Hot People’s Day in Brisbane thumbnail

Okay, before we go any further, I think I ought to clear up the title of today's post. In these days of Instagram, I can see why some of you may be drawing conclusions that are not correct. Firstly, let me explain what the 'Hot' in the above title means. Yes, today was hot. Here's [...]

Bring a Plate: Entertainment in Australia thumbnail

Back in May of this year, in England, thousands of people would have headed to their nearest leading newsagent clutching £3.99 in their hand. They would have exchanged this money for a copy of their favourite publication, Australia and New Zealand magazine. Of those thousands of people, some of them, perhaps half a dozen, or [...]

Australia’s Economy: CommSec’s State of the States Report July 2017 thumbnail

If this were a horse race, the commentary as they crossed the line would probably go something like this: "NSW romp home having led from start to finish, gallant effort by Victoria towards the end to grab second slot. ACT simply ran out of legs after a promising start. There's a bit of a gap [...]

Australia Compared with the US, UK, India and Canada for… thumbnail

How safe is Australia? How reliable are the police here? What about the drinking water? And healthcare? Where is Australia on internet and communication technology? How does the labour market compare with other countries? Is Australia as expensive as I'm told it is? What is Australia like for environmental sustainability? Okay, there are a lot [...]

How Do Brisbane’s Winters Compare with London’s Summers? thumbnail

In a post last week I complained about the cold, and asked Australian Winters: How Cold Can They Get? If you read that article, you will know that I was in Kingscliff in northern New South Wales walking along the beach... As bright and sunny as it looked though, it was quite a crisp day [...]

Kingscliff

I've just spent a short weekend, as opposed to a long weekend, (just Friday afternoon and part of Saturday) down at Kingscliff, a seaside town in northern New South Wales. This is how it looked on the Saturday, that's Saturday, 1 July 2017. July is, of course, the middle of winter here in Australia. Here [...]

The Alternative Lifestyle in Australia; Byron Bay thumbnail

I suppose I'm a bit of a hippie myself, if truth be known. Had a great time at the Glastonbury Festival in 1992, highlights for me being The Fall, The Orb, The Ukrainians and John Otway. It doesn't get too much more hippy town than Glastonbury. But, of course, I now live in Australia. One [...]

Heatwaves: More Dangerous Than Crocs, Sharks, Spiders and Snakes Combined thumbnail

There is an article in today's Daily Mirror about a man who suffered horrific sunburn on the hottest day of the year so far in the UK. Apparently, last Friday, and I quote 'He spent all afternoon in the garden, enjoying his girlfriend's hot tub as temperatures soared high above 20°C.' Ooh, scorchio! You can [...]

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