MANGROVES – THE STINKY SCIENCE OF A VITAL TROPICAL ECO-SYSTEM

You don’t have to go very far in far north Queensland to find mangroves. Our state is home to almost half of Australia’s mangrove areas, most here in FNQ. They’re not the gentlest of places – stifling hot, teeming with mozzies and sandflies, and there’s […]

IVANHOES RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB CELEBRATES 90th ANNIVERSARY

Cairns and far north Queensland has one of the highest rates of participation in sport of any Australian region. Every afternoon and every weekend, our parks, ovals and indoor centres are full of people playing, training, practising. The Ivanhoes Rugby League Club has been playing […]

GORDONVALE’S TRISH RICHARDS – QUEENSLAND’S MOST POPULAR LIBRARIAN

I’m happy to report that far north Queensland is home to this state’s favourite librarian – Gordonvale Library’s Trish Richards. Every year, the Australian Library and Information Association invites library users to nominate their favourite staff members, with an online public vote determining the top […]

Sugar glider eating from Martin's hand

CHIP THE FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND SUGAR GLIDER MAKES HIS RADIO DEBUT

Today’s special guest on my ABC Far North radio show was tiny, very cute, and ate all the way through his interview. At one point, he leaped from the microphone, sailed across the room and started climbing up the soundproof wall. Chip is his name […]

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF WINDOWS 8

Where did Microsoft go wrong with Windows 8? At its launch a year ago, it was hailed as the biggest shakeup in personal computing since Windows 95. Windows 8 has legions of admirers and advocates, but not everyone is happy with it. Users with plenty […]