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Love – portraits by Therese Ritchie. A Darwin Pride Festival 2017 presentation.

Love – portraits by Therese Ritchie. A Darwin Pride Festival 2017 presentation.

Bob Gosford September 24, 2017 1 Comment

How the portraits came about is simple, but its alchemy is difficult to explain. Overall it involves listening to each subject as they talk about aspects of their sexuality. Usually by the end of the conversation, we will have collated a list of relevant words and phrases. It is not a chronological list but definitely an elegant description of a life. There is always one word or phrase that resonates very deeply with the subject and that is what they take to the next level through merging the words with the physical form—in this case their bodies.

In defence of the Ludmilla, Kulaluk, Nightcliff foreshore: saving Darwin’s secret gardens

In defence of the Ludmilla, Kulaluk, Nightcliff foreshore: saving Darwin’s secret gardens

Bob Gosford September 20, 2017

"If the take the mangroves, we Saltwater People will have nothing left of our traditional way of life which has been handed down to us by our old people," Joy White, Public Officer, Bagot community, Darwin.

Beating the Dreaded Lurgi – one bowl of Sopa de Ajo at a time.

Beating the Dreaded Lurgi – one bowl of Sopa de Ajo at a time.

Bob Gosford September 14, 2017

Sopa de Ajo - a soup that can "cure any form of the Dreaded Lurgi (cough, cold or ‘flu), probably cancer and definitely climate change."

No more “Nigger Creek,” “Black Gin Road” and “Lubra Springs” in the NT? A good start but …

No more “Nigger Creek,” “Black Gin Road” and “Lubra Springs” in the NT? A good start but …

Bob Gosford September 1, 2017

Toponymy - the study of place names* - is for many of us an arcane corner of linguistic and anthropological study. Notwithstanding the complexities of the issues it throws up, it is a key to understanding our connections to land and place.

Buzzfeed, the Garma Festival and the noble savage

Buzzfeed, the Garma Festival and the noble savage

Bob Gosford August 9, 2017

For mine it is but a few short steps from the Buzzfeed treatment of this year's Garma Festival to a neo-romantic and naive view of contemporary Aboriginal society as "noble savages". But Buzzfeed can easily do better than 16 Photos, as we can see in this piece by Simon Crera, 16 Powerful Photos Of The Oldest Living Culture On Earth, which looked at the 2014 Garma Festival.

Maypal, mayali’ ga wanja – tales from the Yolngu tidal zone

Maypal, mayali’ ga wanja – tales from the Yolngu tidal zone

Bob Gosford July 4, 2017

Maypal is a complete part of Yolngu diet and it is free from the sea—celebrated in songs, dance and stories, integral to their world. In fact, maypal is an utterly fundamental part of the Yolngu world: Bentley James

Butterfly of the Week: Double-spotted Line Blue, Nacaduba biocellata

Butterfly of the Week: Double-spotted Line Blue, Nacaduba biocellata

Bob Gosford January 17, 2017

This isn’t the sharpest pic I might be able to get of this delightful little fella that is most likely the most abundant life-form (apart from the ubiquitous Buffel Grass) around Alice Springs right now—in numbers if not in weight. I first noticed these Double-spotted Line Blue butterflies Nacaduba biocellata when I was out at Hidden […]

Bird of the Week: Willy Wagtail – “where’s my dinner Mum?”

Bird of the Week: Willy Wagtail – “where’s my dinner Mum?”

Bob Gosford January 2, 2017

The local pair of Willy Wagtails have taken advantage of the great season we are having in the centre this year and so far have raised two clutches, and I'll expect that, as prime examples of avian opportunism in the desert, they may raise another couple yet in this season.

Bird Hide of the Week: The Buffalo Hide, Darwin

Bird Hide of the Week: The Buffalo Hide, Darwin

Bob Gosford December 22, 2016

Is it not too much to ask that if we are going to the effort of building something from which the public will gain great pleasure that such structures should not also be beautiful as well?

Birds of the Week: Little Crow and Willy Wagtail: best of enemies

Birds of the Week: Little Crow and Willy Wagtail: best of enemies

Bob Gosford December 17, 2016 1 Comment

The other week I came back from town on one of those 40C+ days to a mad flurry of wings and panic calls that can only signal interloper ... or predator. This Little Crow Corvus bennetti was trying to cool down in the water but was being harried by the adult Willy wagtails