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As scientists and storm-chasers gather in this part of the country for the oncoming Wet Season, it's time I mentioned storms in stories. In particular, the love stories. In my story, Strangers Storm, the weather plays an important part. It's where elements can bring couples together or tear them apart. Yet, there is nothing more invigorating as an incoming storm that blackens the sky. Thunder rumbles through your ribcage, and lightening electrifies the air with the sweet promise of drought-breaking rains. We suffer various extremes in heat and high humidity this time of the year, and it's common for tempers to flare and emotions to boil-over. But when that first teardrop Read more

Let’s start with traditions… In the Torres Straits, there’s a tiny island that contains a small hut called Honeymoon Island. Its where the Islanders delivered newlyweds in beautifully decorated boats after a fabulous feasting ceremony with a weeks’ worth of provisions. The couple remained as the families returned to the reception that ran for days. Aboriginals, dependent upon their skin, perform a ceremonial smoking for cleansing spirits as part of their marriage ceremony. Some have a traditional dance where the couple toss stones into rivers for their union to be a part of their country’s story. In Mexico, they create a doll with a replica of the bride’s gown to attach Read more

Halloween isn’t celebrated in my region of Australia. It’s seen more as an American Holiday as a fun excuse to wear costumes and eat lollies. What I know of Halloween as a kid was what I saw was on the TV. Kids collecting candy from neighbourhoods where fake spiderwebs were uses to create haunted houses. With neighbors too far to walk to,  Halloween seemed to be all about the sugar. Lots and lots of sugar – thus making it a dieter’s day of dread. It’s almost like Easter with the chocolate on the other end of the calender year. So, is Halloween really all about candy? Or is it about ghosts, witches, the Supernatural Read more

Who doesn’t love a wedding? The gown, the food, the romance and everyone coming together to celebrate. I’ve seen many weddings, from five-star rooftop restaurants where every man wore a suit and the bridal dress was worth a year’s salary. Then there’s the backyard-bush-block-bash. On such an occasion

We all have a tale to tell on who are the worst drivers in Australia. Queenslanders state it’s New South Welshmen. Northern Territorians claim its South Australians, and all grey nomads towing caravans. Tasmanian’s rarely get a mention because they don’t venture far from the island. Sandgropers (AKA Western Australians) understand how to cruise. And everyone complains about Victorians – even the Victorians! Yet, if those complaining drivers ever rode a scooter in Bali, they’d never whine about another fellow Aussie driver again. Bali traffic