As most of the world knows by now, Adelaide endured its worst wind storms in 70 years. The power went out for the whole state late afternoon on Wednesday 28th September 2016. Many families were driven to talking to each other rather than their phones as the power slowly dwindled. Thankfully the power came back on, for most, around 7.30pm that night, so were able to recharge their left hands, oops, I mean their smartphones.
The next morning it was discovered that 12-22 transmission towers were violently pushed over by the tornado-strong winds across the state.
So I have taken a bit of time this morning to find some alternatives – both above and below ground – to remedy this issue:
Before we get started, I must admit that I found a site dedicated to the design of better pylons . That has to be a good thing, right? Well, almost. In this day and age, electrical can be buried under ground with minimal impact – because the government can repo’ the section of land, or else only enable shallow tilling and minimal impact. But that would make sense, so you don’t see much of that happening. OK, that was just my opinion. Here are the options:
1. German site RheinEnergie have a picture of a DNA-looking pylon. This looks a tad too fancy for South Australia. But their website looks awesome!
3. This power-transmission looks like a Dubai-sail blowing across the canola-filled fields. It is an awesome design, yet again I feel our government would not see how this would improve the appearance of our country side plus giving tourism a massive boost. If giant architectural anomolies can work in the Middle East, surely we can emulate the same ostentatious style in Australia!
4. By the M5 motorway in Újhartyán, Hungary is a clown-shaped power pole installed by the Hungarian electricity company MAVIR. Because nothing is scarier than clowns carrying thousands of volts of electricity. Yet it is clowns who think power poles should be flimsy enough to be blown over in 120klmph winds!
5, 6, 7, 8. I could have put more options here, but they would detract from the point here. I could easily have mentioned Colossus in Buenos Aires, Argentina , Australian Pole Specifications , increased power outages , and god forbid I mentioned someone has down a power-line failure analysis. Oh and the Tesla Power Wall.
9. Of course we could actually get rid of power transmission towers and go with WIND FARMS! Personally it makes much better sense. They could be sized according to the suburb location (hills or plains) and demographic choices (some people think they are eye-sores), but in actual fact they are the simplest way to power an entire metropolitan area with only a few of them.
Extract from quote on CleanEnergyCouncil.org.au :
Australia had 1866 wind turbines spread across 71 wind farms at the end of 2014. Three wind farms with a combined power generation capacity of 566.7 megawatts (MW) were completed in 2014.
10. Last is my absolute favorite: Off the Grid Solar Power . Because when all else fails, be prepared. This time next year, that’s what we will have!
Extra: Turns out Japan is considering removing ALL overhead power-lines in preparation for the 2020 Olympic games . That is smart. Really smart. Why doesn’t Australia do the same thing for when Japanese tourists visit our country and ask “Why you still do this?”
Extra 2: A truly smart idea: Adding wind-farms to preexisting power transmission towers . Who woulda’ thunk? Not our current prime minister.
That’s enough. Point made. I hope.
There was a massive storm over South Australia this afternoon. The morning was blue skies, but we watched clouds travel across the sky throughout the day.
I’ve always wanted to sit and watch a storm, so I turned our round lounge around, got it facing the front windows – then invited both my young sons to sit with me to watch the lightning and rain-storm hit.
It did hit hard, and all three of us boys watched lightning and thunder, cuddling when it was a frightening, then tickling the tears away.
Finally the power went out around 4pm. Didn’t know for about 30mins that the entire state of South Australia also lost power!
Weirdest thing to ever happen. So we lit every available candle, cooked dinner on our gas stove, read books to the boys by candle light and put them to bed. Actually, there was a lot more to it than that. If you are connected to me on Facebook, you know what else happened.
Anyhow, after the power came back on at 7.30pm for us, everyone in South Australia went straight to Twitter and Facebook to determine the outcome, express their opinions, and tell the classic joke that there will be a baby boom in June 2017!
[SEGUE] I have a varied group of online friends, in many works-of-life. Some are radio personalities, others are house-keepers (I don’t say house-wives, nobody is married to their house!), and a few are poets and writers.
My good friend Martin Christmas wrote a poem about his experience this afternoon with the weather, so I felt the urge to write a poem also. This poem took about 30mins once I realised the direction I was taking it.
Anyhow, they are just words. But they are mine.
Never to be outdone,
threw us another
bucket of tears
all over the state
of South Australia.
With a wild
she hit us hard
where it hurt:
She wiped out
our power and heat,
she blackened our eyes
with candle light,
and for many,
she repelled all
when enough was enough:
Her knuckles barely wet,
she abated momentarily
blowing trees around,
driving my wheelie bins
down the street,
filling the gutters with spent leaves.
This pummeling may not end
the torrential tornado
may find new strength
in the night.
So sandbag your castles,
nail batons over doors,
Let not the glass door
and find strength in the
this too shall pass.
I have the grand opportunity to exhibit my photography during SALA 2016 – and they are on display already:
At the Catalyst Foundation offices, 149 Currie Street Adelaide City – in their From Another Perspective Art Exhibition.
All are available to peruse both in their reception and in their rear seminar room.
1 August until 2 September – Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
$195 each = A2 (40×50cm) print and frame.
Additionally, and as originally presented, they are also available here on my Redbubble gallery, on multiple mediums. The easiest way to hang them all is on a Calendar !
Here is each image framed, similar to how they appear on exhibition:
I bet you are asking: What is SALA? It’s short for ‘South Australian Living Artists’. Read more about SALA here.
A Youtubing Vlogger. Does that sound right? Should it be a Vlogger who Youtubes? Anyhow, it’s heaps of fun.
Most recently I took the perfect opportunity to video my friends and I drinking very dead wine that had been unearthed from various wine cupboards.
I took my camera, my phone, a very dead red and a lot of bravado – which was handy, because despite appearances on the night, I really wasn’t sure how a video camera would impact the ‘casualness’ of the situation. ANYHOW, Here are a few of the videos from the night:
Before I left at the end of the evening (because I have two beautiful children who need me home sober), I heard a lovely female friend saying “That’s Stephen! HE is our wine night photographer!” That’s all I heard, which is probably good, my head was already having trouble getting out the front door.
It was a fun night mostly because I hadn’t seen some of those people in about 4 years. I took a step back from it all just before my first son was born. But he is a few days away from his 4th birthday – so I have rejoined the rest of the world. Sigh. My 15m0 son is beginning to latch onto Dad, so I shudder at how long this freedom will last.
So I am slowly becoming a Daddy Vlogger. I had planned a different Youtube existence, but this is lots of fun!
Now I post videos from our regular visits to places where parents can enjoy coffee before chasing children: Zoos, Wildlife Parks, and Westfield playgrounds. South Australia has many of these, but we most like the Cleland Wildlife Park.
Expect to see a lot of videos where I have fun giving animals and park furniture a tourism-description or amusing-myth.
That’s all for now. I need an outro – the new in word that has the opposite meaning to an intro(-duction). Maybe this can be it.
- Be good to your parents, eat your veggies, brush your teeth, and enjoy your day.
Hey, that works!
Oh, my blog won’t end suddenly. Yes, it has been a while. But now that I am talking to camera, I have stuff to say again. My mind is open to whole lotta new subjects – thanks to the power of the camera!
I am back on the hunt for a new job. My four month hiatus was fun, and now I am ready to resume providing my customer service, business support, and/or facilities management skills, experience, knowledge and ability.
Yes, that sounded very government – because that is what I have been doing for the last 20 years. As such I am not permitted to be employed within government until October 2018 – but I am quite happy with that.
I am forever hunting for jobs on Seek.com.au, yet I have discovered they are not the only online job hunting site. Here are my browser bookmarks of 20 recruitment services I have found right here in South Australia.
- Advanced Search – Dome
- Apply Direct
- Davies Stewart
- DFP Recruitment
- Drake INTL
- Edge Propery People
- Kelly Services
- People Bank
I am having so much fun going through each of them to find a new employer. Wish me luck!
Whilst going through all my Flickr photographs for a handful to add to a new album, I found these few photographs shot during my younger brother’s 40th birthday. Figured they needed a little air-time. All shot on a Canon 400D.
Then the party started – and I became the barman for a few hours.