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Darwin Harbour Cruise
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News Values

Although the big news of the day was the Victorian election, the headline which caught my attention today was the banner headline of the “NT News”: “Woman falls out of paddy wagon”. Isn’t it a story you just WANT to read. Don’t you just know it’s going to be a great yarn? Or could it be quite lame? I don’t […]

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Cruising in Darwin

I was seated on the top deck of the boat on the “sunset cruise” on Darwin Harbour when the woman next to me asked me where I was from. I told her my story and then asked her about her story. I found out she’d been living in Darwin for a couple of months visiting her “adopted” son, as she […]

Darwin Sunset
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Another Sunset

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “It’s another bloody photograph of a sunset. First it was Cairns and now it’s Darwin. There’s got to be more to Darwin, surely?”, I hear you saying. Of course there is, but this trip is a work-trip and most of my time is being spent in work-related activities. Tonight I went out for dinner […]

Lots of room on the Cairns to Darwin flight
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Hello from Darwin

“Is it hot enough for you?”, my niece asked me as we embraced on my arrival at her place in Darwin tonight. “Surprisingly, it’s not as bad as I expected”, I told her. I’ve been to Darwin twice before: in 1998, Damien and I came for a week-long holiday, and then in 2002, I worked here for a while. On […]

Cairns Esplanade
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Hello from Cairns

This is a somewhat unexpected post from Cairns Airport. Although it would have been great to have a direct flight from Sydney to Darwin, economics, timezones, and schedules have necessitated a four-hour stop-over in Cairns. With that in mind, I organised to catch up with one of my colleagues I’ve spoken to on the phone on several occasions, but have […]

Pizza for dinner
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Lazy Saturday

“Do I put some underwear on under my trackpants?” I wondered to myself as I left the house tonight to pick up a pizza. That one thought gives you an insight into my Saturday, doesn’t it? As I was talking on the phone tonight to a family member – who lives in Darwin – I told her that despite my […]

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Balibo Movie

I went to a sneak preview today of the new movie, Balibo. Although much of the film’s narrative focuses on the death of five Australian journalists at Balibo, I thought the film balanced this narrative well with the broader story of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975. In this film, Anthony La Paglia plays Roger East, the Australian […]

Ubirr - Kakadu National Park 1998
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Darwin in Hindsight

I have been to Darwin twice. The first time was with Damien in 1998 when we visited Declan and Penny and went on a four day tour of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. The second time was when I was working for the ABC in April, May and June 2002. The experiences of course were vastly different. On both occasions, […]

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Back Home

It’s Tuesday night and I have been back in Sydney for over two weeks. Darwin seems like a million years ago. I can scarcely believe I have spent three and a half months, this year, living away, until you look at the house. Mind you, almost all of the work has been done on the house that needs to be done. On Thursday morning, the carpet will be relaid and I will have my normal house back again. Actually, an improved house, as I’m changing my ways, I’ve stopped being a horder, and have been pretty happy to throw things out. My friend, Sue, from Melbourne, got to see the damage of the flooding first hand, and was there, every […]

Bocce in Kakadu National Park by headlight
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Bocce in Kakadu

It’s Tuesday night and “summer” has returned to Darwin. After last week’s “cooler” weather, the warmer temperatures are back with us. I spent the weekend in Kakadu National Park and really noticed the difference. I spent two days with travel company, Aussie Adventures, and a further day travelling with a friend and her family. I was the first to be […]

Freds Pass Rural Show
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Dagwood Dogs

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m back in Sydney, albeit briefly. I had to come to Sydney for a workshop on Friday and decided to extend my stay, so I could enjoy my annual day at Rosehill Races and attend Andrew’s (that’s Sue’s son) 21st Birthday. The last week has been quite busy and I apologise for the delay in updating […]

East Timor Indepedance celebrations in Darwin
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East Timor in Darwin

It’s Thursday afternoon and I’m just about to finish work. The last few days have been pretty flat-out and I haven’t had much time to think about writing in this online diary. Sunday night was pretty amazing. I met Sarah from work for dinner at the local Chinese restaurant, called Yum Cha, before heading off to the Darwin Entertainment Centre […]

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Dutch Backpacker

It’s Saturday morning and I’ve come to work to update the diary. The last few days have been pretty full on, and this weekend promises even more. On Thursday night, Penny and I, along with Sarah and Michelle (also from work), went to the Mindil Beach Markets. The crowd was much larger than last week and there was live music from Neil Murray. Murray is most famous for writing the often-covered “My Island Home”, sung by Christine Anu at the Sydney Olympic Games. After that, I paid a visit to the Mississippi Queen, where I met some interesting people and had a good chat. On Friday, I paid a visit to one of the big events in Darwin this weekend […]

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It’s Mariel

It’s Wednesday night and I’ve just had McDonalds for dinner. A bit sad? Maybe, but quite enjoyable. I spent a couple of hours at the pub after work today (4-6pm) and after a couple of hours drinking, there’s nothing quite like a Big Mac. Despite my fondness for such fast food, I’m losing a few kilograms and I’m getting a little colour. By the time I arrive in Sydney, despite the Big Mac, you’ll see a slightly different person. As with Muriel in “Muriel’s Wedding” who changed her name to “Mariel”, should I also consider a name change? Perhaps I will. Who knows? I woke up this morning to a spectacular monsoon rain storm. Although I’ve been her for nearly […]

Darwin Oil Tunnels
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Darwin Tourist

It’s Monday night. I’m at work updating this Online Diary. And I’m having a few beers… so if there are some typos, please understand. Since I last wrote I’ve done some amazing things. On Saturday afternoon, I paid a visit to Darwin’s World War 2 Oil Storage Tunnels. I can’t really recall why I didn’t visit them a couple of […]

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Knock Shop

It’s Thursday night and I’m convinced the building in which I’m staying contains a knock-shop. More on that shortly! The last few days have been just work, work and more work, which is probably pretty reasonable. Last night, Penny and I went for dinner at “The Wharf”. During the Second World War, the wharf was a popular target for Japanese bombs, but it is now an entertainment district. At the end of the Darwin Wharf, near the old cargo shed there are a number of restaurants and cafes offering mostly seafood. Perhaps the greatest attraction though is the capacity to sit right on the edge of the wharf and watch the fish swimming near the surface as people drop food […]


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