If you’re not outraged right now, you’re not paying attention. The amazing Amazon is burning, set on fire by people determined to clear new land. Our politicians are vilifying and demonising refugees, and there are still people languishing on Manus Island and Nauru. The oceans are choked with plastic, and yet our big supermarkets are … Continue reading Turning Outrage into Action
From August's edition of the Esperance Tide, here is the 5 Minute History of when George Harrison came to town.... In 1983, a huge celebrity slipped almost unnoticed into the small town of Esperance. George Harrison of the Beatles arrived in town on a chartered plane, along with friend and co-worker Dennis O’Brien, and his … Continue reading George Harrison’s Visit to Esperance
One of my favorite local history stories, this is the story of Henry Dimer. This article originally appeared in the Esperance Tide. In June of 1884, a whaling barque called the Platina headed past Albany towards Esperance. Two of the crewmen, sick of being sailors, decided to jump ship. Heinrich Diemer and Peter Hendrickson jumped … Continue reading Henry Dimer
This 5 Minute History article appeared in the Esperance Tide. The Bijou is a local landmark and icon with a fascinating history. In 1896, businessman E. J. McCarthy decided that the rapidly growing town of Esperance needed a hall. The town had just been officially gazetted as a Municipality in 1895. The result was the … Continue reading The Bijou Theatre
This is an article I wrote for the Esperance Tide, our lovely little local publication. In July 1979, Esperance was swept up in a world-wide media frenzy. NASA’s first Space Station, Skylab, was being dragged dangerously close to Earth’s atmosphere. Skylab had been orbiting the Earth for 6 years by this stage, and the drag … Continue reading Skylab
Liberal (and Nationals) voters, we need to talk. This morning I awoke to social media posts celebrating the Liberal/National win. Look, fair enough, I’m sure if the party I had voted for had won, I’d post something celebratory. Perhaps I’d gloat just a little. Or maybe a lot. As it is, I’m quite sad this … Continue reading Liberal Voters, we need to talk
Here's a little article that I wrote for the Esperance Tide on the upcoming election and some unique features of our democratic system. Enjoy! In 1924, a bill passed through both house of Australian Parliament in a single day, making it compulsory for all Australians who were ‘British Subjects’ to vote in Federal elections. Since … Continue reading Anyone for a Democracy Sausage?