Colonialism’s tragic legacy: It’s still with us

Suicides and collective trauma in Australia and Canada. Continue reading Colonialism’s tragic legacy: It’s still with us

The right to remember and not necessarily to forgive

For over a century, Canada tried to assimilate its Aboriginal people, including setting up a system that sanctioned the kidnapping of native children. A reckoning was long overdue. Continue reading The right to remember and not necessarily to forgive

Immutable Australia – until ecological vandals got hold of it

Noah’s Ark is the legend of a catastrophe. The impact of the great flood apart, the only species to make it into postdiluvian times were those floating on a wooden raft in an endless sea. Australia was one such raft. Continue reading Immutable Australia – until ecological vandals got hold of it

Introducing the magnificently attractive (and doesn’t he know it?) Satin Bowerbird

The great avian show-off of the eastern and south-eastern coast of Australia is the Satin Bowerbird, whose only rival in plumose splendour may well be Dame Edna Everage. Continue reading Introducing the magnificently attractive (and doesn’t he know it?) Satin Bowerbird

Ever wondered who was the lady behind Granny Smith’s apples?

Granny Smith apples originated in Australia in 1868. Emigration and chance played an equal role in producing one of the best known fruits in today’s groceries and supermarkets. Continue reading Ever wondered who was the lady behind Granny Smith’s apples?