April 2010

It’s been a while since I last talked about Australian TV. In fact, it was almost a year ago when I first told you about what’s on television in Australia; I followed that up with a post about the English Premier League football coverage on Foxtel and ended my little TV trilogy with a more [...]


Telstra: Keeping you connected. I am having some work done around my house, which involves building a new wall. The man with the digger turned up at 7:30 AM the other week, and by 7:35 AM he had already severed my telephone and Internet connection cable. By 7:45 AM, he was gone. “Sorry! Can’t do [...]


An Australian Storm and Another Word You Haven’t Got. Rort: The dictionary says – noun Australian: a rowdy, usually drunken party. But it’s much, much more than that. Wikipedia says – Rort is a term used in Australia and New Zealand. It is commonly related to politics, or, more generally, a financial impropriety, particularly relating [...]


Just for today though. You see, yesterday, Sunday, was Anzac Day. Today, Monday, is Anzac Day Public Holiday. In a nutshell, it’s the Australia and New Zealand equivalent of Remembrance Sunday. But if you want a slightly better explanation, you can read last years post about Anzac Day here. I’ll be back tomorrow.

North Stradbroke Island: Day 3 I have often thought of myself as possibly the least observant person in the world. I never had the urge to take up train spotting, but if I had, I imagine I may have gone down as one of the only spotters to not notice a train go by. Which [...]


My car breaks down. This is also a story of how helpful Australians can be. We spent the morning exploring the beach but for the afternoon, we wanted to explore “central” North Stradbroke Island. With all the kids and wives loaded up into our two cars, not a straightforward logistical achievement, we were ready to [...]


One of the things we really love about camping here in Australia is that you can simply throw all your camping gear into the boot of the car and go off for the weekend to somewhere new, somewhere different, and it often turns out to be somewhere really spectacular. And you can do this with [...]


I mentioned in Friday’s post that I was packing my bags and leaving Australian mainland for the first time since my arrival nearly 2 1/2 years ago. I gave you some clues regarding my destination and one reader, John, had a stab at Fraser Island. Wrong! It was here……. So where is here? Well, we [...]