Category Archives: Travel

Thursday’s Special: Past

Stu’s great uncle is buried in France. The “Great War” wasn’t really so great, was it.

What a shame mankind doesn’t learn from their past.


Thanks, Paula, for your challenge this week.


The path of death and survival

I blame the smoke for my tears.

It was hot, steamy and fires in the area made it smoky too.

Nothing to do with thinking about the thousands of prisoners of war who died there or those, like my Uncle Dick, who survived and came home but were forever changed.

To walk part of the notorious Thai-Burma railway, including Hellfire Pass, was a truly emotional journey for me.

No matter how uncomfortable I was, it was only a drop in the ocean compared to the suffering this path has seen.


Posted in response to

Ailsa’s Travel Theme.

My (non-Google) street view

Google street view hasn’t made it to our small-town back street. So the only chance you have of seeing it is if I let you.

You’re in luck! I don’t have a photo from my front verandah, but here is an evening on our street at sunset.


posted in response to Nancy’s A Photo a Week Challenge.

For more views from close to home and further afield, check out my travel blog at

Flying Goannas.


Exposure to the elements is one of the things that creates the beautiful world that we share. Can you even begin to imagine the forces of nature that have shaped the cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi?


Posted in response to Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge


See more of our travels at Flying Goannas.

Incremental: Up, up, up!

A few years ago, when we were in London, we visited Harrod’s. Not everything was unaffordable but we were stunned by the prices of the meat.

As you look higher up the board, the cuts become more and more expensive until you reach the Wagyu ribeye at the incredible price of £33.00.


More incredible still, if you look closely at the board you’ll see that this is per 100 grams.

At today’s exchange rate, that’s about $530/kilo in Australian currency.

Ouch! I’ve never wanted a piece of steak that badly.

Even the T-bone works out to about $160/kilo, and that’s a pretty standard cut here in Oz and fairly affordable at about $21/kilo.

Posted in response to Thursday’s Special Pick a Word Challenge.


See more of our travels at

Flying Goannas.