March 2011


Update: A Warning Do not try this at home! I have had several people contact me, including born and bred Aussies and one or two snake experts, and on reflection what I do in this video is really stupid. Many snakes in Australia are extremely dangerous and can kill, and snake identification isn’t straightforward, even [...]


As you know, this weekend we (that’s the BobinOz’s and the BeninOz’s) took the opportunity to go camping for the first time since April last year. On that occasion we went to North Stradbroke Island and had a fantastic weekend. I think I wrote three or four posts about that one, if you haven’t read [...]


I remember it used to happen in England quite a bit, and, it seems it happens here in Australia too. What am I talking about? The Indian summer. Well, at least that’s what I thought it was until I checked out the true meaning of the phrase. Apparently it only really applies in the northern [...]

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Following the visit of Prince William, now would be a good time for that debate. Remember, I promised you a post about whether Australia should remain a monarchy or become a republic? Yes, well that is going to have to wait. Something more important has turned up and it is my duty to inform you [...]


It’s been an exciting weekend here in Queensland with lots going on. Firstly, the moon was bigger and closer to Earth than it’s been for 18 years. What a glorious view………. Well, it would have been had it not been cloudy. Here, in Brisbane, we couldn’t see a thing. No sign of the moon whatsoever. [...]


… And beating up crocodiles. Australia is a scary place to live, we know that. Snakes, spiders, sharks, killer jellyfish and crocodiles top the list of Australia’s dangerous creatures. For most people though, it’s snakes and spiders that cause the most concern, because they inhabit the same space as us humans. Land. Some of you [...]


Readers who have pored over every page of this blog (thanks mum!) Will remember that some time ago we played a game along the lines of “Where’s Wally”. Here’s another “Where’s” game and in this one not only do you have to spot the subject of today’s post, but also name him (all of them [...]


The latest results for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Poll 2011 are out, how exciting is that? Well, not at all really. Why? Because, by and large, there’s very little change from last year’s Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Poll. So, maybe I don’t need to write a post today at all, all I need do [...]