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5 pueblitos near Bogotá

For my final day in Bogotá I decided to hire a driver and head out of town to explore beyond the mountains that ring the city, take a break from … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Musings from Quito

From Bogotá I travelled to a country I’ve wanted to visit, Ecuador, specifically Quito. Having travelled for a month through Peru as a backpacker in 2003 I was expecting Quito … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 2 Comments

Book Review – Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – 4 stars

After being gripped by Man Booker prize winner (2009) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel from cover to cover it was with great expectation that I read the sequel Bring up … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Musings from Bogotá

After 32 hours of economy class travel I was delighted to arrive in Bogotá last night though I admit that I was apprehensive after reading the Wikitravel site! I pre-arranged … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 4 Comments

My dear dog Lily

Growing up on a property, we always had dogs. Some we rescued after they were illegally dumped by good-for-nothing owners in the nearby national park, others we bought cheaply from … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

Inhumane treatment of asylum seeker

It is heartening to see the Australian media this week full of negative reports about the government’s harsh policies towards refugees. Perhaps now we can apply enough pressure on the … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

Why won’t Immigration Minister Morrison provide information?

I’ve discovered that the Parliamentary Hansard records are an excellent source of information so for this post I have relied on the Hansard Proof from the first session of the first period … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sri Lanka: Asylum Seekers and CHOGM

In 2012, more than 6,500 Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrived in Australian waters by boat, an increase of about 30 times compared to previous years. Many wonder why the asylum … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 5 Comments

Film Review – Short Term 12 – 4 1/2 stars

I loved the film Short Term 12 by Director Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Brie Larson (as Grace) and John Gallagher Jr (as Mason)! I’ve tried to discuss some themes here without giving away … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Book review – The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood – 3 1/2 stars

Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors so it is always with joy and great expectation that I embark on reading any book of hers. With my book group … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · 3 Comments