The Houtman Abrolhos Islands – Western Australia
7 November 2018 | Places
I’m working on Australia’s Islands, a book to be published by the National Library of Australia in late 2019. My island explorations recently took me to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, about 60km offshore from Geraldton, which in turn is 400km north of Perth. There are ...
Richmond, Struggletown & Modern Architecture
16 February 2018 | Living
A large chunk of my life in Melbourne, Australia was spent in Richmond. Maureen and I lived in a rented house in Richmond from 1976, then bought it for A$20,500 in 1980, renovated it and lived in it until 1988 when we sold it for $144,000. At that time it was the high...
Australia’s Same Sex Marriage Survey
23 September 2017 | Culture
It’s a standard piece of political advice that you should never hold a referendum or any other vote you don’t need to if you don’t already know the result. That advice certainly held true with the Brexit vote, not only did the unexpected result end Prime Minister Davi...
Pakistan-Bangladesh, Russia-Australia – observing, watching
8 September 2017 | Living
Yogi Berra, that famous source of folk wisdom (I think he played baseball as well), noted that ‘You can observe a lot by just watching.’ You certainly can, I felt that over and over again on my Silk Road trip from Bangkok to London earlier this year. None of the Centr...
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?