THE LONG-PLAYING RECORD IS 70 YEARS OLD

On June 21, 1948, Columbia Records held a press conference in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, to announce a new way to hear music. The long-playing record became the industry standard for the next 40 years, and is still preferred by many music lovers. The […]

SPEAKING IN TONGUES – THE PLAY THAT BECAME THE FILM LANTANA

One of the best Australian films of recent times was Lantana – Ray Lawrence directing a stellar cast in a complex and compelling tale of mystery, lust and the search for something more. The film was based on a play by Andrew Bovell – Speaking […]

Yidinji artist Paul Bong

MEET INDIGENOUS CAIRNS ARTIST PAUL BONG

I’m a keen student of the human condition in all its manifestations, and one of the most fascinating is the way we navigate our way through life, charting a course between safety and danger. We take risks, all the time. Without risk, there would be […]

HELENE'S OFFICE IS THE POINT END OF A DASH-8 AIRCRAFT

FNQ AVIATOR AUTHOR HELENE YOUNG LAUNCHES NEW NOVEL – SAFE HARBOUR

For about three years now I’ve been following the rising literary fortunes of far north Queensland author and pilot Helene Young. In a commendably short time she’s produced five really good mystery romance novels, drawing themes and characters from every day life in tropical Queensland. […]

AURUKUN CAMP DOG CARVING

THE WAY FORWARD FOR INDIGENOUS ART IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

If you ask people to talk about Australian indigenous art, most will think immediately of dot paintings – a style from the central Australian desert, instantly recognisable all over the world as Australian and indigenous. It’s by far the most commercially successful element of our […]

LYNDAL PHIL AND I ON THE PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ROAD

PICTURES FROM OUR CAPE YORK PENINSULA ROAD TRIP

We did our annual Cape York Peninsula road trip a bit early this year, in June instead of October. It was early in the dry season, the roads were in great shape and we travelled to Lakeland, Laura, Lama Lama National Park, Coen, Wenlock River, […]