All posts by James O'Brien

Born: Lismore; Lived: Brisbane, Bourke, Renmark, Wagga, Perth, Sydney | Work: Radio | Love: Travel, Genealogy, Sweden, Family and Friends.

"How's the weather?" I asked my friend Sue who has been in Melbourne for several days. "Sunny and 26", she replied in a text. Clearly, I've brought the weather from Sydney down to Melbourne.

Movies, Food, Friends and Travel

I’m normally asleep before take-off. Within seconds of switching off my mobile phone, my head can normally be found bobbing from side to side, probably to the annoyance of the person sitting next to me. And there is always only one, as I have a preference for aisle seats. I don’t want to be the ...

Opera House Protest

Sydney Opera House Protest

According the The Guardian, there were hundreds. According to the ABC, there were just over a thousand. According to Fairfax, there were thousands. And according to both News Corp and Alan Jones, there were probably just a "handful". I don't know exactly how many people attended tonight's protest rally at the Sydney Opera House, but ...

Bunya Nut Art

Life Right Now

I haven't updated for a while, so I thought I'd share a few recent photographs which capture the essence of life lately, and things I've observed over the last couple of weeks, including The Long Weekend. We went to the opening of an exhibition, and we caught up a few days later for an afternoon ...

Career Memories

At the end of a "difficult week" at the ABC, there's still much to smile about. One of the awesome things that's happened recently at work has been a project to make the ABC's digitised archives more readily available internally. For me, it means a whole bunch of my earlier work, which I thought was ...

Surry Hills Festival

If you're visiting Surry Hills (Sydney) for the Surry Hills Festival this weekend, take a look at Marlborough Street, and the terrific stories and photographs of Surry Hills and Valleys, a project I've been involved with https://surryhillsandvalleys.com/. Awesome work by Karina Kreminski in pulling this together.

Darwin Photo Gallery

I'm back in Sydney after a couple of weeks in Darwin for work. It was an awesome time to be there, as the "wet season" hasn't arrived yet. However, there were a couple of days of high humidity combined with high temperatures. On two separate days, I arrived at work with a slightly damp shirt. ...

Florence Falls

Darwin Tourist

Outside working hours, I've been doing a few tourist things during my stay in Darwin, including a sunset cruise and a trip to Litchfield National Park. On Tuesday, Kate and I went on a sunset cruise around Darwin Harbour. As there's quite a few to choose from, I did some research, and settled on a ...

Super Anagu by Kaylene Whiskey

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award

I spent a couple of hours today wandering around the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, home of the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Even though I've been to the museum a couple of times before, and I think it's a wonderful museum, especially their Cyclone Tracey exhibition, today ...

Mindil Beach Sunset

Wonderful Darwin

"Excuse me, Sir, you'll need to show me some form of I.D.", the young man at the bottle shop said to me tonight. That he was probably half my age, didn't help, and so I put it to him that I was 52 years of age and hadn't been asked for I.D. in about thirty ...