August 2012


For those of you who don't know, I live in the Western suburbs of Brisbane. One of the things I really like about living where I do, is that it's just 30 minutes from the city, yet it's like living in the countryside. Of course, where I live wouldn't suit everybody, some would think it's [...]


In September 2009 I wrote a post called Cost of Living in Australia: Salaries Compared. The conclusion was that salaries in Australia were about 31.7% higher than those in the UK. Today, three years on, I'm going to do my experiment again. This is a 'live' experiment, I have no idea how it will turn [...]


It's been a glorious weekend here in Brisbane, it really feels as though 'winter' is over now. I can't help putting winter inside quotation marks; getting a bit nippy at night isn't really what I would call winter at all. That said, this has been the 'coldest' 'winter' out of the five I've experienced so [...]

South Bank

Since I've been writing this blog, whenever a new Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey comes out, I have always written about it here. In June 2009 I wrote And the Best City Ever to Live In is…. In February 2010 Australia: Far Too Dangerous and Way Too Livable Then in March 2011 Melbourne Moves Into [...]


Last week I re-printed one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles, it was called Girlie Shopping in Australia: Retail Therapy. Well, if you look closely at the magazine cover... ... you will notice it's main title is "Discover Brisbane". That's something I've already done, and so the people from the magazine asked me [...]


I had intended to "potter in the garden", but in the end I spent most of my Sunday tidying up the garage. It's amazing how quickly it can fill up with junk; how people ever managed to fit cars into them, I'll never know. Back in England, I would've shoved all this sort of stuff [...]


When I was a small kid, we used to balance a piece of wood on top of a roller skate and set off down the hill near where I lived. There were inherent problems with this behaviour, the hill in question was actually a road called Chase Road on a junction with Ambleside Drive. Of [...]


Normally, when I am reprinting one of my articles from Australia and New Zealand magazine here on this blog, I like to give it a good long intro. But this article was about shopping. I don't get overly verbose when I'm talking about shopping. It gets worse, this article was about girlie shopping! What do [...]