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Can Phil ski...? Anybody knows?

 

https://www.rt.com/news/466331-kangaroos-snow-blizzard-australia/

 

The blizzard of Oz?  Videos of kangaroos frolicking in the snow go viral   The blizzard of Oz? VIDEOS of kangaroos frolicking in the snow go viral Unseasonably cold weather turned parts of Australia into something more akin to the frozen wastelands of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back than the arid deserts of Mad Max, as viral videos of kangaroos playing in the snow proved.

 

Even the typically dry and arid parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland can switch from Tatooine to Hoth in a matter of weeks, especially when there's a polar front spreading snow everywhere. Amid the snowy din, several Aussies spotted some frolicking tauntauns... er, kangaroos over the weekend. 

In one video, titled ‘Not something you see every day in Australia’, dozens of roos are seen prancing like mad around a snow-filled paddock.

Shot by Sydney man Stephen Grenfell near a sheep farm outside Goulburn, some three hours west of Sydney, the video has already racked up an impressive 265,000 views.

 

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology issued multiple severe weather warnings across the country's southeastern states while the NSW State Emergency Service said it received some 1,167 requests for help on Saturday. Melbourne experienced its coldest May Day since 2000 this year, showing it’s not all sunshine and rainbows in the land down under, there’s a cold, dark side too.

 

 World famous metal bucket crushing kangaroo dies aged 12 (PHOTOS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Don't worry old friend...ive been writing a book and no not about China .
I will be back in the Middle Kingdom soon though for a couple of weeks .
Re Ecc I just couldn't be bothered anymore.
George doesn't give a shit so why should I .
Cheers mate
Phil

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https://news.yahoo.com/australian-arrested-china-espionage-004612837.html

 

Australian arrested in China for 'espionage'

An Australian pro-democracy academic held for seven months in China has been formally arrested for spying, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Tuesday as she demanded Beijing uphold "basic standards" of justice.

Payne said she was "very concerned" that Chinese-born Yang Hengjun -- a former official turned author -- had been arrested on "suspicion of espionage".

Yang had been detained after returning to China from the United States in January.

Now in his 50s, he had used popular blog and social media posts to criticise Beijing's authoritarian government. He has a following of more than 125,000 on Twitter alone.

After months without access to his lawyer or family, Yang now faces trial on charges that could bring a lengthy prison sentence.

China's near-silence about Yang's fate has been a point of friction in relations with Australia that have markedly deteriorated in recent months.

In a sharply worded statement, Payne said she had raised the case five times with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, in person and via letters.

"Dr Yang has been held in Beijing in harsh conditions without charge for more than seven months," Payne said, referencing international rules prohibiting torture.

"Since that time, China has not explained the reasons for Dr Yang's detention, nor has it allowed him access to his lawyers or family visits."

"We expect that basic standards of justice and procedural fairness are met," she said. "If Dr Yang is being held for his political beliefs, he should be released."

Yang is the latest in a string of foreign nationals to be arrested in China and charged with espionage or attempting to steal state secrets.

Two Canadians, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, were detained in December.

Australia has traditionally been keen to avoid friction with Beijing, but Yang's arrest will increase public pressure on Canberra to take a tougher line against its most important trade partner.

There is a growing concern about Beijing's influence in Australian politics, its more aggressive foreign policy and growing military clout in the Pacific.

Australian universities have come under the microscope for lucrative contracts with the Chinese government, while the government has been accused of not protecting dissidents and refugees now resident Down Under.

On Monday, an official corruption inquiry heard that a well-connected Chinese property developer delivered Aus$100,000 in cash to the opposition Labor Party's headquarters before a 2015 election.

The man, Huang Xiangmo, was effectively banned from returning to Australia in February.

Yang had initially been held in "residential surveillance at a designated location" before being moved to criminal detention, his lawyer told AFP.

"His arrest has now been approved by the procuratorate. Now he is formally arrested," Mo Shaoping said.

"He is suspected of espionage and has been arrested, when he was originally detained he was also suspected of espionage."

 

 

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Don't worry old friend...ive been writing a book and no not about China .
I will be back in the Middle Kingdom soon though for a couple of weeks .
Re Ecc I just couldn't be bothered anymore.
George doesn't give a shit so why should I .
Cheers mate
Phil

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