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More Backyard Birds

11 November 2014 | Living

There’s always lots of bird activity around my place in Australia, this time of year I can watch my courtyard blackbird and my computer screen at the same time. Last year I noted the first blackbird chicks had hatched out and were contemplating departure at the end of...

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Goodbye Holden Cars

13 December 2013 | Transport

▲ Me in 1977, driving a Holden GTS up the winding road to Arthurs Seat along the coast from Melbourne. (photographer Adrian van Valen) It was the iconic Australian car. The first FJ Holden rolled off the assembly line in 1948, but in four years times (so just a y...

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Refugees – boats, seas, deserts & deaths

26 August 2013 | Living

I’ve been bumping into the refugee question repeatedly in the past couple of weeks – and I know I’m going to collide with it lots more times in the weeks to come. Australia has a general election on 7 September – that’s less than two weeks away – and both sides (Kevin...

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Australian Fires

4 July 2013 | Transport

It’s the time of year when fires – natural or deliberately lit – break out all over Sumatra in Indonesia and the smoke drifts across Malaysia and Singapore causing local outrage and international disputes. It seems like every year is worse than the year before. ...

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An old Mini to Kabul, a new one to Istanbul

24 May 2013 | Living

▲ 1972 – our Mini in Eastern Turkey with Mt Ararat in the background, that’s where Noah landed the Ark Back in 1972 Maureen and I drove a Mini we’d bought in London for £65 to Kabul in Afghanistan, sold it for a small profit and carried on all the way to Sydney...

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