Pittwater Life

NBN - Ready or NOT?

NBN - Ready or NOT?
Adan Turner

When you sign up for the NBN in search of a broadband boost, telcos don't tend to mention the hassles you might have with your home phone line. Heres one person experience that may be good information for us all offshore.

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The Trek to Barrenjoey Lighthouse

The Trek to Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Melissa Coburn | The Australian

On the Pittwater side of Sydney’s Palm Beach, people stream along the sand in the same direction. There is a bottleneck at the start of the track leading up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse and the crowd slows. A sign by the side of the track promises a climb of 800m in 15 minutes.

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Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees?

Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees?
Simon Klein & Andrew Barron

Ten years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees. What followed was global concern over a new phenomenon: Colony Collapse Disorder.

Since then we have realised that it was not just the US that was losing its honey bees; similar problems have manifested all over the world. To make things worse, we are also losing many of our populations of wild bees too.

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News from the Nesting Box

News from the Nesting Box
Lesley Stevens

THEY’RE BACK! Right on cue the Feathertail Gliders have been sighted on Rocky Point. For the third year in a row the Gliders have appeared in Autumn to check out
suitable nesting boxes for the winter.

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Sleep – The bodies 'secret healer'

Sleep – The bodies 'secret healer'
Andy Derijk

Sleep makes you feel better and its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

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Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more

Farewell John Clarke: in an absurd world, we have never needed you more
Robert Phiddian|Deputy Dean, School of Humanities, Flinders University

John Clarke, who died suddenly at the weekend, called out absurd politicking and dishonest language wherever he found it.

It cannot be the final arkle! Surely the inventor of Dave Sorenson, greatest and most persistently injured of farnarklers, will rebuild himself for the next match. Please tell me this is only the umlaut, and John Clarke will be back for the second half. In our more than usually absurd world, we have never needed him more.

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Three rivers are now legally people – with legal rights.

Three rivers are now legally people – with legal rights.
Erin O'Donnell & Julia Talbot-Jones

In the space of a week, the world has gained three notable new legal persons.

In New Zealand, the government passed legislation that recognised the Whanganui River catchment as a legal person. In India, the Uttarakhand high court ruled that the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers have the same legal rights as a person, in response to the urgent need to reduce pollution in two rivers considered sacred in the Hindu religion.

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