South Bank Parklands

swim

This weekend was the first weekend of our autumn, or 'fall' as some of you may prefer to call it. For us, it was also a weekend when we celebrated Elizabeth's 12th birthday. This year she wanted a pool party, not in our back garden as we've often done in the past, but down at [...]

christmas

In less than two weeks it will be Christmas. Really? This will be my 10th Christmas in Australia, and like the nine Christmases before it, it doesn't feel like Christmas. How can it? Temperatures at around 30°C here in Brisbane, blue skies, people walking around in shorts and T-shirts. Whether it feels like it or [...]

anz

Recently the commissioning editor over at Australia and New Zealand magazine asked me if I could write a few articles about the nightlife and entertainment in and around Brisbane. That's why last month I wrote about Brisbane's Music Scene and next month I'll be writing about... oh, well I think you can wait until next [...]

pub

This weekend, Brisbane's South Bank Parklands was turned into a foodie’s heaven. South Bank Parklands, in case you didn't know, has been through an amazing facelift since the floods of 2011... Yes, South Bank Parklands is our lagoon by the river, opposite the city... Over the weekend South Bank had an event called "Regional Flavours' [...]

Koala

I learnt quite a bit today; here is what I learnt and where I learnt it... 'Every living being has the same basic wish – to be happy and to avoid suffering. Even newborn babies, animals, and insects have this wish. It has been our main wish since beginningless time and it is with us [...]

queen

Of course, as I was out of the country, the Queen was in it. She was on her 16th visit to Australia. I'm sure both here in Australia and back in the UK, the news has been full of stories about her tour. So I am going to zoom forward to her very last day [...]

South Bank Parklands

It's been an absolutely glorious week here in Brisbane, a great start to the spring school holidays. If this were England, we'd be talking about a summer heatwave. It's not. It's Australia. And it's still only early spring. On Monday, as you know, Elizabeth went to Redcliffe with her mummy and some of her friends [...]

sky

As we head into the depths of winter here in Australia, it's strange that the weathermen have recently declared 'sunny with clear blue skies' as, once again, the default weather for the foreseeable future in Brisbane. Strange for me, that is. Being from England I'm used to winters being wetter than summers. Not so for [...]

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