Monthly Archives: February 2013

You Can’t Trust the Internet

You will recall how in the previous post (“Aboriginal Wisdom and Wit”, which I wrote yesterday), I mentioned that the World Wide Web is “an amazing resource of information (and sometimes a dash of misinformation)”. Little did I think that … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Wisdom and Wit

        As you know, the World Wide Web is an amazing resource of information (and sometimes a dash of misinformation) on just about every subject under the sun. Here are three very different web sites, each presenting … Continue reading

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Remember Last Year?

According to the scientists, the Universe came into existence about 13.7 billion years ago. Then about 9 billion years passed before the Earth formed. Then there was a gap of another 1 billion years before the first life appeared on … Continue reading

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Memorable Events

Often, a visit to a small Outback settlement can be transformed into an unforgettable occasion by a special event which is taking place there. Almost every Outback place that rates a mention on the map has its annual Race Day … Continue reading

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Scrapheap Adventure

“Back o’ Bourke” is an Aussie saying meaning “very remote” or “Outback”. For example, “He’s got a property somewhere out the back of Bourke.” Bourke is a town about 800 kms north-west of Sydney on the Darling River in north-west … Continue reading

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Ross River Resort Devastated by Fire

The headlines tell a story. First, on January 5th: “Ross River Resort saved from fire” – see http://alicenow.com.au/news/article/ross-river-resort-saved Then on January 9th: “Long battle to tame Red Centre fires” – see http://au.news.yahoo.com/latest/a/-/latest/15792511/long-battle-to-tame-red-centre-fires/ Finally on January 10th: “Outback resort devastated by fire” -see http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/01/10/3667425.htm … Continue reading

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Dingos

It is believed that dingos have lived in Australia for some 5,000 to 10,000 years. Their origin is obscure, although they are thought to be related to the Indian Wolf. As most Australians know, their reputation as killers was reinforced … Continue reading

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