Return to Stradbroke Island: Five Go Camping

22 September 2014 Australia's Places
Straddie

Yes, I know this sounds like an Enid Blyton book, but it really did happen. Five families did go camping on Stradbroke Island and for me it was a return. There’s probably nothing new I can tell you about Straddie that you didn’t find out in my posts from about four years ago: It’s North […]

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Guns in Australia: Shocking Shooting Figures for Sydney

19 September 2014 Australia's Bad Things
bang

As you probably know, I talk about life in Australia and what it’s really like, that’s the theme of this blog. I also like to have a look at what’s going on around the rest of Australia on a Friday, just to get away from Brisbane for a bit. One news item caught my eye […]

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Australia, UK and USA Price Comparison: Fitness Trackers

17 September 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
UP24

I was lucky enough to be given a Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker for Father’s Day the other week, an unusually expensive gift for such an occasion. I usually get a Toblerone, but as I am on my first ever diet that would have been quite a cruel gift. Under the circumstances though, a fitness tracker […]

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Eat Street Markets: Brisbane’s Hip New Food and Fun Court

15 September 2014 Entertainment Australia
Eat street

Those of you who have read every page of my website and committed it all to memory will surely remember Containerval Festival: Art, Crafts and Containers in Brisbane. Elizabeth and I had a great time wheeling Mrs Bob around in a wheelchair; she had a broken leg at the time. We returned to the same […]

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Living in the Outback: A Look at Rural Australia

12 September 2014 Australia's Places
camels

I have been to the outback, but only for a holiday. I flew out to Alice Springs, spent a few days there, and then drove the 400 or so kilometres to Uluru before flying back from there direct into Brisbane. It was great fun and we saw some awesome sights… … but within seven days […]

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Fairer Prices for Australians; Shopping to Get Cheaper?

10 September 2014 Cost of Living - Australia
joe

There was an interesting item in the news the other day which talked about the ‘Australia Tax’ which doesn’t technically exist, not officially anyway. It is used to describe the premium prices we sometimes have to pay for the same products or services simply because we are here in Australia. This is Joe Hockey, our […]

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An Irukandji Update: There’s Good News and There’s Bad News

8 September 2014 Australia's Bad Things
jellyfish

It’s been more than four years since I wrote about the Irukandji and described it as The New Most Venomous Creature in the World. As we drift towards ‘stinger season’ here in Australia, which is October to May, I thought it would be a good time to update my info on this scary little critter. […]

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Melbourne Voted Friendliest City In the World

5 September 2014 Australia's Places
Tallebudgera

If you read Monday’s post, you will know that Elizabeth has been away for the week for her School Trip to Tallebudgera Beach Outdoor Education School. This is Tallebudgera Creek… Doesn’t look too bad, does it? Today, at 2:30 PM, Mrs Bob and I drove up to the school to meet her as she arrived […]

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