October 2015

fernvale

Now then, what was I saying in Wednesday's post called A Godzilla of an El Niño Is on Its Way? Ah, that's right, yes, amongst other things one of the features of El Niño was to be that we would get lower rainfall and fewer cyclones. I'm pretty sure the people of Fernvale would tend [...]

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Indonesia is on fire, and smoke from that fire spreading across Southeast Asia. Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia and Brunei are all covered with an air polluting haze. These pictures from NASA’s Earth Observatory clearly show the huge amount of smoke covering the region. This is the Indonesian island of Sumatra... And these are [...]

shark smiling

Some of you may remember that in January of this year we had a long weekend down on the Tweed Coast. It really is a most beautiful part of the country, here is just one of the pictures I took at the time... You can see plenty more and watch three videos if you check [...]

Lamington

A lamington is a very popular Australian desert. It's a sponge cake with chocolate sauce and sprinklings of coconut. It looks very much like this... Apparently it originated in Brisbane and there are several theories about where the name 'Lamington' came from. None of those theories, as far as I could see, are anything to [...]

snake

Snake season is upon us again, if you were to Google 'snake season' and select the results for the past month, you'll find there's lots of talk about snakes in Australia at the moment. As you can probably see from the snapshot above, there is talk about Surfers Paradise, that's the famous beach on the [...]

duck

It was billed as (get it, quack quack) Australia's biggest duck race and I'm sure it was. We went along on Sunday to, as they say, support the duck. One of the signs said "Changed Traffic Conditions Ahead"; you bet there were, what with the long marquee packed with people eating and drinking taking up [...]

V8 supercar

A couple weeks ago all the sporting talk in Australia was about the NRL, the details of that one can be found on last week's post called The Greatest NRL Grand Final of All Time. Last weekend another top Australian sporting event took place, the Bathurst 1000. Bathurst is a regional town in New South [...]

humid

...from somebody who moved to Brisbane eight years ago from a little country called England. Time for another reprint of one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles, this one appeared in their September edition. As we are now seeing temperatures steadily rising here in Brisbane, we've already had a few 30°C plus days, [...]

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