A dingo is a wild Australian dog. Some years ago a dingo took a small baby from a tent at Ayres Rock. The baby was never found. The mother did three years in jail before being released. She was later paid $1.3 million in compensation but the ordeal wrecked her marriage and her life. The story was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep. The case is being reconsidered with a hope of changing the finding of the cause of death from an unknown cause to one where the dingo is blamed. Dingo’s will steal shoes to eat if these are left outside at night.
Archive for August, 2010
Go to http://www.surfmusic.de then ASIA, then TAIWAN. Windows Media Player might be necessary and it can be downloaded from the site I noted.
The English station is ICRT - which has few merits, rap music more often than not. The late-night announcer is a lot of fun though, he raves from 9pm to midnight. The Chinese girl, part-time weekend announcer with surname LONDON is very attractive and ambitious for a job on CNN, according to her blog. I have not tuned in for a while.
My choice has been any of the Best Radio stations (listed at top). An occasional English song might be played. Otherwise it’s just very pleasant and enjoyable material, especially for when you are not in Taiwan.
We’ve just started a YouTube video site. First day of the 2010 LANTERN FESTIVAL has been posted, copy and paste address into your browser:
We went to Liberty Square, not knowing the main event was at nearby Sun Yet Sen Memorial Hall. It didn’t matter. The daylight activities are worth showing. Featured something big in the aboriginal calendar.
In the Australian winter, a good town to visit is Broome in the North of Western Australia. It’s on the edge of a great dessert.
Broome is the centre for pearl farming. Some of my old diving friends got into the business either as divers or in one case as a pearl farmer.
The original divers came from Japan. The local cemetery has many Japanese graves – some killed while diving.
In the 1970′s there was a switch from hard hat diving to hookah diving. (Which might be simply explained as scuba diving with a hose to the dive boat air compressor instead of a cylinder on your back).
In many respects Broome is a real diver town today. There are many reminders of this industry in the town. But it is not a dive tourist town. The tides are huge – ten meters at times. The ocean is blue but not clear.
It’s been a terrific place to visit in the past. Camp in a tourist park near the bay. Get around by bicycle. (There is only one hill in town). I’ve spent a couple of months there. But that’s another story.
I thought I’d mention it here for anyone interested in owning a real cultured pearl one day. They are not cheap either.
The girl pictured here worked in one of the many retail pearl stores in the small Chinatown area.