In an earlier post, I told you about the hazards faced by unsuspecting guys who go out for a night on the town. My stories were true and they happened to guys staying at my backpacker hostel in North Queensland. I learnt of something similar on a trip to Xian in China. Continue reading
My favourite pub burnt down a year ago. It was just over the border from the Gold Coast where I live and, like many old Aussie pubs, it was made of wood. I remember the friendly atmosphere and the decorated signs above the bar. They expressed simple truths in language everyone can understand. Continue reading
Some friends once invited me to become a partner in a nightclub. Like me, they owned backpacker hostels and wanted to branch out into something more exciting. After a careful look at the proposal I decided it wasn’t for me. In the process, I learnt a lot about the nightclub scene. In another post, I talk about the sort of competition people can face from rivals who are prepared to take extreme measures to force them out of business. That’s one of the hazards of owning a nightclub. Here I talk about the hazards faced by customers … male customers.
In the 200 odd years since European settlement, Australian English and British English have drifted apart. Words that met an untimely death in the old country have remained alive in Oz. New words have been invented. I sometimes have to remind myself that my British and North American friends might not understand what I’m saying. I hasten to add that I was born in the UK and retain some memory of how English is spoken in that country.
Have a go at translating the following: Continue reading
I wrote that headline when I was a science journalist and the story spread around the world like a rampaging virus. It even reached Mongolia. I know because the staff at the Australian consulate in Ulan Bator took press cuttings and sent me copies.
The insertion of an extra second in our lives has caused a lot of hilarity on the internet. The days are getting longer and the Time Lords have sneaked in an extra second to keep up the pretence that there are 3600 seconds in an hour and 24 hours in a day. Continue reading