Tourists and Other Exotic Creatures “Travel makes one modest;you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” Gustave Flaubert The tourists here are not particularly friendly and rarely reply to the “Good Morning” I say to every person I meet. The locals however always respond. I think of France where, except in rare… Read More

It’s a mall world or the importance of valuing difference

Wherever you go there they are. Woolies, Coles, Target, KMart, Priceline, or  McDonald’s, Hungry Jack’s, Domino’s Pizza. These are the shops which constitute the ubiquitous local Mall. Eastgate, Northgate, Fountaingate, generic names which have long lost any viable resonance with the gates of the medieval market town. Throughout Australia, and no doubt in  many other… Read More It’s a mall world or the importance of valuing difference