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Blue Mountains Tourist : Spring 2008
Science meets art S cience is often a mix of the old and the new, and Selwood Science & Puzzles at Hazelbrook has an amazing example of this – an old piano with an electronic heart. “It’s a completely standard pre-war piano that’s been modified with a lot of electronics,” says Dave Selwood, the store’s owner. “It plays like a pianola but it isn’t a pianola. All the electronics are hidden, but the full mechanical mechanism is open to view, so everyone can see the hammers hitting the strings. “Occasionally the piano plays special jazzy tunes where the internal workings light up and the room lights turn off, all automatically. The piano speaks at the end of these performances.” This piano was developed especially for Selwood. Selwood Science & Puzzles is found over the bridge at Hazelbrook station at 41 Railway Parade, Hazelbrook. The store is open from 9.00am- 5.00pm Thursday to Monday and at other times during school holidays. Admission is free as is parking. Phone 02 4758 6235. www.selwoodscience.com.au T National Trust seeks volunteers at Everglades he National Trust is looking for volunteers to help care for its Everglades property in Leura. The property includes about five hectares of bushland that adjoins the Blue Mountains National Park. It contains pockets of Blue Mountains Swamp and Temperate Highland Peat Swamp – both listed as endangered vegetation species. The area is also a habitat for the endangered Blue Mountains water skink and giant dragonfly. Volunteers do not require any special skills, just a love of the Blue Mountains and a willingness to learn about bush regeneration. One morning a month is all that is required. The main activity is weeding. A National Trust supervisor will guide volunteers through local plant identification, native fauna identification and some basic strategies for controlling weeds. Morning tea is provided at the end of each session. To find out more about becoming a National Trust Bushcare volunteer phone 9258 0176. 32 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au spring 2008