Hobart Friday

Late this afternoon I was faced with a choice: would I go for a swim, or would I go for a beer? The Hobart Aquatic Centre is right across the road from the ABC. Pubs are a little further away. It was a case of convenience vs temptation. Two seconds later, I'd made my choice. [...]

The Glasshouse – Hobart

"I'm sorry, we're fully booked", the maitre'd told us as we made our way into Hobart's "The Glasshouse". "However, we could offer you some seats at the bar or a couch", she added. We looked over at the couches near the window. Two longish couches which could have seated six, with a low table in the [...]

New Sydney Hotel, Hobart

As I sat, sipping on a glass of wine at The Brick Factory, I received an instant message from Damien, asking where I was planning to have dinner tonight . "Spooky", I replied, "I was just going through your email thinking exactly the same thing". He and Kristin love their food and wine, are big fans [...]

Hobart at Night

It's over 18 months since the last time I visited Hobart. Sue and I visited during November 2013, around Melbourne Cup time when the weather was glorious. Though I was anticipating some rather bleak weather this time around (rain and perhaps snow are forecast) the weather was absolutely delightful when I touched down this afternoon. [...]

Totally Wired

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 [...]

MONA

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

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 [...]

Salamanca Saturday

Cary Lewincamp - Salamanca Saturday

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 [...]