September 2014


I spoke to somebody on Sunday evening who explained that their dog “lost its bark” recently as if it had been to a cup final to cheer its team on and there was extra time. Turns out though that this can often be one of the first signs that your pet dog has been the [...]

Surf Lifesaver

It’s that time of the week when again I take a look around to see what’s going on elsewhere in Australia. Maybe I look to one of our other cities or, as I did a couple weeks ago, go somewhere much quieter when I took A Look at Rural Australia. This week, the spotlight falls [...]


Yesterday a company was fined $300,000 by Federal Court because the eggs they sold as ‘free range’ were not. The judgement set the standard for what free range has to be as Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims explained… “Previously there was some uncertainty about what free range means. The court has said [...]


Yes, I know this sounds like an Enid Blyton book, but it really did happen. Five families did go camping on Stradbroke Island and for me it was a return. There’s probably nothing new I can tell you about Straddie that you didn’t find out in my posts from about four years ago: It’s North [...]


As you probably know, I talk about life in Australia and what it’s really like, that’s the theme of this blog. I also like to have a look at what’s going on around the rest of Australia on a Friday, just to get away from Brisbane for a bit. One news item caught my eye [...]


I was lucky enough to be given a Jawbone UP24 fitness tracker for Father’s Day the other week, an unusually expensive gift for such an occasion. I usually get a Toblerone, but as I am on my first ever diet that would have been quite a cruel gift. Under the circumstances though, a fitness tracker [...]

Eat street

Those of you who have read every page of my website and committed it all to memory will surely remember Containerval Festival: Art, Crafts and Containers in Brisbane. Elizabeth and I had a great time wheeling Mrs Bob around in a wheelchair; she had a broken leg at the time. We returned to the same [...]


I have been to the outback, but only for a holiday. I flew out to Alice Springs, spent a few days there, and then drove the 400 or so kilometres to Uluru before flying back from there direct into Brisbane. It was great fun and we saw some awesome sights… … but within seven days [...]