Category Archives: Beyond the Valley

TWO PANICS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE.

“Corona virus caused the economic downturn”. Did it? No. What caused the downturn was the reaction of governments around the globe, or at least those of First World economies and countries. Quite what Laos, Liberia, Chad, and Mali are doing

AUSTRALIA’S MEDIA MAELSTROM

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” so wrote Charles Dickens; the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens might have said the same about the Australian media today, as forces large than itself batter it.  Key among those forces is three viruses: Google, Facebook and SARS-CoV-2.  None will go away soon and there are no vaccines

THE MAGIC OF CARPETS

Afghanistan is many things to many people but to me two things define it. Islam and the horse. As a young merchant, among my first purchases were a print of the Islamic mystical horse Buraq, and a Turkoman saddle cover.

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

These are difficult times. It brings out the best, and the worst, in many of us. It is a time of confusion, scare-mongering, panic buying, false information, but also helping neighbours, keeping family close, showing supportive friendships online, long distance

How I fell for a career in Persian Carpets

I asked my wife about doing a piece for the Manning Community News – ‘Where do I start?’  She suggested the stories of my search for business in Herat, Western Afghanistan when I was young and inexperienced. So  . .

Jaipur Literature Festival21feb20

The Jaipur Literature Festival seems an unusual travel objective. For a start, why go to India anyway? Such a noisy dirty place, holy cows wandering amongst unrelenting smoky traffic with gaping holes in the footpath. Some visitors can even get

SEX SELLS, BUT SO DOES CHAOS. WHY BAD NEWS IS GOOD NEWS.

How long since you read a headline that said, implicitly, ‘All is right with the world’? Not since Professor Pangloss got a gig as tutor to Candide in Voltaire’s 1759 novel, I’ll warrant.  Of course, if you were holed up

THE DELIBERATE KILLING OF KOALAS

Why would anybody want to cruelly kill Koalas on a private landholding? Cape Bridgewater, is a scenic pristine wilderness at the end of the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria, near to the South Australian border, one of the highlights for

MORRISON’S MOTIVES… UNMASKED

The COVID 19 pandemic is no longer just a cloud on the horizon – it has developed into a full scale cyclone, and its effects on Australia, while still unquantifiable, will clearly be severe if not disastrous.  The health experts

After reading Kevin Casey’s article last month…

“Why Climate Change Is An Irrelevance, Economic Growth Is A Myth… And Sustainability Is Forty Years Too Late…” we received this “comment” – Related PostsWe leave planet earth, or change our livesThe ReefYOUR SAY

MORRISON SEEMS INCAPABLE OF GENUINE LEADERSHIP

 – John Hewson It’s about Leadership, Stupid! You were elected to Lead Mr. Morrison. It was a “surprise” and great that you won against the polling, and that your marketing slogans cut through better than those of Shorten.  But they

A QUESTIONABLE BIRTHDAY

There is a birthday coming up some may want to celebrate.  In February, Facebook turns sixteen. That’s the age of consent in many jurisdictions, but people have been consenting on Facebook for years.   And if you miss that birthday,