Diary Australia

Zimbabwean diary

24 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s time to try my hand at currency exchange with the tourist touts of Zimbabwe. I manage to get one…

Intern’s diary

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Four months in Washington D.C., interning on Capitol Hill sounded pretty good to a kid who was addicted to The…

Holiday diary

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Holidays are a time to abandon the comfort zone and try new things. So when my mate Adam Brereton, an…

Lima diary

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Peru is a delight to the senses, from its fusion of ancient native and European, principally Spanish, cultures. This is…

Diary

13 December 2014 9:00 am

I’ve been to Kirribilli House only twice. John Howard had little time for the Melbourne media, and I suspect did…

Islamic diary

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Australia originally appeared to me in the form of a boyfriend. A fellow student brought him home one evening without…

Australian diary

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The Israeli’s and I didn’t get off to the best start. Maybe they just didn’t like the cut of my…

Indian diary

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Not your usual welcome. The duty manager at New Delhi’s Taj Palace Hotel greets me on arrival. Two sari-clad and…

Australian Diary

15 November 2014 9:00 am

‘Australia – love it and leave it’ says my t-shirt. The good news is that kindly sponsors are flying me…

Medical diary

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Among the delusions I use to warm myself in the bleak midwinter, channeling Dr Who is not one. But as…

Diary

1 November 2014 9:00 am

The last week in parliament has been the political equivalent of a burger with the lot. The PM’s whistle-stop tour…

Diary

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I am an atheist, not one of those leftie agro ones. I respect people who have faith; I just don’t…

Austro-Sino diary

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Austria is one of those nations which is known by everybody, but visited by few. Though considered to be within…

Diary Australia

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Riding to work just seems obvious from this range: an easy 15 minutes from Fitzroy to the Southbank home of…

Diary Australia

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Every three years in New Zealand, incumbent politicians must hit the campaign trail. Since 2008, I have chased votes in…

Diary

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The first week of September marks not only the first anniversary of the election of the Abbott Government, but the…

Polynesian diary

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Speccie Oz editor Rowan Dean called, sounding incredulous. His mother had just rung him. Radio 2GB said I was eloping…

Diary Australia

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Walking across the playing fields of St Edmund’s College, Canberra, my mind wanders back 36 years to the day I…

Ethiopian Diary

16 August 2014 9:00 am

My partner Billy and I are in Gondar, in north-eastern Ethiopia, a few bone-jarring hours’ drive from the Sudanese border.…

Diary Australia

9 August 2014 9:00 am

At the season launch for the 1987 Sheffield Shield, the South Australian captain, David Hookes, was seated next to Don…

Diary Australia

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Like Ray Charles and nearly as short-sighted, a couple of years ago I moved to the outskirts of town. I’m…

Chemo Notes

26 July 2014 9:00 am

It’s now six months since I was diagnosed with cancer. That was a terrible start to the year. The surgeon…

Diary Australia

26 July 2014 9:00 am

After years of arguments, days of negotiations and hours of speeches from the Greens, the carbon tax was finally abolished.…

Diary Australia

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Australia is a long way from the US. I left Washington on 4 July of all dates for Melbourne, there…

Sicilian Diary

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Most of my dealings with the mafia — to the best of my knowledge — have been pleasant ones. Visiting…