The security guard welcomed our group (in June this year) to the beautiful park created to commemorate the Battle of Beersheba, that took place one hundred years ago today. The park includes a huge area of play equipment for children, manicured gardens and expansive lawns, and of course, the memorial. Most visitors to Israel/Palestine head north, and miss the haunting beauty of the Negev and Beersheba, ‘the place of seven wells’, or ‘the well of the oath.’ Australian Military
We were reminded of some of the global players in the Middle East by Washington Institute Director of Military and Security Studies, Michael Eisenstadt. The briefing, organised by NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel and the Jewish Board of Deputies (Lynda Ben Menashe), sponsored the event – ‘Iran’s Lengthening Shadow’. Observers who focus solely on local tensions between Arabs and Israelis in Israel/Palestine can miss the bigger drama of Soviet military support for Iran that
While Jirgo and I introduced ‘Out of Latvia’ to Berry Rotarians, we were privileged to enjoy their great camaraderie and gain insight into the amazing work they do in the community. A great night – thanks.
Another successful Tour de Shoalhaven, four-day event with a rewarding coffee at Nowra after a cold and soggy ride from Tarago. The riders made a donation to Hope Street, a charity in the inner city of Sydney. Great effort.
Western media tend not to report good news stories, especially from Palestine/Israel. This is believed to be the largest women’s dress in the world, 22 metres high and a circumference of 60 metres was created by Israeli artist Adi Yekutieli. This is its premiere showing near the Dead Sea to honour the thousands of women who joined the two week march through parts of Israel and the West Bank to rally in Jerusalem. Many participants have been affected by violence in the Palesti
Behind us, in Tallebudgera Creek, two dolphins are cruising side-by-side enjoying afternoon tea. To our right, at least four whales announce their journey south by waving their tails to admiring spectators. Lizards of all sizes and descriptions sun their camouflaged bodies in the afternoon sun. Locals stop and chat about how good it is to live in paradise. Beautiful Burleigh.
Middle Earth without any sign of a Hobbit. Under the thick rain forest canopy, Pandanus palms, swamp she-oaks and hibiscus flourish. Brush box forest red gums and grey ironbarks overlook smaller trees, ferns and twisting vines. Fifty shades of green. The silence of the sanctuary is interrupted by the squawk of a rainbow lorikeet or a Brush Turkey scratching. Lace monitors, echidnas, possums and koalas blend into this tropical tapestry. The creative touch of Mother Nature’s cr
This friendly male Brush Turkey was feasting on seeds from what looked like weeds on the rainforest walk at Burleigh Heads today. If you live in the leafy suburbs of northern Sydney, you would have met his relatives. They are an unwanted invasion from Qld. First it was the cane toad; now this feathered pest. Once the male decides the location to build his 4ft nest from earth and leafy matter, nothing will stop him. The behaviour of this outlaw from the north has wreaked disas