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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hot Day

After pretending that it was dwindling, the Australian summer is back with a vengeance.
I have to admit to being very pleased about it.
Tomorrow is going to be 40 degrees centigrade (about 107 F for all your farenheiters).
Adelaide, the capital city of the state next to mine, has had a record run of 16 days over 35 degrees (95 f).
I have purchased a lovely little shade tent that you can sit in while you slather on the sunscreen before you go for a dip.
After you've had a dip you can flit about a bit in the sun then retreat to the melanoma free safety of the tent.
I do not care what kind of a knob I look like trying to put it up.
I am enjoying a light tan for the first time in a long time and I have to admit feeling very Australian for it.
Australia is the hottest, flattest and driest continent on earth (not including Antarctica, which is both flat and dry but not very hot).
We also have the highest incident of skin cancer in the world.
I imagine the biggest demographic for this dreadful illness is teenage girls who spent all summer working up a good, hard baked on crust, like a loaf of bread.
They are all over the beach and their endless browned perkiness is almost ominous...


Marion said...

I wanted to answer your post on the drawing board,but I couldn't find it back. I'm pretty new up there...
Love your style, it reminds me of Ralph Steadman, you know him?
I hate it when I read that someone is enjoying a hot sunny day, because where I live it's aways wet, stormy and cold!!!!!

Elliot Cowan said...

Hey there Marion.
Actually, I've been stealing from Gerald Scarfe rather than Ralph Steadman, but it's kind of the same thing in many ways.

Regarding the weather - there's been drought here for several years. I am sure many folks around here would prefer wet and stormy.

Anonymous said...

omg thats not pretty

Elliot Cowan said...

No, but it's accurate.

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