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BOB GOSFORD | June 09, 2014 | ART | |

Melbourne nights walking*

I spent the last week in Melbourne for work and caught up with some mates Friday night for a stroll around town, a feed and a few drinks.

Here is some of what I saw.

BOB GOSFORD | June 04, 2014 | UNCATEGORIZED | 10 |

Textor and Anderson – on poverty tourism, dysfunction and the lucky country

On Monday this week Mark Textor asked in this piece in the Fin Rev whether John Pilger’s Utopian tour of outback poverty has allowed us to all-too-readily wallow in La-Z-Boy‎-recumbent horror at the — apparently — Hobbesian life of remote Aboriginal people.

Textor questions the opportunity cost of Pilger’s shouty fly-in fly-out fixation on the horror stories of contemporary indigenous life rather than a more constructive approach to the ‘history and current diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture’ and the ‘enormous contributions that these cultures have made to this country’s art, culture, politics, education, the custody of land, and the defence of the nation.’


Turning the fire hose on Pilger’s dystopia

This is a guest post in response to John Pilger’s film Utopia by Bob Durnan, a community development worker who lives in Alice Springs and has worked in Aboriginal town camps and remote communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland for 35 years.

Utopia was shown on SBS Television on Sunday 1 June.

As some knew thirty or more years ago, when Pilger first started hurling his furious observations on the subject around the international and Australian stages, a lot of the changes that we want to see happening in Australia are likely to take a very long time to fully achieve.

In those days, however, Pilger was possibly a little more considered, even though much less had been done by our governments to meet the legitimate demands of Indigenous people.


Timor-Leste’s new media law – is press freedom under threat?

Early last month Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova marked the occasion of World Press Freedom Day with this cautionary note about the role of the media in promoting good governance:

Journalism provides a platform for informed discussion across a wide range of development issues – from environmental challenges and scientific progress to gender equality, youth engagement and peace-building.

Only when journalists are at liberty to monitor, investigate and criticize policies and actions can good governance exist.>

BOB GOSFORD | May 29, 2014 | ANIMALS | |

Dingoes and Dogs in Indigenous culture

This is a re-post of a piece first published by the Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) who do some excellent work with dogs and people throughout the country.

It was originally published in February 2013 here.

Dingoes have been on the Australian continent for the past 4000 or so years. It is thought that they were brought to the mainland by Asian seafarers, with whom the Aboriginal people had extensive trade links.

During this time dingoes have been woven into the fabric of Aboriginal life, law and culture.

Little distinction is usually made between dingoes and more recently introduced dogs when applying Indigenous beliefs and law.

Aboriginal people in contemporary society own dogs for a variety of reasons.

They serve in the role of:

BOB GOSFORD | May 26, 2014 | BIRD OF THE WEEK | |

Barfing in your shirt at 10,000 feet

“Whatever you do, don’t barf in my plane, because I sure as hell am not going to clean it up.”

“If you need to throw up, use your shirt. Pull up your collar and throw up in there. Better there than all over the cockpit.”


BOB GOSFORD | May 25, 2014 | ANIMALS | |

(Some) birds of North Carolina …

I’ve spent the last few weeks driving around North Carolina. Right now I’m in Milledgeville, Georgia ready to jump on the first of too many planes on Monday for my trip homeward and haven’t spent as much time as I’d have liked  looking at local birds but …

Here are a few photos of those I’ve seen – and a couple that I saw but didn’t manage to catch with my camera.


Vale Jane Hodson, 1957–2014

I’ve been fortunate enough to have known Jane Hodson for the past few years and we’d catch up all too infrequently, sometimes in her hometown of Alice Springs or when she’d come through Darwin for work.

I’m not alone in knowing that we’ve lost a good one. 

Jane Hodson passed away in March 2014.

This tribute was written by David Ross, Jane’s boss at the Central Land Council in Alice Springs and was published in the Sydney Morning Herald last week.

BOB GOSFORD | May 23, 2014 | ANIMALS | |

Of boats, birds and a wild ocean. Finding the world’s rarest seabird in the southern Atlantic

Bermuda Petrel!! Bermuda Petrel!!” went up the cry from Kate Sutherland at the stern of the boat as we bounced on a rough sea 30 or more miles off the coast of Hatteras in the south Atlantic.

Further clarification – and cacophonous clamour – followed.

“Bermuda Petrel coming across the bow, low to the water” cried Brian Patteson, the captain of the Stormy Petrel.

All on board rushed to the starboard bow and yes, there it was, a Bermuda Petrel moving low and fast away to the south, now dipping below the eight to ten-foot swell and choppy surface whipped up by 30 mile per hour winds, then rising above the waves for a teasing glimpse.


BOB GOSFORD | May 19, 2014 | ART | |

Old warbirds fly again at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point

As my previous posts here have shown, I’ve spent the last three days at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point in North Carolina wandering around and taking photos of the many planes flying (and on static display) at the fantastic annual air show.

The B-25 “Panchito” above is a part of the DAV Airshow Outreach Program that was developed to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and to serve veterans in communities across the nation.

Here are a few more of the older planes – some of which have been in service with the Marines – and some not.


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