Tim BHi, over a relatively long life in journalism, radio, and television I’ve been lucky enough to travel widely and had some fantastic experiences. Some are still happening…

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Much travelled toddler, Barnaby Bowden

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. 

FOR ACCESS TO THE AUDIO AND MORE INFORMATION SEE RECENT POSTS ON THE RIGHT OF THIS PAGE

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Webjet

 

BE CAREFUL ABOUT WEBJET…

 

 

I am certainly NEVER going to use Webjet again after two recent experiences this year. Admittedly the first was my fault – a senior moment in which I booked return flights to Tasmania in the wrong month! By the time I realised this I was in deep doo-doo. Had I booked Jetstar, I could have fixed it up myself. But because one of the flights was through Virgin, I was slugged $80 per person for each leg of a flight from Sydney to Launceston by Webjet. Because our flight had to be through Melbourne I was hit with a total – I call it a fine – of $320!!! All that for some clerk to fiddle about on a keyboard for thirty seconds.

 Worse was to come. Earlier my wife and I planned to fly Sydney to Cairns return. I had an accident, and was unable to fly. Despite supplying a medical certificate, I was hit with another $160 by Webjet – a grand total of $480 in one year! Again the bugbear was Virgin. Jetstar obligingly gave me a credit against their leg of the cancelled flight, and I was able to re-book myself.

 Had I booked through the airlines concerned in the first place, none of this would have happened. My firm advice to anyone planning to use Webjet – is don’t. The smart thing to do would be to pick the cheapest flights from their website, and then book through the airlines directly. That is what I will be doing from now on. How what happened to us can be described as anything but a rip-off beats me.

 Perhaps others have had similar experiences? Feel free to comment.

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Designer Madness 1 Am I alone in the world to rail against the stupidity of magazine (and newspaper) designers in concealing stories from their readers by swamping the text in great wadges of black background? Read my latest blog DESIGNER MADNESS…

 

 

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