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Ned Kelly – Folk Hero or Miscreant?

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I suppose every town or semi-developed region has its heroes and anti-heroes, someone who eventually became famous or even legendary, especially if that fame was simple notoriety, very short-lived, or occurred hundreds of years ago.  Tombstone has Wyatt Earp, Tennessee … Continue reading

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Markets – My Happy Place

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Recently one Sunday morning I found myself in a wonderful place.  It was crowded, filled with hipsters, hepcats, beatniks, bogans, greasers, bohemians of every description, yuppies, power brunchers and families with children in tow.  Already part hermit, and somewhat of … Continue reading

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Aussies and Yanks – What Unites Us is Greater Than What Divides Us – Or Is It?

One could often be forgiven for thinking that Australia and America are similar, veritable brothers in fact.  After all, so much pop-culture, trends and media binds us together, like high school sweethearts holding on to a shared experience behind the … Continue reading

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Coffee Anyone?

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In 2008 Starbucks announced that it was closing over three-quarters of its Australian stores, pulling completely out of markets in South Australia, Tasmania, the Gold Coast and Canberra (government employees just moved up a couple of notches in my book).  … Continue reading

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A Yank Attends a Fair Dinkum Festival

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After years of living in America I’ve seen one small town after another fall victim to the Wal-Mart mini-mall catastrophes that seem to turn bustling little Main Streets where people shop, stroll, and visit to colourless, tired-looking places you now … Continue reading

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A Day at the Races

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One of the unique benefits of the Australian lifestyle zeitgeist, particularly in Victoria, is the national celebration of a horse race!  As a child the Melbourne Cup was so worthy of reverence that it was even broadcast over PA systems … Continue reading

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Jazz, Blues, Wine and Cheese does a happy Aussie make!

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One of the great things about changing where you live is the opportunity to begin new traditions, new habits to look forward to each year, each season.  Such was the case this weekend attending the Wangaratta Jazz Festival in, you … Continue reading

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