Monday, 9 March 2009
Two seasons in one country
Apparently it’s a truism in Australia that there are only two seasons here – drought and flood. So after the bushfires that have made headlines around the world, now we have Cyclone Hamish, the worst cyclone to hit the east coast since the ubiquitous ‘when records began’ (does this mean since vinyl was invented?!). Queensland has been quietly flooding for a while and not getting much news because of the fires in Victoria, but now it looks like yet another natural, or possibly human-helped, catastrophe will be the talk of the town.