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12 November 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Kingston Foreshore

I've been living in the Canberra suburb of Kingston since February 2017, close to the southern foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin.

It's a lively and interesting place with medium-density apartments, restaurants and cafes. The older, more established part of Kingston is a few hundred metres south across Wentworth Avenue and Manuka is a short walk further.

It's 5.5km to the office where I work in Civic, which is a leisurely 20-minute ride along the lake, with only a couple of (...)

12 November 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Castell Dinas Bran

I visited Castell Dinas Bran in April 2014. It's a haunting ruin above the town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales.

Dinas Bran was built on the site of an Iron Age fort and was the stronghold of Welsh princes before English forces overran them in 1282. The name translates as "crow castle" or "hill of the crow".

It's indeed a challenging walk from below to the ramparts and would have deterred many attackers.

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11 November 2017 | comments: 1 | Categories: Tags:

Henbury meteorites

I visited the Henbury meteorite craters, about 140km southwest of Alice Springs, in November 2015.

According to Wikipedia, Henbury is one of five meteorite impact sites in Australia with remaining meteorite fragments and one of the world's best preserved examples of a small crater field.

At Henbury there are 13 to 14 craters ranging from 7 to 180 metres in diameter and up to 15 metres in depth (...)

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Detained in Malawi

While visiting Malawi in 1990, I was detailed by police in Blantyre and questioned about my apparent interest in the country's then President Hastings Banda.

In 1963, Banda was formally appointed as Nyasaland's Prime Minister, and led the country to independence as Malawi a year later. Two years later, he proclaimed Malawi a republic with himself as president.

He consolidated power and later declared Malawi a one (...)

10 November 2017 | comments: 0 | Categories: Tags:

Sir John Kirwan: My Life's Adventure

One of my early and more distinguished predecessors as Editor of the Kalgoorlie Miner was Sir John Kirwan. Sir John (pictured) was born on 2 December 1869 in Liverpool, England, and sailed on 25 May 1889 for Australia to join his brother Edmund, a journalist on the Brisbane Courier.

He worked at various regional newspapers, including Kerang, Casterton and Port Augusta, and tried his hand at prospecting before becoming part-owner with the Hocking brothers of the Kalgoorlie Miner, (...)

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The Treasure of Montsegur

2 starsSeveral years ago I read a biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Eleanor was a remarkable woman and probably would have been great in any era. She was married to the King of France, but they obtained (purchased) a divorce on the grounds of being cousins despite already having a daughter.

Eleanor was a prize catch, commanding in her own right the affluent Duchy of Aquitaine. She (...)

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Childhood leisure memories

I was asked recently to describe my leisure activities between the ages of 10 and 13. It's an interesting question, especially as I can make comparisons with my children.

I have to say though, that I can't remember much about being 10 years old. In 1977 I was in grade five at St Michael's Primary School, Traralgon. My teachers were Mrs Haylock and Miss Fitzpatrick.

I played football for Southside in the under 10s competition. I was in the best three players and won selection (...)

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Breaker Morant

The campaign seeking a posthumous pardon for Breaker Morant and Peter Handcock is misguided. Although the two men shouldn’t have been shot by firing squad, they clearly deserved punishment for their actions.

I'm an Australian partly of Dutch descent. My ex-wife is an Afrikaner. We believe that many people with South African connections, and others who value human life, share our objection to Morant being pardoned.

Breaker MorantThe fact is that he executed Boer (...)

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The Book of Fame

4 starsLloyd Jones has immortalised himself in New Zealand literature through his outstanding novel "The Book of Fame".

It traces the story of the famous 1905 All Blacks, known as "The Originals", on their pioneer tour of Britain, France and the United States.

The story is written as a collective diary in concise prose that's almost poetic. The use of language is something I've never (...)

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Lunch with Mussolini

4 starsLunch with Mussolini by Derek Hansen is a fascinating book that's full of suspense and intrigue.

Hansen is an Australian author, who according to his blurb, left the advertising industry to "fulfil a lifelong ambition" to write novels.

Putting aside my suspicion of advertising people, and resisting the temptation to say they are all experts in fiction, I'm happy to praise Hansen (...)