Stilgherrian and Project TOTO



Stilgherrian is going to Tanzania on Project Toto. So he had a going-away-and-maybe-not-coming-back-party at Kelly’s on King. There were quite a few people from the ABC there so I found myself feeling like I was on TV. He is going over there to stir political ferment by introducing them . . . → Read More: Stilgherrian and Project TOTO

Australian Pie

I am looking for the lyrics of a song I heard once on 3RRR. All I remember is the chorus and it goes like this. I have since learned that 3PBS also played it.

Australian Pie

Bye, bye Miss Australian Pie,

Drove my Holden to the Goulburn, but the Goulburn was dry.

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expensive and unfair?


The Weekend Australian is running a photo competition. Bit the terms and conditions can only be considered to be unreasonable and unfair. It in effect gives them access to an image, that in Australia would not cost less than $150 for nothing. This is a very expensive price to pay for . . . → Read More: expensive and unfair?

uncles and aunties

Uncle Tony

In the culture where I come from, Uncle and Aunty are often used as an honorific. If you have adults who are close friends of the family, they are honoured by calling them uncle and aunty. So it was a bit of a shock when I discovered that people here . . . → Read More: uncles and aunties

of Australians and Americans



One of the things that I have always found interesting is the fundamental differences in approach of Australians when compared to that of Americans. Of course these are dangerous generalisations. But on the whole they hold true of the people I have met. It is mostly true of the . . . → Read More: of Australians and Americans

Amelia Eve Wong and Alfred Marks

Alfred Marks is my first cousin, three times removed. He married twice, his second marriage was to Amelia Eve Hackney Wong a half Chinese woman. The shop her father ran was locked up on his death and became a treasure trove to the Power House museum. And she was a photographer. So we . . . → Read More: Amelia Eve Wong and Alfred Marks