These are a few of my favourite pings // 9.7

I was at a prime minister’s funeral on my birthday. I watched the sun set over Uluru with a prince and princess and was thrown sideways in a ute next to a sheep sheering display. I’ve climbed masts, thrown axes, driven fast cars, had a police escort, been chased by a dingo, waded through flood … Continue reading

POTUS and FLOTUS, I miss you // 26 April 2012

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 … Continue reading

A land of opportunity by any other name // 20 April 2012

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 … Continue reading

The Underwater Project – the book’s out // 10 April 2012

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 … Continue reading

The Perilous Reef, feature story // 7 June 2011

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, … Continue reading

The Underwater Project, feature story // 26 May 2011

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 … Continue reading

A short introduction to ocean swimming // 8 January 2011

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 … Continue reading

Oprah, pfffft // 21 December 2010

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?

Australia, the oldest new country on Earth // 4 December 2010

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 … Continue reading