They are the coolest couple in America. Or at the very least, the coolest couple to grace the ever-multiplying pages of the MailOnline. Barack and Michelle Obama, I miss you. I always loved writing about you – and articles focusing on you together are far more fun to put together than those simply looking at … Read more
There’s nothing like a long break – nine months working in NYC this time – to put things into perspective. As ever, there are things that have changed about Sydney and others that have stood still. It is only human, after all. The lifestyle, the yawning harbour, the beaches with their wide grins of white … Read more
Mark Tipple’s name is no stranger to these pages. The Sydney-based photographer has mastered – if that term can be so brazenly applied to art – underwater pictures, and his beautiful images have deservedly graced far wider-reaching publications than these. Savvy to the end, the young Adelaide-born snapper is now selling collections of his Underwater … Read more
THE PERILOUS REEF Three screens are flashing images of blueness at me. Blurred smudges of azure, navy, royal and aquamarine are punctuated by snatched glimpses of fins, smatters of pink, smears of bright yellow and the white fuzz of foaming water. I’m in the BBC’s Far North Queensland editing suite near Cairns – a windowless, … Read more
THE SUBMERGED LENS A haze of smashed blues and whites, the bright sting of sunlight and a briny hit. The wave rolls onwards, lurching forwards with a power that seems so benign from afar. It throws itself in a powerful lunge, crashes down and topples everything in its path – but for the ocean swimmers … Read more
If there’s one thing my four months in the golden land has taught me so far it is this: when an Australian says a sporting activity is just ‘good fun’ and that they are ‘unfit, will come last and haven’t done any training’, they are lying. Fact. How can I be so sure? The Newport … Read more
This little ditty, snapped (from a taxi, mind) in Melbourne, last weekend. Possibly, no, definitely, echoing what many thought of the over-hyped whirlwind that was the big O and her zealous entourage. Remind me, what exactly was all the fuss about?
One of the wonderful things about being here and seeing Australia through relatively fresh, questioning eyes is the discovery of the untold. Between, above and below Oprah hysteria, Uluru, World Cup kangaroos and Gillard hairdos are layers and streams, creases, folds and cracks waiting to be pulled back, poked under, dived into and explored. Of … Read more