Life in Australia

Central Heating Choices in Australia and Do You Need It? thumbnail

With temperatures touching 27°C today here in Brisbane, it might seem a little ridiculous of me to start talking about central heating in Australia. But elsewhere around the country both Adelaide and Melbourne have had their coldest July in 20 years and Hobart is covered in a blanket of snow right now… Snow falls around [...]

inventions

Some time ago, a comment was made by somebody called George in which he claimed that Australia is behind the rest of the Western world for innovation. Amongst the many things he said, one of the lesser insulting remarks was “You can’t glory in World arena by having OZ made Wine, Beef and Tim Tam [...]

christmas

In typical Brisbane fashion the wicked cold snap we suffered precisely 12 days ago now seems to be well and truly behind us. Saturday was a beautiful winter’s day, 23°C with a never-ending clear blue sky. This was, in some ways, a bit of a pity because Saturday was the 25th July which is Christmas [...]

shark

It’s Friday, which of course on this website means a YouTube video. I suppose I could have chosen the incredible footage of Australian surfer Mick Fanning fighting off a shark which was all caught live on TV. The video, which has been posted on YouTube, has already received more than 18 million views in the [...]

school

Today, Elizabeth went back to school after the two-week winter holiday break. Elizabeth is 11 years old, she is in Grade 6 which is her final year of primary school and next year, in January, she will go to high school for her secondary education. High school will give her another six years of education, [...]

rugby

If you are thinking of moving to New South Wales or Queensland, there’s something you need to know. I was tempted to say that this information is probably more important to you if you’re a bloke, but then I thought better of that. This information is crucial for anyone, whether guy or girl, considering living [...]

Another Public Holiday Monday in Australia thumbnail

Most of Australia, but not the entire country, have enjoyed a relaxing Monday doing not very much work at all. The exception is Western Australia, but then they will do not very much work at all for the same reason on the 28th September this year. Why? Because…

pubs

As I wandered around the city streets during my 10 Days in Perth, Western Australia last month, it struck me that there didn’t seem to be many pubs around. The population of Perth is very similar to that of Brisbane, yet we seem to have more pubs here than they do over there. I made [...]