
Been to see the L.A. phil at the Hollywood bowl a couple of times which has been fantastic. I think I could get used to living in America!
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« Reply #126 on: Sep 07, 2017, 01:47PM »

If you think they sound great in the Hollywood Bowl, listen to them in the Disney Auditorium Good!

Glad you are making out here in "The Colonies".  Note that Los Angeles is in a desert, and droughts are common.  There was one for about 5 years that finally succumbed toa very wet winter.  Dry weather promotes wildfires and there is a big one near you.

I hope you find lots of playing opportunities.  There seems to be a big hub of music out there and no lack of great players.

Welcome to America! Good!
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« Reply #127 on: Sep 07, 2017, 03:03PM »

Anybody got a cocktail? You don't realize how much crap you accumulate in your yard until hurricane season makes you pick it up and get it organized so it doesn't destroy the neighborhood. This was a long day, and tomorrow doesn't look to be any better. Did I mention the heat index is 105 degrees?
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« Reply #128 on: Sep 07, 2017, 06:59PM »

We are enjoying beautiful weather in Queensland at present and the arrival of Spring also heralds what used to be called the Strawberry Festival - our local agricultural show, when the Redlands was the Brisbane Salad bowl. Unfortunately they have turned it into a suburb of housing estates, mainly for people who work in Brisbane.

However, the event goes on and it is now called RedFest and is Redland City's premier music and cultural festival. It is a celebration of music, art, food and community on beautiful Moreton Bay. It features a lot of entertainment venues which allow the local bands to show off their stuff. Country music is really strong.:

https://redfest.com.au/

https://redlandcitybands.org.au/events/60/redfest/

They even continue to feature a strawberry eating contest, which is really fun for the kids. Not to mention a few gourmet(?) adults.

They do indeed still grow strawberries in the market garden farms that remain and you can get three large punnets for $5 in the local shops at present. Yum!!! Good!
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« Reply #129 on: Sep 07, 2017, 07:04PM »

Did you mean gourmet or gourmand? :-P
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« Reply #130 on: Sep 07, 2017, 07:08PM »

A connoisseur of good food; a gourmet. I was merely querying the fact that eating a lot of strawberries would make you one. They look more like pigs at a trough when competing.

or 'gourmand', if you want to ignore common usage but, yes, probably a better description according to Wikipedia.

"The term gourmet can refer to a person with refined or discriminating taste who is knowledgeable in the craft and art of food and food preparation.

Gourmand carries additional connotations of one who simply enjoys food in great quantities. An epicure is similar to a gourmet, but the word may sometimes carry overtones of excessive refinement. A gourmet chef is a chef of particularly high calibre of cooking talent and skill."

Certainly not an 'epicure' anyway. :D
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« Reply #131 on: Sep 13, 2017, 08:02AM »

Last spring, I thought for sure I'd be finding a different orchestra to play in this fall.  It would mean more driving, but musical satisfaction is important.  Then during the summer I got a message about the current orchestra's new director.  This was pretty exciting news.  I'd worked with this director before, and enjoy working with him.  This doesn't immediately fix all of my dissatisfaction, but I do look forward to a good semester of making music.  Hey I even had a full trombone section at our first rehearsal.
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« Reply #132 on: Sep 17, 2017, 05:16PM »

Humor Break:

http://alwaysnews.us/30-best-far-side-cartoons-time/

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« Reply #133 on: Sep 21, 2017, 01:39AM »

Members list musings.

A grand total(at the time of this comment) of 19,047 members.
10,070 of which have not made a single contribution to a conversation - Zero posts.
In addition to this number, 5,556 members have made less than 10 comments.

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« Reply #134 on: Sep 21, 2017, 06:51AM »

Sometimes I get a new application and it turns out the person already had an account approved and never logged in.

Sometimes it seems the Forum sends a welcome message to the new used and it goes into a spam folder and is never read or found.
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« Reply #135 on: Sep 22, 2017, 01:23AM »

Just back online after nearly a week without a computer. A Windows 10 update screwed it up once more. I think I will have to get more involved with tablets so that I have something to switch to when this computer goes down next time, as it surely will with the awful software available from Microsoft these days.

Luckily this fix did not cost me anything because it was still under warranty for the new hard drive I had to put in a couple of months ago.

Perhaps it is me that needs an update because I am too set in my old Microsoft desktop/laptop ways. Yeah, RIGHT.
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« Reply #136 on: Sep 22, 2017, 04:22AM »

Sorry about your computer woes, Grah.  I usually have several systems (all laptops) that I can just shuffle through.  Big problem is making sure to back up my personal files.  I try to keep them on one spare hard drive that I connect with a USB adapter.  Lately I've been playing with a tablet system for music.  I can't afford an I-Pad Pro, so I'm working with Lenovos.  I have an X220 that seems to be working although the wider format makes the pages just a little smaller.  Was worse on my 11 incher (I'm using it in Portrait mode).
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« Reply #137 on: Sep 22, 2017, 04:52AM »

Windows 10 is going to solve everything, guys.
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« Reply #138 on: Sep 22, 2017, 08:11AM »

Windows 10 is going to solve everything, guys.

I hope that was sarcasm at work. ;-)

I keep hoping that the Linux flavors improve to the point that they can do Windows apps as well as Windows or better.  I miss OS/2, IBM's much improved version of Windows 3.1.  Wish we had an OS/x that works on Windows 10.
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« Reply #139 on: Sep 22, 2017, 09:30AM »

I hope that was sarcasm at work. ;-)

I keep hoping that the Linux flavors improve to the point that they can do Windows apps as well as Windows or better.  I miss OS/2, IBM's much improved version of Windows 3.1.  Wish we had an OS/x that works on Windows 10.

Why does the word "Vista" pop up into my brain.
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« Reply #140 on: Sep 22, 2017, 09:47AM »

Why does the word "Vista" pop up into my brain.

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« Reply #141 on: Sep 22, 2017, 09:54AM »


LOL!  Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #142 on: Today at 05:52 PM »

Did you mean gourmet or gourmand? :-P

By strange coincidence, one of the clues in a crossword I was doing this morning was: "Lover of good food". So what do you reckon Bruce?
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« Reply #143 on: Today at 08:12 PM »

By strange coincidence, one of the clues in a crossword I was doing this morning was: "Lover of good food". So what do you reckon Bruce?

A gourmet is a lover of good food.

A gourmand just eats as much as possible.  Drinks plonk, eats junk food.  Just like me :-P

I knew the difference.
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« Reply #144 on: Today at 09:58 PM »

The answer was as per your original suggestion and the proper dictionary definition: "gourmand". But I have to say that, although it was an Aussie crossword, I have never heard the word used in everyday conversation. It's always gourmet.
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« Reply #145 on: Today at 10:32 PM »

One can be a gourmand gourmet, or a gourmet gourmand, but not every of either is both.
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