Whingeing Poms – a load of hot air?

After watching the news here in Perth one evening, I have been inspired to write about whingeing Poms.  Apparently 7,000 returned back to the UK last year. This entertaining and enlightening news report is well worth watching ….  The MacMillian family moved from Lancashire to Queensland (for my American friends, think Ohio to Florida). After five years, they were returning to the UK because they “weren’t beach people” amongst other whinges cited in the report… Continue reading

Blending in boogie boarding

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone has had a great festive season celebrating with your friends and loved ones.  I am in sunny Perth, Western Australia for the holidays, so the blog has been a bit neglected.

Life in Australia conjures up many different images – the great wilderness of the outback, stunning landscapes and amazing indigenous wildlife, laid back and friendly locals and probably the most famous of all – great beach life.  After a few weeks in Perth it is easy to appreciate why.  Australia is the only island continent and the sixth largest country in the world with a land mass of about 7.692 million square kilometres.  This land mass also gives the 23 million Australian population a coastline of 59 736 kilometres to explore and enjoy. The state of Western Australia alone is bigger than India, accounts for around 40% of the Australian land mass and 30% of Australia’s coastline. For those living in Western Australia, that’s just under 100m of beach per capita, compared to mainland Scotland, which is about 15m per capita. Continue reading