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Bird of the Week – Lucy the piebald, leucistic Crow

Bird of the Week – Lucy the piebald, leucistic Crow

This bird – I’m sorry but I can’t even identify it to species level – it is either a Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) or a Little Crow (Corvus bennetti) which are the only two Crows found in this part of central Australia, was hanging around the house here at Yuendumu for a few weeks in […]

Real jobs at Yuendumu – blown away with the Yunparlarla

Real jobs at Yuendumu – blown away with the Yunparlarla

There are few enough success stories here in the desert, but surely the Kurdu-Kurdu Kurlangu Childcare Centre at Yuendumu must qualify as one of the best. It provides real jobs, and real, accredited national-standard, training, to 14 local women. But maybe not for much longer – it appears that those jobs are at real risk […]

A birder in the gilded cage of politics

A birder in the gilded cage of politics

Greg Combet, member for Charlton in the Federal Parliament, the hard man of the Patrick’s wharf dispute…and of course much more, is apparently a big softy at heart – he breeds, and has special places in his heart for, birds. I had a vague memory of Greg’s name being mentioned in relation to birds a […]

Birdwatching as a death hazard…

Birdwatching as a death hazard…

The drive that gripped Alan that stormy night in the Himalayas can carry us into all sorts of situations. Most of the time the stories engendered add to the great canon of harmless eccentricities. But in some instances the birder's drive can lead to dreadful tragedy.

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Gig of the summer! The Bad Seeds, and more, on Sydney Harbour!!

Gig of the summer! The Bad Seeds, and more, on Sydney Harbour!!

OK, I have a confession to make – years ago…too many years ago – Nick Cave was my boss. (That’s Nick with the pimples on the right) I’d first run into Nick in…oh, the late ’70s and early ’80s when his band The Boys Next Door did support gigs for The Sports, who I was […]

Antony & The Johnsons – new EP released

Antony & The Johnsons – new EP released

Ouch! I haven’t heard this yet. The new Antony & the Johnsons EP Another World, has just been released- today!! I’m downloading it as I write – happy birthday for tomorrow to me!! Antony Hegarty’s voice and music was a hard ask for me at first – the first few listens felt like cold water […]

Free music!! – the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Free music!! – the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

I stumbled across this fantastic set on Itunes somewhere and spent a large part of my recent overseas trip plugged into this magnificent set of twenty four, 1-hour programs produced by the Canadian broadcaster CKUA in 1999. It really is just about the best introduction to the power of American music I can think of, […]

The NT goes to the polls (again) on 25 October

The NT goes to the polls (again) on 25 October

Local Government elections will be held in the NT on 25 October 2008 for the ten new Councils incorporated following the implementation of the recent Local Government Reforms in the NT. Further information is available at the NT Electoral Commission website. Nominations and ballot paper positions have been settled and are available here. As I […]

Dog of the week – Valiente

Dog of the week – Valiente

This is Valiente. He lost one of his front legs when he was fairly young – from memory he was the victim of a hit-and-run by a car sometime in September 2006 – typically we never found out what car and who was driving. Being a front-leg amputee makes getting around a bit harder for […]

Same-sex marriage – Laysan Albatross style

Same-sex marriage – Laysan Albatross style

I first came across this story a few weeks ago at the 12th Pan-African Ornithological Congress outside of Cape Town in South Africa where Professor Peter Ryan of the University of Cape Town referred to it in a plenary speech. I note that it has received some early attention elsewhere but that there had been […]