29 maj 2012

Rottnest Island

Ferried it across to Rottnest Island this morning. Absolutely amazing day!
Our own little private beach.
 THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING! We saw a massive sting ray!!! It was just cruising along the beach! When it turned around I got into the water and just tapped it a bit thinking I'm being an idiot there is no way it's going to come to me but IT DID! When it was about one or two metres away I thought holy shit what am I doing?! and got out... Oh my it was just such an amazing experience!
Steve the Sting Ray
 Continued around the island on our bikes. Probably cycled almost 30 km today...

 The famous Quokkas only found on Rottnest. Sooo cute!

27 maj 2012

Meet the climate sceptics

is the name of the most recent doc I watched. Lord Christopher Monckton is one of the leading sceptics in the climate debate. Unlike many other sceptics, he is not attached to a political branch or business sector.
I must admit that I wasn't entirely up to date on the whole sceptic side of the debate. I thought most of the sceptics simply denied the whole theory of climate change. However, it seems as if the sceptics acknowledge the fact that human activity is affecting many systems on earth, including the atmosphere. They disagree on the extent to which climate change is happening. So basically the debate comes down to a couple of degrees warming....

The most important point to make about the climate sceptics is that NO peer-reviewed paper has been formally published where their arguments are put forward. Nothing that supports their arguments have been published in academic papers. Science is not opinions, it's published, scrutinised, reworked and criticised until there no holes can be poked.Climate scientists claim that the reason for this is simply because the arguments of the sceptics cannot withstand academic scrutiny and criticism. Until I see some clear-cut, scientific evidence by the sceptics I'll choose to believe the climate change scientists.

However, whichever you choose consider this:
Basic risk assessment. What are the costs of action versus the costs of inaction. This guy takes away the question of whether global warming is true or false and gets to the point: Shall we act or not?
As he says: "why is this terrifying? Because we only get to play this game once...."

25 maj 2012


Some great quotes from George Monbiot, the author of Heat: How to stop the planet from burning.
"at the moment, the entire global economy seems to be built on the model of digging things up from one hole in the ground on one side of the earth, transporting them around the world, using them for a few days, and sticking them in a hole in the ground on the other side of the world"
 “Progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the conditions that sustain life.”
“Deregulation is a transfer of power from the trodden to the treading. It is unsurprising that all conservative parties claim to hate big government.” 
 We are no longer discussing whether or not climate change is real but rather how real it is. We are going to have to make significant changes but it doesn't have to be a negative thing. However, the pink elephant in the room has to be addressed; population growth. Likewise, our economic system is under all criticism. We are a very clever species making some very stupid decisions...
Climate Change involves Human Rights as well....


24 maj 2012

I have a new boyfriend.....

You can't complain on life when you can cycle 15 minutes to the beach to watch the sunset...

Fynn decided that he wanted shave his hair off yesterday. I don't know what got into him... But as the supportive girlfriend I am I helped him. Still get a little shock every now and again when I see him: "Oh oh that's not my oh yes it is! phew.
Back to studies... Exams are coming up but all I can think of is our new member of the family that will be joining us soon!

20 maj 2012

Around the Swan

We went on a wonderful 45 km cycle around the Swan River yesterday. The weather was beautiful and the cycle path along the river offered some amazing views!
 First short stop
 Sweet kite surfing spot (apparently... what do I know...)
 Lunch at Applecross
 Lunch number 2 
 Ice cream and nap in the sun at Cottesloe. Well Fynn had a nap and I plaited his hair. Yes I was a little bit bored...
Also Fynn's first swim!
We crashed around 9 pm after watching American Pie the Reunion, it was actually better than I excpected...

19 maj 2012

The little time of leisure between studies.....

With essays and projects done we finally had some time for ourselves. We took the opportunity to go in to city farm in Claisebrook. It is exactly what it sounds like: a little organic farm in the city. Something I think will become more common as populations grow and food becomes scarcer. They had a really nice café I can highly recommend!
Before going home we wondered around in the city and King's Park. Lovely day.

13 maj 2012

Back to the 90's!

Yesterday was our 90's housewarming party, really good fun!
Boyband-Fynn and Britney-Maddie
Rocking that hair!
1st try to get a good pic of the house mates
2nd try......
3rd try........
That'll do.

haha my slippers!
 at least they match my outfit!
Oh no! The ninja turtles can't get up!
My beautiful friend Evelina!
Dave and Fynn's bromance
Sudden onset of jaundice?
Wicked party, thanks everyone for coming!