Here in the tropics, life is profligate. Every morning, when you leave your air conditioned place-its impossible to sleep without air con- the sun smacks you around with its yelling rays, putting you under its spotlight while lukewarm moisture rolls over you from forehead to feet. The air is not the same as other places,… Read More

Close encounters of a rare and precious kind

Koala, kangaroo, wallaby, echidna, wombat, lyrebird, red-bellied black snake, Major Mitchell cockatoo, lyrebird. I have seen many fine examples of Australian fauna in different parts of Australia but some of the shyer, rarer types have eluded me. Until this visit to Cairns in Far North Queensland. Growing up, we lived near Taronga Park Zoo on… Read More Close encounters of a rare and precious kind

It’s a mall world or the importance of valuing difference

Wherever you go there they are. Woolies, Coles, Target, KMart, Priceline, or  McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s, Domino’s Pizza. These are the shops which constitute the ubiquitous local Mall. Eastgate, Northgate, Fountaingate, generic names which have long lost any viable resonance with the gates of the medieval market town. Throughout Australia, and no doubt in  many other… Read More It’s a mall world or the importance of valuing difference