20 signs you were born and raised in The Kimberley

1. You don’t own any white clothes.

Because pindan soil is more difficult to remove from your clothes than blood.

2. Sharks? No worries.

While the rest of Australia worries about sharks, you’ve never given them a second thought. In The Kimberley, the Saltwater Crocodile rules supreme. Should you find yourself in a death roll with one of these bad boys, there’s no chance you’re living to sell your story to “60

3. You know who the Pigrim Brothers are.

When you’re away and you’re missing Broome, no music sounds sweeter

4. You’ve been the victim of, or have contributed to, a ‘Broomer.’

Like a nasty outback version of Chinese whispers, rumours in Broome take on a whole new level.

5. You will never travel to the other side of The Kimberley.

Kunna-where-a? You follow the @thekimberleyaustralia Instagram and are genuinely surprised at all of the cool places in your home region. It’s more likely that you’ll travel over 2,000km to Perth than to the other side of the Kimberley.

6. Looking at the underbelly of a plane from the cinema is normal.

Despite an ongoing plan to move Broome’s airport, it still sits smack bang in the middle of Broome, right near the open-air cinema. One minute you’re chilling in your deckchair, nek minit the film is inaudible over the roaring jet engines overhead.

7. You dread the annual invasion of Grey Nomads.

When that caravan convoy arrives, the traffic jams begin. To clarify, 10 cars is a traffic jam in Broome.

8. A camel train on a nude beach is nothing out of the ordinary.

Every afternoon at sunset dozens of tourists venture north of the rocks to participate in Broome’s most iconic activity — riding a camel down the beach. The nudist beach. For some reason you’ve accepted this as normal.

9. You own 10 pairs of thongs.

You have a pair of thongs for every occasion and your only enclosed shoes are runners. Got a wedding coming up? No worries, they’re probably getting hitched on the beach anyway.

10. Cyclones are actually fun (especially if you’re a surfer).

Tropical cyclones are no joke, they can be very destructive. But now that you’ve survived a few, you’ve become complacent. While folks are worriedly phoning you from other parts Australia, you’re raiding the garage for your water sports gear — bodyboards, kayaks, surfboards. When floodwaters rise and the swell picks up, the fun begins.

11. You wear a jumper if it’s below 26 degrees Celsius.

Tourists think that Broome is warm year-round. Locals know better. It’s time to rug up.

12. You move at a different pace than the rest of the nation.

When your body clock is set to Broome time, arriving ‘early’ to an event means you are only a few minutes late.

13. Perth is your destination of choice.

If you ever leave Broome it’s because you’re going to Perth.

14. You check the tide before throwing your towel on the sand.

With one of the world’s largest tidal ranges, you’ve seen many tourists lose their towels to a rapidly rising tide. As a general rule, Daryl’s beach hut umbrellas indicate the high tide mark.

15. You judge a good car park by shade, not by distance to destination.

On a stinking hot day in Broome the shady spot at the far end of the car park beats parking right next to the store entrance.

16. Whaddayow!

“Whaddayow,” “jowidge,” “proper deadly,” “ack bra” — you communicate in a language that only Broome mob can understand.

17. Nothing tastes sweeter than salty plum.

You relish the flavour of salty plums almost as much as you relish the facial expressions of someone tasting them for the first time.

18. You know not to return from Perth empty-handed.

Back in the school days, you wouldn’t dream of getting off the plane without KFC in your hands. It didn’t matter how old or cold it is, returning to school with that bucket of chicken made you the most popular kid in class.

19. You’ve been Sammy’s legs.

You, or someone you know, has been the legs of Sammy the Dragon. Few events symbolise Broome’s spirit and culture better than Shinju Matsuri. To be one of Sammy’s legs is a similar honour to carrying the Olympic flame.

20. You’ve midnight munched at Buckwan.

After a big night at Oasis, you know that there’s only one cure for the midnight munchies … Buckwan. At this time of night, there are few sights more beautiful than a van full of greasy food. Unless you spot a kid with a bucket of KFC.

3. Food poisoning

When a food is exposed to staph, the bacteria multiply and produce toxins. It’s those toxins that can make you sick, and they can lead to symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain, typically within 30 minutes to 8 hours after ingesting the contaminated food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, it’s important to note that a fever is not typically something you’d experience from staph-related food poisoning, Dr. Fey says.

The best ways to avoid staph-related food poisoning is to make sure your food is handled at the right temperature, the CDC says. Hot foods should be kept at 140°F or hotter and cold foods at 40°F or colder. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt to wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap before cooking or eating.

When to See Your Doctor

Make an appointment if you notice any of the symptoms listed above. There could be other possible causes, but you’ll need to see your doctor to find out what the problem is and what treatment you need.

If you’re at risk -- you have high blood pressure or diabetes, or if kidney disease runs in your family, for instance -- ask your doctor how often you’ll need to get tested. It’s very important to do this so your kidneys can work as well as possible.


National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “What Is Chronic Kidney Disease?” and “Testing for Kidney Disease.”

American Kidney Fund: “Chronic Kidney Disease.”

1 Blood in your stool or vomit

While far from a sure sign of stomach cancer—both colitis and Crohn’s disease can cause bloody stool—blood in either your poop or your vomit demands a visit to a GI doctor.

If the bleeding is related to cancer, the blood in your stool is likely to look maroon or tarry black.

It looks that way because it’s been acted on by your digestive enzymes. If the blood is in your vomit, it’s more likely to look bright red, and it may have a coarse “coffee grounds” texture because it has been partially digested.

While blood in your stool can be a sign of other diseases, they all will need a trip to one of the gastric bypass surgery doctors or bariatric specialist.

Blood in the stool can also be a sign of colon cancer. Here are symptoms of colon cancer you should never ignore.

Michelangelo is born

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, is born in the small village of Caprese on March 6, 1475. The son of a government administrator, he grew up in Florence, a center of the early Renaissance movement, and became an artist’s apprentice at age 13. Demonstrating obvious talent, he was taken under the wing of Lorenzo de’ Medici, the ruler of the Florentine republic and a great patron of the arts. For two years beginning in 1490, he lived in the Medici palace, where he was a student of the sculptor Bertoldo di Giovanni and studied the Medici art collection, which included ancient Roman statuary.

With the expulsion of the Medici family from Florence in 1494, Michelangelo traveled to Bologna and Rome, where he was commissioned to do several works. His most important early work was the Pieta (1498), a sculpture based on a traditional type of devotional image that showed the body of Christ in the lap of the Virgin Mary. Demonstrating masterful technical skill, he extracted the two perfectly balanced figures of the Pieta from a single block of marble.

With the success of the Pieta, the artist was commissioned to sculpt a monumental statue of the biblical character David for the Florence cathedral. The 17-foot statue, produced in the classical style, demonstrates the artist’s exhaustive knowledge of human anatomy and form. In the work, David is shown watching the approach of his foe Goliath, with every muscle tensed and a pose suggesting impending movement. Upon the completion of David in 1504, Michelangelo’s reputation was firmly established.

That year, he agreed to paint a mural for the Florence city hall to rest alongside one being painted by Leonardo da Vinci, another leading Renaissance artist and an influence on Michelangelo. These murals, which depicted military scenes, have not survived. In 1505, he began work on a planned group of 12 marble apostles for the Florence cathedral but abandoned the project when he was commissioned to design and sculpt a massive tomb for Pope Julius II in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. There were to have been 40 sculptures made for the tomb, but the pope soon ran out of funds for the project, and Michelangelo left Rome.

In 1508, he was called back to Rome to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the chief consecrated space in the Vatican. Michelangelo’s epic ceiling frescoes, which took several years to complete, are among his most memorable works. Central in a complex system of decoration featuring numerous figures are nine panels devoted to biblical world history. The most famous of these is The Creation of Adam, a painting in which the arms of God and Adam are outstretched toward each other.

In 1512, Michelangelo completed the Sistine Chapel ceiling and returned to his work on Pope Julius II’s tomb. He eventually completed a total of just three statues for the tomb, which was eventually placed in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli. The most notable of the three is Moses (1513-15), a majestic statue made from a block of marble regarded as unmalleable by other sculptors. In Moses, as in David, Michelangelo infused the stone with a powerful sense of tension and movement.

Having revolutionized European sculpture and painting, Michelangelo turned to architecture in the latter half of his life. His first major architectural achievement was the Medici chapel in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence, built to house the tombs of the two young Medici family heirs who had recently died. The chapel, which he worked on until 1534, featured many innovative architectural forms based on classical models. The Laurentian Library, which he built as an annex to the same church, is notable for its stair-hall, known as the ricetto, which is regarded as the first instance of mannerism as an architectural style. Mannerism, a successor to the Renaissance artistic movement, subverted harmonious classical forms in favor of expressiveness.

In 1534, Michelangelo left Florence for the last time and traveled to Rome, where he would work and live for the rest of his life. That year saw his painting of the The Last Judgment on a wall above the altar in the Sistine Chapel for Pope Paul III. The massive painting depicts Christ’s damnation of sinners and blessing of the virtuous, and is regarded as a masterpiece of early mannerism. During the last three decades of his life, Michelangelo lent his talents to the design of numerous monuments and buildings for Rome, which the pope and city leaders were determined to restore to the grandeur of its ancient past. The Capitoline Square and the dome of St. Peter’s, designed by Michelangelo but not completed in his lifetime, remain two of Rome’s most famous visual landmarks.

Michelangelo worked until his death in 1564 at the age of 88. In addition to his major artistic works, he produced numerous other sculptures, frescoes, architectural designs, and drawings, many of which are unfinished and some of which are lost. He was also an accomplished poet, and some 300 of his poems are preserved. In his lifetime, he was celebrated as Europe’s greatest living artist, and today he is held up as one of the greatest artists of all time, as exalted in the visual arts as William Shakespeare is in literature or Ludwig van Beethoven is in music.

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