NSW Fire Danger Simply Frightening

Tomorrow will see what is being called the worst fire conditions ever in NSW.

Sydney is forecast to hit 43c, with fire conditions listed at the second highest rating of extreme. South of Sydney conditions are listed as catastrophic, there is a state wide fire ban and all National Parks are closed.

For me this is simply frightening. I am fortunate to live in central Sydney and will only have to deal with the extreme heat – and potentially smoke if fires do break out. The hottest day I have ever had previous to this is 41c and I hid inside until the cool wind change hit – unfortunately for tomorrow that isn’t due until 3am.

One can only hope that terrible fires won’t break out.

NSW Fire Danger

2012 Annual Blog Statistics

These are some stats from Google Analytics, the figures from 2011 are in brackets.

Overall in 2012 there were about 2,500 fewer visits, from 1,900 fewer visitors than in 2011. This is also off the back of a similar decline in the year before. However, during the last two years there has been a large reduction in the quantity of posts to the site.


  • Visits: 14,714 (17,175)
  • Unique Visitors: 13,371 (15,313)
  • Page Views: 24,504 (26,609)

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Photos: Happy 2013 New Years Fireworks from Sydney


This gallery contains 30 photos.

Happy New Year!

For this New Year’s Eve a friend of mine won us tickets to be on the Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay for the midnight fireworks – giving us some of the best views of the Harbour Bridge. Because we couldn’t access the expressway until 10.30pm we watched the 9pm fireworks from Observatory Hill.

All up the evening was fun, and different to previous years which have been spent at Barangaroo. Observatory Hill would be a great place to watch both sets of fireworks, it doesn’t have the best angle on the bridge but you can see a lot of the harbour. While the views from the expressway were great, not staying in one place the entire evening was rather annoying, and we learnt that crowds of families push forward in lines worse than most young people do! A little bit of extra excitement was also added to the evening when something caught fire just before midnight in Circular Quay sending flames and smoke high into air.

Below is a selection of photos from the evening.

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Goals for 2013

This year I have decided to make all my goals actually tangible and measurable.

They are, in no particular order:

  • Complete my PhD
  • Get a real job
  • Learn German
  • Summit Mt Kosciusko
  • Publish a paper and a journal article
  • Go on a holiday for at least a week without internet access