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...

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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...

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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...

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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? ...

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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...

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