The colour of this object is distinctly reminiscent of Melbourne’s …

Comment on They must be joking! by Andrew Crouch.

The colour of this object is distinctly reminiscent of Melbourne’s “Yellow Peril” (1980), and shows a similar degree of taste. At the time, most of Melbourne’s population urged the City Fathers (it was a while ago) to get rid of it or hide it, and so they did for 20 years. This one would be easier to bury.

Recent Comments by Andrew Crouch

Spying on park visitors: nothing to see here?
I can confirm that I recorded the date of one of the occasions I visited Kuyunba, when I was approached within the reserve car park by 2 AFP officers for details as described in an earlier post, and yes, I felt it was intrusive on their part.
It was 10/5/2014.

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
Erwin, it may be worth you digging a bit deeper by asking the AFP: “Are the AFP no longer conducting security visits including requesting driver licence details and recording vehicle registration numbers at Kuyunba?”
This activity may well have been handed on to another entity in recent time, and rather than clarify this publicly the AFP may be choosing to talk only about the literal present.

ED – Many thanks, Andrew. This has occurred to us and I’ve enquired with the local security industry – no luck so far. I’m emailing AFP media now. Kind regards, Erwin.

Federal Police uses drone to spy on tourists
The various times I visited Kuyunba, it was always a pair of AFP officers who turned up, within a couple of minutes of my arrival.
Once they even appeared as I was leaving, offering the rather dubious explanation that since I had been there for some time they were “concerned that I may have been lost”.
It doesn’t say much for the level of sophistication of tasks assigned to Australian staff at Pine Gap.

Visitor from afar to Alex’s backyard
Hi All,
The Pheasant Coucal in breeding plumage has a black body but retains its mottled brown plumage on the wings and back.
If John’s bird was black all over, it could have been a male Koel, a bird of similar appearance to a Coucal though a size smaller.
Koels are also very occasional visitors to Alice from the north.

Visitor from afar to Alex’s backyard
Nice work Alex. They have been reported only about once a year from Alice Springs, so certainly quite unusual.

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