July 2012


Weeds. Three months or so ago, the front of my house was part jungle, part driveway. I liked the driveway bit as it was, but I was keen to get rid of the jungle part. It was a long story, one I told in my post called Gardening in Australia: A Tale of Two Gardeners. [...]


Tonight, in London at 9 PM British Summer Time, the £27 million ($40 million AUD) opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics will begin. The three hour extravaganza is likely to be watched by something like 1 billion people from around the world. Those of us who want to watch it here in Australia will have [...]


My category called Australia's Bad Things is mostly about Australia's wildlife and fauna. I started by writing about "bad" things, but by and large, I realised they were not really bad, it was just that some people think of them as bad. Snakes, sharks and crocodiles, for example, aren't really bad; they are just part [...]


On Friday I was whingeing about Queensland Beer Week. Let's face it, Australia is a big country, Queensland is a big state, Australians are big beer drinkers, yet Queensland Beer Week was very tiny indeed. On Saturday, me and Mrs BobinOz decided to go into the city to a place we've been to several times [...]


"Now, nobody likes a good beer more than I do..." - Monty Python, circa 1971. Okay, that's a misquote, it should be "a good laugh". In the famous comedy sketch, the stiff lipped sergeant major was trying to claim he enjoyed a good laugh, when he didn't really. Me, I claim to enjoy a good [...]


It's always a tricky one, telling your relatives that you're moving all the way to the other side of the world. When, exactly, is it a good time to mention it? How do you tell "granny" that the cute little fella she dotes on twice a week when she looks after him for you, is [...]


Here's something unusual, a post NOT written by me. Endless stretches of red desert eventually blurring into bright blue horizons…this popular image immediately evokes Australia’s infamous Outback. If you love wide open spaces – and the thrill of quickly spotting the odd kangaroo! – a drive through the Outback will become a crucial part of [...]


Yes, time for another "Winter versus Summer" comparison post here on BobinOz. I've done this before, it's a bit of a tradition. Here's the history of the contest so far... 13th of July 2011 I wrote... Australia vs England: The Weather London was cloudy, with a 20% chance of rain and the maximum temperature for [...]