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  • Well it took a while but things are warming up, even here in south eastern Australia. Fire fighters are on alert, beaches are full (despite the high number of shark warnings already this year) and it is even good to be at work because of the air conditioning. On January 18th ten years ago Canberra was burning. This year it will be commemorated as part of Canberra’s centenary celebrations. Four people died and over 500 houses were damaged or destroyed. Six years later in Victoria 173 people died in the Black Saturday bushfires. It is a hard number to take in, so many people! So every year around this time people look to the skies. Could it happen again?

    January, February and March is Burran for the Aboriginal people around Sydney, hot and dry with summer storms.

    Our curtains are drawn as we block out the sun which in summer is like splintered glass (according to Alex Miller an Australian writer). Some escape to the coast, or we wish our houses were designed better as we turn up the air conditioning (I don’t remember having air conditioning growing up, perhaps we are all getting softer). All winter long we yearn for it and now we are hiding from summer, living like vampires, only emerging at dusk.

    Image: courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology website
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