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Nganana tatintja wiya - why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Nganana tatintja wiya - why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Bob GosfordApr 20, 20161 Comment

Ask a Red Centre tour guide - you can’t tell Australians anything. During school holidays we would always get a lot of school trips; of the ones I guided 100% of students climbed up Uluru along with most of their teachers. Many had decided even before they departed school grounds that it would be the crowning achievement of the trip.

The Territory's greatest living artist gets his day in Court

The Territory's greatest living artist gets his day in Court

Bob GosfordFeb 8, 20162 Comments

"I'm allowed to be here. I'm a fucking poet. I'm a poet. You cunts, I'm a fucking poet. Police brutality. I'm allowed to be here": Trevor Jenkins, Darwin Literary Awards, May 2014.

David Bowie and all the young Darwin dudes, summer 1972

David Bowie and all the young Darwin dudes, summer 1972

Bob GosfordJan 13, 20161 Comment

Back in Darwin during Christmas holidays 1972 my friend Fred McCue had returned from London holidays with his family early and we hung around in the blessed aircon and smoked pot. On the first morning back from London he walked out of his bedroom and threw some albums on the table. “These are big in London,” he said. They were Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Man Who Sold the World and Space Oddity

Strider's Almanac Part 1 - How the rainy season began in 2012

Strider's Almanac Part 1 - How the rainy season began in 2012

Bob GosfordDec 17, 2015

9 October. On this day I noticed new leaf on the Red Bead Tree (Adenanthera pavonina) and on a young Green Plum Tree (Buchanania obovata). I also noticed that the re-leafing of the Canarium Trees had become widespread and general. 10 October. There were complex cloud patterns in the sky in the morning but it became clear later in the day. There was another White Tailed Spider on the verandah at might.

Strider: How the environment centres came to be

Strider: How the environment centres came to be

Bob GosfordDec 17, 2015

In the Northern Territory in 1973 there was an organisation called The Environment Council of the Northern Territory. It was a forum for discussion among organisations with an interest in ecology and nature conservation matters. Member bodies included the Chamber of Commerce and the National Trust as well as the Darwin Conservation Society. Membership was not open to individuals. Secretariat services were provided to the Council by the Keep Australia Beautiful Council, which had a paid Executive Officer and an office in the Town Hall.

Obituary: John Stubbs, 1938 - 2015. Journalist

Obituary: John Stubbs, 1938 - 2015. Journalist

Bob GosfordDec 3, 2015

John was born in Cunnamulla on the Warrego River in Far West Queensland on 2 February 1938. His father was a respected lawyer and his mother, who died when he was just 15, was the matron at the local hospital. John was a proud son of Cunnamulla, a gifted boxer, a crack shot, a runner-up in his weight division in the Queensland junior boxing titles and the best marksman in his national service intake year.

Six blokes and an old boat with a nice arse. The 'Selamat Dua'

Six blokes and an old boat with a nice arse. The 'Selamat Dua'

Bob GosfordJun 14, 2015

The loss of the 'Selamat Dua' is one of the great nautical regrets of my life, because two years later I was living and working in East Timor following the crisis and the 'Selamat Dua' would have been perfect over there - Tony Haritos.

Vipassana - false consciousness in the midst of queer meditation?

Vipassana - false consciousness in the midst of queer meditation?

Bob GosfordMar 31, 20153 Comments

I understand the whole purpose of Vipassana is to cultivate an alertness and attentiveness towards meditation free from sensual stimuli, however I believe the separation of the sexes merely entrenches heteronormative myths and stereotypes that are prevalent in mainstream society and from which the Vipassana retreat could be expected to offer a respite.

Broken - the best three-hander you won't see all year

Broken - the best three-hander you won't see all year

Bob GosfordMar 31, 2015

I left 'Broken' thrilled, challenged and horrified all at once. You couldn't hope for much more on a night out in Darwin--unless you pop down to Mitchell Street's red-light zone on a Friday-fight-night for a pint, a fuck and a punchup.

Tres españolas en Australia, and why Beatriz Recari is

Tres españolas en Australia, and why Beatriz Recari is "a little bit Korean"

Bob GosfordFeb 27, 2015

Martin Hardie spent a few hot days on Royal Melbourne with Spanish golfers Mireia Prat, Belen Mozo and Beatriz Recari, all of whom are just a little in awe of the challenges offered by the classic risk-and-reward hell that is Dr Alasdair McKenzie’s finest creation.