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The Poinciana Woman of Darwin’s East Point. By Roland Dyrting

Bob GosfordDec 22, 2017

There was once a beautiful brown-skinned Asian woman who long ago was raped by a group of Japanese fishermen out on East Point. She became deranged after this event and when she discovered that she was pregnant she hanged herself from a branch of a Poinciana tree near where she’d been assaulted. She has since become a wraith who stalks and kills men at night. She entices them by initially appearing as a beautiful, white-robed, long-haired young woman but then transforms into a hideous wild-haired eagle-clawed hag just before she eviscerates her victims and feeds on their still-steaming guts.

“Intentional Fire-Spreading by “Firehawk” Raptors in Northern Australia,” Bonta et al. Journal of Ethnobiology, 37(4) (abstract)

Bob GosfordDec 20, 2017

In a broader sense, better understanding of avian fire-spreading, both in Australia and, potentially, elsewhere, can contribute to theories about the evolution of tropical savannas and the origins of human fire use.

Graverobbers for God - AIATSIS, the Vatican and anthropologists on the Tiwi islands

Graverobbers for God – AIATSIS, the Vatican and anthropologists on the Tiwi islands

Bob GosfordDec 20, 2017

Now after the Catholic church has spent over a century stripping us of everything they could get their thieving hands on including our culture and our children, they have managed to find themselves another role to play. To add insult to injury they now present themselves to the world as the preservers and keepers of Tiwi culture.

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Ben the Dingo's excellent Christmas Holiday adventures

Ben the Dingo’s excellent Christmas Holiday adventures

Bob GosfordDec 18, 2017

Ben the Dingo has a combination of freedom, security, love and wildness that suits him perfectly. He is an entity to himself and well loved in the community and beyond. He has been given a chance in life and has thrived.

Who's next? Judicial stress, secondary trauma and the practice of law

Who’s next? Judicial stress, secondary trauma and the practice of law

Bob GosfordDec 17, 2017

In my earliest days of legal practice, as a young articled clerk, I saw angry judges. I saw bullies. Nasty performers ... Amongst the terrifying judges, whom I prayed to avoid, were Justice Edward (“Dumbo”) Dunphy of the Commonwealth Industrial Court, Justice Freddie (“Funnelweb”) Myers of the Supreme Court of NSW, and Justice J J (“Black Jack”) McKeon of the Industrial Commission NSW: Michael Kirby, Judicial Stress and Judicial Bullying, 2014.

NT judge engages in

NT judge engages in “inappropriate judicial conduct,” brings “judiciary into disrepute” – keeps job

Bob GosfordDec 11, 2017 3

CAALAS stated that "This series of complaints has shone a light on the stresses under which judges, lawyers and court staff work and much needs to be done to rectify this situation generally."

The empty shops of Darwin CBD - where retail goes to die

The empty shops of Darwin CBD – where retail goes to die

Bob GosfordDec 7, 2017 2

Empty shops and broken dreams ... the fag end of small business in the tropics.

Judy Bamberger: Refugees Welcome Here

Judy Bamberger: Refugees Welcome Here

Bob GosfordDec 6, 2017 2

Corruption in the NT - meat, maggots and backhanders - the 1982 Royal Commission Into the Australian Meat Industry

Corruption in the NT – meat, maggots and backhanders – the 1982 Royal Commission Into the Australian Meat Industry

Bob GosfordNov 23, 2017 2

The really disturbing feature of these revelations was that the people concerned were not evil - many of them would have been regarded as reliable and effective officers. They were ordinary Australians, in positions of some responsibility, who were either demanding, or at least accepting, clearly improper payments which could only have the effect of compromising them in the performance of their duties.

“And still my family die.” Marie Munkara on the commodification of life and death on the Tiwi islands

Bob GosfordNov 22, 2017

The mission arrived one hundred and six years ago. Despite having a perfectly functioning society for thousands of years, they came to “Save” us, but since their arrival we have the highest incidence of suicide on the planet and domestic violence is rife. So what does that tell you? They were too busy coveting our souls to really Love Thy Neighbour weren’t they? We are not people to them, we are objects of religious zeal.