Heatwave in Australia: Part One thumbnail

I've called this 'Part One', because I know with an unerring certainty that there will be a part two at some point in the future. For now though, let me tell you about the weekend we have just had here in Australia. Scorchio! Yes, it was hot, very hot. Don't take my word for it, [...]

Australian UK and US Politicians Compared, FWIW thumbnail

I understand that Brexit caused a bit of a stir in the UK, and that the resulting vote to leave the EU has very much divided the nation. If we thought that was a shock, Trump's victory in the US presidential election recently has divided America in an even bigger way. Is global politics going [...]

The Australian Way of Holidaying; A Rethink thumbnail

As some of you may be aware, I've taken a rather uncharacteristic break from writing on this blog, haven't written anything since just before Christmas. Before that, it was November when I announced that I was Moving House in Australia. In that post I also mentioned I had lots of decorating to do so I [...]

Seeking Work on Arrival in Australia versus Job Sponsorship thumbnail

I will answer that very important question in just a minute, but first... I have finally managed to put down my paintbrushes having prepared my house for sale ahead of our upcoming house move. That means I have time to add one more post before the end of this year. I haven't been completely ignoring [...]

house

I am so excited. We are so excited; me, Mrs Bob and Elizabeth. After nine years of living in the same house, the house we purchased without ever having stepped foot in it, we are moving. It's a house we have a lot of affection for, one that will be especially remembered as the house [...]

anz

I know we only had an Australia and New Zealand magazine article last week, but again I am trying to catch up a bit. So here's another one, and it's probably good timing. If any of you have been following my recent road trip, then you will know that last time I wrote about it we [...]

beach

It's not quite summer here yet in Australia but where I live, which is Brisbane in case you didn't know, it might as well be. Temperatures recently have been hovering at around 28°C, the skies are blue and the best place to be at the weekend is the beach. Brisbane doesn't do beaches very well, [...]

pool

On the afternoon of Wednesday 9 November this year we had a rather violent hailstone storm pass over our house. Here's how our swimming pool looked on the day; please do click on the picture to see the full view... Poor Mrs Bob was out in the car at the time. She got caught up [...]

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