Brisbane City Hall

The main thing I learned from my tour of Brisbane City Hall is that if things hang around for a long time two things can happen: they start to stink, or they are framed and preserved in perpetuity. Or both.

Adventures in Physics

One afternoon, a long, long, time ago, two young men were making their way back to their residential college at the University of Queensland after attending the sort of bacchanalian soiree that made university worth going to. As they stumbled through the Great Court, they saw a paver had been pulled up. They stopped toContinue reading “Adventures in Physics”

Wild Brisbane

I live in the inner city, however, my house backs onto a gully that leads down to the Brisbane River and that gully is a jungle. My back yard has a large Moreton Bay Fig Tree in it and there’s another enormous one across the road; in fact, that tree is a “Tree of Significance”.Continue reading “Wild Brisbane”

Nature Bathing in Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

When I mentioned to my SO that I was going nature bathing at Mt. Cooth-tha Botanic Gardens, his first question was, would I be getting naked. The answer was no, and although our guide, Mon, was very encouraging and accepting of whatever responses people had as a result of their experience and of how theyContinue reading “Nature Bathing in Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens”

A Night at the RSL (in Bali)

A couple of weeks ago I found myself transported from Beautiful Brisbane to a Balinese RSL. How did this happen? There is only so much nasi goreng one can eat before one begins to crave the bland cuisine of the mother country (Australia via Ireland). I had been in Bali for a week and aContinue reading “A Night at the RSL (in Bali)”

Taking the Bus

A lot of people in Brisbane like to moan about the public transport. I’m not heavily reliant on it so I’m not impacted by its shortcomings although I know they exist. I also don’t have a disability that makes it harder to negotiate public transport, whereas I know there are significant challenges for those whoContinue reading “Taking the Bus”

Cedar Creek

About forty-five minutes drive north-west of Brisbane is a place where you can get away from it all and immerse yourself not just in nature, but in water so cold it’s easy to imagine it wants you to die. I once spent a whole day at minus thirty in the Canadian Arctic; that air wantedContinue reading “Cedar Creek”

Southbank Parklands

If I were going to choose a place to stay in Brisbane that was centrally located but in a pleasant area, I would choose a hotel near Southbank. In fact, when I lived just outside of Brisbane that’s what my family and I did one year; we booked into the Mantra for a week. FromContinue reading “Southbank Parklands”