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This is just a collection of interesting or boring (depends on your point of view) facts about the place where I live and the surrounding local.

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For the year 2018 Mildura, a town up north on the Murry River, distinguished itself by posting the hottest overnight temperature for the state when the mercury did not drop below 30 deg C

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Love it - keep em' coming!

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Of interest to potential tourists is the matter of snake bite in Australia.

There are about 500 snake bites a year but since 2000 less than 40 have been fatal.

The extensive availability of anti venom is the reason.

Of note however is that over half the bites that resulted in death occurred around the home.
Likely the result of disturbing a sleeping snake or trying to catch it.

In the bush ie when bush walking the critters usually hear you coming and likely move away.

Bottom line - if you see one don't mess with it.

Snakes in Victoria are a protected species.

Anti venom will cost you from $80 to $2000 a dose. Depends what bit you.

More here if interested - http://www.whatsnakeisthat.com.au/category/region/victoria/

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Yes, but will the anti-venom work on the "watch snakes"?? Very Happy

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Figures released today show that in Victoria there are about 350 people a year admitted to hospital for sunburn.

That's almost one a day but likely most in the warmer months.

This is not the number of people who get sunburn which is way way higher but rather the number who get it so bad that they need to seek hospital treatment.

It is unlikely to kill you but it may lead to skin cancer which might.

Alas Australia is the world leader in that.

Tis something to do with our proximity to the pole and the hole in the ozone layer that sits over it.

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Tis always nice to find other people with a passion for trains.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11542897/Pete-Waterman-puts-his-1m-model-train-collection-up-for-sale.html

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The Tennis is over for another year.

Organizers report that this time around attendance for the 14 day event was just under 800,000

That is a lot of people through the gate.

To increase capacity for the final they set up huge TV screen in show court 2 so people who could not get into the actual event could enjoy the next best thing.

They are now starting on another show court for next year bringing the total available to 4.

During the year they get used for all sorts of things.

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How big is a house block in Melbourne ?

The dream is for a 1/4 acre block.
About 1000 square meters.

Nice if you want a big back yard but most settle for something smaller.
600 square meters is about the average size. 7 per acre.

Newer high density developments and inner city areas tend to be a bit smaller.

Interestingly many folk these days don't want the bother of looking after a garden or mowing a lawn
and they don't need a garage cause they don't have any hobbies so who needs a back yard.

Of course some go even smaller and a few can afford much bigger.

As an aside to all this consider the current floods in Queensland.

Man on the radio this morning said 20 million hectares of land was under water.

That's about 50 million acres.

That's 350 million average sized house blocks in Melbourne.

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Did you ever assemble any of those plastic model kits when you were a kid ?
I had the usual assortment of model planes hanging from my bedroom ceiling and the obligatory sailing ship (which Mum hated to dust) on a shelf.

You might expect that such things have vanished into the past along with yo-yo's but you would be wrong.

Apparently the hobby of plastic kit modeling is alive and well and going gang busters.

See here - http://www.modelexpo.com.au/whenandwhere.html

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At the last State election around 220,000 people failed to vote.
To be precise they did not turn up and get their name crossed off the list.
Attendance is compulsory. Voting is up to you.
The fine for this is half a penalty unit which at the moment works out to $81.
Works out to a bit over 18 million for the State Government assuming they collect it all.
Not bad for doing nothing.
If you don't pay and they have to remind you there is a fee for that as well.

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Good to know!

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Yesterday, March 23, was National Eucalyptus Day.

Here are some interesting facts about them.

https://blog.csiro.au/national-eucalyptus-day-five-things-you-might-not-know-about-these-flowering-giants/?fbclid=IwAR3qgaUFAABZRAhfF_oAf4uz1aTLzxu2bjnnzRceM6RaHGK8jY4eCPh1ROk

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This is clever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsGrFYD5Nfs

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Awesome!

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