Shirley Valentine moment in Çanakkale

“You see that girl there?” I heard the nearby woman say with, what I thought was an Australian accent. “She was a singer and she was Australian and she was successful, like, ten years ago” she added referring to the video clip of Delta Goodrem playing on the video screen of the waterfront bar in…

Anzac Day in Turkey

I was feeling slightly apprehensive about my decision to visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine. I'm very proud of my Australian heritage which goes back to the early days of European settlement, and as you can see from this website, I have a strong interest in genealogy and history. To the best of my knowledge,…

Mobile phone in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities

Kulturnatt in Stockholm

"That doesn't look too hard", I thought to myself as I watched the group of people being taught a traditional Swedish dance. Initially, I'd shied away from taking part in the class because I didn't think my language skills were good enough to fully understand the instructions being given out. But then I heard phrases…

Protest at Medborgarplatsen

People Everywhere

"Move along there's nothing to see here", I heard the police officer on horseback say earlier today. In all my life, I don't think I'd never heard a police officer say the phrase before. I thought it was just a line from The Simpsons. This time around, there was no one-second translation delay going on…