Saturday, September 21, 2019


Prince with Mountains. Album Parade (1986).

The bare-backed beauty on the piano is Wendy Melvoin, one half of the duo Wendy & Lisa. And the gorgeous playing that piano is Lisa Coleman, the other half of course.

Nik Kershaw's When a Heart Beats. Album Radio Musicola (1986).

Well, only on the cassette and CD versions of the album anyway, not on the LP. Don't ask me why.



Friday, September 20, 2019


Today was Climate Change Nutter Day or Climate Strike Day or whatever, and it seems all over the globe gullible idiots, far too many of them seriously indoctrinated schoolchildren, went AWOL from whatever responsibilities they had to protest the governments' lack of measures to combat climate change.

One such a bunch of bozos demonstrated on Mount Hotham, a 1,862 metres (6,109 ft) high peak in the south of the Australian Alps, renowned for its skiing possibilities:

As you can all notice, the demonstrators stand or sit in an, ah, peculiar..., powdery, White Substance.

Which is REALLY WEIRD, because that substance, apparently sometimes referred to as 'snow', SHOULD NOT BE THERE!

Indeed, back in 2012 an Australian Professor, Catherine Pickering, of the Griffith School of Environment no less, scared the living sh*t out of all ski aficionados with her scientifically underpinned claim that by 2020, the snow in the Australian Alps would be gone:

"ENVIRONMENTAL researchers say the end of Australia's ski culture is in sight, despite Victoria and NSW experiencing one of their best snow seasons in almost a decade.

People were still shredding up powder last weekend at some of Australia's top ski resorts, but Griffith associate professor Catherine Pickering says snow is rapidly disappearing because of global warming and by 2020 Australia may not have any left.

"We've predicted by 2020 to lose something like 60 per cent of the snow cover of the Australian Alps," Professor Pickering, from the Griffith School of Environment, said.

"Unfortunately because our current emissions and our current rises in temperatures are at the high end of the predictions, it's definitely coming to us sooner and faster."

Professor Pickering researched the effects of declining snow cover and hotter summers on the Australian Alps and says this year's better than average season has been a one-off combination of La Nina and a cold snap.

"We'll still occasionally have good years, but they'll become less frequent," she said. "A poor year in the past will be a good year now."

The research covered all Victoria and NSW ski resorts and Professor Pickering says the alpine region is most threatened by climate change, with an increasing threat to endemic and endangered mountain species as well as plants because of early thaws...."

Listen to Prof Pickering yakking about the catastrophic effects of climate change:

But that was then (2012), this is now (2019):


A low-pressure system will bring snow during Friday through Saturday, mostly above 1400m, but possibly reaching 1200m, followed by another cold surge and more snow during Sunday into Monday. All up we can expect 20-40cm across all resorts...

This season has already passed expectations... The latest reading from Spencer’s Creek a week ago was up at 228.8cm, which puts us well above average. But looking lower down at Deep Creek (1620m) and Three Mile Dam (1460m), snow depths are fairly average.

Via The Herald Sun.

Prof Pickering may still be right of course. There's some three months left before it's 2020!