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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  . . . It was a time of relative peace before the USSR and USA fought over […]

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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 a bit of tummy trouble, including this writer.  As the largest literature festival on the […]

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

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 in an inside cabin on the virus-laden Diamond Princess, ‘Rescue for Australians trapped on cruise […]

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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 locals and tourists on their vacation trips into “real” Australia.  Cape Bridgewater and Bridgewater Bay, […]

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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 now tell us that the virus cannot be contained – in time every Australian will […]

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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 are only slogans. There was no detail. While you have been cut a lot of […]

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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, Twitter turns sixteen in 2022, and Google, now all grown up, turned twenty-one last year.  […]

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OUR WINGHAM BRUSH IS DYING

If ever there was an indication of the dire straits we are in as a result of drought caused by Climate Change, it’s right here.  The Wingham Brush, drawcard to the Manning Valley, is critically drought-stressed from the worst drought so far recorded.  362.2 mm to date for this year – way, way worse than 1994’s […]

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JUGGLING THE RUBRIK’S CUBE OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Aretha Franklin got it right when she sang Respect, R E S P C T.  Respect is very hard to legislate for but is at the heart of proposed freedom of religion laws. It seems legislators must legislate, it’s their only tool since moral leadership is beyond their pay scale, and when your only tool […]

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“…JUST A TRAVELLIN’ MAN”

I’m writing this from the Bungles … Purnululu National Park in the East Kimberley. The Bungles is a bit like an adjoining township to both Kununurra and Halls Creek but these days, of course, is a World Heritage area and is much more “known” than good old “Kuners” or Halls Creek. Hall’s Creek, sometimes called […]

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CHOPPER CRASH IN ARNHEM LAND . . .

FOLLOWING OUR STORY LAST MONTH ON BORIS’S HELICOPTER CRASH ON TOP OF AYER’S ROCK, LOCAL RESIDENT, JIM FRAZIER, CAMERAMAN FOR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH FOR MANY YEARS AND WHO IS KNOWN WORLDWIDE FOR INVENTING A UNIQUE CLOSE UP CAMERA LENS, HIS LATE PARTNER, NATURALIST DENSYE CLYNE, WROTE OF THEIR CHOPPER CRASH IN ARNHEM LAND . . . […]