Last night in Asia

Our time was up, our plane was leaving for Darwin that evening,  it has been an incredible year full of delights and surprises.  Did Asia hold one last tiny surprise for us ?  You bet your sweet bootie it did. We had treated ourselves to a few days at a resort in Ubud, very luxurious, […]

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Outback Scenes

Its mind bending, life changing, immense, immeasurable and amazingly impressive. One small suggestion though, hire a car and give it several days. 2 nights on a Greyhound Bus is not only bum breaking and soul destroying and neither is it  the quickest route to matrimonial happiness, as the last photo on this post shows, in […]

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Alice Springs Anzac Day Parade

Its unbelievable.  Some divine hand is moving across the land and parading wonders continually before our astonished gazes.  We had just finished breakfast, knocked back an offer of a free and undoubtedly superb chocolate milkshake. Probobly the greatest chocolate milkshake ever made but we just couldn’t fit it in, Out onto Todd St Mall and […]

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The One Armed Shearer

This is a story by Melissa Keough, a South Australian journalist writing for a newsletter called South Australia Today.  We don’t usually just copy stories like this but love this one, it’s Anzac Day, we’re home after a year away, and feeling swamped by sentimentality and love for this great country, our home, Australia. This […]

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Bad Bali Cats

Rushed snaps on the way out of Bali.  Gee, I don’t know a lot about what I like but I DO know a lot about art.  But, having said that  I’ll  leave it up to your sublime judgement our most sophisticated and aesthetic readers.  Naive or just Naff ?  Primitive or just painfully bad ?

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Out your Northern Terri-tree

Gee but it’s great to be back home. Characters everywhere, home of the brave, land of the free.  Here’s some of them. We’re still feeling Asian at the moment, (as we are and should, they are our very dear brothers and sisters,) so the little red sand ant hills in the NT desert remind us […]

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Up the Guts on a Greyhound

It’s 3 am in Tennant Creek, there are very pleasant feral guys talking about dogs and goats and bows and arrows.  It’s like a dream being back in Oz, mostly a very pleasant one.  But as every Australian knows the Northern Territory is like the past as observed by LP Hartley, they do things differently […]

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HOME !

Well, kind of, Darwin anyway, but it sure feels like home to us. Big beautiful friendly flat accents all over the shop, Portuguese cab driver, American transit cop, Kiwis, black and white fellas of every shade. It feels cosmopolitan and relaxed and we are breathing it in in big delicious gulps. Here’s my lovely one […]

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lets (not) go and fly a kite

You’re all worldly men and women.  We can be honest with you.  Let’s look then unblinkingly at the good, the bad and the unusual. It’s a mighty strange place Ubud, chockers with tourists but also pulsing away with its own life.  Here, within a few steps of each other on Jalan Hanuman, is a boy […]

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