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· Dream-Dust Parasites

· The Angel of Luxury and Sadness, Volume One

· Facing The Demon of noontide

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· The Orpheus Plague

· The Phantom Library

· Theresa Jones - by Ian Irvine (hobson)

· The Doubtful Muse - by Ian Irvine (Hobson)

· Samuel Elmsmore Dreams of Harry The Crab

· Five Boxes and a Knife

· Trevor Franklin Refuses to Allow me to Impress my Teacher

· New Science Perspectives on Ghosts and Other Paranormal Phenomena

· Sara Douglass, Speculative Fiction & Medieval History

· Transmedia Story-Telling (in a Holographic Multiverse)

· Zoetics: New Perspectives on Fundamental Creativity

· Muse of the Long-Haul: Thirty-One Isles of the Creative Imagination

· Trickster Gods and the Quantum Muse: Creativity and the Multiverse

· Hermesian Epidemics: Depression, Anxiety, Derealisation, Narcissism ,

· Hermes Negatively Polarised - Pt 5 Alchemy and the Imagination

· The Angel of Luxury and Sadness

· Notes on Creativity Revolutions: Modernism - A Literature of the Void?

· Hermapolis: Thoth and Ma'at Assist the Time Travellers

· Hiroshima Dance

· Three Poems in Platform 15

· Any Available Exit

· Spirits in Triples

· Tending the Grove - from the Taliesin-Ceridwen Sequence

· The Chase Across time (part 2)

· The Chase Across Time (Part 1)

· The World Rushed in (The Awen)

· Three Drops From the Cauldron

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· Aradale Creativity Weekend

· The Gods Abandon Olympus (for Hollywood) - Public Talk

· Sara Douglass Worlds - Revived

· Bendigo Writers Festival 2014

· An Accidental Soldier (based on Silent Parts by John Charalambous)

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Torrential Rains Across Central Victoria
9/7/2010 3:45:29 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Droughts, floods, fires and dreams of water security ... the climate in Central Victoria this winter has produced many ironies.

We live in a weird part of a weird continent - Australia. For a decade it seems, we've been experiencing drought - only last year, at the height of an exceptionally hot summer, half the forests of the state exploded into flames. Almost 300 people died in the blazes that raged on for weeks - friends lost homes or found their lives threatened. After so long without average rainfall most of us began to believe that the climate change was to blame and that the 'changes' meant permanent dryness - desert-like conditions. It would never truly 'rain' again. 

This winter, however, has been extraordinary - the skies have brought regular rains from the West and North-West; our dam, for so long all but empty, suddenly had to cope with a large inflow of water. On Sunday, after 80mm fell in 24 hours the dam finally filled completely for the first time since 1998.

Then we got news that some spots across the region were suffering floods. A drive into Bendigo, a nearby town of 100,000, confirmed the reports. Our son's soccer field was completely innundated by excess water from a nearby creak that had burst its banks. Fences had collapsed under the pressure of the surging waters and with horror we realised that friends living nearby might find their home threatened.

We arrived to see that the swollen creek had completely swamped their backyard and was only meters from the house itself - sandbags looked flimsy against the onslaught. 'It was worse last night -' we were told, 'it's actually dropped back a bit this morning ...'

At the centre of our personal weather psychology is our dam. The site of it full as the clouds cleared to the West and the sun set between the many gum trees embedded in its banks was truly Edenic ... despite the cold I had a strong urge to strip off and dive into the cool body of water. We toasted the end of the drought later that night with out neighbours who have a beautiful view across the dam and fell asleep feeling secure in our garden water supply for the first time in many years.

As the old goldminers of the 19th century knew only to well water security is always an illusion around here. As I drove to work on Monday morning I noticed that despite an absence of any overflow from the dam water was pooling directly behind the rear embankment. We had a leak ... 

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More Blogs by Ian Irvine (Hobson)
• Interstitum - music project - Thursday, February 13, 2014
• Literary Journals and the Mutations of Thoth - Saturday, October 30, 2010
• Techniques for De-Branding the Authorial Self - Sunday, October 24, 2010
•  Torrential Rains Across Central Victoria - Tuesday, September 07, 2010  
• Replenishing the Well with Travel - Saturday, July 17, 2010

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