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No snags

April 11th, 2011

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"No snags" she said. A little disappointed. "Not one". Prince William, it seemed, had skipped the sausages – snags – cooking on the barbeque when he’d visited Tully the previous day. Part of his flying visit – quite literally – to some of the Queensland communities worst hit by Cyclone Yasi a few months earlier.

I’d deliberately stayed away. Don’t do crowds. Besides, he’d come to meet Queenslanders. Not yours truly. However tempting a free snag or two might be for a hungry cyclist. But I did get the chance to give him a wave on the day. Eight minutes to three. Three Black Hawk helicopters. "V" formation. Heading north.

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Sausage sizzle

March 17th, 2011

Sausage sizzle. By invitation only. Alas, mine seems to have gone astray in the recent floods / cyclones / monsoon rains / earthquake (delete as applicable). Yes. I did say earthquake. Few days ago. Just a pan rattling four on the Richter Scale. Epicentre off the coast from Cardwell, Tully and Mission Beach. Communities that bore the full force of Cyclone Yasi last month.

About to be inundated once more. Eager well-wishers clamouring to catch a glimpse of Prince William. Chosen few joining him for snags on the barbeque. Trust he’ll bring his wellies. And insect repellant. Outbreak of mosquito borne Dengue Fever. Nature has such a sense of humour in these parts.

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