Shake, Rattle and Roll

When boarding the Spirit of Tasmania, the ferry taking myself and my car across Bass Strait, there is a security check, which would be strange in its absence these days. They confiscated my gas cylinder so that they could store them with everyone else’s gas cylinder, making a much more exciting explosion should they go […]

Where Hippes Go To Die

I came down from the mountains smelling like a rutting goat, not having had a shower in over a week whilst engaging in sweat inducing exercise. One of the first towns that you come across when driving south is Port Augusta. When Matthew Flinders first came exploring this part of the world he decided to […]

The Yellow-tailed Wallaby Is Not Extinct

The local aborigines have a tale for how the Flinders Ranges came to be. A dreamtime serpent slithered its way across the landscape, causing the massive ridges to jut out. I think a more plausible explanation is that the giant shark that lives in the centre of the earth mistook Australia for a seal and […]

Slag Heap City

Broken Hill reminds me of Edinburgh in one aspect only. Both are dominated by imperious hills. Edinburgh has its castle overlooking the town, and Broken Hill has a huge slag heap with a visitors centre on top. Here the similarity between the two places stumbles. A sculpture on top of the slag heap is a […]

The Mysterious Heart

Australia has long been a source of mystery for most of the world. Even before any European had ventured this far south there were theories of a Great Southern Land. It was thought that there needed to be something to balance the planet properly. When the early sea explorers finally bumped into Australia, its final […]

En Francais

I’ve always had a low opinion of the French so it’s no surprise that during my last European trip I spent as little time in the country as possible. Almost all the French people that I’ve met have been arrogant, pompous and rude, and similar stories abound from people that I’ve talked to. With this […]

Sweat-stained boots and cheap whisky

I apologize to those of you who have some interest in my life and are trying to keep track of it. There is yet another twist in the tale, so you will all have to reset your Dave radar once again to show the little green blip in the fair town of Canberra, with any […]

My battle with a deadly acronym

If you had asked me a year ago what kind of country Taiwan is I would have cleared my throat, scratched my head and said ” … ummm” before coming up with the entirely unoriginal notion that they seem to manufacture a lot of cheap products. The only reason that my impression changed is that […]