Dumas on food: Rusty’s Byron Guide

Every year, Rusty and Tricia Miller put together a little guide to Byron Bay. It’s full of places to go, where to eat, maps and so on, but more than that, it’s a call to arms to preserve the Shire’s magic. Political, thought-provoking and unafraid, Rusty’s Byron Guide has become a part of the bay’s … Continue reading

To Aqaba: Live sheep exports

When my family and I lived in Jordan in the Nineties, we went exploring every weekend. Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, Damascus, Jerusalem – it was three years of wonder, cardamom-scented coffee, vehicle check points and beer in teapots. Back then, Amman was small and dusty. Our front garden was rimmed by young jasmine bushes and … Continue reading

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