Roadkill of the week – Kangaroos & Wallabies of the NT

Roadkill of the week – Kangaroos & Wallabies of the NT

May 3, 2009 5

Maybe instead of blaming the animals we should be saying "I committed a murder of a kangaroo today", "I was driving too fast to let the Wedge-tailed Eagle get enough height to get off the roadway" or "I didn't slow down to let that Goanna cross the road safely".

Eye of the Storm – Alice Springs Writers’ Festival – first two days – 1 & 2 May 2009

Eye of the Storm – Alice Springs Writers’ Festival – first two days – 1 & 2 May 2009

May 3, 2009 2

The Natural History of Selborne – Gilbert White and a dead Moose

The Natural History of Selborne – Gilbert White and a dead Moose

April 29, 2009

...sometimes it seems from White's journal entries and from the letters in Selborne that just about everyone abroad in the Hampshire countryside was armed and looking to shoot something.

Penny Olsen & François le Vaillant’s Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets

Penny Olsen & François le Vaillant’s Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets

April 19, 2009

The latest edition of the National Library Magazine, from the Australian National Library in Canberra has a fascinating article by Penny on the life and works of the French naturalist and ornithologist François le Vaillant.

Eye of the Storm Writers Festival, Alice Springs, May 1 – 4

Eye of the Storm Writers Festival, Alice Springs, May 1 – 4

April 16, 2009

The NT Writers' Centre will run the annual Alice Springs Writers Festival, named 'Eye of the Storm' in Alice Springs from May 1 to 4 2009.

Ten Poems about Highways and Birds…via negativa

Ten Poems about Highways and Birds…via negativa

April 9, 2009

Crows commute, heads down, their line of black Fords slow but steady. A heron keeps his Bentley in low gear.

Australian nature writing – missing inaction?

March 12, 2009 1

For a country blessed with immense environmental and cultural diversity we drastically undershoot the mark with adventurous and insightful writing about nature and life on this continent. Two recent collections of nature writing, both from other places, got me thinking about this.

An Intruder’s Guide to East Arnhem Land – winner of the NT Book of the Year

An Intruder’s Guide to East Arnhem Land – winner of the NT Book of the Year

February 14, 2009 1

Andrew and I, as our mutually faulty memories recall, first met sometime in 1978 - he reckons it was at a gig at Sydney Uni - I think it was at one of his infamous 'bunkers'...

Buenos Aires – mugging and pick-pocket capital of the world?

September 26, 2008 1

Our local guide then really grabbed our attention with her stories about the local pick-pockets and street muggers that prey upon unwitting tourists in this most European of South American cities. "It is okay, they don't use guns or knives" she said, a great relief to me "Just be careful, they are very quick" says the guide, "Give them your money and they won't hurt you."