It's the day after the Federal election, here in Australia, and, like many Australian, I'm sitting here with very mixed feelings. Voting this time around has had me thinking pretty hard. Years ago, I would have voted without too much thought. My political opinions were much less nuanced than they are now and I like … Continue reading Election Reflection
Once upon a time, we lived in a small, remote area, mining town. There was a saying there: 'If you haven't heard a rumour by ten o'clock, you'd better start one.' And one day, a friend, who had something happening he knew would stir up the rumour mill, decided to tell just one 'trustworthy' person, … Continue reading Gossip
It's ANZAC Day in Australia. This year, we have two family members in the ADF. (Australian Defence Force). One will be marching for the first time. Our family has a history of service, with my father serving in the RAAF, along with several uncles, and another who was in the army, along with a grandfather … Continue reading A Time To Reflect
It seems that every time I sit down to write, there's something dreadful happening in the world. And today is no different. Forty nine people are dead in New Zealand - the result of an act that can only be described as one of terrorism. I have no idea what could possibly drive someone to … Continue reading Once Again, Why?
Apparently it's Valentines Day. Shops are (and have been for a while) full of advertising, love hearts made of chocolate/flowers/paper/cards/other stuff, and florists are doing a roaring trade. How could anyone miss it? When I was a child, I had no idea that Valentines Day was actually a thing. I remember my first reference to … Continue reading What’s All the Fuss About the 14th of February?
I'm sitting here in NSW, in a drought stricken town, refreshing my browser intermittently to check on the status of Townsville, in far north Queensland, where our daughter lives. It's so dry here that many of our local farmers have sold the vast majority of their stock. Our watercourses are dry, and the landscape fluctuates … Continue reading A Country of Contrasts
On Friday night, we were waiting for our Uber, when we noticed the police helicopter circling above the centre of Melbourne, only two hundred or so metres away. The television in the hotel lobby showed aerial shots of a crashed car, multiple police vehicles, and patches of blood on the ground. Clearly something dreadful had … Continue reading Don’t Live in Fear
This week, Médecins Sans Frontiers, or Doctors Without Borders, was ordered to remove their mental health team from Nauru, where about 800 refugees, including 90 or so children, are being kept in offshore detention, at the behest of the Australian Government. There have been repeated, independent reports of the appalling conditions that these, already traumatised, … Continue reading A Message to Scott Morrison
We've just arrived home from a two week holiday in New Zealand. It's been a few years since we've been there, and this time we went back for a family wedding, and then took off in a camper van (Wilderness Motorhomes are the best!) for nine days. We headed off to Hanmer Springs, and then … Continue reading The Resilience of People
Yesterday morning I got up and went outside to check the rain gauge. We'd had some rain forecast, and there had been a light sprinkle when we went to bed. It's been dry - really dry here. Total rain for 2018 - 120.8mm, compared to an average at this time of year of 395.6mm. Even … Continue reading Drought and Spiders