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Sky’s the limit for central NSW camping adventures

Leaving out names to protect the innocent, here’s a ‘great outdoors’ yarn to celebrate Camping Month which has been given a nod on the main cover of Dubbo Photo News this week. Exhibit A is an Australian family of five, camped wild and in the snow at the top of a remote snow-covered American mountain in the heart of mountain lion country (evidenced by the paw prints everywhere in said snow, discovered on a spotlighting…

We need a warning please: ‘The following news program isn’t suitable for human consumption’

The great thing about Dubbo Photo News is you can pick it up knowing your kids or grandma can read it without feeling too racked with survivor guilt, helpless, depressed or lost, just because of a picture they’ve seen or story they’ve read. If we do tackle the harder issues they’ll generally be in our Dubbo Weekender section, and for sensitive issues, we follow the guidelines of Mindframe, a national media initiative used for reporting…

Learning from Bradman: Work-life balance

Those who know me well understand my appreciation for Sir Donald Bradman as a cricketer and a human being. My twitter feed is often littered with statistics and facts highlighting my admiration for the great man. A lesser-known story about D.G. Bradman is reflected in a plaque at the Bradman Museum. It conveys the message that Sir Don had lobbied for Australian players to have their wives stay with them at the end of a…

The Budget Emergency we are meant to forget

The 2018 Federal budget was released on Tuesday night, and our printing deadline means this article was written last weekend, but it is easy to predict what Treasurer Morrison announced in his budget speech. Lower and middle income tax cuts. It is a federal election year, so this needed to be an election budget, and the phrase ‘tax cuts’ is a guaranteed vote winner. Factor in 30-plus losing News Polls, the heat from company tax…

Giving up the ghost online and what it means to you

A GHOST tour in Edinburgh was where I first discovered the morbid truth about why Victorian headstones often had bells attached. Buried by mistake? Ring urgently for service. We’ve come a long way since then, and thanks to modern medicine can be certain when someone’s been ‘called home’ before doing the needful. If you’re squirming a bit in your seat at the thought, it’s natural. The D word is nobody’s favourite and talking about it…

Royal commission: Remember banking in the old days?

The local bank manager was a pillar of the local community. He (and it was a he) would be the financial auditor for local community groups and look out for the needs of elderly widows of deceased customers. Working at a bank was a desirable career path. Even in the 1980s, many like me went straight from school into a job at a local bank. There was a defined hierarchy within the branch, and reams…

It’s a matter of urgency

Why someone wouldn’t slow down in their car while passing an active emergency, as a demonstration of common sense if anything, is a mystery. Thankfully, from September this year, everyone will be required to slow to 40km/h on all NSW roads when police, ambulance, fire, SES or rescue vehicles are stopped and have their red or blue lights flashing. It’s part of a one-year trial which will be monitored by the NSW Government and which…

Cricket – It’s business as usual at Australia’s national sport

Ask me to name two things about professional cricket, and two grand illusions come to mind. Firstly, the mass hallucination that cricket is our national pastime, engrained in that fantastical notion of ‘Australian values’, and the national team represents these values of ‘a fair go’ and good-hearted larrikinism to the world. Secondly, the misconception that cricket is a noble game rich in gentlemanly conduct and sportsmanship, linked back to the days of the gentle sound…

The business of charities

National charities are businesses. As hard as it is to accept it just has to be. I have a lot of conversations with different people who have concerns with money going toward administration and wages, and that sort of thing, for charity organisations. At the end of the day, I can tell you, if it wasn’t for someone being paid we wouldn’t have these charities, which make a big difference when you are going through…

How to stop Time in the Spring

Do you ever have days where you’re 100 per cent certain you can feel the Earth spinning on its axis? Actually rotating at its 1600 kilometres per hour or whizzing around the sun at 30 clicks per second!? Stop the bus! Information overload, the Digital Age, robots taking our jobs, doubts about dual citizenship, cranky North Korean leaders with ‘mine’s bigger than yours’ syndrome, the constant gnawing hope Australia will one day win Eurovision... none…

Love is a many splendored thing until you want marriage equality

Our oldest son and his girlfriend are engaged. The word “soulmates” popped up in conversation occasionally. They are two very special people, the whole greater than the sum of the parts. The word “marriage” would also occasionally be mentioned, as they have been living together for several years in a house they share with their mortgage and their pets. People on the outside looking in could be excused for thinking they were already married. As…

Feeding the machine on Earth Overshoot Day

If you caught the ABC’s 4-Corners report, ‘Trashed’ this week, you’ll have seen a tip of the iceberg; a hardly surprising, corrupt tip, of the waste industry. I wonder should we really actually bother teaching our children to recycle, reuse, repurpose, abstain from buying crap, when the people like those depicted in the program, people who are entrusted and claim they can be trusted, with the management of our refuse, are actually driven only by…