Girt – by the sea
2 June 2016 | Media
It’s the word in the Australia national anthem – Advance Australia Fair – which causes all the head scratching and sour expressions. Verse 1, Line 4:
Our home is girt by sea
Archaic word meaning surrounded by or washed by, ie Australia is an island. Oh really?
A Tiger Moth over Byron Bay
14 February 2016 | Transport
I did a flight over Byron Bay a couple of weeks ago in a 1940s de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane, my daughter Tashi bought me the flight as a Christmas present (thank you Tashi!).
▲ You can see the Byron Bay lighthouse, marking the most easterly point in Australia, a...
10 February 2016 | Places
◄ The Byron Bay lighthouse marks the most easterly point of Australia. With a group of friends I head off somewhere in Australia for a week in January or February each year. This year Byron Bay was the destination, the LP Australia guide suggests it’s the place where ...
Climbing Mt Warning (Wollumbin)
8 February 2016 | Places
Well perhaps you shouldn’t climb it, some people say the local Aboriginal Bundjalung are unhappy about ascents of Wollumbin, rather like Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Central Australia. On the other hand when you get to Wollumbin National Park, starting point for the Mt Warni...
2 June 2015 | Media
Don Watson is best known for being the speech writer and political adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Keating is famously touchy and his book about the Keating years – Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating PM – led to a m...