VALE DAME EDNA
There was no way I was going to miss Dame Edna’s last hurrah on the stage during her recent farewell Australian tour.
Edna Everage, the Moonee Ponds housewife, first came to my attention in the 1950s together with the lugubrious Sandy Stone, who both in their inimitable way, took the piss out […]
ANTARCTICA &BACK IN SIXTY DAYS BACK IN PRINT AGAIN…
I am absolutely delighted to have Antarctica & Back In Sixty Days in print again for the first time since 1999. There is always something special about a first journey to Antarctica, and mine was a corker – and at a pivotal time in the […]
AUNTY COPS IT YET AGAIN
Well, what a vintage orgy of ABC-bashing was indulged in by News Ltd’s INQUIRER section of the Weekend Australian on 26 May 2012.
Chris Kenny (right) lead the charge, and not for the first time. […]
I used to host a viewer reaction program called BackChat twice a week on ABC TV from 1987 to 1994 – when most of us were all much younger. Much to my surprise, Bruce Elder unexpectedly said nice things about the long gone program in a column in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Guide magazine on […]
In previous blogs, Scott the Clot, and Amundsen Centenary Celebrations 1, I mentioned the Bowden family’s brush with Antarctic fame – that 100 years ago this year, my grandfather, Frank Bowden, was Manager for Telegraphs at the Hobart Post Office when the little Norwegian ship Fram unexpectedly appeared in the Derwent on 7 […]
I have an old journalist mate (well we are both old now) who lives in New Zealand – well Christchurch actually. He wrote to me recently (Bob has given computers away and prefers Her Majesty’s post and hand-written missives) to say that he and his missus were still living in their quake damaged house, and […]
AMUNDSEN CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 1
In my first blog, Scott the Clot?, I mentioned the Bowden family’s brush with Antarctic fame in 1912 in Hobart – when my grandfather, Frank Bowden, who at that time was Manager for Telegraphs at the Hobart Post Office, was entrusted with the telegram from the Antarctic explorer Roald Amundsen to […]
It is now 100 years since the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, nosed his little double-ended wooden schooner Fram into the Derwent Estuary and anchored out in the stream near Hobart on 7 March 1912. As it happens the Bowden family has an Antarctic brush with fame, as my grandfather, Frank Bowden, then Manager for Telegraphs […]
CONVERSATION WITH RICHARD HUGHES
With Tim Bowden
Just before World War II Australians seemed unaware that they were geographically linked to Asia, and not simply ‘British to the bootstraps’ as Prime Minister Robert Menzies later put it. There were no Australian foreign correspondents working in Asia, and Richard Hughes (and colleagues like Denis Warner) were […]
NO TERN UNSTONED – MUSINGS AT BREAKFAST
By Tim Bowden
In 2003 I received a phone call out of the blue from Peter Thompson, then hosting Radio National’s Breakfast show. Would I be interested in doing a talk every Friday for the program?
‘Anything’, said Peter.
Well what recently retired journalist could refuse […]