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Robert Gosford

Likes birds and people, not necessarily in that order.

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Court day in Yuendumu – Part 1

October 22, 2008 7 Comments

The NT Magistrates Court rolled into Yuendumu for its bi-monthly visit late last week. Leading the 4 wheel-driven caravan was Stipendiary Magistrate John Birch, with an assortment of defence lawyers, police prosecutors and staff from the Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal service in tow. Add the eight members of the Yuendumu Mediation and Justice Group, […]

NT medical clinic wins over the ACC’s coercive powers

October 21, 2008 4 Comments

There is a scene near the end if the Coen Brothers’ latest film, Burn After Reading where J. K. Simmons & David Rasche, playing hapless CIA supervisors, wring hands and tear hair at the mounting body-count and sheer confusion that characters played by George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Brad Pitt have wreaked about […]

How did Paul Toohey’s “Last Drinks” get it so wrong?

October 14, 2008 13 Comments

I really wanted to like Paul Toohey’s Quarterly Essay 30, Last Drinks – The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention, and I did like it – on the first read, and at a sitting. It read like a punchy crime novel set in the NT and, while I had a number of moments for pause […]

Dog of the week – Skanky

Dog of the week – Skanky

October 14, 2008

Skanky was one of the many dogs that we’ve had the pleasure of rehabilitating over the past couple of years. She came to us covered head-to-tail in oozing sores – the result of serious mange and secondary infections. She may have looked a mess but, with a little love and medical attention she came good […]

Bird of the Week – Lucy the piebald, leucistic Crow

Bird of the Week – Lucy the piebald, leucistic Crow

October 14, 2008 5 Comments

This bird – I’m sorry but I can’t even identify it to species level – it is either a Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) or a Little Crow (Corvus bennetti) which are the only two Crows found in this part of central Australia, was hanging around the house here at Yuendumu for a few weeks in […]

Real jobs at Yuendumu – blown away with the Yunparlarla

Real jobs at Yuendumu – blown away with the Yunparlarla

October 14, 2008 2 Comments

There are few enough success stories here in the desert, but surely the Kurdu-Kurdu Kurlangu Childcare Centre at Yuendumu must qualify as one of the best. It provides real jobs, and real, accredited national-standard, training, to 14 local women. But maybe not for much longer – it appears that those jobs are at real risk […]

A birder in the gilded cage of politics

A birder in the gilded cage of politics

October 11, 2008

Greg Combet, member for Charlton in the Federal Parliament, the hard man of the Patrick’s wharf dispute…and of course much more, is apparently a big softy at heart – he breeds, and has special places in his heart for, birds. I had a vague memory of Greg’s name being mentioned in relation to birds a […]

Birdwatching as a death hazard…

Birdwatching as a death hazard…

October 10, 2008 3 Comments

The drive that gripped Alan that stormy night in the Himalayas can carry us into all sorts of situations. Most of the time the stories engendered add to the great canon of harmless eccentricities. But in some instances the birder's drive can lead to dreadful tragedy.

Gig of the summer! The Bad Seeds, and more, on Sydney Harbour!!

Gig of the summer! The Bad Seeds, and more, on Sydney Harbour!!

October 9, 2008 1 Comment

OK, I have a confession to make – years ago…too many years ago – Nick Cave was my boss. (That’s Nick with the pimples on the right) I’d first run into Nick in…oh, the late ’70s and early ’80s when his band The Boys Next Door did support gigs for The Sports, who I was […]

Antony & The Johnsons – new EP released

Antony & The Johnsons – new EP released

October 7, 2008 2 Comments

Ouch! I haven’t heard this yet. The new Antony & the Johnsons EP Another World, has just been released- today!! I’m downloading it as I write – happy birthday for tomorrow to me!! Antony Hegarty’s voice and music was a hard ask for me at first – the first few listens felt like cold water […]