It’s official, today we are Aussies! This morning Anna and I joined 620 new citizens to take the Australian citizenship pledge at Brisbane City Hall. Play the slide show Do we now speak with perfect Aussie twang, enjoy the taste of Vegemite or magically understand the rules of cricket? Uh, no – and especially not [...]
Queensland Police is now conducting random Roadside Drug Tests state-wide. The tests detect use of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy, ice and speed. Those who fail a random RDT face automatic suspension of their driving license (24 hours) plus the prospect of fines of up to $1,050, permanent license loss and three months’ jail if convicted. [...]
Anna and I went hiking on Mt Coot-ha, about 5km west of downtown Brisbane. Mt Coot-ha is a popular spot for hiking, cycling and picnics. The forest, primarily open eucalypt, is Brisbane’s largest natural area at 1500+ hectares. A little history Mt Coot-ha was home to Turrbal Aboriginal people. The name is derived from “kuta” [...]
On account of the good Aussie weather, we can get away with not owning a hot-air clothes dryer. This is not without risk, however — As the attached picture shows, the local wildlife sometimes takes exception to my fashion choices.
Anna and I took a few hours to wander around Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands. This area is home to rainforest gardens, a swimming lagoon, walking & cycling paths, craft market, cultural centre and the brand-new GOMA (gallery of modern art) — plus a lot more! It is a beautiful spot within the city, right on [...]
Happy Australia Day! On January 26, 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became its first Governor. Australia Day, 26 January, is a national day of celebration where Australians and us wanna-be-Aussies come together to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. This makes today a [...]