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What to do with that leftover bottle of cheap champagne …

Welcome to the worst day of your life. The bottle-o is closed and all you have left is some cheap champagne that Aunt Betty left behind after one of her rare visits yesterday/last week/month/year and that no-one has dared to drink because it was crap. What to do? First, get a mango, then …

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A waterspout for Christmas …

A waterspout off Darwin, December 2014. Waterspouts can be dangerous for boaters and shoreline locations but are no threat farther inland since they collapse soon after they move onshore.

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Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Applied ethno-biology at its best. This guest post from Peter Cooke examines the benefits that Aboriginal fire management regimes can have on fragile landscapes and vulnerable –literally — bird and mammal species.

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Vale Jangala Robertson

Jangala’s childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Coniston massacre of Aboriginal people and the shooting of families at Wantaparri, which is close to his birthplace at Jila. Jangala had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembers leaving Jila for Mt Theo ‘to hide’ from being shot. After his father died at Mt Theo, Jangala moved with his mother to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu.

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Phonebooths of the remote Northern Territory

These phonebooths provide a place to record thoughts, alliances, wishes and important information. And despite the rise of mobiles and the internet — both enthusiastically adopted in the bush — phonebooths remain an important means of communication for those who’ve run out of credit or can’t afford or can’t access a mobile.

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Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 2 – the junior gymkhana

The future stars of horse sports in the Gulf Country at the Borroloola Amateur Race Club (B.A.R.C) Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo meeting at Borroloola rodeo ground last weekend.

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Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 1 – “in the camp … “

Borroloola in the 1880′s: “This town and district are in a state of terror for want of police protection. All the outlaws from Queensland seem to flock here, knowing there is no law to limit them from committing crimes. Horses are stolen, forgeries are committed , all kinds of robberies, debts refused to be settled, all sorts of acts of violence, even a case of sodomy on a drunken man is reported … “

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In memory of Eric Brown. A tribute to a life well-lived, by Liam Campbell

Liam Campbell’s loving tribute to his friend Eric Brown. “Eric and Isobel dropped round. Eric is always jovial. I hope he lives a long time yet. The memory of him and Isobel will be with me always.”

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The warbirds of Pitch Black 2014

My first look at the warbirds flying over the NT skies during Exercise Pitch Black 2014.

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Sei isole in un mare di morti. (Six islands in a sea of death)

Chips Mackinolty writes from Palermo on the Sei isole in un mare di morti. The six islands in a sea of death refer to Sicily and Lampedusa, but as well to Christmas Island, Nauru, Manaus and Australia itself.

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