Amazon in Australia – 3 Months Post Launch thumbnail

It would have been some time in 2016 when Amazon announced it would be coming to Australia to sell physical products in addition to the already available digital books. 2017 was filled with rumours of an impending launch throughout the year. The rumours weren’t just about the launch though, there was much talk about the [...]

Road Trip Day 10: Cardwell to Cairns thumbnail

At just 94 kilometres, my journey from Cardwell to Cairns was by far the shortest leg of my trip. That was intentional though, I needed to pick up Mrs Bob and my daughter Elizabeth from Cairns airport at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. As you probably know if you read my post Cardwell to [...]


Usually I start an article like this by saying ‘It’s time for another reprint of one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles’. Except, this time, it isn’t really time, because we only had one last week when I published the Cost of Private School Education: Australia and the UK Compared. The thing is [...]


Out of the blue, on Sunday Mrs Bob said to me “I want to go to Costco.” Gosh, I’d forgotten all about those people; when we used to live in the UK our Costco trips were a regular occurrence. Once every two or three months we would drive over to Gray’s Thurrock, a half-hour or [...]


Before I get to that question, I have to tell you that on Saturday we went to the shopping mall. It was unusually chaotic. As soon as we arrived we realised something wasn’t right, the multi-storey car park was pretty much gridlocked. This was quite unusual, especially at 3 o’clock in the afternoon as the [...]

M & S

I meant to do this article last year but as any of you who have read any of my lead up to Christmas posts will know, the festive season takes me by surprise every year here in Australia. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks and I have struggled over the years [...]


I’ve written about Christmas shopping before and presented some cost comparisons between our two countries. You can see those posts here: The Cost of Toys in Australia Australia versus the UK: Christmas Shopping Compared The first post, as you can probably tell, concentrated on children’s toys, after all, that’s where most of the money goes [...]


On Friday I mentioned one of Australia’s major department stores, David Jones, when talking about The Welsh in Australia. That got me thinking about shopping in Australia and led me to a major realisation. In all the time we have known each other, we’ve never been shopping together. So today I have decided to put [...]