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  • “It’s starting to blow a bit”

    If I was living in Queensland I’d be starting to wonder who I’d annoyed. After much of the southern part of the state was declared a disaster zone earlier last month thanks to some of the worst flooding ever seen, northern Queensland is now facing it’s own disaster – Cyclone Yasi...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Feb 2 2011
  • Settling back in

    I’ve avoided blogging for a week or so, partly to give you a rest and partly because I didn’t trust myself not to just whinge about the fact that England is BLOODY FREEZING. In just 24 hours on a plane I lost 35 degrees. Seriously, I don’t remember it being this cold before. And what’s...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, Feb 1 2011
  • The end is nigh

    So this is it. After three countries, 101 days, 41 different towns and cities, seven changes in time zone and more than 100 blog posts, I’m on my way home. I’ve met some amazing people along the way, visited incredible farms and businesses, and seen some amazing scenery. I’ve nearly...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Jan 20 2011
  • Water, water everywhere

    Some more flood photos, this time from a friend of a friend’s farm near Rockhampton, another of the areas to have taken a battering this week: Note the pig on the shed roof on this one: Most of the flood waters have receded now and the clean-up operations are underway. It’s impressive to...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Sat, Jan 15 2011
  • I’ve had a go at describing what the floods are like over in Queensland, but this email I received today from past Nuffield scholar Ronald Thompson gives a better impression of what farmers are going through over in the worst-hit areas. Ronald farms near Chinchilla, about 300km north-west of Brisbane...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Fri, Jan 14 2011
  • Spuds at Spud’s

    I’ve come to the conclusion I’ll have to start wearing platform shoes if I spend any more time on farms. I understand the need for giant cars when you’re driving across bumpy and muddy terrain, but does the clutch on four-wheel drive cars really have to be so toe-stretchingly far from...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Jan 13 2011
  • Floody hell

    I’ve mentioned the rain and floods several times over the past few weeks and months, but things have started to get scary over here in Australia. This is Toowoomba, where I drove through in December: Over the past couple of days, Toowoomba has received as much rainfall in an hour as many states...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Jan 12 2011
  • A load of abalone

    Every year when me and my sister were little we would go up the road to my grandparent’s for Christmas day. Aside from my grandad’s amazing stuffing (I still regret not ever finding out the recipe), chocolate eclairs and fancily-cut tomatoes, one of the other ‘delicacies’ served...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Sun, Dec 19 2010
  • Blending in with the greenery on Kangaroo Island

    I’ve been experimenting with a new look today. Nice, eh? Obviously, this is Grotbags and not me. As if I’d wear a hat like that. I’m referring more to the green skin. It’s a good look, and one I managed to achieve pretty well thanks to an hour-long crossing from Adelaide on the...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Sat, Dec 18 2010
  • Getting stuck into bee-keeping

    I don’t know whether all guests get this treatment or whether it was just reserved for me, but I was greeted today by a Nuffield chum armed with a roll of duct tape and a pair of rubber gloves. It’s not as weird as it sounds. Or not quite, anyway. I’ve driven just a few [...]
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, Dec 16 2010
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