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Murray-Darling Basin Update 2020

In The rest, Australia by tony1 Comment

Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  3 August 2020 Murray-Darling Basin Update 2020: Cry Me a River by Margaret Simons Introduction Since I wrote my article The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe, which has attracted attention and good feedback, the problems with the Murray-Darling have become even more prominent. The issue has risen in the public consciousness because of prosecutions of cotton growers …

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Hummingbirds

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Featured Image: The Zion Canyon camping area at Watchman on the Virgin River where hummingbirds flew over the river Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 July 2020 Hummingbirds Preamble The featured image shows just how adaptable specialist hummingbirds who migrate to North America are and have to be in the habitats they migrate through and to. Hummingbirds are feisty and …

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White Island, New Zealand

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Featured Image: The Main Vent Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 June 2020 White Island Volcanoes and Other Dangers I’ve seen and climbed on a number of volcanoes around the world including Mount Bromo in Java, Mount Agung and Mount Batur in Bali; Mount Vesuvius, with Pompei and Heraculaneum; Mount Etna and Volcano in Sicily; Mount Fuji in Japan and …

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Johannes Vermeer Paintings

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Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  13 April 2020  Johannes Vermeer Paintings (1632-1675) Personal Background In my last article International Peasant Foods, I spoke of a trip from Canada down through Mexico and South America, which included two-and-a half weeks in New York. From this article and the one on Winnipeg food you may have gathered that I was a conventional …

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International Peasant Foods

In Amazonia, Travel, Argentina, Bolivia, Food, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Peru, USA by tony3 Comments

Featured Image: Poor Indian Girls by Train, Altiplano Peru 1974 Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  30 March 2020  International Peasant Foods The idea for a restaurant called International Peasant Foods began in Winnipeg. The background is outlined in the previous article Winnipeg as the Center of the Food Universe in 1973. The article explains why only once in a lifetime …

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Winnipeg Center of the Food Universe

In Travel, Food, Canada by tony2 Comments

Featured Image: Front of La Vielle Gare Menu Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  21 February 2020  Winnipeg Center of the Food Universe, 1973 Background I moved to Winnipeg as a PhD student in zoology at the University of Manitoba in 1973 and lived there for about 14 months. I have many memories of this time, but memories of food are …

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The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe

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Featured Image: WC Piguenit Flood in the Darling 1890, Oil on Canvas, 1895, 123 x 199 cm  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 November 2019 The Murray-Darling Basin Catastrophe Don’t sugarcoat it like that, Kid. Tell her straight. (Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, 1969) It is long past time for sugarcoating. We should be sick of the obfuscation and …

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Yellowstone 101

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Featured Image: Canada Geese, Mary Bay, Yellowstone Lake  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 October 2019 Yellowstone National Park 101 Introduction I mentioned in my recent article Wolves, Bears, Yellowstone that Yellowstone National Park was the first destination on a tour of western national parks on 9 May 2019. Before we joined the tour Denise and I hired a car …

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Richard Evans Schultes & Rubber

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Featured: Wade Davis The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes, 2004. Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 September 2019 Richard Evans Schultes & Rubber Introduction I met a young Swiss man about thirty in Pakistan in 1995. I’ll call him Marc. We shared a jeep with he and his girlfriend up the Kaghan Valley through the snow. …

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Making Rubber Bands in Burma

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Featured Image: Fallow Fields Outside the Weaving Village on Bilu Island Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 August 2019 Making Rubber Bands near Mawlamyine, Burma, February 2017 By the old Moulmein pagoda lookin’ lazy at the sea… wrote Rudyard Kipling on his 1889 visit. Introduction Travelfish contends not much has changed from Kipling and apart from the traffic they are partly …

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Wolves, Bears, Yellowstone

In Travel, Books, USA by tony4 Comments

Featured Image: Elk, Yellowstone National Park  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  11 July 2019 Some random reading, quotations and thoughts on wolves, bears and wildlife in Yellowstone National Park and the Western USA Introduction to Yellowstone National Park We embarked on a tour of Western USA National Parks. Something I had wanted to do for years. We departed from Bozeman, …

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Understanding the Banking Royal Commission, Australia

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 Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  6 April 2019 Understanding the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, February 2019. Understanding Corporate Misconduct in General 1 Background 1.1 General Relevance When I was in New Zealand recently, which also has Australia’s banks, no one seemed interested nor had they watched the Royal Commission proceedings on TV …

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Postcard from Tupare Garden New Zealand

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Featured Image: Mount Taranaki, New Plymouth  Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 March 2019 Postcard from Tupare House & Garden, New Plymouth, New Zealand New Plymouth has two major public gardens, several good private ones and excellent public parks. Of the two public gardens we only went to Tūpare. We were here in mid-January 2019. Pukeiti larger and renowned for …

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Postcard from Tongariro Crossing New Zealand

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Featured Image: Ruapehu over the heathland    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  4 February 2019 Postcard from Tongariro Alpine Crossing: one of the world’s best one-day walks The Tongariro National Park In the centre of the North Island of New Zealand is the magnificent Tongariro National Park, which is New Zealand’s oldest National Park set-up in 1894. Tongariro National Park …

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Kashgar Sunday Market

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Featured image: Cart Parking, Kashgar Sunday Market 1995    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  4 November 2018 Kashgar Sunday Market 1995 Preamble I’d always wanted to ascend the Karakorum Highway (KKH) to Hunza and to China ever since I’d first heard of the KKH from books, and in relation to the Great Game and Sir Francis Younghusband. I’ve only touched …