With a king tide and cyclone induced surge expected to send Magnetic Island’s Picnic Bay old jetty under water , people flocked to see the spectacle. It was like a scene from the 1920s when Order of the Star theosophists , including my grandfather , gathered in a specially built amphitheatre at Balmoral, Sydney, where the “Messiah”- Jiddu Krishnamurti – would teach after arriving by ship . Some followers believed the Second Coming would be viewed from Balmoral and Krishnamurti would be seen walking through the Heads into the harbour. The holy man had addressed a crowd of 15,000 in the Hollywood Bowl before visiting Australia .
On the island, it seemed every man and his dog/s gathered at the waterfront to see a natural miracle . Water did splash up through the jetty planks and swirl way up on the foreshore . After failing to see anybody perambulating on the briny, Cyclops and partner, who picked up some nice driftwood and large pieces of pumice from the Solomons , adjourned to the sand- bagged pub for a pleasant early morning coffee. The rain has resulted in a biblical plague of flying ants .