July 2013

Alice

Time for another reprint of one of my articles for Australia and New Zealand magazine. Not only am I going to save you £3.99, I'm going to throw in a video! That's something you don't get in a magazine. So last month I started with the first in my miniseries about plane hopping and at [...]

Sandgate

On Sunday we went to the Einbunpin Festival. The what? Yes, the Einbunpin Festival. It was the 22nd Einbunpin Festival and, as you probably know, it takes place around the lagoon in Sandgate. You didn't know? Well, if you really want to find out what the Einbunpin Festival is and, specifically, what a Bunpin is, [...]

cats

I'm going to take a brief interlude from my series about Australia's most liveable cities to talk about "feral". Feral is not a word I remember using too often when I lived in the UK, here in Australia though, the word is used quite regularly. We have feral camels, we have feral water buffalo, we [...]

tax

A story of swings and roundabouts. The last time I wrote about income tax rates here in Australia and compared them to those in the UK was back in October 2009. At the time, these were the tax bands in operation here in Australia. On 1 July each year the Australian Tax Office (ATO) can [...]

park

On Sunday evening I went for a little walk around Rocks Riverside Park which is in a suburb called Seventeen Mile Rocks, about 10 kilometres south of Brisbane City. Here's a photograph taken by somebody smart who owns a smart camera... That photograph is courtesy of the Wikipedia page all about Rocks Riverside Park and its [...]

Great Ocean Road

It's time to return to my series about Australia's most liveable cities after the interruption of Darwin week which became Darwin fortnight. Darwin came stone last in this 11 city poll, but I allowed it to push in when I wrote about the it in my post called Australia's Least Most Liveable City a couple [...]

cricket

I am not a cricket man, I could stare at a cricket scorecard for a week and probably still not be able to tell you who is winning. Let's take the Ashes for example. I just Googled "ashes cricket 2013 scoreboard" and, unsurprisingly, got to the scorecard of the 2013 Ashes. There was a lot [...]

croc

It's time to wrap up Darwin week which has turned into Darwin fortnight. We really loved our 10 day holiday there and apart from when we went crocodile hunting... ...we didn't see any creatures, critters or killers from the animal kingdom whatsoever that could really be regarded as dangerous. So, Darwin then, not as scary [...]

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