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Linux Mint 18

Linux Mint 18

Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) using Cinnamon desktop is the best operating system I've had the pleasure to use. I had a previous KDE version of Linux Mint on my Lenovo Z50 laptop and forgot about it for several months after moving from Alice Springs to Darwin and buying a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in the meantime. The Surface Pro is great for mobility and [...] Read more

Steven Bradbury

Steven Bradbury

I had the pleasure today to meet 2002 Winter Olympics gold medallist Steven Bradbury. He's an entertaining speaker and there's much more to his inspirational story than cruising over the finish line as an accidental champion. Bradbury was in the twilight of his career when he won Australia's first Winter Olympics gold. He had suffered many [...] Read more

Samoan cricket

Samoan cricket

Samoans love their rugby. It pervades all sectors of society. There are goalposts in almost every village on unkept grassy fields, like with soccer in Asia and Africa. For a small country of 180,000 people they punch way above their weight on the rugby field, having made quarter finals of the World Cup. They also have indigenous sports that are [...] Read more

Waratah breaks the drought

Waratah breaks the drought

Today I visited the picturesque Gardens Oval in Darwin to watch my first Northern Territory Football League game between Waratah and Southern Districts. Gardens Oval is Waratah's home ground, and being the nearest venue to where I'm living, I adopted the red and whites as my new club. They didn't win a single game last year, but broke the drought [...] Read more

Alofaaga Blowholes

Alofaaga Blowholes

There are many spectacular sites in Samoa, but one that literally blew us away was the Alofaaga Blowholes. This unique natural phenomenon is located in a relatively isolated area of the less-populated island of Savai'i, a short distance from the village of Taga. We cycled into Taga and nearly missed the fading directional sign by the side of the [...] Read more

Magpie geese

Magpie geese

I'm told the arrival of magpie geese in Darwin heralds the beginning of the wet season, just as dragonflies are said to be harbingers of the dry. The birds became conspicuous about a week ago when hundreds began descending on sports ovals around the CBD. They're less prevalent now. Maybe they were just passing through, or perhaps they found some [...] Read more

The Boozer's Lament

The Boozer's Lament

Browsing the National Library's online newspaper Trove I made a heart-warming discovery. It was the 1917 reproduction of a poem by my great-uncle James Gorey, who enlisted under age to serve in the First World War and who died just before the Armistice in 1918. He probably wrote the poem in 1916 when he was 22 years old. It was in response to [...] Read more

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