First published April 21

This was the view through the smoke from my house yesterday evening as the sun set.

I could point the camera directly at the sun and take this photograph.

This poor old island is subject to many insults by the brain-dead at Forestry Tasmania.

The burning of our beautiful island is turning it into a Third World tourist destination.

It only costs $1 million a week to subsidise the loss-making FT … as people are bedded in ambulances in the forecourts to our hospitals.

*John Hawkins was born and educated in England. He has lived in Tasmania for 13 years. He is the author of “Australian Silver 1800–1900” and “Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking” and “The Hawkins Zoomorphic Collection” as well as “The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold” and nearly 100 articles on the Australian Decorative Arts. He is a Past President and Life Member of The Australian Art & Antique Dealers Association. John has lived in Australia for 50 years and is 75 this year. In two of the world’s longest endurance marathons and in the only teams to ever complete these two events, he drove his four-in-hand team from Melbourne to Sydney in 1985 and from Sydney to Brisbane in 1988.

EARLIER on Tasmanian Times …

Wood smoke: Suck It Up Tasmania …