Front of Mind with Dean Cropp

We’re in the middle of nowhere. Really, miles and miles from the nearest help. We’ve sailed without seeing land for three days straight and we’re somewhere between Paul Reef and Heralds Prong Number 2. We’ve seen sharks and whales and dolphins and turtles and an astonishing amount of coral. We’re discussing the finer points of … Continue reading

Lunch with…

My favourite way to do journalisming is the long chat, fast turnaround profile piece. The best of these slots at Fairfax Media is the ‘Lunch with’ column in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Saturday section, NewsReview. There, a page is dedicated to a conversation over lunch with a wonderfully interesting Sydneysider. Sometimes guarded, occasionally embarrassing and … Continue reading

Myanmar: Five postcards from where tourists don’t go

There is nothing quite like being woken up at 5am by the high-pitched warble of Burmese prayer pop blasted from temple speakers. What the rude start has in its favour, however, is the opportunity to wander the pre-dawn streets and watch burgundy-robed monks bend in thanks as they silently collect daily alms of steamed rice. … Continue reading

Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 10 years on

Ten years ago, my first long feature for a commercial magazine was published and, to this day, Landfill-on-Sea for Ecologist remains my most searched-for piece of work. That’s because it taps into a massive and growing problem: our ever-swelling appetite for plastics. Plastic pollution in our oceans has shot up in the past decade, not … Continue reading