Tag Archives: darwin

News Values

Darwin Harbour Cruise

Although the big news of the day was the Victorian election, the headline which caught my attention today was the banner headline of the “NT News”: “Woman falls out of paddy wagon”. Isn’t it a story you just WANT to read. Don’t you just know it’s going to be a great yarn? Or could it be quite lame? I don’t

Read more

Cruising in Darwin

I was seated on the top deck of the boat on the “sunset cruise” on Darwin Harbour when the woman next to me asked me where I was from. I told her my story and then asked her about her story. I found out she’d been living in Darwin for a couple of months visiting her “adopted” son, as she

Read more

Another Sunset

Darwin Sunset

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “It’s another bloody photograph of a sunset. First it was Cairns and now it’s Darwin. There’s got to be more to Darwin, surely?”, I hear you saying. Of course there is, but this trip is a work-trip and most of my time is being spent in work-related activities. Tonight I went out for dinner

Read more

Hello from Darwin

Darwin Harbour Cruise

“Is it hot enough for you?”, my niece asked me as we embraced on my arrival at her place in Darwin tonight. “Surprisingly, it’s not as bad as I expected”, I told her. I’ve been to Darwin twice before: in 1998, Damien and I came for a week-long holiday, and then in 2002, I worked here for a while. On

Read more

Hello from Cairns

Cairns Esplanade

This is a somewhat unexpected post from Cairns Airport. Although it would have been great to have a direct flight from Sydney to Darwin, economics, timezones, and schedules have necessitated a four-hour stop-over in Cairns. With that in mind, I organised to catch up with one of my colleagues I’ve spoken to on the phone on several occasions, but have

Read more

Lazy Saturday

“Do I put some underwear on under my trackpants?” I wondered to myself as I left the house tonight to pick up a pizza. That one thought gives you an insight into my Saturday, doesn’t it? As I was talking on the phone tonight to a family member – who lives in Darwin – I told her that despite my

Read more

Balibo Movie

I went to a sneak preview today of the new movie, Balibo. Although much of the film’s narrative focuses on the death of five Australian journalists at Balibo, I thought the film balanced this narrative well with the broader story of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975. In this film, Anthony La Paglia plays Roger East, the Australian

Read more

Darwin in Hindsight

Darwin Harbour Cruise

I have been to Darwin twice. The first time was with Damien in 1998 when we visited Declan and Penny and went on a four day tour of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. The second time was when I was working for the ABC in April, May and June 2002. The experiences of course were vastly different. On both occasions,

Read more

Back Home

It’s Tuesday night and I have been back in Sydney for over two weeks. Darwin seems like a million years ago. I can scarcely believe I have spent three and a half months, this year, living away, until you look at the house. Mind you, almost all of the work has been done on the house that needs to be

Read more

Bocce in Kakadu

It’s Tuesday night and “summer” has returned to Darwin. After last week’s “cooler” weather, the warmer temperatures are back with us. I spent the weekend in Kakadu National Park and really noticed the difference. I spent two days with travel company, Aussie Adventures, and a further day travelling with a friend and her family. I was the first to be

Read more

Dagwood Dogs

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m back in Sydney, albeit briefly. I had to come to Sydney for a workshop on Friday and decided to extend my stay, so I could enjoy my annual day at Rosehill Races and attend Andrew’s (that’s Sue’s son) 21st Birthday. The last week has been quite busy and I apologise for the delay in updating

Read more

East Timor in Darwin

It’s Thursday afternoon and I’m just about to finish work. The last few days have been pretty flat-out and I haven’t had much time to think about writing in this online diary. Sunday night was pretty amazing. I met Sarah from work for dinner at the local Chinese restaurant, called Yum Cha, before heading off to the Darwin Entertainment Centre

Read more
« Older Entries