unfinished blogs – no. 5 – Reflections on a three week trip through Australia

I’ve been writing this blog for three years this month, and have accumulated many partially written blogs that remain unpublished. I may as well just publish them as is, and if I ever feel inspired to finish any, do so later.

June 12, 2012

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It was a great trip.

First the negative things…

You will be radiated

I wasn’t planning to go to Australia at all, but around March the Australian government announced they would be introducing full body scanners in all International terminals, and everybody, with no exceptions, would be forced to be scanned (except presumably politicians who voted them in), if they wanted to fly.  This was to start from July.

Having previously avoided London Heathrow for the same reason, I thought now was my last chance to visit Australia, until such time as the scanners are scrapped – however long that will take.

From the reading I had previously done, these scanners either rip apart your DNA, or give you cancer.  And all radiation is cumulative, so all the CAT scans I have had, dental X-rays, now Fukushima radiation which has spread around the world, mean I do not want any more that I cannot avoid.  In the US, which is infested with these scanners, the attendents are coming down with cancer.  Here are a few articles I read when I was looking into this.

DNA Breathing Dynamics in the Presence of a Terahertz Field
Radiation from airport scanners may increase cancer risk
How the New British Body Scanners Tear Apart DNA and Increase Cancer Risk
TSA Scanners Shred Human DNA
The Body Scanner Scam

The government, of course, says they are safe.  But The US Homeland Security ex-chief, Cheney’s company makes money from the sales of these machines. What more do I need to say?

The people I talked to in Australia seemed appalled  by the Prime Minister and the way she lies and broke promises.  State election results recently show her party decimated, so no one expects her to be PM after the next election.

Australia – Penalties Apply

Because everywhere you went there were signs telling you not to do something, or alternatively, to do something, and if you did not comply, penalties apply.  I think it also makes it easy for them to increase the fines exponentially every time they feel like it, as they do not need to change the signs. Before the signs used to read, “$10 fine” – now it’s probably “$300 fine”. I saw these signs in every part of Australia I went.

Penalties Apply

Cost of living

Travelling you find the costs different from those expressed in surveys on expat living costs in major cities.  In these surveys, Australian cities’ costs are high on the lists, but as a traveller, I found Australia more expensive than anywhere I’ve been in recent years, excepting Finland.

Travelling

Big – KL-Perth cf syd

Without exception, the tourist offices I visited were great. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Usually I would just quickly read some tourist literature on my next destination while on the plane, and note what sounds interesting. Then I’d visit the tourist office with my list, and they’d sort out accommodation, the route I should take, where I should visit, any tours I was interested in, where to get anything I wanted, and give me maps and brochures.

Domestically I flew on Qantas, and found the staff helpful and polite.

 

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