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Australia is so…boring

Australia is so…boring

“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 […]

800 guardian angels killed by a sacred banyan tree

800 guardian angels killed by a sacred banyan tree

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.

Mad Mal Brough – goodbye and good riddance

Mad Mal Brough – goodbye and good riddance

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 […]

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

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."

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A look at all things northern... and some of the myths behind them.

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The Northern Myth – a short introduction

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 […]