OF Wattle and Daub Beginnings – The Great War

In state this new world Achilles, he of translucent glow rests, world weary: Oblivious to commanders. Those reticent masters of the bayonet charge, lauded yet by those similarly inclined. Ten miles beyond the sordid scope of battle, only Generals die in bed. Our Achilles, little known disparager of war, of wattle and daub beginnings. [...]

By | July 22nd, 2016|A WRITERS LIFE, Inspiration, Opinion, Patriotism, Poetry|0 Comments

Eating our national emblem, Skippy.

Considering we’re not averse to chomping down on a nice piece of spring lamb or Bambi, if you’re a venison lover, it’s surprising how many people don’t like the idea of eating kangaroo or emu. Meat is meat after all, isn’t it? And if it isn’t, then what makes skippy and our own version of [...]

By | July 4th, 2016|COUNTRY LIFE, General, MOTHER NATURE, Opinion|0 Comments

Coffee-break Quick Pick: There’s a ghost in the restaurant.

Think that old Television series The Ghost and Mrs Muir throw in contemporary Sydney and a restaurant as setting, with ghost – Frankie, and you have J.D. Barrett’s The Secret Recipe for Second Chances. This is a story about a young woman, Lucy who leaves her philandering ‘superstar’ chief husband to open her own restaurant [...]

By | June 9th, 2016|Opinion|0 Comments

That’s not a boot. That’s a boot.

Once upon a time riding boots were rarely seen outside regional and rural areas in Australia. The elastic-sided boot was the boot of choice for men and women living and working/riding in the bush and invariably pointed to a good part of life spent in the saddle. A second pair of boots were often used [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Opinion, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

Barnaby, Boat people and Depps’ Boo

Did the temporary ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia really lead to an increase in boat people arriving in Australia? So says Barnaby Joyce. Five years ago the uproar over footage filmed at an Indonesian abattoir led to the Labor government banning live cattle exports. It was a temporary measure to address the horror [...]

Steak anyone?

I love steak, particularly T-bone, preferably grass fed, not the mushy tasteless grain fed variety currently featuring on the shelves at Coles. But as a consumer and a producer I’m in the hands of the ‘Big 5’, the giants who control the red meat processing industry, Woolworths, Coles, JBS Australia, Teys/Cargill and Nippon. You’d think [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|COUNTRY LIFE, Opinion, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

Writing frontier Australia.

I'm extraordinarily grateful for the great reception that my last novel, Wild Lands received. In writing about the opening up of northern New South Wales in the 1830s I was cautioned by some who were concerned about my writing from the perspective of both white settlers and Australia's First People. I was also reminded by others [...]

By | December 10th, 2015|A WRITERS LIFE, Opinion|1 Comment

A creeping natural disaster.

And the drought goes on… I’m wondering if anyone is going to take a stand for rural Australia. I’m speaking of those areas such as Western NSW and Central and Western QLD still fighting the extremes of a never-ending drought. Surely it is time for serious attention to be given to those who are suffering. [...]

Bush news & views.

When the overseas guys arrive with wads of cash in the palms of their hands. It’s a contentious issue, foreign investment, but for all the opinions many argue that overseas dollars are a major component when it comes to keeping primary industries viable. Do I like the idea of foreign ownership of the land, of [...]

By | March 17th, 2015|COUNTRY LIFE, Opinion, Rural Affairs|0 Comments

Stand up for farmers!

It's about time that NSW regional and rural voters had a bigger say ahead of the March 28th State election, don't you think so?  So does NSW Farmers.  They have created StandupforFarmers, a campaign giving country NSW voters a greater voice enabling them to shine the spotlight on issues impacting rural and regional communities. If you head to [...]

By | March 2nd, 2015|COUNTRY LIFE, Opinion, Rural Affairs|0 Comments
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