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 […]
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 […]
“During the decade 1950-60, a great deal of research work was carried out in tropical Australia. It has been claimed in many quarters that this research has solved the problem of agricultural development north of the tropic…Yet it is easy to demonstrate that intensive farming in tropical Australia would only be possible if it was […]
This is Sole (sorry girl but I haven’t quite worked out how to insert the grave over the “e” so that your name is spelt properly!). Sole is one of our many dogs and one of my absolute favourites. She is, true to her name, a dog who keeps her own counsel – she can […]
A look at all things northern... and some of the myths behind them.
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“Australia is so…boring!!” So said the Professor from the University of KwaZulu Natal when I was in South Africa recently. “How so?”, I asked, taking a mild and curious offense to his statement. He proceeded to explain that he’d been to Australia a few times over the years and that his views had been confirmed […]
Scores of Buddhist villagers in India's north-eastern state of Assam have performed a unique funeral ritual for more than 800 endangered storks that died after a tree where they were nesting fell ... The villagers, most of them farmers, considered the banyan tree sacred and believed that the storks were their guardian angels.
I gave up on hate as a waste of time many years ago and it is a very rare moment now that I can be bothered to even strongly dislike someone. Contempt and pity rise a little more easily but are still occasional pleasures. And I don’t like seeing small furry animals in pain and […]
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."
B R Davidson’s book “The Northern Myth” was first published in 1965 and set out to dispel the then popular belief that tropical Australia could be transformed into a magical land of milk and honey from which boundless agricultural wealth would flow. Davidson’s book should be mandatory reading for any contemporary politician who puts “the […]