In this website I’d like to share some of them, and showcase some of the books and articles that have been generated along the way. Journalists are generally rated in the public mind on the same level as used car salesmen, lawyers, politicians or other professionals of dubious reputation. But I’ve always been a happy traveller in journalism which – providing your liver holds out in that traditionally hard-drinking profession – gets you into all kinds of situations that you otherwise would have had a snowflakes chance in hell of experiencing. And talking of snowflakes, that includes Antarctica, as well as stints in Vietnam during the Indo China war, working in London for the BBC, and in Asia and North America for the ABC.
I’ve also travelled widely in Australia as a not-so-grey nomad, and now a fully fledged one, in our 4WD Penelope towing our trusty camper, and have written four books on these travels. Like Clancy, there are times when ‘we don’t know where he are’. Well, for some weeks anyway. Outback camping is addictive.
PENELOPE SPEAKS… NOW FOUR AUDIO BOOKS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED ON THE TRAVELS OF TIM AND ROS BOWDEN IN OUTBACK AUSTRALIA
Outback travel has been the passion of Tim and Ros Bowden ever since they headed off in their split-screen Kombi in 1974 for seven months on the road, accompanied by their 16-month-old son Barnaby, who by the time they came back, had spent a third of his life as a very junior nomad.
But wasn’t until Tim’s retirement from the ABC that they were free to become dedicated Grey Nomads, and from 1998 to 2008 wrote four books based on their roamings in their Series 80 Landcruiser ‘Penelope’, and their off-road Jayco Flight camper ‘The Manor’. (It must be admitted that their trusty Kombi was nicknamed ‘Gertie’ for reasons now forgotten.) Penelope and The Manor roamed widely in that time, taking in Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia as well as Tim’s native Tasmania.
Now, Penelope Goes West – On the road from Sydney to Margaret River and back, Penelope Bungles to Broome, The Devil in Tim – Penelope’s travels in Tasmania, and Down Under in the Top End – Penelope Heads North, have recently all been published as audio books.
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- PENELOPE SPEAKS… 1
- PENELOPE SPEAKS… 2
- PENELOPE SPEAKS… 3
- PENELOPE SPEAKS… 4
- OBITUARIES – MY, HOW THEY’VE CHANGED…
- SCRABBLE – OBSESSION OR NECESSITY?
- THE ABC OF GERARD HENDERSON’S CRAZED OBSESSION…
- STUBBORN BUGGERS – The survivors of the infamous POW gaol that made Changi look like heaven
- PART ONE – NAGASE TAKASHI, A SINGULAR JAPANESE
- PART TWO – ERIC LOMAX & NAGASE TAKASHI
- PART THREE – THE MEETING WITH NAGASE
- PART FOUR – SEEING THE MOVIE ‘THE RAILWAY MAN’
- ODDMENTS 1
- THE CHANGI CAMERA
- Dame Edna’s Last Fond Farewell Tour
- Antarctica And Back in Sixty Days
- Bashing The Poor Old ABC
- BackChat Remembered
- Amundsen Centenary Celebrations 2
- Quaking and Shaking in En Zed