Our (In)Famous Canberra Kangaroo

Today is Canberra Day, which means a public holiday for people in the Australian Capital Territory. It seems like a good day to share the latest Canberra kangaroo video to make the world news!

Every so often a kangaroo story from this city “goes viral” – a consequence of our city being the “Bush Capital”, and of a kangaroo population explosion that means you see them jumping around the streets.

This time, it’s a Canberra paraglider who landed, only to be attacked by a passing eastern grey kangaroo. Watch the video – I love how he says hello to it, only to be attacked. He changes his tune very fast!

Bonus Story: this kangaroo in a standoff with a dog last week, five minutes’ walk from here!

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RIP to Luke Perry and Keith Flint

Two of my childhood and adolescent icons dead within twenty-four hours of each other.

RIP to Beverly Hills 90210’s Luke Perry, who finally succumbed to the massive stroke he had a week ago, and to The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, who took his own life.

Luke Perry (October 11th, 1966 — March 4th, 2019)

keith flint the prodigy

Heading Off

I’m going away today, and will be on a farm near the coast in rural New South Wales until the beginning of next week (and skipping the Canberra heatwave!). From what I know about the property I’m staying on, I’ll have VERY limited internet access. I have a couple of blog posts scheduled for the time I’m away.

I know there are a few people I’m expecting to hear from between now and New Year, and this is your warning I might not be accessing my email until Monday afternoon!

75 Years Ago: Kyiv, Ukraine in Ruins.

The Second Battle of Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine concluded in freezing conditions on the 22nd of December, 1943, when the Red Army defeated the occupying Germans.

The first battle took place as part of the infamous Operation Barbarossa in 1941, when the Soviets were defeated, and over 600 000 were killed or captured in the Ukrainian capital. Comparatively, around four-thousand Ukrainians were recorded as dead or missing in the second battle.

This photograph, shortly after the Nazi defeat, shows the major boulevard Khreshchatyk, Ukraine’s most famous street, in ruins.

Kiev_Kreschatik_after_liberation_November_1943 Khreshchatyk Kyiv Ukraine Second World War Two