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AUSTRALIA : MANGOES TOP THE CHARTS THIS CHRISTMAS ...

Last minute Christmas rush at Brisbane Markets



ABC Rural


Miriam Hall



Posted Tue 24 Dec 2013, 3:43pm AEDT







PHOTO: Mangoes for sale at Brisbane wholesale markets(Miriam Hall )




AUDIO: The markets are busy at Christmas time(ABC Rural)



MAP: Brisbane 4000






At six o'clock every day fruit and vegetable wholesalers and buyers are down at the Brisbane Rocklea markets, getting their hands on fresh produce from around the country.







In the days leading up to Christmas it becomes even busier, with massive demand for summer fruits and vegetables for Christmas entertaining.







On Christmas eve fruiters are picking up extra ‘top up stock’, to supply shoppers who are buying up big at the last minute.






This year opinion varies about prices, quality and the state of food retail, but everyone agrees that mangoes are the best buy you can get.





"It's pretty hard to go past that, it’s something everybody looks forward to,”
says wholesaler James Van Oswick.




http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-24/mango-christmas-rush/…

gCAPTAIN : Year in Maritime Photos – 2013

BY  ON DECEMBER 24, 2013






January 1, 2013 - Shell’s conical drilling rig Kulluk seen hard aground on the southeast shore of Sitkalidak Island, Alaska, on January 1, 2013. The rig grounded after breaking free during a tow from Dutch Harbor, AK to Everett, WA days earlier. The Kulluk was later pulled from shore without incident, but the grounding was the final straw in Shell’s mishap-plagued arctic drilling plans in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. U.S. Coast Guard Photo





January 17, 2013 - Heavy waves crash against the grounded U.S. Navy mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines, on January 17, 2013. The 23-year-old ship was so badly damaged that salvage crews were forced to cut the wooden-hulled vessel up and remove it in pieces. A preliminary report later determined that faulty digital charts contributed to the grounding. U.S. Navy Photo