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Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth, by Alexis Wright

Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth, by Alexis Wright

Bob Gosford October 24, 2017

Tracker was one of the few brilliant statesmanlike leaders we have had – one who stayed close to his own people, and who really had the capacity to push back the boundaries for much of the action that shapes how we think and have thought about our times.

Building up … going Troppo in the Top End

Building up … going Troppo in the Top End

Bob Gosford October 21, 2017 1 Comment

Too. Fucking. Hot. I cleared the breathalyser and turned off Lee Point Road. As I drove past, just one hundred metres away from the alcohol and drug testing station, I could see one of the many old mates of Darwin’s Northern Suburbs leaning back in his plastic chair, pulling on a bong. Happy Thursday to you, Old Mate.

NT News throws its best under a bus

NT News throws its best under a bus

Bob Gosford October 20, 2017 1 Comment

The reasons for Walsh's shock departure are unclear at present and may never be revealed—though there is no shortage of rumour on the street.

Yes, I can cook! Koulla Roussos on unrequited sex, art, food, jail and a pair of steel-capped boots

Yes, I can cook! Koulla Roussos on unrequited sex, art, food, jail and a pair of steel-capped boots

Bob Gosford August 14, 2017 1 Comment

He winked and said, "no more chances". I slipped back into my steel cap boots, and marched confidently with a swagger towards the interview room. So yeah, I can fucking cook.

“I don’t read fiction” and the ‘obligation to imagine and daydream’

“I don’t read fiction” and the ‘obligation to imagine and daydream’

Bob Gosford December 25, 2016

A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.― Flannery O'Connor.

The kill-or-be-killed world of NT politics, 2012 to 2016

Bob Gosford November 29, 2016 1 Comment

Giles’s mood had changed from denial, to anger, to bargaining. He first denied any knowledge of an unfolding coup. Later he raged about the stupidity of it. And in our last conversation, just after midnight, before the phone was hurled from the balcony, he seemed to think there was a way to fight on.

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Crocs in the Cabinet: The CLP, politics as farce and farce as politics

Bob Gosford November 27, 2016

This book is about the fall of an empire – about the power struggles and missteps and flawed characters that took the CLP from the Northern Territory’s dominant political force to near extinction, from an election win in 2012 to holding just two seats in Parliament four years later: Ben Smee and Christopher Walsh.

Lord Ashcroft’s Republican Convention Diary: Days Three and Four

Lord Ashcroft’s Republican Convention Diary: Days Three and Four

Bob Gosford July 24, 2016

“This is not the weirdest election in history, just in our lifetimes": Karl Rove

Lord Ashcroft’s Republican Convention Diary: Days One and Two

Lord Ashcroft’s Republican Convention Diary: Days One and Two

Bob Gosford July 24, 2016

So far, Trump has relied largely on the media to get his message out. As one experienced Donald-watcher explained: “It’s not that he hates the media – he doesn’t like investigative reporting about himself. Hillary hates the press. She’d be fine if the press never covered her again, but Donald Trump wouldn’t.”

Nganana tatintja wiya – why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Nganana tatintja wiya – why nobody should be climbing Uluru*

Bob Gosford April 20, 2016 1 Comment

Ask a Red Centre tour guide - you can’t tell Australians anything. During school holidays we would always get a lot of school trips; of the ones I guided 100% of students climbed up Uluru along with most of their teachers. Many had decided even before they departed school grounds that it would be the crowning achievement of the trip.