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Melissa in Australia

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  1. Donate to your local fire services and brigades New South Wales Rural Fire Service Victoria’s Country Fire Authority South Australia’s Country Fire Service Support for the families of volunteer firefighters who have tragically been killed while on duty
  2. I could not find a spot to donate for the Koala shelter that I heard about on the radio. I did find a link to their facebook page Raymond Island Koala & Wildlife Shelter Inc. I don't do Facebook I did find this list though Donate to help animals affected by bushfires RSPCA NSW Bushfire Appeal WIRES Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Emergency Fund Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal RSPCA Victoria Bushfire Appeal RSPCA SA Bushfire Appeal
  3. I heard about a small koala refuge that is run by volunteers and uses 100% of donated funds for the animals. I don’t have time to look it up now but will try find out later in the day for you. Do not send anything to the Australia Red Cross. They have openly stated yesterday that they are keeping 30%. Plus they have stated that they will be keeping a large % for future disasters. They pulled the same stunt for the Indonesian tsunami and it didn’t go down well then either.
  4. the C130 Hercules large water boomer has been confirmed as crashed. apparently the plane in not intact. the area is extremely rugged and will take time for rescuers to get there. visibility is very low, winds gusts of up to 100 km hour edited to add All 3 people in the plane have died
  5. Many businesses have been badly affected because they rely totally on summer tourism.
  6. Water is a huge problem as so many people in my area have tank water they collect from rain. As we have been in a big drought most people were being very careful with their water, until the threat of fires, then everyone hosed their houses down before the approaching fire fronts. Many people now have empty water tanks, and as there has been so much smoke we couldn’t collect the rain from a few days ago as it was contaminated. We personally have water, but I know many who don’t. Some big supermarkets have donated slabs of water for drinking and there are distribution centres . The local council is giving a small amount of water to people that have no water left at all a charity is paying for the transport. This of course is only good if there are opened roads to your location. Some areas are going to be isolated for up to a month as there have been bridges damaged and there is still a lot of fire burning.
  7. Schools are not opened until next week due to summer school holiday summer
  8. One way food is affected is because so many roads are closed. I live in an area where there are lots of dairy farms. The trucks could not get in to pick up the milk, so the farmers had to dump all the milk. Some of these farmers also had part of their farm pastures burn. a town a little ways away has major vegetable growing and processing. They didn’t have fire directly impact their farms but because the highway is still closed, they have to drive trucks many many extra 100’s of km through Melbourne to get to the Sydney distributors some towns near me have been completely isolated for 3 weeks. Chinook helicopters have been dropping in food
  9. Soup makes a great lunch. it is easy to take to work. many workplaces have the ability to heat up food, or a food thermos could be used to keep it warm. Plus soup is a very very cheap nutritious meal to make. in Autumn, Winter and Spring it is what DH and I eat for lunch just about every day.
  10. Cooking really is a fantastic way of learning fractions. Especially if a recipe needs doubling or halving. All 5 of my bio kids learned most of their fractions by cooking.
  11. Maybe it is just my Aussie English dialect translation, what a funny thing to say about all other countries. but this just about sums it up, this attitude about the rest of the world. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
  12. would something from Critical Thinking .com work as a fill in /review type workbook? maybe one of the logic workbooks[]=113&product_type[]=all
  13. believe me as an Aussie. it is a very negative aspect of Australian culture. it isn't just a loud few either.
  14. because he had to evacuate for so long in a disaster declared area he was eligible for a small emergency relief grant
  15. we had a town meeting here yesterday for our particular area. There is a fire directly east of us. apparently the bush in our area is currently at 4.2% moisture -an unheard of dryness. Coastal tea tree and Banksia scrub is the most flammable type of bush there is , the main reason is because there is solid vegetation from the ground to the tree tops. The fires is being directly influenced by the sea breeze every day even when the wind is blowing against the fire the fire is slowly creeping forward. Weather conditions have been cooler which is helping slow the spread of the fire. They explained to us that they are trying to do a backburn right where the bush comes out into the grasslands ( farmlands) but they have to be so careful to get the wind right . It is basically their last fall back area before private property. They said IF they are successful then we will be safe and clear. they have this week of the right weather conditions, they will only light up the backburn in the evening to avoid the afternoon sea breeze. last night they tried and we had a few mm of rain that meant they couldn't get the backburn started. tonight there are meant to be thunder storms, so I guess they wont do it tonight - but I really don't know. So we are hopefully that the backburn will work. they seemed very positive that they will get on top of the fire. they did say that most of the fire line directly north of us is out or remaining pockets are in well burn over areas so not a threat to us. which is some good news Ds 22 was allowed back to his house yesterday. He said there has been no power for the whole 3 weeks. That the inside of his fridge was so bad he had to chuck the whole fridge out. ds 25 still has lots of active fire in his area and is very busy
  16. the local primary school here has 18 students total the primary school I sub at has 87 students total the high school that covers years 7 to 12 has just over 100 students total
  17. not completely correct. My FIL was German, from Prussia, He has told me about how bad it was getting in Germany and how practically the whole population of Prussia fled before the Russian invasions
  18. I don’t know, we learned about the massacres in grade 4 of primary school. But that might be because one happened in my area and there is a grave memorial to the person who started it right beside a road in town. That would have been around 1980ish ( when I was in grade 4; not the massacre
  19. Boy I must have lucked out at my high school. we had a great history curriculum , first sumer, and the Fertile Crescent, then Egypt, then Greece, then Rome, then English history up until the turning Australia into a penal colony, then heaps of stuff on convicts and the struggles of early settlers with farming and drought. That was 3 years worth. The following year was Australian politics so I stopped talking history. Though I did do an elective on Australian history In the 20th century at university. no history of North America though
  20. Wasn’t my definition. It was the definition that was found in a quick google search. It wasn’t me misusing the word. I looked it up to learn what the difference are.
  21. Sorry, I wasn’t saying that multiculturalism was superior. ☹️ I was trying to explain it is different to melting pot based on my google search . I wasn’t meaning to suggest that we are perfect or anything. Sorry if I worded it poorly
  22. Actually there is a big difference between melting pot and multiculturalism. A quick google search will point out the main difference . I checked multiply sources to make sure that it wasn’t just a translation difference between US English and Commonwealth English. USA apparently is a melting pot, where people are encouraged to conform, or are viewed negatively, many US citizens on this thread have stated that the attitude of people they know is if you don’t like it there then leave multiculturalism is quite different. And is found in countries like Canada and Australia
  23. I am starting to think the key difference is we have a very diverse multicultural country, where we embrace others cultures etc, whereas many people on this thread have stated that USA is a melting pot , I guess meaning that people have to melt off their culture and conform. off to research the difference between multicultural and melting pot
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