Australian farmers have been going through a tough time with a severe drought. But a recent food contamination scare-someone spiking strawberries with needles-made it twice as tough for strawberry growers. This heartfelt response from Queenslanders, demonstrated much needed emotional and practical support for the farmers. Strawberry sundaes sell out in Brisbane, raising more than $50,000… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: Sweet relief for Strawberry Farmers
Through serendipity, I was invited by a local Brisbane-ite to accompany her to visit her mother, a fount of local knowledge. Nothing unusual about that except for the fact that her mother is Indigenous and lives on an island in Moreton Bay, near Brisbane. We took a ferry from the Redland Marina on a sunny… Read More The Hidden History of the Islands in the Bay
You feel it the minute you arrive in the Sunshine state; a loosening not just of clothing but an easing up in your approach to life. After three months of experiencing winter in three different states, Tasmania, the ACT and Victoria, I arrived on an overcast, wet day in Brisbane, Queensland. Although the sun didn’t… Read More That Queenslander Feeling
In Celebration of small things: Dog Friendly Cafes My current canine companion, Bonnie or Bon Bon as I like to call her, is a very social dog. Like dogs everywhere, she approaches life through the use of her powerful olfactory senses and turns every walk into a Proustian adventure. Last year I took a FutureLearn… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; Dog Friendly Cafes
(Brisbane) A place where poetry could never occur ’ From David Malouf’s central character, Dante, in the seminal Brisbane novel Johnno (1975) Many years ago, Brisbane had a reputation as a cultural wasteland. Now, this vibrant multicultural metropolis thrives with culture in diverse forms. For me Brisbane will always be a writer’s city and its… Read More Brisbane: A Writer’s City
Last week it was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall;at the same time the barricades started going up in Brisbane. The friendly capital of the northern state of Australia,usually a laid back and tolerant town, started to change a gear, a backward gear at that. It is G20 week and although… Read More Life in the red zone; leave your fresh eggs, surfboards and reptiles at home!
I’ve just returned to Brisbane,or “Brissie ” as she is affectionately known, my favourite capital city in Australia. Why have I given this accolade to this city that no so long ago was considered a country town in a redneck state? After some reflection, I’ve condensed it to 8 major reasons. 1. The weather, the… Read More 8 reasons why Brisbane is my favourite Australian Capital