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Wealth Blinds Us to Our Natural Treasures

November 13th, 2014 · No Comments · Blog

By James Woodford Earlier this year a friend of mine, Stuart Cohen, was invited as a volunteer for the International Union for Conservation of Nature to travel to Africa and then make his way, with rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, to Mount Elgon National Park. For the armed team that accompanied Stuart, the presence […]

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10 Steps to Save the Reef

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Blog

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/28/10-steps-to-save-the-great-barrier-reef  

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The Great Prawn Dilemma

September 26th, 2014 · No Comments · Blog

At the recent Australian Coral Reef Society annual conference in Brisbane I met a young scientist called Renata Ferrari. We were chatting at the end of day one when canapés were being passed around. On the first plate being offered were some prawns. Without any embarrassment Renata asked the waiter whether they were sustainably harvested […]

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Lincoln Hall: Everest Conquerer, Author and Iceberg Headstander

March 21st, 2012 · 6 Comments · Blog

  Photo and story  by James Woodford I can’t claim to have known Lincoln Hall, whose death from mesothelioma was announced today, very well. In fact for most of my adult life he has just been someone I have admired from afar through his writing, his adventuring and his several scrapes with mortality. But in […]

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Old Yella

December 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog

  Considering they’re down to a few dollars a kilogram bananas are surprisingly hard work. I wrote, recently, about how sorely our family’s patience was being tested as we watched a mammoth bunch of bananas – literally the size of my five year old daughter – refuse to ripen on one of the palms we […]

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Cultural Fest, Townsville 2011

August 22nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog

Townsville is a place that has really surprised me. Firstly, the weather this winter has been astonishing – like an endless southern autumn, with day after day in the mid-20s and then night after night buried in doonas. If winter was like this every year and there was no such thing as cyclones in the […]

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A Little Banana Story

June 23rd, 2011 · 3 Comments · Blog

When it comes to gardening I am the fantastical dreamer and Prue the magical realist. She promises (and delivers) on turning our 700 square metre block in Townsville into a market garden while I try and convince her we should go for an exotic, impractical tropical orchard. When it comes to our yard I am […]

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If Only All Politicians Were Scuba Divers

May 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Blog

In 1983 Lodestone Reef, east of Magnetic Island, was the scene of a series of gruesome attacks by a five-metre tiger shark. It was also in the path of Cyclone Yasi and so I was curious to finally get there on the weekend and see how the Reef looks four months after one of the […]

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Footpath Fodder

May 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog

Our street in Townsville is so wide that the people on the other side look like they inhabit a whole other universe. The road often looks more like a vast asphalt car park than a thoroughfare. When we first moved there Prue and I formally applied to council to plant out part of the nature […]

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The J Day

May 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments · Blog

I don’t usually like to blog about personal, family things but this one is an exception. In March last year my sister’s eight-year-old son, Jeremiah Del Tufo, died from brain and spinal cord cancer. It was the most traumatic experience that our family has gone through and for Jeremiah’s parents, Nicole and Dave, and his […]

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