Home | Michael Gorey

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

Samoa singing

Samoa singing

Samoans are enthusiastic and talented singers. Music and dance are important to their social and religious lives. We were told before going to Samoa that Sundays are sacred. Most people dress up in white clothes and attend church. There are numerous churches for many denominations across both islands and some are architecturally stunning. Unlike [...] Read more

Samoa ferry

Samoa ferry

Libby has written an excellent blog post which describes our recent Samoa adventure in some detail. I will add some snippets to that here. On our first day in Samoa we caught the ferry from Upolu to Savaii. The Samoa Shipping Corporation sails five services a day from Mulifanua to Salelologa across 13 nautical miles on six days a week. The service [...] Read more

< 1 2 3 4 >