Archive for January, 2011

BIA Flooding

I went down to the BIA this-morning to check out what the situation was with the studio and hopefully see how far under the studio had gone.

Thankfully I saw that there was not much if any water damage to the studio at all!! Peter from the BIA said that he went down earlier in the morning and the water was up high and thinks that there has been about 4 inches through the studio, but it is really hard to tell at this point in time. We will have to have a closer look on the weekend when we can get in there and possibly clean up whatever mess there is.

There was definitely plenty of water around the street and the studio. I am very thankful that the studio did not flood too much and that the new bench configuration is all in tact!

Further updates when they come to hand!!


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Flood Emergency and the BIA

This morning has seen Alex and I head to his parents place in New Farm to help them and their neighbors move a few things of value out of their units. Although Alex’s parents are high, they are concerned that anything running down the river at a rapid rate of knots will run into the building. This is a very real threat, as we have seen a 40-odd foot sail clipper unmanned floating down the river!

If this was to run into anything, it would mean the end for the boat and significant damage for whatever it was to run into.

I also got a call from Peter Shaw from the Brisbane Institute of Art as we were leaving the in laws to see if I could come and move some of the equipment that we have just installed.

Everything from polishers, lights, hand tools, chairs, drills, tool boxes and the like has been moved to higher ground. Power has been cut to our building and we are hoping for the best possible result. Unfortunately as we were there, water was coming into the street and the river has not peaked yet. We can probably expect another 2 meters of water to come into the are and we are bracing ourselves.

This will also mean that there will be significant damage to the benches and the internal walls in the shed. I am hoping for the best but we are expecting the worst.

To try and minimize the impact, everything has been moved.

I personally have had to deal with my mother and step father being cut off from the rest of the world in Hatton Vale and my sister has evacuated her house in North Booval. Hopefully she will not have a raging torrent run through her house.

This was something that I never expected to see in my life time and I think we all thought that the Dam, which almost lay empty only this time last year, would save us.

Mother nature sure knows how to prove us all wrong.

We look on in awe at what is happening but our hearts feel heavy with the sadness concerning the losses of life that this has bought. Especially when there are children concerned.

Where ever you are, please stay safe and don’t get in the way of emergency crews as they try to do their jobs. Be especially careful and whatever you do, don’t go anywhere near the water. There is not only debris in their.

All the best.


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 83 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 125 posts. There were 124 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 53mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was November 11th with 84 views. The most popular post that day was About.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for dan cox jewellery, dan cox wordpress, dan cox jeweller, jewellery sketches, and dan cox.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


About December 2008


Studio Sale Success November 2009


Dan Cox Boutique Jewellery Workshops and Studio Hire February 2010


Carra Commission June 2010


Independence Ring September 2010
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