“We’re all eccentrics here!” Andrew McMillan on getting shickered in Larrimah, NT

“We’re all eccentrics here!” Andrew McMillan on getting shickered in Larrimah, NT

February 2, 2018

But, hey, this is Larrimah. One expects things to go twirly. A decade ago, the blokes behind the "Highest bar in the Territory" were Graham Doyle and Syd Worrell. Syd had a French girlfriend, Jacquie, who liked a drink, cooked when she damned well felt like it and had such an aversion to the heat she'd shower fully clothed and return to the bar wringing wet. She and Syd were married at the pub in a ceremony the celebrant will never forget. The bride wore black and had to be assisted down the aisle. The best man, Mad Mick from Maryfield, was so shickered he couldn't find the ring.

Lawyers, beer and busted boats – Stewart O’Connell remembers the Katherine floods of 1998

Lawyers, beer and busted boats – Stewart O’Connell remembers the Katherine floods of 1998

January 28, 2018

A tinnie, chockas with evacuees, stalled in Giles street in the flow of the fourth street river. The force of the river smashed it into a light pole. The light fell just missing the occupants. When the dinghy flipped and everyone went under the festive mood immediately evaporated.

“Donald Trump never fit in here” – Richard Stark on Trump,  Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach

“Donald Trump never fit in here” – Richard Stark on Trump, Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach

December 28, 2017

'Donald Trump never fit in here' ... 'I should be pleased Mr Trump took over Mar-a-Lago,' Lesley said, 'I think we should all be pleased, because we didn't want it to turn into Miss Havisham's wedding cake out there, but to be honest with you, I think a place must be just a little déclassé if Donald Trump has even heard of it.'

Empty shops and offices of Alice Springs

December 27, 2017

Empty stores and offices are sad places, full of shadows, flaked paint, dust motes and the stale smell of money no longer there. 

“Intentional Fire-Spreading by “Firehawk” Raptors in Northern Australia,” Bonta et al. Journal of Ethnobiology, 37(4) (abstract)

“Intentional Fire-Spreading by “Firehawk” Raptors in Northern Australia,” Bonta et al. Journal of Ethnobiology, 37(4) (abstract)

December 20, 2017

In a broader sense, better understanding of avian fire-spreading, both in Australia and, potentially, elsewhere, can contribute to theories about the evolution of tropical savannas and the origins of human fire use.

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

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

December 7, 2017 2

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)

November 17, 2017 1

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

November 12, 2017 1

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.