Ah, that explains the Little Master remark. I thought you meant spud. Yes, I admire any great sportsman. As regards temperature, it can get up to 40 degrees in Southern Europe. Not quite Coober Pedy standards, but pretty hot. Is a person who likes living in Coober Pedy, a Pedyphile? Possibly an old joke, but I just thought of it. Just so I don't offend the people there, here's another. People who don't live in Coober Pedy are Opal-less. Regarding flooding the lakes. I suppose the problem is that, given that torrential rainfall can fill it a few times a century, what happens if it is already full? It would need to be open to the sea. That would require the biggest canal ever built. Question. If the Victorians didn't do it, or try to do it, is it worth doing? I doubt it. But persuade me. Is the area rich in unusual wildlife? Harsh environments usually are.