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Meet the woman preserving Horn Island’s most significant Word War II sites – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Cairns Festival gets underway tomorrow – as always, there’s some great local music on the program. Tony Hillier picks some highlights.[audio https://rdontheroad.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/tony-2908.mp3 |bg=0x0000ff|righticon=0xff0000]
Shape Of The Day — Mangrove Jack – self-titled album
Rum and Coca-Cola from the new Seaman Dan album A Caribbean Songbook
Kick It from the new Kooii album Call Out
We’ve had a few cold nights in far north Queensland recently. That’s what happens when we get these lovely fine dry season days – created by cooler dry air from the south. That sends the night time minimums down to the low teens in Cairns, and single figures on the high country west of us, on the lovely Atherton Tablelands.
Those cool nights won’t be worrying Lara Hudson – if anything, it’s probably helping her prepare for sub zero temperatures she will experience in northern Scandinavia later this year. Lara worked in the fashion industy for 13 years. but found herself wondering about things she had not yet experienced. That led her to a dog sledding trip in Sweden – and now Lara is heading to Norway to work as a sledding guide. Lara will live in a remote wilderness camp a couple of hours from Tromso, with no electricity or running water – but there will be plenty of huskies.
LISTEN to my interview with Lara Hudson here.
Lara’s blog is at http://mylifesubzero.blogspot.no/
Meet the northern bettong – bettongia tropica – a small, shy marsupial somewhere between a kangaroo and a rodent. They live in relatively small pockets of far north Queensland, they’re endangered, and they could do with your help.
A project is getting underway to help conserve the northern bettong – involving James Cook University, WWF Australia, Queensland Parks and Wildlife and others. And there’s a role for you, if you’d like to volunteer some time, exploring bettong habitats here in FNQ and gathering information about their health, population numbers and the pressures on their preferred homes on the border of wet and dry forest areas.
Dr Sandra Abell – from James Cook University – will be talking about the project on Thursday night (June 5) at the Malanda Hotel at 7.30pm – the Tree-Kangaroo & Mammal Group is putting the event on and would love to see you there.
And you can listen to my interview with Sandra Abell here
Somewhere between 1589 and 1595, a young English playwright by the name of William Shakespeare tried his hand at comedy. The result was The Comedy of Errors – one of his shortest plays, telling a farcical story of mistaken identity gone crazy, with wordplay, puns and slapstick that would have delighted Marx Brothers fans four centuries later. Since then, the Comedy of Errors has been an opera, a film, and a piece of musical theatre many times over. Later this week, it opens in Cairns in the hand of some very talented teenage actors. The Rondo Youth Theatre brings together a cast of 15 talented Cairns high school students, who have also created the posters, original music and handled the choreography, costumes and sound track. And they’ve clearly come to grips with the intricacies of Shakespearean dialogue. It should be a very entertaining production.
LISTEN to excerpts from the play and meet cast members here.
The Comedy of Errors is on at the Rondo Theatre this Thursday and Friday – with performances at 5.30 & 7.30pm each day.
The far north Queensland wet season is over for another year and the start of the dry is a great time to see butterflies and moths around the region. During the wet, conditions are just too tough for these beautiful creatures to flourish in significant numbers, but as the seasons change, you’ll see plenty of Cairns Birdwing and Ulysses butterflies, and many more.
Our wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen introduces you to the many butterfly and moth species of Cairns and FNQ.