Australia – The Poster Child

It seems Australia you have grown up - at last. No longer the cultural backwater down under the boondocks of the civilised world that it once was in the twentieth century, Kim Beasley - (a former past Prime Ministerial hopeful in an era gone by and latterly ambassador to the USA 2010- 2016), says we… Continue reading Australia – The Poster Child


Can Attitudes Towards Guns be Changed?

She told me I was, "as high as a Georgia Pine, "and a barrage of foaming at the mouth and swearing ensued. As an Australian, I've encountered vehement opposition and online tongue-lashings from American citizens, so gun control isn't a subject, I'll often discuss. This latest event crossed a line: A six-year-old child was arrested… Continue reading Can Attitudes Towards Guns be Changed?


Swimming Pools and Australian Children

Swimming in a public or private pool, dam or creek is a given in my region of Australia. It was and is a part of growing up. After all, it gets pretty hot here. Five months of the year. Learning to Swim in Australia Aussie kids receive mandatory swimming lessons at school. It has been… Continue reading Swimming Pools and Australian Children


There’s Always One Joker in Every Crowd

The local museum had an interactive exhibit, mainly geared towards children. It comprised a large whiteboard on which children could hand-write a response to the following two questions: Tell us about your backyard. What changes have you (the children) made to your backyard, during COVID-19? I was interested in the children's responses so took a… Continue reading There’s Always One Joker in Every Crowd

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Searching for the Silver Lining to Horse Racing and Halloween

It is the race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup Horse Race is the richest and perhaps the longest horse race in the world. Held on the first Tuesday in November, in Melbourne Australia, almost every Australian participates in some way in a Melbourne Cup lunch and associated community "sweepstake," - usually for the… Continue reading Searching for the Silver Lining to Horse Racing and Halloween

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Magpies – Fact or Fiction?

People also ask if magpies recognize humans? A key reason why friendships with magpies are possible is that we now know that magpies are able to recognize and remember individual human faces for many years. They can learn which nearby humans do not constitute a risk. They will remember someone who was good to them;… Continue reading Magpies – Fact or Fiction?