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June 17, 2016

FILED IN: Travel

Hamish and Andy spit roast logies

I don’t think I ever really understood how many chores were involved when it came to kids. There’s the big ticket items you’re prepared for (nappies) but the one that kills you is the relentless tidying and cleaning, every meal (that’s three meals a day, plus snacks) results in food all over the floor, there’s […]

September 17, 2013

Each year around the country there are literally hundreds of photo competitions, from your local camera club to your school fete right up to big companies running a photo related promotion like this one from Peter Alexander (by the way, don’t even bother entering this, our 19 year old cat Isabelle already has her paws […]

August 16, 2012

When I was a kid my family moved to Leigh Creek for three years, a small country town about 6 hours north of Adelaide. It was an isolated community where everyone knew everyone, a place where a 5 year old (me) rode his bike home from school all by himself and stayed home alone to […]

December 14, 2011

I spent the weekend in Pt Lincoln, here are the top 10 reasons why it is super awesome. 10.  Kangaroos I love kangaroos. Any animal that propels itself by jumping alone is awesome in my books, and Port Lincoln has a lot of them.

October 18, 2011

FILED IN: Africa, Personal, Travel

Does anyone on the internet know the protocol between photographing something and subsequently blogging it? Anyone? No? Good. In that case I’m going to resume my series of Africa blogs which are rapidly becoming a distant memory. When you think of African wildlife you think of lions, elephants, leopards, hippos, giraffes, rhinos and a bunch […]

September 23, 2011

FILED IN: Africa, Personal, Travel

Just imagine it’s a cold winter’s night and you decide to head down to AAMI stadium to watch Port Power take on another lowly side (presumably because you got free tickets). As the match kicks off there’s a lot of empty seats in the ground, in fact you’ve never seen so few people at an […]

September 16, 2011

FILED IN: Africa, Personal, Travel

As we boarded the ferry from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam we made a point of sitting outside to enable an easy escape should the worst occur. Just 7 days later the worst did occur on a ferry leaving Zanzibar and 200 lives were lost. Tragedies like this are a good reminder of our own […]

September 13, 2011

Here’s the thing. When you see friends’ travel photos, or pictures in tourism brochures, or documentaries on TV about remote tribes living off the land in third world countries it’s hard to believe that they actually exist. I mean, in 2011 are there actually more than a handful of people who live in mud huts? […]

August 31, 2011

A few weeks ago I blogged about falling into an unexpected teaching position at a Ugandan primary school. I finished that email with a promise that my next blog would be about a project we undertook that the kids absolutely loved and would remember for the rest of their lives. I then proceeded to write […]

August 13, 2011

FILED IN: Africa, Personal, Travel

After a false start in the classroom teaching year 5s how to draw draw an equilateral triangle with only a compass and a ruler we had a chat with the volunteer coordinator about doing something that even vaguely matched the description we’d been given before the placement began. The area is renown for it’s primates, […]

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