Some of you will be aware of The Mount Stromlo Observatory in Canberra, Australia's capital. It has been largley ruined by bush fires over the past few days with several of its telescopes and library containing valuable achives lost. The fires have also destroyed over 400 homes and 4 people have died. I don't know how much you get to hear over there but there's some info here. A few pics here. The difficulties you have in the northern hemisphere are extreme I know. The cold you live through is something we cannot comprehend unless we've experienced it when overseas. I have read about the difficulties some of you are having keeping warm in another thread and the high cost of fuel. Sounds like there's a market here. Some of your cold for some of our heat.