Blackout blues

There’s no convenient time for a power cut and it’s small consolation for the individuals and businesses inconvenienced by the loss of supply  in Auckland today that it happened while it was still light.

The power went off in Northern Queensland  from Ayr to Cooktown just after we arrived in Townsville 12 days ago. It was early evening which wouldn’t be quite so bad here as it was there where the sun goes down about 7pm.

I had to drive to a hen party and had a local navigating who helped me at intersections. My brother got safely to the stag party by luck alone because he drove through the city oblivious to the fact that the traffic lights were out.

No-one will be impressed by the explanation for today’s power cut – one transformer down for routine maintenance and a problem with a second which put two much pressure on the third.

But that’s probably not as bad as the cause of the problem in Queensland – bird droppings  from nesting eagles.

2 Responses to Blackout blues

  1. Colin Lucas says:

    I’d just told my staff to go home when the power came back on. That instruction was rapidly countermanded so that comerce could continue. Without the air con my office was unbearably hot.

  2. macdoctor says:

    I was 30 minutes late for my shift, thanks to all the lights being out. Frazzles you for the rest of the day.

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