Kookaburra – update

My new friend, the kookaburra (I named him “Kooky” as a form of endearment), hasn’t given up yet. After he still continued to attack his own reflection in the big window pane downstairs (hence continued to crash against the window), Geoffrey covered the window with a cloth. However this just diverted the poor bird that took to attack his reflection in the car’s side window and the toilet window upstairs. Well, how can I put it, I was completely shocked when I was using the toilet and did what people with a functioning digestion system have to do every now …

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Brisbane goes Oktoberfest

O’zapft is… more or less, even in Brisbane! Well, the Oktoberfest in Brisbane is just a wee bit smaller than the original in Munich, however they did made an effort here! The Oktoberfest was staged at the RNA Showgrounds, they put up one big tent and sold (near) traditional German food at some food stalls outside the tent. Despite the rain (it was pouring cats and dogs…) there was a nice atmosphere at the venue, they had even flown in a music band from Munich, did some yodeling performances and involved the visitors in some Bavarian-style dance-shows. It was more …

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Springtime in Brisbane

I know I am repeating myself again (and again and again), but things are simply different here. It’s not enough that we experience an offset of six months in our seasons compared to the northern hemisphere. I understand that and I will eventually get adjusted, I promise. But, as we are in Australia, spring doesn’t start on 21 September, oh no, my Australian host country simply declared the official start of spring to be on 1 September. No relation to solstice or equinox, no, why should we follow what the rest of the world does, this is Australia. And don’t …

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Magpies, Kookaburras & Co.

It is due time for me to dedicate a post to Australian birds. Funny birds they are at times, I can tell you that much. It was sometime in August when I was riding my bike and turned around a corner when suddenly I realized that a flying bird almost hit my helmet. I was thinking that the bird might have not seen me when it was in full flight and I turned around the corner, but the bird came back and I realized it was attacking my helmet! I was rather startled, and when I asked my friend later …

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Perth & Margaret River

04. – 08. September 2010 I took a five and a half hours flight across the whole continent, for an extended weekend trip to visit my cousin in Perth. It was a lovely trip, I enjoyed the days in Perth and Fremantle, and then of course our trip down to the Margaret River area. As people say, Perth is the remotest city in the world. You take a look at the map, and to the left (westwards) there is water (the Indian Ocean), to the right (in eastern direction) there are a few hills, and then: the vast open outback, …

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