Solar Power in Australia: Does It Work?

23 July 2014 Cost of Living - Australia

As you probably will remember, one of our previous prime ministers, Julia Gillard, introduced the carbon tax in Australia despite promising “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.” On Thursday of last week, our current Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, fulfilled one of his election promises by abolishing the carbon tax in […]

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A Foodie’s Paradise at South Bank Parklands in Brisbane

21 July 2014 Entertainment Australia

This weekend, Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands was turned into a foodie’s heaven. South Bank Parklands, in case you didn’t know, has been through an amazing facelift since the floods of 2011… Yes, South Bank Parklands is our lagoon by the river, opposite the city… South Bank’s Regional Flavours Over the weekend South Bank had an […]

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Cycling in Darwin and Hobart

18 July 2014 Australia's Places

For the last six weeks or so we’ve been cycling around Australia’s major cities on bikes without using the obligatory cycle helmets. That’s because we’ve been cycling ‘virtually’ from our armchairs via the wonder that is YouTube. We’ve enjoyed bike riding in Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and last week Brisbane, so now there are […]

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London Summers and Brisbane Winters Compared and Continued…

16 July 2014 Australian Climate
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If this were a game of football in the World Cup or in any competition, it would be a fantastic match. End to end, as they say. What am I talking about? Yes, my annual midwinter post where I compare Brisbane’s weather with that of London where, of course, it’s the middle of summer. It’s […]

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Holidaying Abroad: Getting Away from Australia for a Break

14 July 2014 Entertainment Australia

In Friday’s post about Cycling in Brisbane I mentioned that I was away on holiday with Mrs Bob and daughter Elizabeth; we spent the week in Singapore. Of course, this website is about life in Australia so I am not going to tell you too much about what Singapore was like, except that it does […]

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Cycling in Brisbane: A Mixed Report

11 July 2014 Australia's Places

Over the last couple of weeks or so, for the most part, I’ve been talking about things to do during the holiday. I’ve been doing that on account that it is winter school holidays here, so we’ve been finding things to do. Last Wednesday I talked about skiing in Thredbo compared with sunning yourself in […]

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Dangerous Spiders in Australia: A Very Brief Guide

9 July 2014 Australia's Bad Things
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Having broken the silence a couple of articles back to start talking about Australia’s Bag Things in my column for Australia and New Zealand magazine, I found I could no longer stop. I was singing like a bird, which reminds me, I must tell them about the cassowary. Anyway, after opening the can of worms […]

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Things to Do in Australia During Winter Holidays

7 July 2014 Entertainment Australia

It’s the start of the second week of the winter school holidays here and for those who have decided not to go away, there’s always plenty to do in and around where you live. Take, for example, where I live in Brisbane. A quick Google for “things to do in Brisbane during the school holidays” […]

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