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  1. Sweet way to go? Drip-feed soft drink the road to fat

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    Craig Padayachee demonstrates the amount of sugar in a single can of soft drink.SIXTEEN teaspoons of sugar from one 600-millilitre bottle of soft drink consumed once a day for a year comes to 23 kilograms. That’s the amount of sugar sitting in a mound in Cancer Council Victoria’s offices as it begins campaigning on Thursday for a tax on soft drinks and restrictions on marketing to children.
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    The Rethink Sugary Drinks campaign, run in conjunction with Diabetes Australia and the Heart Foundation, features an Australian version of a television ad from the New York City Department of Health in which a man sits at a bar eating 16 sachets of sugar. ”You’d never eat 16 packs of sugar,” the American ad says, ”Why would you drink 16 packs of sugar?”

    Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool.One in four Australian children are overweight or obese and health organisations say sugar-sweetened beverages are partly to blame, with 25 per cent of two to 16-year-olds consuming sugary soft drinks daily. ”You are really just getting a vehicle for the delivery of sugar without any nutritional benefit whatsoever,” said Craig Sinclair, chairman of the public health committee at Cancer Council Australia.

    During his university days the drink of choice for Craig Padayachee was Solo, which contains 81 per cent of the recommended daily sugar intake in each 600-millilitre bottle.

    Before changing to sugar-free drinks, the 27-year-old IT administrator had regularly drunk three 375 millilitre cans a day at a cafe and said he had soon begun feeling the effects.

    ”My activity level dropped off quite a bit. I had pretty much no energy,” Mr Padayachee said.

    The Rethink campaign urges Australian governments to consider increasing tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, and reduce children’s exposure to soft drink advertising.

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  2. Pomersbach takes belter of a night in his stride

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    Luke Pomersbach celebrates after scoring his century against the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium.Brisbane Heat’s opening batsman Luke Pomersbach may have been the Bradman Young Player of the Year in 2008, but it was only on Tuesday night that everybody sat up and took notice.
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    The powerful left-hander tore 112 not out off 70 balls with 15 fours and two sixes against the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium to push the Heat into Saturday’s final.

    He was thrown a lifeline last year when Queensland cricket coach Darren Lehmann asked him to shift from Western Australia to open the batting for the Heat.

    On Tuesday night he became the first player from the team to hit a century in the revamped T20 competition.

    Known as “Pommers”, he accepts drinking problems led to playing bans in the past, but says that is now all behind him and a tight group of friends keeps him grounded.

    “I was just young and dumb I think,” he said frankly.

    “I was a little bit of a slow learner and made some silly decisions.”

    “But I look back now and I think I am sort of glad that I made some dumb decisions because I would not have learned what I’ve learned and would not have come out the right end.”

    Pomersbach said he had been confident on the Etihad pitch that a big score was close.

    “When I was on about 79 with four or five overs to go, I thought ‘I am in a with a big chance here’,” the 28-year-old said..

    “To be honest I never really thought I would get a 100 in T20 cricket, but until you get a 60 or a 70 you don’t think you are close to getting it,” he said.

    Pommers’ century makes him the Big Bash’s biggest scorer in the 2012-13 season.

    His best shots were his shots over cover, not his favourite pull shots and slog sweeps.

    “I have been trying to hit over cover and through cover a lot more through to the boundary,” he said.

    “My strength has always been my pull shot and the slog sweep but that can get you into trouble hitting across the line.”

    Selectors have had their eye on Pomersbach for several years, even using him to replace the injured Brad Hodge in the Australian T20 team in December 2007.

    He knows his name is being bandied around for Australian T20 selection now, but he’s not losing sleep over it.

    “Not really, I’ve got a long way to go. I’ve just got to keep on performing really.”

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  3. Sadness at the passing of Crazy John’s

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    JOHN ILHAN was once the richest man in the country under 40. Little more than five years after his death, the mobile phone empire he built is gone, saddening his widow.
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    Patricia Ilhan, the wife of the late Melbourne entrepreneur, said she was ”very disappointed” that Vodafone had decided to shut down the Crazy John’s chain of mobile phone stores that he founded.

    Patricia Ilhan, who sold her share of the Crazy John’s brand to Vodafone for an estimated $150 million in 2008, said through a family spokesman that she was ”very disappointed with the decision but that it was a matter for Vodafone”.

    Up to 300 jobs are reportedly at risk after Vodafone said it planned to close the Crazy John’s chain on February 20. It is thought about 40 of the 60 stores could be closed. The remaining stores would be rebranded as Vodafone stores, the company said.

    Mr Ilhan, the son of Turkish migrants, grew up in working-class Broadmeadows in Melbourne. He started his career as a salesman at Strathfield Car Radio before opening his first mobile phone store in Melbourne in 1991.

    He made Crazy John’s into one of Australia’s largest independent phone retailers. Never shy of publicity, the businessman was a regular in the business pages and on lists of Australia’s most wealthy people, and offered advice and insights for people hoping to emulate his success.

    In October 2007, he collapsed while walking near his home in Brighton, Melbourne, and died.

    Vodafone said the ”tough decisions” were taken as part of a move to streamline its retail offering into one brand. Crazy John’s customers would continue to be supported through Vodafone stores and its dealerships, the company said.

    A telecoms analyst, Paul Budde, said all three providers in Australia – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – had grappled with the cost of investing in 4G networks, market saturation in the mobile phone market, and stagnating revenue opportunities. ”You can’t grow the market any further, so they’ve got the problem of increasing costs with the same sorts of revenue, so you have to start looking at where you can cut costs,” he said.

    with Mark Hawthorne

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  4. Tag you’re it: Figures reveal graffiti plague

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    Graffiti in inner-city Brisbane.Brisbane’s vandal plague, as well as its graffiti hotspots, have been revealed in new figures that show how big the battle against tagging has become.
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    Since its launch in 2008, the Lord Mayor’s Taskforce Against Graffiti has dealt with more than 400 offenders responsible for more than 500,000 tags, with one sting in September last year seeing 19 people charged with 1544 offences.

    Vandalism offences are also rising dramatically.

    Twenty peoply were charged with 800 offences with the Brisbane City Council and Queensland Police Service initiative began.

    Last year, 74 people were charged with 3363 offences.

    “I’ve looked at the figures and they don’t paint a pretty picture for those offenders who think they can get away with illegal graffiti,” he said.

    “We’ve still have quite a way to go before illegal graffiti is wiped out completely, but we’re making serious mileage here.”

    Last year, Brisbane’s biggest graffiti hot spots were West End, South Brisbane, Highgate Hill area, Fortitude Valley, Paddington, Milton, Toowong and Ashgrove, with hot spots in previous years including Keperra, Nundah, Wynnum, Coorparoo and Bracken Ridge.

    Cr Quirk said enough graffiti to cover Suncorp Stadium 57 times over had been removed since 2008, however the total area vandalised each year was shrinking.

    Almost 170,000 square metres was removed in 2009, while 132,000 square metres was removed last year.

    Since 2009, the council has spent $15 million on graffiti enforcement and removal, with more than $3 million of a $13.5 million four-year project allocated to this financial year alone.

    “By spending more on enforcement, we’re spending less on graffiti removal,” Cr Quirk said.

    “Rapidly removing graffiti has a significant impact on reducing the graffiti vandalism at any hot spot, so we do our best to act as quickly as possible.”

    Top Five graffiti hotspots by year

    2010Bracken RidgeWest EndInalaZillmereCoorparoo

    2011KepperaWest EndNundahHighgate HillWynnum

    2012West End/South Brisbane/Highgate HillFortitude ValleyPaddington/MiltonToowongAshgrove

    Graffiti-related charges

    Offenders2008: 20 offenders, 800 charges2009: 74 offenders, 2042 charges2010: 94 offenders, 3614 charges2011: 175 offenders, 4887 charges2012: 74 offenders, 3363 charges

    Key arrest examples:

    2008: Authorities arrested an offender known as “Mister Thirteen” because of his tag. He was the first serial offender charged by the Taskforce. He committed numerous offences in the Chermside area, including the shopping centre.

    2009: A group of juveniles using the team tag ‘KSG’ were charged with more than 100 offences committed in the Keperra/Mitchelton area. The youths were aged between 11 and 16 and were dealt with through the juvenile justice system.

    2010: Four offenders were charged with 665 offences, a record at that time. These offenders had targeted Brisbane City Council infrastructure, other council property and QR assets.

    2011: Six offenders were charged with 733 offences as the result of an investigation into a major “crew” operating within Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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  5. Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade hinges on QIC deal

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    Plans for the Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says it could be years before the long-awaited upgrade of Kingsford Smith Drive begins unless a major deal with Queensland Investment Corporation goes ahead.
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    The road is a “critical piece” of Brisbane’s road network, given the amount of traffic it currently handles – a load expected to increase by 50 per cent by 2026, he said.

    Though the $10 million first stage of the upgrade was completed mid-2011, Cr Quirk said the council still needed $792 million to complete Stages Two and Three and transform the road into a six-lane “tree-lined boulevard” complete with a cantilevered bicycle and pedestrian path.

    As it stands the council has maxed out its borrowing capacity, largely to cover the costs associated with the $1.5 billion Legacy Way toll tunnel, which is currently under construction and at the centre of the QIC deal.

    Under the deal, still under negotiation, the council would hand over operational responsibilities and tolling rights to the tunnel and the Go Between Bridge to QIC in exchange for upfront fees, and possibly a portion of the tolling revenue.

    Cr Quirk said offloading the assets would save the council $650 million and enable it to bring forward the upgrade of the Kingsford Smith Drive, completing Stage Two before 2017 and beginning Stage Three shortly after.

    “The reality is that council cannot just continue to borrow [to pay for infrastructure],” he said.

    “We have to make sure that what we do is affordable for the ratepayers of this city.

    “I can’t … increase rates out of people’s existence.”

    The upgrade to the road, which currently carries 63,000 vehicles per day, was originally proposed by former lord mayor Campbell Newman as part of his TransApex Road projects package. However Infrastructure Australia rejected his request for $500 million.

    Cr Quirk put the road back on the council’s agenda shortly after taking office in 2011.

    “It’s an important road in the hierarchy – it carries 15 per cent of freight traffic,” Cr Quirk said on Wednesday.

    “That’s why we’ve been saying to the federal government that this is a road where I think a contribution is important because it’s an important road in terms of national productivity, but also it’s a gateway, so it is a critical path – one that needs doing.”

    A spokesman for Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese acknowledged funding for the project had been raised in the past.

    “But at this stage no decision has ben made about [Kingsford Smith Drive],” he said.

    Meanwhile, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd general manager of trade services Peter Keyte said any improvement would be welcome.

    “The Luggage Point to Eagle Farm area is a heavy industrial precinct flanked by wharves so any improvement to major arterials, be it road, rail or river, will be welcomed by the trade industry and Port of Brisbane,” he said.

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  6. Parties arm themselves for federal election war

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    The Labor Party will attempt to link Premier Campbell Newman to Tony Abbott during this year’s federal election, with Queensland set to be the country’s battleground state.Labor will remind voters of what it says are Premier Campbell Newman’s unpopular job cuts, while the Coalition will remind voters not to flirt with the Greens, independents or Bob Katter, when this year’s federal election nears.
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    The ALP begins interviews with candidates in four Queensland electorates on Thursday.

    Eight other Labor candidates will be pre-selected in February, while the Coalition only has one Queensland candidate left to choose – who will go up against Bob Katter in Kennedy.

    Tuesday’s Newspoll showed the Coalition was still on top, 51 to 49, but Labor figures have been encouraged by the poll which showed a six per cent increase in the party’s primary vote.

    The Coalition holds 22 of Queensland’s 30 federal seats, Labor eight, Bob Katter holds Kennnedy in north-west Queensland and independent Peter Slipper holds Fisher on the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

    Labor now has 18 candidates – seven sitting MPs and 11 candidates aready chosen.

    Labor’s new candidate suitability panel – a recommendation from the 2012 Queensland election review – begins in the seats of Capricornia, Fairfax, Groom and Leichhardt today.

    ALP assistant state secretary Evan Moorhead on Wednesday nominated Brisbane – held by the Coalition’s Teresa Gamboro with 51.13 per cent of the vote – as a marginal seat and a possible gain for Labor’s Fiona McNamara.

    “She only has to change 1200 votes – and there are 3000 teachers in Brisbane – so we are hoping her profile as a teacher and a teacher’s union rep will get her across the line,” he said.

    In the bayside electorate of Bowman, former state MP Darryl Briskey will challenge Coalition MP Andrew Laming who raised eyebrows with his tweets about Logan violence.

    Mr Moorhead said Labor believed it was fair to link Mr Newman’s public sector job cuts to Tony Abbott’s plans for the Commonwealth public service.

    “Tony Abbott is promising to make cuts to the Commonwealth public servants as well and he is unashamedly out there saying that,” he said.

    Labor has also been under scrutiny for cuts to the federal public service.

    However, LNP state director Brad Henderson this week said the party would carry a positive campaign to the 2013 poll.

    “The only way to get the change we need in Canberra is vote for the LNP, the Coalition in this state,” he said.

    “We are focused on offering the positive plan for the people and changing the government.”

    With Katter’s Australia Party decided to run in all seats, Mr Henderson warned voters not to vote for smaller parties.

    “The only way to do that (change to government) and to unlock a better future for Australia and for our state, is to vote for the LNP,” he said.

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  7. Mum punches student, threatens staff over ‘bullied’ daughter

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    A mother who punched a 14-year-old girl at her daughter’s school and terrorised staff and students over four months has been banned from the grounds for a year.
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    The mother, known as NS to protect the identity of her daughter and victims, called staff at Bentley Park College in Far North Queensland “white c—s”, chased students down the street while hurling abuse and threatened to “bash” various people at the school multiple times.

    A Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal judgment handed down last month details the harassment beginning in May last year and five separate threatening episodes occurring over the next four months.

    NS, 33, ended up in court after she punched a 14-year-old girl on May 11.

    She had accused of bullying her daughter, also a student at the school.

    Three days later NS told the school’s deputy principal if the alleged bullying was not resolved she would “deal with it by (her) own hands”.

    In relation to that matter she was berated by a magistrate who told her she had anger management issues.

    “A 33-year-old belting a 14-year-old at a school with a teacher present is simply unreasonable, unacceptable behaviour,” the magistrate said.

    “…You must realise that this was a serious matter, real injuries were done – thankfully not lasting – and the fact that you committed them at school makes them even more serious.”

    NS was banned from the school grounds for 60 days but on July 23 last year a teacher overheard students talking about being chased by the woman.

    The teacher asked NS to leave the school grounds, which she did, but then preceded to yell from the footpath “come out here and I smash you, c’mon I don’t care”.

    The woman told the teacher the school children had been “cheeky” to her and she would smash them.

    “I’ll go to jail, I don’t care,” she said.

    The next day NS was back at the school to collect her daughter’.

    When she was there she was given a letter saying she was banned from the school’s grounds.

    “I am going to hunt those girls down, it may not be at school but I get ’em in Cairns,” she responded.

    “I’m going to f—— smash those little c—-.

    “This is because we are black”.

    She left the school with her daughter but returned because her daughter had forgotten her bike.

    When NS was on the grounds retrieving the bike she called a teacher a “white c—” and told her she was going to punch her.

    NS stayed away from the school for another six weeks but on September 4 students reported being chased by NS, her daughter and another relative, with NS calling them “sluts”.

    The students ran to the school for safety, and their parents and the police were called.

    NS was again banned from Bentley Park College, this time for the for 60 days to November 24, however in a QCAT decision she was banned for a year starting from September 30, 2012.

    In her decision QCAT member Joanne Browne said NS was likely to harm or scare students and staff or disrupt the “good order” of the school.

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  8. Lap-band surgery leads to long-term weight loss even after hiccups

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    LAP-BAND surgery has proved an effective long-term method of reducing weight for the obese, according to a new 15-year study.
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    But the procedure is not free of complications, with about half the patients in the study requiring follow-up surgery.

    VicHealth warned that lap band surgery was not a panacea for Australia’s obesity problem and called for a reduction in the marketing and and availability of junk food and sugary drinks.

    Monash University Centre for Obesity Research and Education analysed the results of 3227 patients who had had gastric banding between 1994 and 2011, with the results of the study published in this month’s edition of the medical journal Annals of Surgery.

    The research showed that many patients kept the weight off. On average, the 714 patients who’d had the procedure more than a decade ago maintained a weight loss of 26 kilograms, or almost half their excess weight.

    ”For some people, losing 26 kilograms is extraordinary, for others it is a fairly modest effect, but that’s the average. We have people who have lost well over 100 kilograms, we have others who have lost very few kilograms,” said one of the study’s authors, Professor Paul O’Brien.

    Professor O’Brien, who was the lap-band surgeon for many of the patients, said the research showed lap-band surgery has a lasting impact on weight loss.

    VicHealth nutrition manager and resident dietitian Julie Woods said while there was a place for lap-band surgery, more effort was needed to reduce the impact of junk food.

    ”If lap banding is all we did, the health system wouldn’t cope. There is likely to be about 7 million obese Australians in the next 15 years,” she said.

    Lap-band surgery involves the placement of a gastric band at the top of the stomach that reduces hunger. After the surgery, patients are encouraged to eat small amounts, about 1200 calories a day, and exercise.

    Professor O’Brien said while lap-band surgery had proved effective, it was not for everyone.

    ”You have to be obese, which is a BMI (body mass index calculated using height and weight) of greater than 30.”

    The average age of patients in the study was 47; almost four out of five patients were women.

    Lap-band surgery is commonly a day procedure and costs about $10,000 through the private health system, or it can be arranged through some public hospitals such as the Alfred.

    The weight-loss method has become popular in recent years, with high-profile Australians including billionaire James Packer and media figure Harold Mitchell. Mr Mitchell is among the patients of Professor O’Brien.

    An earlier version of this story stated that Mr Packer had been a patient of Professor O’Brien’s. This is incorrect. The error was made in the editing process.

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  9. Firefighters are toughing it out

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    IT IS one of the toughest jobs in firefighting. When the country is too rough for equipment to reach, Tasmania Fire Service sends in the RATs – remote area teams specially trained to fight fires on foot using minimal hand-operated tools.
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    The teams have been responsible for setting containment lines and blacking-out hot-spots in the wilder parts of bushfires burning around Tasmania this year.

    Launceston firefighters are among those who have been dropped off in rough terrain in the North-West this week and left to hike the distance to the fire front carrying a rake-hoe, hundreds of metres of hosing and a portable pump.

    They are working to control the fire that has burnt more than 3000 hectares of bush and threatened homes near Montumana.

    Other teams, made up of New Zealand firefighters and Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment employees, have been working at Lake Repulse.

    Northern district officer Steven Richardson said RATs were used to conduct back-burning operations and identify risks, like large trees burning near the edge of a fire area.

    “It is a lot of arduous manual labour,” Mr Richardson said.

    “They carry hose and portable pumps so they can find a dam or a river and lay out hundreds of metres of hose to get the water source to the fire.

    “If there’s no water sometimes the helicopter can drop in a bladder. They are like a portable dam: 500 litres of water that can be put right where you need it.”

    The remote area teams are among 70 professional and volunteer firefighters from Northern Tasmania sent to fight fires in other districts since January 5.

    Five fire trucks remain in the South, crewed by a revolving door of Northern and interstate firefighters.

    Another team of 16 firefighters will relieve crews working at an uncontrolled bushfire at Interlaken Road near Steppes in the Central Highlands today.

    Mr Richardson said milder than expected temperatures had allowed firefighters to get ahead in their efforts to control six major bushfires burning around the state, four of which were still not contained.

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  10. Climate hysteria now a summer tradition

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    July 16, 2018 by admin

    BRITAIN’S late, and much lamented, humour magazine Punch once ran a cartoon showing a bowler-hatted chap standing on London’s meteorological bureau steps.
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    The apparently astonished weather forecaster, furled umbrella in hand, glances around wide-eyed and incredulous above the line drawing’s caption: “Snow? In January?”

    The cartoon was not only a comment on the Pommie weather bureau’s legendary inability (up to and including the 1960s, at least) of fulfilling its primary function in forecasting the weather but also the British unpreparedness to cope with extreme winter conditions.

    Outdoor plumbing pipes went unlagged and the Poms acted as if they resided in a perpetually warm, if somewhat wet, wonderland surprisingly interrupted by snow and slush.

    The cartoon concerning the predictability of seasons comes to mind with the prevailing hot and steamy prevailing conditions in the capital city of New South Wales.

    For there is much alarm, even despondency, concerning various recent heatwaves that have rocked Sydney.

    Let alone the surrounding countryside seeing bushfires erupt all over a tinder-dry state.

    Yet the weird aspect as far as any Tasmanian abroad is concerned is how New South Welshpersons have reacted with naked hysteria considering the predictability at this annual heatwave.

    Winter? Cold, check, switch the electric blanket to 7. Summer? Hot, double check, head for the beach.

    Now any warmth whatsoever and it’s down to climate change.

    Granted, temperatures do not often go post-40 degrees here even if there are firm historical precedents.

    A correspondent to the Sydney Morning Herald, Barry Anderson, of Roseville, last week pointed out that marine captain and meteorologist Watkin Tench once recorded temperatures of up to 42.8 degrees – on December 27, 1790.

    “Sydney was about as hot (in 1790) as the hottest day the First Fleeters experienced in their first four years,” Anderson says.

    Which has done nothing to placate modern-day global warming cultists.

    One writer to a Sydney newspaper, for example, feared she was “starting a bushfire in my own head”.

    The correspondent said she had “spent the day cowering in the mall” (air-conditioned) followed by a movie in a theatre (ditto).

    And all, she reckoned, owing to climate change.

    Another writer went to certain lengths to explain how he had tried to “explain to my prostrate cat” why the heat was because of “climate- changing gases”.

    Less agitated commentators may well have pointed out that the prevailing sweltering conditions were the result of two years of rainy La Nina weather cycles followed by a four-month unusually dry spell.

    In the meantime, the media has played its role in keeping what the UK’s Sun newspaper once headlined “PHEW WHAT A SCORCHER” hysteria alive.

    Apparently, Sydney ice-cream trucks could not hit the rapidly melting bitumen because the vehicles’ compressors didn’t like it too hot.

    “You could blow a compressor and it’s going to cost you two grand,” Sydney Ice-Cream business owner Ned Qutami told the Herald.

    And the mercury was obviously squirting from the top of the thermometer in Oodnadatta with newspapers doing the old “cracking an egg on the road” trick to see if it fried.

    Hey, guess what? That googy egg did, and if that ain’t positive proof of climate change, well, we’ll eat our tropical-issue khaki shorts.

    All fun and games must end, of course, even for global warming cultists and their gullible fans.

    Autumn and winter follow hot summers and weather alarmists will be forced to fold their circus tents until next year.

    Meanwhile, more news on the weather front from the British Met which this week admitted that, er, its forecast of global warming up to 2017 must be tweaked downward to the extent that it did not think there would be any.

    You can see the Pommie Met bloke standing on the bureau steps exclaiming: “Climate change? Don’t think so.”

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