Amazon in Australia – 3 Months Post Launch thumbnail

It would have been some time in 2016 when Amazon announced it would be coming to Australia to sell physical products in addition to the already available digital books. 2017 was filled with rumours of an impending launch throughout the year. The rumours weren’t just about the launch though, there was much talk about the [...]


It’s been almost 4 months since I last posted one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles online, so certainly time for another one now. Interestingly, that last article was about Selling a House in Australia, this article is about buying one, with sea views. Is that really still possible? Well, yes, just, but [...]

Beach Bars in Australia Revisited; or Not… thumbnail

My last blog entry here, when I added the video about Our Ninth Full Year Living in Australia, was just before Christmas. So, I’ve had a pretty lengthy festive break. Bear in mind though that it is, or rather was, also the long six week school holiday break here for summer. So what with Christmas, [...]

Our Ninth Full Year Living in Australia: 2016 thumbnail

There are several sayings about being late. To be ‘fashionably late‘, for example, is somehow cool and something to be looked up to. Then there is the very forgiving ‘better late than never‘ kind of late. That’s being late and still getting a pat on the back. And then there’s the kind of late that [...]

Selling a House in Australia thumbnail

Some of you will recall that I wrote a couple of articles about buying a house in Australia for Australia and New Zealand magazine recently. The first one was called Househunting: Australia and the UK Compared and the follow-up titled Buying an Australian House; Housing Chain? What Housing Chain? Of course, usually if you buy [...]

Close Encounters with the Wonderful Australian Wildlife thumbnail

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… But then I discovered that this same video has been plastered over [...]

A Burleigh Heads Break for the School Holidays thumbnail

I would have told you about this on Monday, but I didn’t, because I was enjoying the day off on account that it was the Queen’s Birthday. Of course, it wasn’t really the Queen’s Birthday, but then I expect you knew that, assuming you have read When is the Queen’s Birthday? If you haven’t read [...]

The Top 20 Most Beautiful Countries in the World thumbnail

As you probably know, we love a good report or survey here on Bobinoz. Australia normally does quite well in these things too, which is probably why I like them so much. For example, Australia’s biggest two cities did very well when compared to London and New York in the Safe Cities Index report of [...]