A love letter to the old Syria, Sydney Morning Herald // 2 August 2012

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, … Continue reading

Sydney’s best fish and chips, CNN // 7 July 2011

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 … Continue reading

Sydney’s top five Little Italy eateries, CNN // 27 June 2011

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 … 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

Termites and ants boost crops, Australian Geographic // 7 April 2011

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 … Continue reading

My latest Australian Geographic articles // 28 March 2011

The April/May issue of Australian Geographic features a couple of articles written by me (but sadly not bylined). Check out the pdfs of my pieces below to see how Queensland wildlife is coping with the floods and a ditty about the high-pressure world of rating tropical cyclones.

Australian Geographic issue 102 now on sale // 23 March 2011

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 and the BBC // 19 January 2011

Me, reporting live from the Brisbane floods for the BBC World Service’s World Update programme last Thursday. Aired midday GMT, 14th January 2011.