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Places we’ve been: Taksim


Istanbul (Turkey) is crammed full - that's the feeling you get. There are tiny streets, and tiny shopfronts . You need to sort of burrow into the shops to find the good stuff because although they are narrow

Places we’ve been: Taksim2017-09-13T12:15:00+08:00

Winter Warmth


Needless to say, after a number of years in the tropics, the icy mornings in Northam in the central Wheatbelt of Western Australia have been a shock to the system. Even in winter, there is

Winter Warmth2017-09-13T12:16:41+08:00

Earthquake in Kathmandu


Yesterday there was a terrible earthquake in Nepal, with a great deal of damage and deaths in the city of Kathmandu as well as elsewhere. We visited Kathmandu in 2012. I got very tired of

Earthquake in Kathmandu2017-09-13T12:18:59+08:00

Elephant Poo Paper


I don't know - is that something you would want to be putting so close to your nose, knowing where it has actually been? It is actually paper that is really made out of elephant

Elephant Poo Paper2017-09-13T12:21:26+08:00

Kids like books


When James (our firstborn) was just 14 months old we went to work on Murray Island in the Torres Strait (Queensland). We lived in a tiny house (6m x 8m) and there were many things

Kids like books2017-09-13T12:23:15+08:00

Running amok


‘Running amok’ is for some reason a purely Malaysian thing. We never saw anything like that in Malaysia. But there was this one time, when we hadn’t been there very long, and we were enjoying

Running amok2015-08-26T08:29:27+08:00

Time for School


  Assembly is over, prayers have been said, and I watch the children file into the classroom. Because it is Thursday, the day when everyone expresses national pride by wearing ‘batik’ style clothing the children

Time for School2015-04-21T11:21:48+08:00

A face on the train


  The little girl was so excited to be travelling with her doting parents on the train to the ancient Chinese city of Xi’an. There was so much to see and experience and she was

A face on the train2015-08-26T08:29:44+08:00



  I am the first to admit that I have always been a bit on the timid side. As a kid I was painfully shy. But that doesn't mean that I don’t enjoy an adrenaline


The Green Monster


This time of year Northam is dry dry dry. The only reason we have a green lawn is because it's artificial turf. (Wonderful stuff in this climate!) So this was a game of backyard cricket

The Green Monster2015-02-28T11:32:28+08:00
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