Entertainment Australia

Watching the UEFA Champions League (UCL) in Australia thumbnail

Last night, which would have been early hours in the morning here, the UEFA Champions League (UCL) kicked off, as the 2018/19 competition got underway. The UCL is almost certainly the world’s most prestigious club competition; it’s undoubtedly the top prize for the big clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. But how do [...]

Microbreweries in Australia: Who Needs the Beach with These Crafty Changes? thumbnail

As I’ve said many times on this website, Brisbane doesn’t do beaches very well. But who needs them? Things are changing here in Australia, and I wrote about it for Australia New Zealand magazine some time ago. This article appeared in their September 2017 magazine, and I gave it the title of “Better than beaches”, [...]

Beer

I have never been to Munich for Oktoberfest, but Mrs Bob has. Brisbane has an Oktoberfest and I’ve been tempted to go each and every year since I arrived in Australia, but somehow never managed to get there. Until yesterday. As soon as we walked into the main tent which was packed full of revellers, [...]

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Here in Australia at the moment it’s school holidays. It’s a two-week break for spring, which began a week ago last Monday. Now that Elizabeth has gone up to senior school, it’s not so clever to sneak her out during term to take her on holiday. So this time we needed to book our break [...]

Raby Bay

Often on a Monday I like to reflect back on what I did over the weekend, especially if it’s something new and different. This weekend I did a few things that are new and different to me, which is quite an achievement considering I’ve lived here in Brisbane for nearly 9 years now. Let’s start [...]

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You might remember that last Mondays post was all about A Mother’s Day Barbecue on Mount Glorious. On that occasion I did all the driving and the mothers enjoyed a few glasses of wine with their meal. I, on the other hand, nursed a couple of small bottles of beer all afternoon to keep within [...]

A Mother’s Day Barbecue on Mount Glorious thumbnail

If you have read my first ever post about Mother’s Day in Australia, you will know that we celebrate it the second Sunday in May along with over 70 other countries around the world. The UK isn’t one of them, they have Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in lent, usually in March sometime, along [...]

Bridge

I’m sure everybody knows that the most famous bridge in all of Australia is Sydney Harbour Bridge. The bridge is also known as “The Coathanger” because, well, see if you can guess… Yes, because it looks like one. What some of you may not know though is that the engineer who worked on the design [...]