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 [...]

Crime Statistics in Australia: Finding Safe Suburbs thumbnail

This internet thing, it's really catching on, isn't it? There's lots of stuff available online now, it's come along in leaps and bounds in the last 6 or 7 years. That might seem a strange thing to say right now, but I do have a reason. Quite some time ago I wanted to write a [...]

Cooking on Gas: LPG and Natural Gas in Australia thumbnail

As you know, we recently moved to a new house. Our previous house was all electric, which wasn't such a bad thing, especially after we fitted our solar panels. One drawback though was our cooker, it was electric. Mrs Bob would tell me whilst it looked like a normal cooker, it had one major difference. [...]

Australian Government Abolishes 457 Visas thumbnail

Today the Australian Government made a special announcement, and for some of you this will not be very good news at all. Political rumblings have been going on for a while with the opposition and a couple of fringe parties expressing their disapproval of this temporary work visa. The government insists though that this is [...]

Buying an Australian House; Housing Chain? What Housing Chain? thumbnail

In last week's post called Househunting: Australia and the UK Compared, we had a reprint of an Australian and New Zealand magazine article called 'House hunting part 1'. Clearly if you append 'part 1" to anything, you need to be sure that's not the end of it. It needs to have a follow-up of some [...]

Househunting: Australia and the UK Compared thumbnail

As those of you who have read my post Moving House in Australia will know, I have recently moved house. That, of course, involves finding a house that you want to buy and also selling your existing house. It's been a quite exhausting couple of months, decorating my old house and setting up the new [...]

Queensland’s Cyclone Free Summer Comes to an Abrupt End With Debbie thumbnail

In a post called It’s Official: Brisbane Summer of 2016/17 Hottest Yet at the beginning of this month, I mentioned how strange it was that we had not had any cyclones at all this year in Queensland. Oh dear. I think it was Saturday when I first heard about Cyclone Debbie forming off of the [...]

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