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SYDNEY HARBOUR – could I walk 317km?

People pay very big bucks for houses and hotels with views like this. I can have them for nothing.

An interesting project just occurred to me. Yesterday I went out to Cockatoo Island and discovered that the excellent Outpost Project street art event was sponsored by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Trust. I’d never heard of that august body, though I wasn’t surprised to hear it existed. The parts of Sydney Harbour foreshore I’ve seen deserve a trust to look after them. I googled Sydney Harbour, and was intrigued to learn that it has 317km of foreshore.

Now there’s a challenge! How long would it take me to walk it all? Continue reading


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SYDNEY CITY GUIDE – alternative accommodation, restaurants and fun

I recently did an interesting job, writing a brief alternative travel guide to the city I’ve lived in for more than half my life. I welcome suggestions for great places and events I missed out (and if you want me to review your hotel/restaurant/adventure, offer me a freebee), but here’s what I included…

That Opera House looks like a nest of copulating turtles.

Australians who don’t live in Sydney are jealous. Melbourne people in particular enjoy niggling their northern neighbours. The Emerald City is a flashy, superficial town, they say. Lucky it’s got a sparkling harbour and brilliant surf beaches, because apart from that…okay, the weather’s sometimes good and yeah, yeah, there are those Blue Mountains…but apart from that Sydney just rests on its geographic laurels and pours itself a self-congratulatory beer. And BTW, that Opera House looks like a nest of copulating turtles.

Sydneysiders know better. Continue reading


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SYDNEY OPRAH HOUSE – sorry if we’re overexcited!

G’day Oprah,

Welcome to Australia. We don’t have enough American celebrity talk-show hosts visiting us, wearing Akubra cowboy hats, cuddling koalas and Aboriginal kids and telling us how they love coming Downunder because everybody is so natural and friendly. I understand we Aussie taxpayers have invested about $1,500,000.00 to get you here, so we’re naturally very excited to see what our money has bought. Please excuse us if we gush a bit.

I was at first a little disappointed not to be included on the interviewee list for your shows in the Opera House, but I consoled myself by remembering that Nicole Kidman needs the publicity more than I do. I can always talk about myself on this blog. Continue reading


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