December 2012

Ski Santa

I’ve talked a lot about Christmas in Australia this week; on Monday I astonished myself when I discovered (eventually) that it was possible to have A White Christmas in Australia. On Wednesday I went through a kind of Christmassy list thing All About Christmas in Australia. But, I hear you ask, but Bob, tell us, [...]


Last week I did a post called Australia versus the UK: Christmas Shopping Compared. A few days ago, Dawn popped by and asked some more than reasonable questions in the comments… “When we were putting up our Christmas decorations yesterday it got me thinking. What do families in Australia do, do they have real Christmas [...]


The chances of us getting a white Christmas here in Australia, anywhere in Australia, can pretty much be summed up by the old phrase “a snowballs chance in hell”. Australia, of course, isn’t hell, but it is hot at this time of year. But the people down at Movie World… … don’t agree, they have [...]

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With the constant sound of Christmas songs playing on the radio (“It’s Christmas!!!” – Thanks Noddy, I almost forgot) you’d think for this Friday’s video post I’d have come up with something full of Christmas spirit. No! They don’t call me Scrooge for nothing. It may be cold and Christmassy where you are, but here [...]


Its Christmas time and that means it’s time to go shopping. Well, I don’t want to leave it to the last minute, do I? But what am I going to buy? And would whatever I buy cost more in the UK than in Australia, or will it be the other way round? Surely we all [...]


Well, not everything, but a bit. According to Lonely Planet, the top 10 countries in the world for food are: Thailand Greece China France Spain Mexico Italy India Japan Indonesia and Malaysia So, as much a paradise Australia might be, is not the place to come if you are a foodie. History of Australian food [...]


We have a lot of birds in Australia, over 370 different species live in and around Brisbane alone, who knows how many different kinds we have across the whole country. Some though are, shall we say, a sandwich short of a picnic. Or, as we are talking about our feathered friends, a bit ‘one flew [...]


Current Rates Aussie yakka: One hour of hard yakka buys $35.74 of stuff. The UK yakka: One hour of hard yakka buys £13.64 of stuff. Click on the following link to see my original article on the hard yakka. As I mentioned in my article How Expensive is Australia last month, I realised I hadn’t [...]