And Happy New Year to all of you out there. It seems our cousins Down Under are suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous weather, at least in Queensland. Torrential rains associated with a tropical cyclone are causing flooding over vast areas just north of Brisbane.
This would normally be a routine tragedy, but the affected area includes the town of Bundaberg, home of Bundaberg Rum. The distillery is located only one block from the river, and I fear the worst. This is a chance for the administration to strengthen our ties with an ally for a change, by donating a piddling $1B toward the fabrication of a complete distillery on an ocean-going barge, and quickly tow it to Australia to fill the gap while the old distillery is rebuilt. I hereby volunteer to lead the project and see to it's proper installation.
From the look of the pictures, we would be able to anchor it over the existing parking lot, where it could become a permanent fixture as soon as the water recedes.
To make things more interesting, it is now being reported that crocodiles and snakes are being washed into peoples homes by the flood waters. Bundaburg drinkers know how to deal with crocs.