Tuesday, 18 August 2009


This ship has been parked at White Bay for a few days, discharging what looks suspiciously like white sand. Or 10,000 tonnes of cocaine.

As I've ridden back and forth across the bridge, I've watched front end loaders scooping up the sand and dumping it into semi trailers for a trip to goodness-knows-where. Are we that short of sand in Sydney that we have to import it?

This reminds me of an interesting factoid from Heaven + Earth. The snow in Antarctica is whiter than the snow in Greenland. That got me thinking - what colour is the snow in Greenland? I thought snow as white, wherever it falls, but apparently the stuff in Antarctica is so white, it reflects more heat, which is why the place is so bloody cold.

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