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The empty shops of Darwin CBD – where retail goes to die

The empty shops of Darwin CBD – where retail goes to die

Bob Gosford December 7, 2017 2 Comments

Empty shops and broken dreams ... the fag end of small business in the tropics.

Word of the Day: Zosterops (Silver-eye)

Word of the Day: Zosterops (Silver-eye)

Bob Gosford November 17, 2017 1 Comment

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.

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

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

Bob Gosford 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)

Bob Gosford 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)

Bob Gosford 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.

Bob Gosford 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)

Bob Gosford 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.

Punks, junkies, bikies and an iconic poster – From Uluru to Wollongong and back

Bob Gosford November 1, 2017 1 Comment

Wollongong, and in no small way the junkies, punks, bikies—and barmaids—of that town, had made an unsung contribution to the success of the Uluru handback. They had proved to one Anangu man that Australians of good will can be found in the most unexpected places.

Fire hawk stories feature at Barrapunta bird workshop

Fire hawk stories feature at Barrapunta bird workshop

Bob Gosford October 29, 2017

The workshop allowed for clarification of the rather confusing overlap of three bird names,  karrkkanj, ngalmirlangmirlang and wunwunbu. Karrkkanj, it turns out, is a term for the Black Kite but can also be applied to two other raptor species, the Peregrine Falcon and the Brown Falcon.

Independence day for the Mimal Rangers of Arnhem Land!

Independence day for the Mimal Rangers of Arnhem Land!

Bob Gosford October 25, 2017

Wednesday October 25 marks a new era for Indigenous landowners and managers as Mimal Land Management Aboriginal Corporation celebrates its independence. Mimal has been on a long journey to independence since the inception of Mimal Rangers almost 20 years ago.