DOES BOB DYLAN DESERVE THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE?

I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan for as long as I can remember, through all the ups and downs of my life and his career. I’ve tuned in for the sublime and the inspirational, and yes, for the dross as well. It’s been a long […]

Meet the woman preserving Horn Island’s WW2 sites

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the Torres Strait islands many times. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and it’s full of good stories. The Strait was Australia’s northern front-line during World War Two – and those difficult times are being […]

A DAY AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AVIATION MUSEUM MOORABBIN

The story of Australian aviation goes back to people like Lawrence Hargrave, Ross and Keith Smith, Bert Hinkler, Charles Kingsford Smith, Nancy Bird-Walton, Hudson Fysh. Remarkable people who pioneered flight down under. They were larger than life characters – and so were the aircraft they […]

How People Learn to Become Resilient – The New Yorker

I’ve been involved in so many emergencies I’ve lost count. Cyclones, floods, bushfires, earthquakes, the occasional tsunami alert. And of course there’s the human-made emergencies – often on a smaller scale, but equally confronting. I’ve been there as a reporter, and increasingly as an emergency […]

REMEMBERING LARRY

There are tens of thousands of people who will reflect today on something they have in common – cyclone Larry. Larry came howling in from the Coral Sea early on Monday March 20, 2006 – ten years ago today. Winds up to 290 kilometres per […]

THAT BASTARD LARRY – 10 YEARS ON

  I’ll be up early this Sunday – not something I usually do – but it’s the 10th anniversary of a life-changing event. So I’ll spend a quiet hour before dawn remembering cyclone Larry. One of the most powerful cyclones ever to make landfall in […]

MY WEST KIMBERLEY PHOTO ALBUM

In September 2014, I moved across the top of Australia, to Broome. It looks and feels very different to far north Queensland – dry tropics instead of wet, and the country has very different stories to tell. Enjoy some pictures of the west Kimberley from […]