A curious overseas visitor.
‘He’s called a mata-mata and he’s come all the way from South America.’
‘Why?’ The five year old of our family is very interested in animals.
The zoo keeper holding the strange-looking turtle is pleased to have an excited customer. ‘He was a present from an American zoo to our Taronga Zoo here in Australia.’
‘When is he going back home?’
‘He’s going to stay here now. He’s not going home.’
‘Does he miss his mummy?’ Continue reading
Sandra Chipchase and one of the good things about NSW. Photo: John Reid, Sydney Morning Herald
You have to feel for Sandra Chipchase. Just appointed CEO of the new tourism body Destination NSW, she bustles over the border from Victoria with an enthusiastic plea to all New South Welsh residents to start talking up the delights their state has to offer. We can all be tourism ambassadors in our own little ways, she says.
Instead of a chorus of ‘Hear, hear, great idea Sandra!’ she gets howls of derision as everybody with a grievance takes the opportunity to tell the world why NSW is buggered. Our transport system is a joke, our service sucks, our people are unfriendly, Sydney is unaffordable and…get this one…there are too many tourists clogging the place up. Continue reading