Category Archives: Exploring my world

Trekking Kokoda: seeing, hearing, feeling

The difficult part of writing about trekking in Kokoda lies in knowing where to start. To write about the track, its history and people is tricky, as each topic is tightly knitted to the other, so it is hard to know … Continue reading

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No head Broome to write

Naively, I thought I would do a lot of writing this week. Four days away, all by myself. Away from the family, away from work. No appointments, no cooking, no sock pick-uping.  I had imagined myself, coffee in hand and … Continue reading

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They weren’t asked to go: Western Australia’s Chinese Anzacs

The message was clear enough: ‘If you ain’t white, don’t bother applying’. At the outbreak of World War 1, thousands of young men rallied in support of Britain and volunteered for the Australian Imperial Forces. So many men, that recruiters … Continue reading

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In shadow of the plague

Bubonic plague is something we normally associate with medieval Europe, not sunny Western Australia. And yet, at the turn of last century, the Black Death sailed onto the shores of the Swan River, and sent the young city of Fremantle … Continue reading

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It wasn’t my fault either

The new law appeared as a short notice on page 10 of the West Australian, sandwiched between a section heading and an unrelated paragraph clarifying some aspect of the Vermin Act. Aborigines in Perth – By a proclamation in the … Continue reading

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Pages from a history book

Oh, I know many people are bored by history and if that is you, you may as well stop reading now. But there is a tale I am compelled to mull over, an extraordinary, empowering, human story of the earliest days … Continue reading

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The reel inside your head

Perhaps it’s an indication that I’ve had too much time on my hands, but I’ve been thinking about thinking this week. More to the point, I’ve been thinking about REMEMBERING. Have you ever stopped to consider what your thoughts and … Continue reading

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Falling in love with maps

Lifelong interests sometimes have inauspicious beginnings. This was the case for me and maps. It all started when I was ten. It was the early 80s, and my family had freshly emerged from behind the curtain of Cold War Poland. … Continue reading

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