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Marie Munkara wins 2010 Northern Territory Book of the Year!!

Marie Munkara wins 2010 Northern Territory Book of the Year!!

Bob Gosford February 12, 2010 3 Comments

Congratulations to Marie - and her family - on winning this richly deserved award. By all accounts at least one of the other authors thought that they had the prize in the bag - and was somewhat crestfallen when Marie walked away with the goods.

Dear Mike Rann, Show us the money…please

Bob Gosford January 18, 2010 12 Comments

Mike Rann to Crikey: “Any payments associated with teams or cyclists taking part in the Tour Down Under are commercial in confidence. This has been the case since the inception of the race 11 years ago”.

Valverde, the “Texan”, TDU2010 and what The Australian didn’t tell you…

Bob Gosford January 7, 2010 5 Comments

As the recent fall from grace of the 'world's greatest golfer' Tiger Woods has illustrated, there are very real risks associated with the deification of sportsmen. When they are inevitably proved human both they and their sport suffer. There are some in the Australian media that would rather gouge their eyes out with their pen than write a negative word about the demi-god that is Lance Armstrong.

Report from Gafsa, Tunisia – 25 December 2009

Report from Gafsa, Tunisia – 25 December 2009

Bob Gosford January 2, 2010 8 Comments

"Unveiling Tunisia" on the hijab: 'I have noticed quite the opposite and in fact notice that many women wear hijab, especially the younger women, and at the same time mostly wear western dress, that is very tight jeans and sometimes figure hugging, revealing clothes, so perhaps the hijab is part of a modern and trendy fashion statement. When a Tunisian woman wears a veil, it is always with style.'

Barbeque of the week – Armadillo Veracruz style

Barbeque of the week – Armadillo Veracruz style

Bob Gosford October 25, 2009 5 Comments

Armadillos make common roadkill due to their habit of jumping to about fender height when startled - such as by an oncoming car.

Every Secret Thing – Interview with Marie Munkara, Part 2

Every Secret Thing – Interview with Marie Munkara, Part 2

Bob Gosford October 22, 2009 5 Comments

It is not right that these horrible things were done when the Church was supposed to be protecting children. I think it should be investigated, we shouldn’t just let it go. There was, and still is, a real fear of the church at times.

Every Secret Thing – Interview with Marie Munkara. Part 1

Every Secret Thing – Interview with Marie Munkara. Part 1

Bob Gosford October 21, 2009 8 Comments

Every Secret Thing is one of the best books written about life in the Northern Territory since Xavier Herbert's Capricornia - that's a pretty big call but I reckon this book is just as funny, brave and deadly serious as that grumpy old curmudgeon's masterpiece.

Helen Hughes and the death of fun at school

Bob Gosford October 20, 2009 8 Comments

Last Friday Helen and Mark Hughes put their names to an opinion piece in The Australian entitled Authorities must not wag school. In short the arguments that the Hughes’ make are that Federal, State and Territory governments abandon their responsibilities to students – particularly remote Aboriginal students – by the stealthy foreshortening of school terms […]

The Weekend Australian, Nicolas Rothwell, and the art of fantastic journalism

Bob Gosford October 5, 2009 11 Comments

What Rothwell is of course talking about here is localised Aboriginal self-determination, an aspiration that he has frequently condemned to the dustbin of Australian political history: “For some time it has been clear Aboriginal self-determination has had its day.”

Song poetry about birds from the Pilbara

Song poetry about birds from the Pilbara

Bob Gosford September 8, 2009 3 Comments

I’m sitting here in the “Balgo Hilton” waiting for someone to come back from where I’ve just been. We most likely passed each other on the road sometime yesterday as I struggled up the 530 kilometres of the torture that is known as the Tanami Track from Yuendumu up here to Wirrimanu – formerly known […]