Monthly Archive: December 2010

barmy army flag of St. George, labelled Expat Andy, Convict Colony 8

The Barmy Army Explain the Rules of Cricket

Today in Adelaide saw the fifth and final day of the second English-Australian Test cricket match, to the outsider one of the most bewildering sporting events on the planet, after cheese-rolling, bog-snorkelling, synchronised skating...

The curving edges of Wilpena Pound, a gigantic geological depression. 5

Seeing Stars in the Outback

Weather doesn’t get more biblical than droughts, floods and plagues of locusts. And that precise trifecta has hit the South Australian outback this summer. The great salt lakes, which sit dry for decades on...

Sign in the Australian outback, indicating that roads to and from Mount Hopeless are closed. 31

Oof! We’re in Australia…

Like a lot of Londoners, I’ve always taken a sort of lugubrious, self-hating pride in coming from one of the world’s most expensive cities (third in 2008, seventeenth this year). Prices, in fact, along...