Spiky science lessons
Spinifex, it is spiky and everywhere.
One of the most common phrases heard across the Pilbara is “bloody spinifex” — usually yelled out by people who have foolishly decided to go walking around the bush in thongs.
Now the boffins at Kings Park, the University of WA and WA Herbarium have released an app so you can identify the spinifex that has just ruined your legs.
But spinifex is spinifex right? Wrong. There are 28 types of spinifex in the Pilbara alone.
The free Spikey app was designed for land managers, mine restoration workers, seed collectors and botanists, but we believe the real research is in finding out which type of spinifex is the most painful.
So download the app, submit your legs to science (ie go walk through some spinifex) and tell us which species hurt the most.
Citizen science is great.
It’s all relative
Last week we brought you Jodie Gandolfo’s $300 Hedland-Karratha-Hedland KFC run, and of course it resulted in a bit of one-upmanship.
The coastal chicken run is a 500km round trip, but that is a “cute” distance for some of our inland counterparts.
Newmanite Grant Eden rightly pointed out the 1300km feat of human perseverance undertaken by residents of the East Pilbara to get a feed of fried chook.
Not to be outdone, Broome resident Tyron O’neill Corpus chimed in to remind us all of the 1700km round trip for those who call the North West outpost home.
They don’t run an ordinary show out in Pannawonica.
Case in point: have you ever seen an advertisement for a golf tournament accompanied with fast-paced, dramatic music? No you have not.
Not until the Panna Heights Golf Club released an iMovie promo for its upcoming Panna Open at the end of the month, that is.
The video will be up on our Facebook page and bills the course as “one of the most challenging in the Pilbara”.