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We are now in the middle of spring here in Australia, but right now in Brisbane it very much feels like summer. Temperatures this month have mostly been between 25° and 30°C each day. A quick look at a weather website confirms that the highest temperature so far this month in Brisbane has been 32.2°C [...]

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Life couldn’t be better, could it? Imagine the scene: You are relaxing by the Yarra River in Melbourne, enjoying a barbecue with loved ones. You spot a hawk circling nearby and you admire the powerful bird of prey. Then something really unusual and scary happens. Yes, today is video day and the title of the [...]

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Yes, really. I’ve had enough of comparing supermarket prices for fruit and veg, meat, fish and other stuff, let’s compare snake bite seasons. In just one weeks time it will be winter here in Australia. Where I live though, Brisbane, you really wouldn’t think it. Daytime temperatures have been sitting at around 25° to 27° [...]

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Almost 5 years ago I had a snake come into my house. Of course, the first thing I did was grab my video camera to record it all, you can see the video I made about it on my post called What Happens When a Snake Enters Your House? At the time, I was about [...]

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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 [...]

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We’ve been spending the last few weeks preparing for summer. Yes, every year as the weather warms up there are certain precautions that may not ‘need’ doing, but it’s a good idea if you do. So far we’ve had… Preparing for Summer Part One: Mosquitoes Preparing for Summer Part Two: Severe Weather Today we will [...]

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I spoke to somebody on Sunday evening who explained that their dog “lost its bark” recently as if it had been to a cup final to cheer its team on and there was extra time. Turns out though that this can often be one of the first signs that your pet dog has been the [...]

ANZ

Last month’s reprint of my article for Australia and New Zealand magazine was a top 5 countdown of Australia’s deadliest killers, the animals responsible for more human deaths than any others. The conclusion was the pointed combined fingers of many coroners to the mild-mannered often hay munching and occasion carrot crunching herbivorous horse as Australia’s [...]

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It seems ages since I last wrote anything about snakes in Australia, let’s put that straight today. Of course, today is Friday which means we get a YouTube video, except today we are going to get three. Different people will tell you different things about snakes and there is a massive difference between snakes being [...]

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There is a saying in the UK that you’re never more than 6 feet away from a rat. It is just a saying though and the likelihood is that it’s untrue; nobody really knows how many rats there are in the UK. Either way, they don’t have the same saying here in Australia, well I’ve [...]

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There’s no such thing as “Snake Season” really, but as the temperatures rise during early spring here, so do snake sightings and encounters. Already this year we’ve had three stories in the news. Firstly, I heard that in Wynnum, which is in east Brisbane on Bayside, a 2 metre long carpet Python (which is a [...]

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According to the Chinese zodiac, this year, 2013, is the Year of the Snake. Very fitting, I think, for us here in Australia. I did a little research about “The Snake” and found out that ancient Chinese wisdom suggests having a snake in the house is a good sign. I was pretty pleased to discover [...]

Taipan

Okay, let’s kick off 2012 with my favourite subject. Snakes! The Coastal Taipan is one of Australia’s most dangerous snakes. This very reclusive reptile is rarely spotted, even up north where it is believed to be much more common. Where I live, which is Western Suburbs of Brisbane, we have plenty of snakes. I had [...]

Santa

Before all that scary stuff about snakes and sharks and death and attacks in Australia and the USA, here are a couple of updates. Summer began here in Australia yesterday and Christmas is in the air. I still can’t get used to the two of them together. As Eddie Izzard said, it’s like having custard [...]

It would be wrong of me to write articles such as Australian Snakes and Death: Continued, if I wasn’t also prepared to write about snakes when a fatality occurs. I have always defended snakes and played down the dangers they present to the residents of Australia. With good reason too; anyone who has read that [...]

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My epic movie, the 12 minute long video I put on my blog on Wednesday, has caused a bit of a hullamooloolaba around here. If you haven’t watched it yet, and you do have those precious 12 minutes to spare, I suggest you head over and see it. It’s a “live” capture of events as [...]

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Update: A Warning Do not try this at home! I have had several people contact me, including born and bred Aussies and one or two snake experts, and on reflection what I do in this video is really stupid. Many snakes in Australia are extremely dangerous and can kill, and snake identification isn’t straightforward, even [...]

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… And beating up crocodiles. Australia is a scary place to live, we know that. Snakes, spiders, sharks, killer jellyfish and crocodiles top the list of Australia’s dangerous creatures. For most people though, it’s snakes and spiders that cause the most concern, because they inhabit the same space as us humans. Land. Some of you [...]

dwarf crowned snake

….. and that’s a dead one! A lot of people have this opinion, but it’s not one that I subscribe to here on BobinOz. In fact, since arriving in Australia I’ve been quite fascinated by snakes to the point where I now think I like them. Perhaps that line of thinking may come back and [...]

eastern brown snake

The day was Friday, 5 February, that’s when it happened. On that day I had been living in Australia for two years, two months and 22 days, which is nice and easy to remember. And that was the day it happened, at last! I saw my first real wild snake. Yes, previously I had seen [...]

not a funnel web spider

Many people would love to live in Australia and dream of moving here at some point. But also for many the fear of snakes and spiders in Australia may just be enough to put them off the idea. So what’s it really like when you do live in Australia? Acclimatisation – getting used to Australian [...]

The Eastern Brown Snake

In my first post about snakes I explained that the Brisbane area has eight snakes that can kill. Nationwide though, Australia has around 140 different species of snake of which 12 can kill. We have another 30 or so sea snakes. So, it’s worse than you thought right? Wrong! According to my research, as at [...]

Australia Snakes

Okay, we have taken our time getting here, but I was hoping to ease you into it. We covered a lot of Australian bad things on our way and I hope you have seen that some of these things are just little cuties really. There have been 20 posts so far in the Australia’s Bad [...]

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Could this be your New Year’s resolution for 2019? In January 2006 my wife and I decided that we wanted to move to Australia, so that was our New Year’s resolution back then. By 14 November 2007 we had landed in Brisbane with our daughter, who was just three and a half years old at [...]

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It’s been a while since I posted a video online on a Friday, so I thought today I would fix that. I could have shown you a video of a woman throwing a shark out of a seaside rock pool, like this… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLsbzuazWFw But then I discovered that this same video has been plastered over [...]

Lake

Those who have read my previous posts on this subject will know that here in Australia Mothers Day and Fathers Day are both celebrated on a different date than they are in the UK. Whilst the UK is out of sync with the rest of the world on Mothers Day, for Fathers Day its Australia [...]

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It’s the end of the week and as regular readers will know, I like to take a look around to see what’s been happening in Australia elsewhere. Then I like to include a YouTube video about it. Easy. So what’s been happening over the last few weeks in Australia? Well, The Wiggles were live in [...]

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Let’s start this week with a little lightheartedness, with a pinch of humiliation. Don’t worry, the humiliation will be mine. I got an email from somebody called Emma last week, she wanted to know how much I really knew about the Land Down Under. She could see that I ran a website with loads and [...]

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Well, it’s exactly one month today since I had my operation and the whole Bob in Hospital thing, and guess what? I’m feeling a little bit better. Time to dip my toe in and write another article I think. Back in 2009 I wrote a post called Australia’s NOT Bad Things, which was all about [...]

Burglary

I’m often asked this question, and it’s usually attached to a city. For example, is Melbourne a safe city to live in? Or, is Sydney a safe place to live? My answer is always pretty much the same, Australia generally speaking as a country is regarded as safe. Obviously, like any country, we do have [...]

icecream

If you read Monday’s post called The Grand Canyon and Uluru Compared, you will know that I spent the first couple of weeks of this month in the US on holiday. It wasn’t cheap for us; the Aussie dollar against the US dollar is at a bit of a low. We were only getting about [...]

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On Wednesday I tried to talk everyone into Liking the Huntsman Spider. I do appreciate though, that not everyone will be able to do that; one particular group of people would certainly struggle. Arachnophobes It’s worth remembering though that spiders are everywhere, in every country. Unless you move to the Arctic, you are likely to [...]

Whipper snipper

Grass. It’s everywhere. It’s horrible when it’s long and wispy, it looks marvellous when it is cut short and looks like a green velvet carpet. For it to look perfect though, you need to trim the edges so that they do not overlap the path. Without proper care the edge of your lawn can take [...]

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I’ve been catching up on my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles lately and with this particular reprint, I will be up to date. When people think of Australia they often also think of flies in your face. Irritating, annoying, face pestering persistent flies. But how bad is it? For me, living here in Brisbane, [...]

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The world’s nastiest and most prolific killer critter is at it again. A quick search in Google for “Ross River virus outbreak” will soon reveal Queensland currently has a problem: Mosquito outbreak triples Ross River virus cases – Brisbane Times Feb 12, 2015 Ross River virus outbreak in south-east Queensland – ABC Feb 23, 2015 [...]

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Today I am going to be comparing sunrise times and (here’s one I watched earlier) sunset times… … between Australia and the UK for both winter and summer. In an ideal world, according to scientists, it is believed that as humans we would work most optimally if we got up in the morning as the [...]

Yes, today I’ve got a video that nobody wants to see, not even me. In fact I have even more reason not to want to see it, because I live in Brisbane. It was in a Brisbane suburban back garden that Gigantor was found. What is Gigantor? Here are some clues. Normally these things are [...]

ANZ

Continuing my catch up of articles that have appeared in Australia and New Zealand magazine, here is a digital version of the story that appeared in the January 2014 edition. I’m okay, I’ve got the magazine, so whilst I read mine from here… …you can read it for free here… Unwelcome immigrants It was some [...]

This is the only “Full Year” video that didn’t get it’s own post at the time. It’s not that year three wasn’t any good, it was, actually it was great, ahem, until about May when it started to rain. That’s the incessant rain that eventually led to the floods in January 2011. Because of that, [...]

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Time to reflect back on 2013. Actually, it’s way past time, I should have reflected on last year sometime in January really, but this is not the first year I’ve been late. What am I talking about? It’s time for another of my ‘summing up a full year in a five-minute–ish video’ videos and this [...]

Funnel web

On Wednesday we asked the question Redback Spider Antivenom Doesn’t Work; True or False? But the redback spider isn’t Australia’s scariest critter, we have plenty more venomous creatures here that you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. Or in a river, or at the park, in the outback, your garage, the back garden, [...]

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… and a lot of unhappy cat and dog owners as well. It was only a few months ago that I wrote my post Dogs and Cats in Australian Quarantine: It’s Good News, and it was very good news indeed. The big announcement was that for some qualifying dogs and cats, their stay in quarantine [...]

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There has been a lot of talk about Melbourne recently on this website on account of our one-week holiday in that city a couple of weeks ago. We’ve had: A Week in Melbourne with a Hint of St Kilda The Little Penguin Parade on Phillip Island The Australian Bull Ant: A Very Big Ant Indeed [...]

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Years ago there was a popular TV show on in the UK called “The Good Life” about a couple who escaped the rat race, bought a house on a bit of land and decided to become self sufficient. Here in Australia that dream can be more of a reality as I explained in my article [...]

Guy Fawkes

As regular readers will know from one of my earlier posts, we don’t celebrate bonfire night here in Australia, and I’m sure we are not the only country that doesn’t celebrate it either. But it seems that Guy Fawkes might also be remembered perhaps for something different; Remember Remember the Fifth of November may soon [...]

Brisbane

The other week there was an article in the Courier Mail with the headline “you’re not from Brisbane until…” and that was followed by 25 things that the average Brisbanian would be likely to do. Well, of course, I’m not “from” Brisbane, but I have lived here for almost 6 years now, how Brisbanian am [...]

Having a good command of the English language is essential for those hoping to move here. The Australian Government use the International English Language Testing System, or IELTS as it is known, to assess the English language skills of applicants looking to move to Australia. For many applicants the minimum requirement may be grade 6 [...]

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Mrs Bobinoz walked back into the house this morning; she had a cat carrier in her hand with two cats inside and a dog on the end of a lead. “That’s all the pets’ injections up-to-date for another year!” She said. Before adding… “Don’t ask me how much though.” Of course, I then had to [...]

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In today’s post I am going to reveal Australia’s most deadly animal, the critter responsible for the most human deaths year by year here in Australia. Before I name the beast, you might like to try and guess who the culprit is. You won’t be the first to try, the following question was asked to [...]

Wolf

I suppose it is quite surprising that up until now I haven’t written anything about Wolf Spiders. I was reminded to do so though, when Mike made a comment on my post What It’s Really Like to Be Bitten by a Redback Spider. Mike was bitten by a spider the other day; he thinks it [...]