Ice on the beach near the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland.

Once again my thoughts have turned to travel. I think it’s the end of daylight saving that’s brought it on. Whereas last week I was still arriving home in daylight, it’s now well and truly dark by the time I walk in the door. That means only one thing: winter is on the way. I’m […]

NBN Art

“It’s a by-product of the NBN”, I was told by the woman running Lime Designs, an arts/crafts gift store at Salamanca Place. When I asked her what she was weaving the small basket with, she told me she had literally hundreds, if not thousands of kilometres of telephone wire at her home. The wire was […]

Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart

Ever since it opened there’s been a lot of hype about MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. I guess a lot of it has to do with the story of how it came to be, as the passion/play-thing of David Walsh who made his fortune as a professional gambler. A lot of it […]

Cataract Gorge Reserve

When you grow up in a naturally beautiful area like the North Coast of NSW (like I did), I suspect you sometimes take it for granted. Even now, when I go home to visit my family, most of the time there is spent at home with them. If you’ve grown up with an environment like […]

Arts and crafts at The Mill, including glass apples which later became trophies in the ABC Local Radio Awards held in Hobart.

The road trip from Hobart to Launceston wasn’t nearly as long as I thought it would be. I’ve always had an idea the road trip from the south to the north in Tasmania might have been deceptively lengthy. In the end it took us about two and half hours from start to finish. In a […]

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Pride Week

As we walked around the markets yesterday morning, the name “Cary Lewincamp” caught my eye. Back in the days when I was still a broadcaster (and even now from time to time), I would often play his tune “Salamanca Saturday” (a short instrumental piece) on the radio. And there, as Sue and I walked around […]

View from atop Mount Wellington, Hobart, Tasmania

Even though I’ve visited Hobart two or three times previously, I’ve never ever made it to the top of Mount Wellington, the mountain which looms large on the landscape of the city. Whenever I’ve visited Hobart previously it’s always been for work, and so have generally flown in, done my job, and then flown out […]

Visiting Soweto - Transformation

“You don’t need to go on a tour of Soweto, I’ll show you around”, Paddy told me as we sat and chatted on Sunday night at the Ratz Bar in Johannesburg. Paddy introduced himself earlier in the night, asking if I would take a photograph of him and his mate David. “Would you please take […]

Glen Afric Country Lodge

“This is where they filmed ‘Wild At Heart’”, I was told on several times throughout the day. As I don’t watch a lot of television, I occasionally find myself confused by some popular culture references. As I understood it, “Wild At Heart” was a film made in 1990, starring Nicholas Cage, which had nothing to […]

Fresh made bread

I don’t think I’ll ever eat white bread again. As much as I’ve read about it, and as much as I know instinctively it’s not a good idea to consume highly processed food, I still eat white bread on a daily basis for two simple reasons: white bread freezes and toasts well. Over breakfast, though, […]

The street where I'm staying in Melville, Johannesburg

In contrast to the last couple of days, I never wandered very far today from the place where I’m staying at Meville, Johannesburg. After breakfast, I stayed indoors, spending most of the morning in preparation for my presentations at the Radio Days Jo’burg Conference, being held at Wits University Radio Academy over the next few […]

Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

“You see that building in front of us?”, the taxi driver said to me. As I looked ahead at the large, non-descript building, he told me, “It was a prison and during the days of apartheid, they used to keep political prisoners in there. They would torture them and often throw them out of the […]

Sophiatown Bar, Johannesburg

There’s a sign on the wall of the Sophiatown Bar which tells you a little about the history of the area of Johannesburg where I’m staying. The sign tells you Sophiatown was one of the few places in South Africa where blacks were allowed to own land. Unlike other areas, where the housing was very […]

july 1, 2013

This is without doubt “the year of travel”…

Central Station, Sydney

“It’s such a long way to Australia”, people kept telling me as I travelled around Europe over the last two months. “It’s only twenty-four hours in the plane, and I made it”, I kept telling them. Having now arrived back in Sydney after what seems like days of travelling, I’m beginning to see their point. […]