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Entries Tagged as 'Townsville'

The Inter-Planetary Cosmic Egg Yolk Better Known As The Transit of Venus

June 6th, 2012 · 4 Comments · News

On my bike,  on my way to work I passed a couple with a homemade telescope out the front of their house in Townsville and they invited me to look at the Transit of Venus…I was skeptical but then made out the disk of Venus in front of the North Queensland Sun and was stunned…I […]

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a fANTaSEA: A tale of the planet’s only swimming ant

May 17th, 2012 · 1 Comment · News

A story first broadcast on ABC North Queensland

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North Queensland: Tornado One Day, Toad Day the Next

March 25th, 2012 · 1 Comment · News

     

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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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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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Let Them Eat Bike Dust

February 27th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Blog

South Townsville. It’s about 8pm after a Saturday night spent with friends on a Queenslander house’s deck and I am cycling home. The rest of my family is driving. The reason? We have a ute with only three seats and, because there are four of us, either my wife, Prue, or I has to ride.  […]

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Cyclones Also Fell Rainforests of the Ocean

February 5th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Updates

Last night I filed this story for The Guardian in London and this one for the Sydney Morning Herald: Tropical Cyclone Yasi not only felled vast numbers of trees in some of the Australia’s most spectacular and precious rainforest. The storm’s reach was felt not only on land but also underwater. Yasi will almost certainly […]

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Cyclone Yasi: The Clean-up Begins

February 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog

There is still no power here in many parts of Townsville and the streets remain strewn with trees and powerlines. I filed this story to the Guardian in London late last night: All everyone wanted was to get to the morning after the cyclone before. The citizens of Townsville had been told that category five […]

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