Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The map is from Lonely Planet guide and shows the island kingdom.
ABC media is taking donations today, Friday.
Aid donations can be made to Oxfam, Australian Red Cross, Plan Australia, Care Australia, World Vision, UNICEF, Save the Children, Adventist Development Relief.
Other islands of the Pacific have suffered.
Vanuatu is a republic with about two and a half hundred thousand people. A small population.
Languages are Bislama and French. 40% are educated in French language schools and 60% study in English language instiutions.
In the past the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides operated there.
Independence came in 1980 amid years of unrest. Father Walther Lini was a figure there.
The famous Land Diving or bungee jumping is from the island of Pentecost.
New Caledonia/Noumea with the French connection is an island neighbour which is not usually heard about in our media.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Monday, March 09, 2015
Saturday, March 07, 2015
There was talk of postponing our census usually done every five years, in order to direct funds into updating the department you could say.
A lot of other places have a census every ten years some with sampled surveys, for instance, Argentina, Spain and France.
The UK (64 million) does a full census every 10 years as does the USA (320 million) where the last questionnaire was short namely ten questions.
In comparison, our form is giant with 61 questions but our population is low (23 mill) and a full census of every household is attempted.
In France (63 million) annual surveys and rotating samples is an unusual method. Smaller towns are counted every 5 years and larger towns are sampled annually.
To each his own.
Friday, March 06, 2015
Now, the dialogue in Peppa Pig, for instance, is from real voices that have good enunciation even if they have a nice distinct accent.
Why do most other cartoon characters on TV sound stupid and shout? How do the neural networks under formation in a tiny child process the bizarre offerings ?
Shock horror. Peter Rabbit on you tube bereft of UK English. The very essence of a show is lost in any remake.
Thankfully we are adaptable to offerings from all over the world and don't need remakes.
Bananas in PJs has become unaustralian in the hands of overseas artists, the outdoors do not reflect our scene at all, the cartoon has simply gone generic.
Hope we don't eventually dumb down on a generic diet.
Last photo is of random drug testing unit.
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Outside the show ground, the police were making a show of strength with random drug tests on motorists.
A drug bus/coach, a trailer and the latest vehicles made up the ambush. State elections are just around the corner.