Category Every Day Life

Dark Tourism

I was listening to the radio yesterday, when, on a travel program, the subject of ‘Dark Tourism’ came up. A man who was being interviewed was talking about his recent experiences in visiting Chernobyl. I had never heard this term before, so when I got home, I looked it up via ‘Tour Guide Google’ to […]

Lion Sands Safari Park

We have just spent some wonderful time at a very opulent and decadent safari lodge adjoining Kruger National Park. Two days ago, we left Swaziland, travelling through some hilly country that was forested with both pine and eucalyptus trees. We exited through a much more humble border post than before and  came back into South […]

My Afternoon With the Friends of the 15th Brigade

Today is the day before ANZAC day when I will march with my mates with whom I served in Vietnam. It’s also Villers Bretonneux Day – the day commemorating the liberation of this little village on the WW1 Western Front in 1918. I have attended my second function held by a local organisation called ‘Friends […]

March -We’re Well Into Autumn

We haven’t travelled anywhere for a few months but we have still been doing plenty of fun things around Melbourne. March is the first month of Autumn. I love the balmy days at this time of year – mild temperatures and calm sunny days with little wind. However, it seems that we had a much […]

Donald Trump and the Return to ‘Leave it to Beaver’

I have previously only made one political comment in all of my blog postings and that was to express my relief in seeing Barack Obama (a man of integrity) replace George W Bush as President of the United States. Now that Donald Trump has been elected as the new President of the United States, I […]

Isn’t Technology Wonderful?

I’m all packed and ready to head off on our next adventure, ultimately ending up in the Yukon in Northern Canada. As I was sorting out my electronics (camera, computer, iPhone etc)i I was thinking back to the old days when i had to lug a lot more stuff around on my business trips. I […]

A School Teacher’s Influence

I’m with Miss Yoshiko Denogami who has been visiting us over the last few days. In Japan, she is more formally known as Denogami Sensei. (Sensei  is a Japanese honorific and a word that is literally translated as “person born before another”. In general usage, it is used with proper form, after a person’s name […]

ANZAC Day 2016

I spent yesterday commemorating another ANZAC Day. I guess that by now, my international friends will understand that ANZAC is the iconic reference to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is the name given to the organisation in which troops from both countries were first organised at Gallipoli in WW1 (101 years ago) […]