Darwin Harbour Cruise

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 […]


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 […]

Darwin 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 […]

Part of the view from my hotel room, looking out to Darwin Harbour

“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 […]

Cairns Esplanade

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]