June 2012

We have a lot of strange and unusual creatures in the Australian outback, and I’ve written about quite a few. We’ve got… Camels. Wild Buffalo. Dingoes. Brumby’s. So it just can’t get any weirder, can it? Hold on a minute! Didn’t my post two weeks ago about Feral pigs start in exactly the same way? [...]


I can’t believe I’ve been writing this blog about life in Australia for well over three years and I’ve (almost) never mentioned Centrelink. It’s a name anyone moving to Australia should know about and we had to talk to them ourselves within about one month of our arrival in Australia. Why? Mrs BobinOz took a [...]


Back in August of last year, and for the first time since I’ve been living here in Australia, I completed an Australian census form. I mentioned it in my post about England in the Good Old Days, which I wrote following the riots in the UK. The results of that census were announced last week [...]


Rolf Harris versus Lenny Henry. As you know I have a category on this blog called Australia’s Bad Things. It contains stories about bad things in Australia, but also, strangely, some really good things. How can that be? Well, this category started its life with me talking about things that might kill you, for example, [...]


As you probably know, each month I write an article for Australia and New Zealand magazine, available at a newsagent near you for just £3.99. That is, of course, as long as ‘you’ live in the UK. But many of you don’t, and maybe some of those of you who do, don’t actually buy the [...]


Elizabeth, my young daughter, breaks up from school at the end of the week for the winter break. Elizabeth has had three full years at school now, although the first one was her “prep” year, which is voluntary. So she has completed year two and is now halfway through year three. And what starts in [...]


We have a lot of strange and unusual creatures in the Australian outback, and I’ve written about quite a few. We’ve got… Camels Water Buffalo Dingoes Brumby’s So, what else have we got out there? Feral pigs! Dingoes aside, if you’ve read my articles mentioned above and the ones about rabbits, cane toads and fire [...]


I’ve written quite a few articles about snakes, spiders and sharks, but I haven’t given anywhere near as much attention to crocodiles. Maybe that’s because we don’t get them round our way. In fact, most people living in Australia don’t get them round their way either. Crocodiles are only found across the northern tip of [...]