Denmark! Not the country, the Australian town

This weekend I went down to the town of Denmark in the South West of Australia, bordering the magnificent forests and the amazing coastline.

I meet myself in human form!

I used my travelling suitcase to help me get about on Strickland St as the good people of Denmark delighted in all sorts of stalls and activities.

sitting on my suitcaseMy very good friend Rachel accompanied me on my perambulations and helped me tell stories to the eager and willing people.

with RachelThere were quite a few very unusual people there, is it the air, or is it the water?

the stare!

The Stare!

I’ve collected an Australian story from the Dreamtime of the indigenous australians, the original inhabitants of this land before the Europeans came. How the Kookaburra got it’s Laugh.

kookaburra

Say no to Roe

Beeliar wetlads

I was having a lovely visit to Beeliar wetlands, south of Perth, when I came across a rally of lots of people down by the lake. There was a band playing and some stalls.

Save the wetlansI was handed a sign which said ‘Save the Wetlans’ and ‘Say No Roe’, which I found  very confusing. I asked a few questions and realised that the rally was protesting against the construction of a big highway extension right through the middle of this beautiful ecosystem…

Carnaby Cockatoo

I kiss a cockatoo (not a real one, a mask)

As the last of my kind, a wandering gnomad due to the destruction of my habitat, I joined in the protest and showed my support for the protest, listened to the speakers and joined in on the rally.

Save these wetlands! Say no to the Roe highway extension!

I’m with Cate Blanchett

Thurtinkle says yes

I say yes!

Recently I went to the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge where there was a big rally to get on with doing something about reducing carbon pollution and letting Australia and the world know that loads of people in Australia are in favour of a carbon pollution levy to invest in alternative energy by making the big polluters pay.

Apparently there’s a lot of fear that energy prices will go up if a so-called ‘carbon tax’ is put in place by the government and a recent poll shows that less Australians are in support of it than before. I think that this is because they have been put in fear of big energy price increases by the opposition and the media. Energy prices are going to go up. There’s no doubt about that, with or without this new measure. What is also sure is that we are pumping more carbon pollution out than ever before, the seas are on the brink of an enormous mass exctinction event and that if we don’t act now to wean ourselves off of our addiction to cheap energy from fossil fuels life is going to get very tough for everyone.

Cate Blanchett was one of the voices in this advertising campaign for action on climate change – The conservative opposition leader, Tony Abbott, lambasted the advert. “People who are worth $53m have a right to be heard – but their voice should not be heard ahead of the ordinary working people of this country,” he said.

But it’s worth reading this article by Oliver Milman: How mining and media distort Australia’s carbon tax debate

Here’s the ‘Say Yes’ facebook group

Walk against Warming

Thurtinkle with some Cockatoos

I'm hanging out with the cockatoos in Freo

I went down to Fremantle the other day to listen to all the speakers at the ‘Walk against Warming’ 2010 event. There was an election looming in Australia, and as an endangered species, one of the last gnomes left, I wanted to hear all the different policies of the ALP, LNC and Green parties.

It was a lovely day and loads of people had turned up on the Esplanade. Once again the lovely Rebecca carried me on her shoulders and I had a chat with some people. I do hope that the humans stop using so much energy from non-renewables and get their act together in time.

Seniors Week at Scitech

After my visit to Scitech in Perth, Australia, I was invited back as one of the three special guests at the launch of seniors week this week at Scitech.

teawithminister

I had a grand time drinking the FREE TEA and munching on the FREE BISCUITS and meeting all the other visitors, including 104 year-old Peg

withtheladies

Later I handed my flip video to a passing senior and got him to film me talking to Garry about the amazing Segway. You can watch it below.

Scitech – what a wonderful day out in Perth, Australia

I took a look around Scitech the other day and it was fab! All the poeple there are very friendly and keen to tell you all about science and technology, which is something I frankly don’t know nearly enough myself having studied magic and spellcasting most of my life. Many thanks to Renae who agreed to hold the camera for me while I waxed lyrical about what an amazing place it was. If you’re in Perth, go visit.  They’re having a seniors week soon, so I’ll have to go again and hang out with the older people, see if any of them have heard of my cousin Owen Opaldigger.

Fairbridge Festival, Pinjarra, Western Australia

I’ve been to the fabulous Fairbridge Festival, near Pinjarra in Western Australia. I had a great time enjoying the atmosphere, performances, stalls, music and food. Here I find a troupe of Morris Dancers and encourage an adult to ride on the shoulders of children. Just like I did.

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