CBC Reporter Masquerading on Lord of the Rings

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Has anyone noticed the resemblance, between CBC Reporter Rex Murphy and Gollum, the Lord of the Rings character?

Anyone want to bid on life size bust of Gollum?

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Camel Burgers – “Where’s the Camel?”

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ALISON BEVEGE, The Northern Territory News Pty. Ltd. Copyright © January 30th, 2008

ONE Territory business has cooked up a solution to the feral camel problem and it smells a lot like dinner.

Central Australian meat producer Territory Camel is selling camel steaks and sausages throughout the Territory and is now planning to export to up to 26 countries.

Camel meat is said to taste a lot like beef but is very low in cholesterol.

It is also free of pesticide residues and chemicals.

Territory Camel managing director Garry Dann has been a pastoralist for years. Two years ago he restarted an abandoned abattoir 30km northwest of Alice Springs to process free-range beef and camel meat.

But he sees real growth prospects in the dromedaries. Mr Dann said he is seeking to gain tier 1 accreditation for the abattoir with the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service, which would enable him to export.

“Mainly to the Middle Eastern countries such as the UAE – they like camel there,” he said.

More than 600,000 feral camels roam the NT, causing environmental degradation and plaguing pastoralists who often call for culls.

But a full-grown male camel is worth $300 at the abattoir.

“It’s a great resource,” Mr Dann said.

“I don’t like seeing them shot and wasted – they’re good meat.”

Boning, packing and management of animals in the paddocks creates work for remote indigenous people.

Mr Dann is already employing remote indigenous people from Central Australia, including the southwest of the NT and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands to bring camels in to process.

“Where in Alice a mob of 60-70 is a big mob, in the APY lands you get mobs of 700 to 1500 or better,” he said.

Mr Dann said if he gets tier 1 accreditation, he will move from processing about 40 camels per week to 200.

Territory Camel sells camel steaks, mince and sausages through consumer outlets in Darwin and also Alice Springs.

Company spokeswoman Sarah Debney said the biggest challengefor the company was creating consumer demand.

“Once a person has tried camel meat the yuck factor is dispelled,” she said.

“Camel meat tastes so similar to beef that even expert cattlemen have been tricked over a camel T-bone.”

Chinese Fried Rat or Was that Chicken?

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This dish looks really familiar. I am going to stick to beef, next time.

 

Rental Cars and Winter Tires – Where’s the Traction?

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If you’re like most people in this country, you don’t have winter tires on your car right now. You bought “all-season” tires, and you figured all-season meant spring, summer, fall and winter, and so now you drive on the same set whether it’s plus-thirty or minus-fifteen.

You would probably be surprised to learn that “all season” tires stiffen up considerably at low temperatures, which makes them bad at gripping and good at sliding. That means that on ice your car will travel much further after you hit the brakes than it would have if you were on winter tires. And that can mean the difference between a near miss and a crash.

You would probably also be surprised to learn that, outside Quebec (where they will shortly be required by law), there is no way to rent a car with winter tires. Not in Ontario, not in Alberta, and not even in the snowy mountains of British Columbia. In this report, we ask two race-car drivers to do some test drives and see first-hand the difference tires can make to road safety. And Wendy Mesley asks why the people who market tires still use the phrase “all season.”

Read the Full Story and Watch the video on CBC Marketplace

Dubai is on Steroids

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It’s said that the highest concentration of cranes in the world can be found just in one city – Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Take a look at the photos and videos below and you will see why the construction industry over there seems to be on Steroids.

Who is financing this boom in building? They don’t seem to be experiencing the same down turn in the real estate market in Dubai as in the United States? Abu Dhabi and the other emirates are on the same path.