Meshell Ndegeocello reckons the world would be a better place if Dolly Parton were President!

Meshell Ndegeocello was at her go-to repository of auditory delights—Amoeba Music on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles last October showing off her tote bag of goodies as part of their irregular, funny and revealing "Whats In My Bag" sessions. The YouTube clip gives a pretty good idea of Meshell's catholic musical and artistic tastes - [...]

Ethnoornithology at St Louis Missouri, April 2024

Regular readers will know that I’ve been attending—and presenting—at various meetings of different ethnobiological and related associations over the past two decades, starting with Australasian Ornithological Conferences as far back as 2001 and (fairly) regularly at a variety of Australian and international meetings since then. COVID-19, work and a patch of ill health has prevented [...]

By |2024-03-12T20:45:13+09:30March 12th, 2024|Birds and people, Ethnoornithology, Fun stuff, Some places I've been, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on Ethnoornithology at St Louis Missouri, April 2024

Horse Trank and friends. Darwin Railway Club, 23 February 2024

A couple weeks back I had a night out at Darwin's Railway Club with three young women hitting strings and skins and a coupla bunches of old(er) blokes doing the same but without a pair of decent trousers (or a full set of teeth) between them. Notwithstanding those apparent shortcomings (pun intended) it was great [...]

In the NT juvenile offenders sleep on million dollar beds

Photo: National Indigenous Times This Musical Dispatch from the Front is a guest post by my old—in both senses of that word—friend Frank Baarda,* a long-term resident of Yuendumu. Hiya Folks, I consider myself lucky to have experienced an age when nuclear submarines didn’t cost $5 billion and to keep an almost vacant offshore asylum [...]

Emily Wurramara, The Darwin Railway Club

20 February 2024 It was a select but sold out crowd that saw a great show from Emily Wurramara at the Railway Club in Darwin earlier tonight. We were all happy to see her back on stage in Darwin on a hot February night. Emily was ably supported by local duo Reverie at what for [...]

By |2024-02-20T23:44:15+09:30February 20th, 2024|Fun stuff, Music, Photography, Some places I've been, The Arts, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on Emily Wurramara, The Darwin Railway Club

A crocodile called Elvis

Part 3: Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3) Not the Tiwi Island Crocodile called "Elvis". But a nice one nonetheless ... At paragraph 312 of Justice Natalie Charlesworth’s decision in Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3) witness Tony Pilakui said in his statement that he disputed the truth of [...]

Brought to book

By Mark Butler* FARRAGO 9 – Waterman: A Picaresque Tale of Old Sydney I HAVE always wanted to write something to live up (or down)  to that headline which, throughout my many years as  a newspaper subeditor never lost its place as one of the top five banned hackneyed puns, so i hope this makes [...]

By |2024-02-16T21:44:41+09:30February 16th, 2024|Australian politics, Crime, FARRAGO, Fun stuff, Poetry, Some places I've been, The Arts, The Northern Myth, Writing and writers|Comments Off on Brought to book

Batchelor to Darwin – a photo essay

A few weeks back I went for a drive down to Batchelor, an old uranium mining town an hour’s drive south of Darwin that remade itself as a town dedicated to tourism—the wonderful Litchfield National Park is nearby—and education—the town is home to the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. Here are some photographs from [...]

By |2024-01-28T16:11:52+09:30January 28th, 2024|Fun stuff, Photography, Some places I've been, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on Batchelor to Darwin – a photo essay

Musical Dispatch from the Front — Thirroul

This Musical Dispatch from the Front is a guest post by my old—in both senses of that word—friend Frank Baarda,* a long-term resident of Yuendumu. For decades we have made our annual trek up and down the Stuart Highway.  I recall some memorable road: signs: Ki Ki – Australia’s Pistachio Capital Bordertown – Bob Hawke’s [...]

By |2024-02-26T12:53:35+09:30January 24th, 2024|Australian politics, Books, Fun stuff, Some places I've been, The Northern Myth, the Tanami Track, Yuendumu|Comments Off on Musical Dispatch from the Front — Thirroul

First (Australian) cab off the electoral rank for 2024 – the Northern Territory

2024 will be a big year for elections, with some estimates stating that half (really?) the world population will get the opportunity to vote in 2024. Time magazine reckons that 64 countries—and the European Union—will conduct national elections this year with elections in Taiwan, Bangladesh, Russia and Ukraine all must-watch events for a variety of [...]

By |2024-01-24T18:59:29+09:30January 24th, 2024|Australian politics, Fun stuff, Northern development, Northern Territory politics, NT Politics, Some places I've been, The Law, The Northern Myth|Comments Off on First (Australian) cab off the electoral rank for 2024 – the Northern Territory
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