23 January, 2009

The lake, the lake, the lake is on fire

Connoisseurs of the Simpsons might remember the scene where Lisa explained that town pride had been at an all-time low since the lake caught fire.

Spare a thought then, for Ballarat where the lake did actually catch fire today.

There are many dry lakes in the world but Lake Wendouree is not usually one of them. It was the rowing venue for the 1956 Olympics but it dried up a couple of years ago, thanks to the draught. This has necessitated periodic mowing of the lake and today, a grass-fire started right in the middle of it.

It's looking like the fire was deliberately lit.

Soundtrack for the trip so far:

Fortified - Rebecca Barnard
Modern Times - Bob Dylan
Going Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino - Various/Tipitinas
Happy - Machine Translations
Jokes and Trials - Ned Collette
Don't Ask Don't Tell - Michelle Shocked

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