Weekly Wrap 585: Lyrebirds, productivity, and some nostalgia for Canberra

My week of Monday 9 to Sunday 15 August 2021 was a productive one, with the weather already starting to feel like it’s spring. This time two years ago it was snowing. And four years ago I was in Canberra.

The latest lyrebird news from Bunjaree Cottages is that there’s at least two of them. One of them has been nicknamed Cyril and he’s become very comfortable with being near the houses. He strolled across the path in broad daylight just five metres in front of me yesterday. Later I found fresh scratchings just three metres from the laundry door.

There are reports that he can now reproduce my tuneless whistling, the sound of raindrops in a water tank going “Plink!”, and the sound of the solar power system’s low battery voltage alarm.


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The Week Ahead

This will be week eight of the current COVID-19 lockdown for Greater Sydney, but on Monday I’m heading down to Sydney for my second vaccination and other health-related appointments.

On Tuesday afternoon I’m recording an episode of the Edict on climate change and the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with climate and clean tech author and analyst Ketan Joshi.

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On Wednesday I’ll be editing and posting that podcast, and for the rest of the week I’ll be trying to get some writing done for ZDNet.

Further Ahead

[Photo: Wolli Creek, Sydney, photographed from the air on 11 August 2017. Four years ago. I was departing Sydney Airport for Canberra on Virgin Australia flight VA640, a ATR 72-600 registration VH-VPI, for a meeting that afternoon at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. A totally different time in so many ways.]