Christmas-in-July Trivia Night! Saturday 22 July

Take away the winter chills, put on your winter ‘thinking cap’ and celebrate Christmas in July with a Christmas Trivia Night of fun and prizes. You’re invited to the Cobargo Hotel on Saturday 22 July, starting at 6.15 pm for the Quiz.

Purchase a delicious traditional Christmas two-course meal on the Hotel menu from 5.30 pm.

Christmas Trivia will cost $5.00 per person. Pre-book your table by phoning Pam 6493 6419 or Beth 0428 696 623.

Money raised will go to the community via the Cobargo Tourist and Business Association and be put towards village signage and other projects.

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The EDO’s Sue Higginson: solastalgia, subplots and lawfare

Trials and tribulations: Sue Higginson spoke of her work with the Environmental Defenders Office at Il Passaggio in February.

NSW Environmental Defenders Office CEO Sue Higginson paints a picture of EDO lawyers, haggard and caffeinated, racing between their office on Clarence Street and the Land and Environment Court on Macquarie Street, chasing “mining companies with the deepest pockets you can imagine” and “lawyers who lodge Notices of Motions at 1 am”.

It’s comical until you realise the gravity of the work. The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) concentrates its resources on the cases that other lawyers don’t take on. Important public interest cases. Cases where there’ll be a lasting or permanent impact on the environment, where governments haven’t followed the law. Blowing the whistle, holding governments to account.

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My Wish

My Wish
(a poem by Danika Myers, aged 11, of Bermagui)

 

The terror and the hate

And the lives that have been lost

The screams and cries of war

I’d wish it all away.

 

I’d wish for love and prosperity

For hope and sunny days

I’d wish for peace and giving 

And loving all the way.

 

I’d give my WHOLE heart

To the big wide world

And I’d give to those with none

I’d make sure that they had more.

 

Hate replaced by tolerance

In a not too distant day

If I could have but one small wish

I’d wish the war away.



The Triangle is hosting a competition for schoolchildren this year. It’s sponsored by local engineering company AKT and the theme is “the environment”. Every month we’ll publish contributions from primary school-age readers, then at the end of the year there’ll be three prizes, awarded as follows: K-2, Years 3/4, and Years 5/6. Each winner will get $150.

Photos, drawings … poetry or prose … fiction or non-fiction, the choice is yours, guys. So get out your pencils or your cameras, your pens or tablets, and go outside and have a look around for some inspiration. Email your entries to environment@thetriangle.org.au or mail to PO Box 6009, Quaama, 2550.

We’ll be publishing some entries here on “Off the page” if there is no room for them in the paper.

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Bermagui Master Plan

Further to Frances Perkins’ article in the March 2017 issue about plans for renewing the Bermagui streetscape, here’s the Bermagui Master Plan.

And here are architect Philip Cox’s artist impressions of a future Lamont Street.

Lamont St colonnade proposed in Bermagui CBD Masterplan. Drawing by Philip Cox, March 2017

Close up of loggia under the Lamont St colonnade, CBD Masterplan. Drawing by Philip Cox, March 2017

 

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Tomorrow’s World Forum links

John James wrote about the Tomorrow’s World Forum in the December 2016 issue (Can we redesign our world? p20). Here are links to three recent reports:

www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/10/game-over-climate-report-warns-warming-still-underestimated

www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/18/2016-locked-into-being-hottest-year-on-record-nasa-says

thinkprogress.org/watch-the-arctic-death-spiral-in-this-amazing-video-b63486b99383#.pka2svusq

 

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On to Plan B: adapting for a radically changing planet

Dr Ian Noble spoke in Bermagui last month about the need to adapt to climate change at local, national and international levels

Former World Bank advisor Dr Ian Noble spoke in Bermagui last month about the need to adapt to climate change at local, national and international levels

It was pretty clear to scientists in the 1990s that man-made carbon emissions were causing climate change—it had started with the Industrial Revolution. Two plans of action were mooted. Plan A: reduce emissions (mitigation). Plan B: adapt to the changes. But we weren’t going to need Plan B, were we? The fix was clear, and there was plenty of time …

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The Woman in the Grey Suit – A Triangle Whodunnit – Final episode by Sarah Gardiner

SE ABC news report

Wed. 2pm, 15 Aug, 2016

Inspector R Sole from NSW Police, Bermagui, released a statement today solving the mystery surrounding the discovery of the body of local Ms Grayston. Ms Grayston’s remains were found at Bermagui Country Club early last March.

Late this morning Miss Muriel Leech was charged with the murder of 42 year old Ms Grayston. Miss Leech confessed that at about 6pm, on Tuesday 5 March she lured Ms Grayston to the 16th hole of the golf course at the Club.

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The Woman in the Grey Suit – A Triangle Whodunnit – Final Episode by Golda

 

Ms. Grayston, musing upon her situation, takes an anti-depressant from her purse and washes it down with a local 2015 Pinot Grigio. She has just received an email from Ferdinand [known as Fast] Bux, HHAHD@gotmail.com. High Heels and Hot Dances is Fast’s business, along with property development on a major scale. He has asked her to meet him at 3.45 pm., 16th hole at Bermagui.

She should feel exhilarated; her tango expertise at a peak, ‘the plan’ reaching fulfilment, and Ferdinand Bux fast falling in love with her. It hadn’t been difficult to fool all and sundry of her environmental credentials. Membership of NFP [National Forest Program], WCS [Wildlife Conservation Society], FEG [Forest and Environment Group] and FOS [Friends of Scouting] had all played a part in that.

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Those Finns are gonna party like it’s 999

Local property Heinola was transformed into a medieval playground on Saturday 16 July to celebrate Finnish Independence Day. Starting with the ‘bang’ of a rocket launch and ending with tires flung 80 metres or more into the sunset from a homemade catapult, this party was full of fun and surprises.

Soup and Finnish sandwiches accompanied the axe throwing competition, where you were given four hand axes to chuck at a stump to see who got the most in the middle. Then we moved onto a Finnish pastie called Piirakka while folks tried their hand at ‘slicing fruit‘ with the help of a pvc launch pipe, willing citrus trees and a home made sword.

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A Sprinkle of Charged Glitter

by Jen Severn

The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Scream by Edvard Munch

Neuralgia again. Or is it? I’ve written about neuralgia—nerve pain—before, but this time it’s different. In the past it has started slowly—the occasional subtle ping, gaining in intensity and frequency, rising to a crescendo of penetrating stabs, seconds apart, with little relief between. Then subsiding again over hours, or a few days at most.

But this one has a different personality altogether. It strikes at random, speeds up and slows down at will. It can disappear for minutes on end, but as soon as I dare hope it’s gone, it’s back—tricked you! Conversely, it can cease just when I place attention on it. It can feel like a perverse, extended game of hide-and-seek with a toddler.

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