Cane Toads

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Time for a another reprint of an article I wrote for Australia and New Zealand magazine, this is the one that appeared in their March issue a couple of months ago. A month before that, I’d written an article about hopping on a plane and visiting other Australian cities and I was going to follow [...]


As many of you know, I live in the western suburbs of Brisbane. It’s a small community, I’d call it semi-rural, and not that much happens here. There is no cinema, no pub and not many shops. But we do have a few churches and two of them got together to put on a nativity [...]

sports and rec

I have mentioned the State of Origin before on a couple of occasions and I did talk a little bit about its background in my post from last year when I watched my first ever game between the Cane Toads and the Cockroaches. Well, that’s the derogatory nicknames for the teams; let me remind you [...]

cane toad

Regular readers will know that since the start of this year, I have reduced the number of posts from 5 to 3 a week. So these days, I don’t usually write a post on Thursdays. But today I have made an exception for two reasons. Firstly, tomorrow is Good Friday so I’m going to give [...]

Cane toad

I was emptying the rubbish the other night and as I turned to go back into the house, and I noticed an intruder sitting on the window sill. It was dark, but from its shadow it looked like just another cane toad. So my immediate thought was “how did it get up there?” Cane toads [...]


It’s been a big week here in Queensland, and it’s going to continue to get bigger. There is so much going on; I don’t know where to start. Here is as good a place as any……… State of Origin State of origin is a term used in sports and the best way I can explain [...]

cane toads

Since…….. Yes, the week before last I was talking to you about fire ants and the danger they pose to Australia. Indeed, one source described them as the greatest ecological threat this country has seen since…………….. This ugly little critter. Of course, it is the cane toad. Before I tell you about the cane toad [...]