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Robert Gosford

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

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Realising Mungarrawuy’s legacy – Galarrwuy Yunupingu and the Gumatj clan forge a new future in north-east Arnhem Land

Realising Mungarrawuy’s legacy – Galarrwuy Yunupingu and the Gumatj clan forge a new future in north-east Arnhem Land

November 20, 2017

And Galarrwuy Yunupingu? He's about to turn 70, but still keeps a sharp eye on development and is guiding every step taken. He has straddled the whole of the Northern Territory's history of self-government, been public enemy number one, and respected elder number one, sometimes at the same time. He has hosted every prime minister since Whitlam and none claim to have bettered him.

Return of the Storm-bird – the Channel-billed Cuckoo comes south for the summer

Return of the Storm-bird – the Channel-billed Cuckoo comes south for the summer

November 19, 2017

I've been very interested in cuckoos generally—and Channel-billed Cuckoos in particular—for a few years, especially in relation to the knowledge that Aboriginal language groups here in the Northern Territory and beyond have about them. I'd love to hear any information that groups outside of the areas discussed in the post may have—feel free to drop me a line or post a comment.

Word of the Day: Zosterops (Silver-eye)

Word of the Day: Zosterops (Silver-eye)

November 17, 2017

Zosterops (ZOS-ter-ops). Girdle eye, from the Greek zoster, girdle, and ops, eye. Their common name of white-eye or speirops (Greek spiera, circle, and ops) aptly describes the birds of this genus, with their wide ring of feathers around the eyes. There are 98 species of Zosterops, one of the largest genera in the bird world.

Death of a Hyundai, south of Tennant Creek, NT

Death of a Hyundai, south of Tennant Creek, NT

November 15, 2017

Earlier today, Scott McConnell— the very well-travelled member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly for the seat of Stuart—sent through this photo of a burnt-out Hyundai from about 150 kilometres or so south of Tennant Creek in the NT. He took this shot while travelling up to the Tennant to attend a meeting of the […]

Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

Law, disorder and CAALAS – the view from Yuendumu

November 14, 2017

The law is like a spider’s web, In all humility I explain: the rich man fears it not neither he that is in command. The large beetles break free and only the small insects are ensnared

Fag-ends of capitalism – the empty shops of Geelong CBD

Fag-ends of capitalism – the empty shops of Geelong CBD

November 12, 2017 1 Comment

I spent a few days in Geelong (yes, I have a good reason) earlier this week. Inspired by the photos of Koulla Roussos of empty shops and premises in Darwin, I thought I’d document a few of the fag ends of capitalism scattered around the Geelong CBD. Your comments are welcome …

Word of the Day: Nthwenharre (Kaytetye)

Word of the Day: Nthwenharre (Kaytetye)

November 11, 2017

This Word of the Day is another from the Kaytetye to English Dictionary, about which I wrote a short piece back when it was released in 2012. Nthwenharre n. [Kaytetye] Small white fluffy clouds that gather together before it rains. Usually seen in winter. Also referred to as mataye nthwenharre.

Word of the Day: Awelhe (Kaytetye)

Word of the Day: Awelhe (Kaytetye)

November 11, 2017

This Word of the Day is from the Kaytetye to English Dictionary, about which I wrote a short piece back when it was released in 2012. Awelhe n. [Kaytetye] Soft dirt on the inside edge of a dug-out soakage. You have to wet this dirt to stop it from falling in.

He was a tough old bastard that Ronny Ball.

He was a tough old bastard that Ronny Ball.

November 8, 2017 1 Comment

Vale Ron Ball: He was the Wild Man from Wildboar, a crack shot buffalo hunter and meat producer; defined by his cut off Toyota, dusty old Akubra, trusted 308 rifle and busted arse swag.

Word of the Day: Mantharre (Death Adder)

Word of the Day: Mantharre (Death Adder)

November 4, 2017 1 Comment

If the death adder bites you on the leg it holds on for good and you die, the snake as well.