The German news programme by the SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) radio brought an interesting report today: the people of Canberra are now allowed to fill their private swimming pools, wash their cars in the driveway and admire public fountains. Why this is newsworthy? Canberra has been going through a severe drought in the last few years, but in the last 6 months (apparently while I was here) there was apparently a lot of rain. Enough to lift the water restrictions that Canberra had been on for three (!) years. Google Maps still has some pictures of Canberra that must have been taken during the drought. Right now, Canberra doesn’t look like a desert capital, everything is lush and green.