Monthly Archives: January 2013

Colourful Language

In an earlier post, I listed a few of the colourful expressions you can sometimes hear in Australian conversation (see Colourful Similes, June 10, 2012). Here are a few more – both similes and idiomatic expressions – which may not … Continue reading

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C’mon Aussie C’mon

(This post is repeated from the Bobby Dazzler Newsletter #55, which is about to be sent out. If you’d like to receive the Newsletter – which complements this blog – by email every two months or so, please let me … Continue reading

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Hot Weather

I was just (Wed 16th Jan) speaking to the folk at the Lyndhurst Hotel at the southern end of the Strzelecki Track in South Australia. They reported that they’d had only one day below 40°C since Christmas.

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King’s Canyon

King’s Canyon is one of the dramatic natural attractions of the Alice Springs/Uluru area. It can be reached from Alice Springs via the Mereenie Loop Road (about 330 km, 4wd recommended) or from Yulara (about 310 km, all sealed). There … Continue reading

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A Sesquicentenary

Burke and Wills set out from Royal Park in Melbourne on August 20th, 1860, as leaders of an expedition aiming to be the first to cross the continent from south to north. It was an impressive start: 19 men, 23 … Continue reading

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Survey #2: Secrets or Sharing?

A fundamental aspect of the Outback’s appeal is its isolation, its loneliness, the absence of crowds. To my mind, arriving at a much-anticipated camping spot, and finding there are no other people there is a bonus. But anyone who’s been … Continue reading

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A Major Heat Event

“A once-in-20-years heatwave event.” That’s how the meteorology people have described a spell of very hot weather predicted to hit a swath of central Australia, stretching from Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta in South Australia up to Birdsville in south-west Queensland. … Continue reading

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