Yarra River:

Kayaks on the Upper Yarra

9 February 2012 | Places

The Yarra River is so tranquil as it flows past my place, close to the centre of Melbourne, Australia’s second biggest city, that it’s hard to believe there are rapids further upstream. I’ve been out on the Yarra – the ‘muddy Yarra’ as it’s usually described – wi...

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Aussie Wildlife

13 January 2012 | Living

If you’re at the right place and at the right time of day – lots of Australian wildlife is nocturnal – it’s often remarkably easy to encounter the critters and I certainly saw a few over the Christmas-New Year period. ◄ Starting with koalas – lots of wildlife you h...

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Up the Yarra River

2 January 2010 | Places

In 1983 New York City’s Hudson River got a ‘Riverkeeper,’ someone to keep an eye on the health of the river. They make sure companies don’t dump stuff into it, builders don’t shove up ugly and inappropriate buildings beside it and that the river is looked after for ev...

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A Bicycle Comparison

23 January 2009 | Transport

I’ve got three bicycles and only one of them is coming with me to Africa for my leg of the Tour d’Afrique in March. That’s my Wheeler 5900 ZX mountain bike. I bought it in 1997, it was made in Taiwan, 24 speed and I’m running it on road tyres, although I may ta...

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Australia Day – The Wimmera Region

28 January 2008 | Places

The 26th of January is to Australia as the ‘Fourth of July’ is to the USA or the ‘Quatorze Juillet’ (the 14th July) is to France. It’s a public holiday which celebrates the country’s origins. For five years I’ve made a little trip around the state of Victoria each Aus...

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