I really wanted to like Paul Toohey’s Quarterly Essay 30, Last Drinks – The Impact of the Northern Territory Intervention, and I did like it – on the first read, and at a sitting. It read like a punchy crime novel set in the NT and, while I had a number of moments for pause […]
Skanky was one of the many dogs that we’ve had the pleasure of rehabilitating over the past couple of years. She came to us covered head-to-tail in oozing sores – the result of serious mange and secondary infections. She may have looked a mess but, with a little love and medical attention she came good […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]