My piece from the Sydney Morning Herald, today. Another time … memories of Syria and Damascus. Photo: from the Dumas archives. Many faces of a troubled land In a corner of the old city of Damascus, along the Street Called Straight and beyond Bab Sharki’s backgammon set hawkers, lies a convent. There’s no diplomatic immunity, … Read more
Read my piece over at CNN, or stay here and read on… Here’s a catch. Sydney and fish go together like piping hot chips and a piece of freshly fried fish. It’s worth leaving the beaten track of the Sydney Fish Markets to the tourists and trying some local favorites. From the get-go, the essential … Read more
Read my piece over at CNNGo.com or read on here… In Sydney’s Little Italy, all things Italian permeate life like garlic in a ragu, and a journey reveals the real taste of Italian cooking. From pizzas to espressos, the delissimo grip on Sydney’s gastronomic landscape is as entrenched and authentic as ever. Long synonymous with … 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
ANTS AND TERMITES HAVE long had a bad rap for stealing picnic food and chomping through house frames, but it turns out that their services are invaluable to Australian farmers. New research from CSIRO and the University of Sydney has shown that, by performing an earthworm-like role in soil enrichment, the insects can boost crop … Read more
Read my latest Australian Geographic articles in the journal’s April-May edition, out now. I write about wildlife following Queensland’s devastating 2010/11 floods and take a look at how scientists measure cyclones. Pics and pdfs coming soon…
Me, reporting live from the Brisbane floods for the BBC World Service’s World Update programme last Thursday. Aired midday GMT, 14th January 2011.