August 2013


Well this, I have to say, was a big shock for me. Sydney second from last out of the 11 cities in the survey? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a massive fan of Sydney, if anything I have a sort of love/hate feel for the city. The first couple of times I visited Sydney [...]


That depends on which way you look at it. It also depends upon who you ask. Two major economic experts of the globe released two vastly contrasting stories with almost completely opposing headlines simultaneously last week, well, within a few days of each other. I am grateful to 2 of my readers who both contacted [...]


On Sunday we went to the Bulimba Festival 2013. Hold on a minute Bob! Whoa!! Only the other week you went to Sandgate and the Einbunpin Festival. Before that, you went to the Winter Lights Festival, Racecourse Road, Ascot and it was less than three months ago you wrote about Brisbane Festivals and Shows: A [...]


And so to the bottom three of the 11 most liveable cities in Australia survey. I have to say I’m a little surprised to see Perth in such a lowly position, although I couldn’t tell you why, I’ve not yet visited the western side of Australia. I will, and soon, but until then I will [...]


What you need to know about YOUR pension if you move to Australia from the UK. Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time                                                               ….Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Yes, we are all getting older whether we like it or [...]


I drove up to Chinatown on Sunday to take a look at the Indian Independence Day celebrations that were taking place there. Unfortunately they took place there on the Saturday, not on the Sunday; I’d got my dates wrong. Chinatown was decidedly quiet. So instead we whizzed off to Queensland University of Technology, otherwise known [...]


I suppose you could say we are now entering the “relegation places” in my series about Australia’s most liveable cities. Only 11 cities were included in this survey and today’s city came eighth, so it’s certainly at the lower end. It’s known by some as the gateway to the south; I’m not sure I agree [...]


Today is People’s Day here in Brisbane. What is People’s Day? You may well ask, because this week was the first I’d ever heard of it. Further investigation suggests to me that the actual title of this day is the “Royal National Agricultural Show Day Queensland” but I can see how much easier it is [...]