On Tuesday 19 June 2012 Victoria experienced its most powerful earthquake in 109 years. The quake struck at 8.53pm and lasted for 30 seconds. For the full story complete with maps and diagrams see The Herald Sun report at
People flocked to the Internet for information and to share the news with friends via social media sites. The Geoscience Australia website crashed under the load.
#earthquake and #Melbourne were trending Twitter topics.
When I next signed in to Facebook I was greeted with concerned messages from the US, Ireland, New Zealand and Denmark.
One was even so thoughtful as to ask after the safety of Sprite who was seen only the day before on the beach at low tide waving to New Zealand and the mental state of the Dabrowski Dogs.
My reply was
“Emotional is feeling a bit shook up! Sensual thought the fleas were being hyperactive. Psycho Motor thought it was really exciting. Imaginational was wondering whether the planet had hiccups and Intellectual was telling him not to be ridiculous – that it was a 5.5 magnitude earth tremor with its epicentre 9.9km underground in Moe. Sprite was feeling very confused by all the conflicting opinions of the Dabrowski dogs!
Then Sensual told me that I had seriously understated his feelings (typical -he said – just like calling him Itchy!) He said that he had felt distinctly uneasy all day – a feeling as if something was not in balance.”
Yesterday Wednesday 20 June 2012 the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Education of Gifted and Talented Students 2011 was tabled and the report posted at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/etc/article/1341
with the full 336 page report in PDF form at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/images/stories/committees/etc/Past_Inquiries/EGTS_Inquiry/Final_Report/Gifted_and_Talented_Final_Report.pdf
The Age newspaper reported on the findings of the inquiry at
I have not had time to read and digest the full report as yet.
(You may remember that at about this time last year I was busy writing a submission for this inquiry and had delayed celebrating Sprite’s blog birthday because of it.)
And in very local news, which, as far as I can see, has not been recorded in any newspapers, last Saturday night a young man had a miraculous escape from death when his car hit a telegraph pole. Apparently he was not drunk and not speeding but as he rounded the corner there was a car coming towards him on the wrong side of the road. He drove onto the nature strip to avoid it, hoping to go between the fence and the pole.
The pole almost snapped and part of it speared through the windscreen missing impaling him by only centimetres. At the time he was not complaining of any injuries.
God certainly took very good care of him!