• See You in Oz?

    Just about the final piece of the moving back jigsaw has fallen into place. The shipper has e-mailed to confirm that our stuff will be delivered the day after w... Read more

    Posted on 12 August 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Last Lap

    Less than a week before we fly back to Oz, Saturday morning in fact, so this really is the last lap. Everything's done, except packing the bags and we always... Read more

    Posted on 08 August 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Solutions Drivel

    I've been letting a few examples of ridiculous corporate gobbledegook pass without comment, plus a few with the use of my hate word 'solutions'. Read more

    Posted on 04 August 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Paperwork Done

    The last items of paperwork for the move back to Oz are done now, cancelling the residence visas. My cancellation was easy - my sponsor did it. A bit more... Read more

    Posted on 01 August 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Silence on Property 'residence Visa'

    At the end of last month I was talking here about the new so-called 'residence visa' for property owners, which the media and real estate spokespeople were... Read more

    Posted on 25 July 2011 REAL ESTATE, SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Johann Hari Exposed

    The story broke in the UK press a couple of weeks ago and I've been meaning to post this for a while, but being busy with the imminent move back to Oz I didn't... Read more

    Posted on 22 July 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Pssst. Wanna Buy a Suit?

    I'm sure it must be a scam, although I don't know exactly what it is because I always cut it short. Walking in Dubai Marina I've been stopped now about ten time... Read more

    Posted on 20 July 2011 TRAVEL
  • They Don't Get It.

    The News Corp phone hacking saga continues like a runaway train. Actually, to my mind it's not about phone hacking, although it did start when the public... Read more

    Posted on 18 July 2011 DEBATE, SOCIETY
  • Power Tends to Corrupt...

    So said Lord Acton back in the eighteen eighties. Very relevant to the momentous events going on in the UK surrounding Rupert Murdoch's brand of 'journalism' I... Read more

    Posted on 16 July 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • "Temperatures up to 45 Celcius...

    "Temperatures Celcius...

    ...but skies beginning to clear" That was the weather report on radio this morning and I was relieved to hear the second part. It's the very worst weather in... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2011 TRAVEL
  • Stop Thief!

    Stop Thief!

    Back in Oz we have a nice orange tree which when I left had thirty or so oranges ripening nicely. I've been hoping they'd be perfect for eating when we get back. Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Not Happy

    I've had a few dealings recently with the unbelievable red tape in the UK and the laughable customer service there and I'm in the middle of another major proble... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2011 RANTS N' RAVES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Vehicle Transfer

    I approach dealings with government departments, anywhere, with a sinking feeling.I expect to sit and wait for hours before I'm called to a counter. Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Oh Good, Clarification.

    Gulf News is pressing on with reports about what they present as the great new residence visa for foreign property owners. As I pointed out last Wednesday, it... Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2011 TRAVEL
  • The Countdown Begins

    It's time to move back to Oz and so the countdown to leaving Dubai has begun. Like so many people we decided to come for two or three years but stayed longer.... Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2011 SOCIETY, TRAVEL
  • Property Visa Changes - Again

    When foreigners were told they could buy property in designated areas of Dubai, a residence visa - subject to the usual DNRD requirements - was included as an... Read more

    Posted on 29 June 2011 TRAVEL
  • Back Again

    Sydney was 21C, sunny, with crystal clear air when I left. Dubai today will reach 44C the weather forecast said, and even with only 24% humidity the air is thic... Read more

    Posted on 27 June 2011 SOCIETY
  • Christmas Lunch Flew In...

    Christmas Lunch Flew In...

    A wild turkey on my back fence this morning.I'm getting ready to come back to Dubai, flying out of Sydney on Friday afternoon and due in at the usual unearthly... Read more

    Posted on 21 June 2011 DIARIES
  • That's Better!

    That's Better!

    I can't believe the weather we've been having. It's so un-Australian.We're coming into winter so cooler temperatures are normal, but the wet certainly isn't... Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2011 WEATHER
  • We Have Weather

    Have Weather

    Australia's the world's driest inhabited continent, and the drought over the plast decade is testament to that.Not this year though.We've just had the coldest... Read more

    Posted on 30 May 2011 WEATHER