• Up / Down / Over / Under – how about just Here?

    by  • March 13, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Wouldn’t it seem kind of provincial if everyone here (by here I mean, in Australasia) were to refer to the UK or the US as up over? And compound that by capitalising it – Up Over? You know, ‘the others’ Up Over. Up over the hill. The globe hill. I realise that Down Under is...

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    Being angry about The Falklands: it’s what we do

    by  • March 13, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Graffiti in Argentina

    Fiery Argentina has been in my head a lot in the past few days, for reasons good and bad. For the good, I’ve seen some photos from the excellent Graffitimundo organisation’s forthcoming documentary White Walls Say Nothing, about street art in Buenos Aires. As I’ve written before, graffiti is one of the most well-established...

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    Surfing piglet becomes naturalised Australian citizen

    by  • March 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Surfing piglet Mt Maunganui, NZ

      JEZEBEL.COM is an excellent website. It really is fantastic. But I and, I’m sure, New Zealanders everywhere did an internal if not external groan at @jezebel’s tweet today “Let’s all move to Australia and surf with this baby pig”, linking to their story about CBS’s story about it. The sentiment is entirely correct: I...

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    Hysteria as man spits wine at Queen

    by  • March 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A prize-winning photograph of a man tasting wine in front of the Queen has caused absolute outrage in southern New South Wales. See it here. There really are a lot of Australians twisting their knickers about this, if the online comments left on the Illawarra Mercury’s story are anything to go by (“we should...

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    Flamin’ West Woden Wamberal Wagga Wombats

    by  • February 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    You know you’re subbing an Australian paper when… 1. You have to Google every team name in an article because none of them sound like they’re from real places: West Belconnen, Woden Valley, Wagga City South, Bathurst St Pats, Terrigal Womberal (dutifully corrected to Wamberal), Coogee Wombats, Clovelly Crocodiles, Caringbah, St Christophers Panania. Sigh.

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    Christchurch’s new heart

    by  • February 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Christchurch earthquake damage

    Among the destruction of Christchurch’s deadly earthquake two years ago, a glimmer of something good. Against expectations, the gentle exodus of young people has slowed since the disaster – and those who remain are cultivating a new, glowing little heart for the crumpled city. In 2010, Christchurch was a pretty garden city in Canterbury,...

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    How to roadtrip NZ: South Island #1, Arthur’s Pass

    by  • February 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Arthur's Pass drive in New Zealand's South Island

      Heading due west from Christchurch is an immediately rewarding experience. Firstly, on the way out of the wide Canterbury plains farmland you travel through a tiny town named Sheffield, revered among pie-eaters (one of many bizarre pan-hemisphere parallel universes to be found in New Zealand). Secondly you are very soon winding up, down,...

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    Want to visit El Paraiso’s temple? First try Caral

    by  • February 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Have you read about Peru’s latest archeological find at El Paraiso? The area north of Lima is stuffed with enormously significant historical sites – like Caral: ten times as old as Machu Picchu and astonishingly under-visited. A vast temple has been uncovered at the already very impressive El Paraiso, about 40km north of Lima, and it’s...

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