January 2010


As I mentioned in my most recent post, which was about our Australia Day celebrations, the Wednesday following Australia Day saw all of our school kids returning after the long summer holidays. First -the back to school news. How was Elizabeth’s first day at REAL school? As you probably know, she’s been at real school [...]


I mentioned on Monday that I’d been invited to an Australia Day party but wasn’t sure whether it would go ahead in view of the tragic events surrounding poor Doug the koala. But with true Australian spirit, we pressed on and we partied! But first, what is Australia Day? Fortunately, I explained a bit about [...]


It’s been a tough weekend here in Australia. On Friday, just a couple of hours after I posted my roundup of the news, Doug the baby koala passed away. Tomorrow is Australia Day here, a national holiday and a day of celebration. In light of poor Doug, it will be a true test of this [...]


DONG! Egg almost fries in King George Square. DONG! Dog stolen in audacious shop raid. DONG! Koala in intensive care. DONG! Eastern brown snake breaks into Ipswich shop. Nothing is stolen. Good evening. I first mentioned the Australian news to you in my post about what happens when there isn’t any news. Since then I’ve [...]


Forget sharks, blue ringed octopus, stonefish, box jellyfish, Irukandji, crocodiles and cone fish. It’s worse than that! I said forget sharks! Believe it or not, I’m usually pretty well organised here at BobinOz. Usually, on Monday, I decide what I’m going to write about for the rest of the week. Then  I write the article [...]


The Enchanted Forest. There are probably hundreds of pictures scattered around this blog of beautiful beaches, sun, sand, people surfing and swimming and just having loads of fun. But Australia is more than one great big wraparound beach. For example, something like 35 km inland from Surfers Paradise, one of Australia’s most famous beaches, is [...]

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DONG! I have already mentioned elsewhere on this blog that I have not yet got around to buying a daily newspaper here in Australia. I did use to read the papers daily back in England even though I found them to contain little news. Papers these days seem to be more about opinion, debate and [...]


You will already know if you have read my entire blog, (you have read my entire blog, haven’t you?) That the most venomous creature in the world is the box jellyfish. I told you all about him on September 10, 2009. Now, I really didn’t want to tell you this, but I have decided I [...]