Welcome to my weekly Monday Musings – a summary of things going on in my world and the world at large
It’s Monday again (already?) here in the Land of Oz and my recent musings have been overshadowed by a few dreadful events.
There’s the headlines about Cyclone Debbie which is heading towards the North Queensland coast. Thankfully I have never experienced a cyclone and I feel for those now trying to prepare for this destructive weather phenomenon.
The other awful event in London was scary, as like many other travellers, my family and I have walked that very same area on numerous occasions. My heart goes out to those caught up in the London attack.
These two events one of a natural disaster, and the other man-made, make me stop and think about life. I have decided that we have very little control over things and need to enjoy, more than ever it seems, the life we have. It might not be perfect or comfortable at times, it can be very stressful and demanding but we have to make the most of it. In a recent post I wrote in response to the weekly photo challenge of Green, I used this photo of my own backyard. I cherish my home and my family and I am very lucky to live the life I do.
I shared the photo on my Facebook page with this update: Living here is the best! Life is so precarious at times, it’s good to get out and soak up the views in your own backyard, especially when it looks like this! How lucky are we to live where we live?
I decided that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and I love the green, green grass of home. Sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have in our own backyard, but the older I get the more I am understanding this age-old adage.
Have you seen the movie London Has Fallen? Not the best movie to watch the day after the attack in London, which I confess to doing. It was very scary!
I am also trying not to stress about things at the moment! I found this quote and decided it sums me up perfectly:
I’m very sorry my name has been used to name a cyclone. I live nowhere near the area which will be affected by Cyclone Debbie but due to the media I am kept up to date as to how those in North Queensland are preparing to cope over the next few days. I can’t imagine how they must be feeling.
I have always wondered how they name storms and I found the answer in the article below. I love the fact that if a storm has a female name then it could be taken as less threatening?? Where do these people do their research?? I was really interested to read the information on how storm events are named, I knew about the alphabetical listing but some of the other info was new to me. Did you know some of this stuff?
Do others have similar thoughts about their name being used for such destructive weather events?
Cyclone names: a complex system
…..giving a cyclone a name was no simple matter, and could be quite political.
Until 1975 all cyclones in Australia were given female names, but to mark the International Women’s Year male names were added to the list, because the then Science Minister thought that both sexes “should bear the odium of the devastation caused by cyclones”.About seven years ago Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology came up with a list of 105 cyclone names it decided it would rotate through.
This system would see the names alternate between being male or female, and continue through a list of names that begin with a new letter of the alphabet each time.
But that system has also caused problems, with some saying the list did not have enough multicultural names, so other names were added about three years ago…
For reasons of cultural sensitivity in using the names of Indigenous people who have died, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander names are not used.
To avoid confusion over major storms, if a large cyclone becomes well known its name is permanently retired, so there will be no other Cyclone Tracy’s for instance.
Here are some articles about the cyclone and its path.
On a lighter note, I’m visiting my youngest daughter soon and she has alluded to her own ‘Cyclone Debbie’ arriving 🙂
Just the other day I was advised by WordPress that I was celebrating my 5 year blog anniversary. Apparently I registered my blog 5 years ago! I admit to deleting my early posts and only got into regular blogging a while after this. But still it’s something worth celebrating which I did with this post in response to the Daily Post prompt Ordinary – Just another ordinary day or something a bit special
Mondays are for musings and I hope you have learnt something from today’s offerings, I know I have!
Thanks for coming along! I’d love to hear your thoughts on a Monday if you’d like to share 🙂
Take care and have a lovely week.