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Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie Blog

Writer and enthusiastic photographer

Brisbane - State of Queensland

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Sands Through the Hourglass, Gone but not Forgotten

It was hot … bloody hot! … yet here we were in the middle of the 'high dune' country, in the south of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the edge of Saudi Arabia's 'Empty Quarter'. · We were drilling site investigation holes down to 20m or 30m depth and logging the soil recovere ...

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Travel

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Photo 1: Looking East over the Gold Coast

Photo 2: Looking West into the Setting Sun

East or West, What's Best?

Introductory Geographic Lesson · I was tidying up some photographic files from a couple of years back, when I came across these two landscape pics. · I took them from two lookout spots, both on the flat plateau which is Mt Tamborine, just south of Brisbane in South-East Queenslan ...

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Life Lessons

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The Champions of the Outback

There's a part of Australia I've seen now and then, · Where the folks are resilient, both women and men, · Where drought is the norm, and the rains rarely come, · Where life can be cruel, way too hard for some. · It's not for the faint-hearted, meek or the weak, · Or those who ha ...

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There's no smoke without fire in Bromo-land

It was just after 5am on an April morning (2019), it was cold, and the sun was struggling to penetrate a band of cloud across the eastern horizon. We could already see from our crowded vantage point, however, that the landscape beneath was going to reveal a special treat, as a re ...

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Ravenous Raptor Chases Cretaceous Chook-sized Critters.

At last I was off to dinosaur country, that part of outback Queensland renowned in recent decades for its uniquely Australian, Cretaceous aged, fossilised dinosaur bones. It is also famous for being the only place, worldwide, where a dinosaur stampede has been recorded, but more ...

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Horses with Feathers inside the Scenic Rim

Perhaps Scotty, the 7m high equine wonder, at this year's Boonah ‘Clydesdale Spectacular’ June show, will give you a clue to my blog title. · And why's he blue, do you ask? Well, June is winter ‘down-under’, and even in sunny Queensland, the mornings can get cold enough to hear ...

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

I've been sleep deprived lately, so I thought I'd run around the bed several times to catch up on my sleep. · I asked the doctor if he could send me to a sleep specialist and so he gave me an address at the zoo. · When I got there it turned out he'd made an appointment with the ...

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The Working Class Can Kiss My ...

Is ‘Class’, in the social sense, an outdated assessment of our position in life? Does the feudal concept of the rich and the poor, the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ still exist in the ‘developed’ world? Certainly, here in Australia, we take some degree of pride in telling visitors ...

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International What? You Must Be Joking!

Today is, believe it or not, ‘National Let’s Laugh Day’ in the USA? But why shouldn't we all take a day now and again to concentrate on laughter and fun? · Why should the Americans have all the fun? · There I was, looking for a distraction from the many sad and stressful storie ...

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Ducks' Weather Lasts Forever ☔️

In order to distract you from your focus on Ukraine and COVID-19, spare a thought for many of us in Australia's South-East Queensland, where we are in the middle of a prolonged rain event, which has been described as a ‘Rain Bomb’. The image below, captured from local news feeds, ...

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No Fallen Arches Afoot in Tanzania

When I looked at this month's “New Civil Engineer” magazine on-line, I was immediately drawn to an article on the construction of 70 stone arch bridges. · I thought my eyes were deceiving me (a not uncommon thing these days, as old age often distorts reason), until I actually re ...

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Hey, Stupid Cupid, Stop Picking' on Me!

Call me unromantic. · Call me boringly down-to-earth. Call me cold, indifferent or dull, but will someone please tell me what's Cupid with a bow and arrow, or a semi-automatic pistol (if we want to update him to the modern day efficient equivalent of the dart in the heart, as ab ...

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And From All the Lands on Earth We Come.

I hope you'll watch and listen to the words of this powerful song (originally written by The Seekers), as this Australia Day, 26 January, draws to a close. For many, the day is one of celebration of our nation (and for some, indeed, outrageously so), but for so many of our First ...

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MONA Rocks

For all you aging art and pop music aficionados, this post is not confirmation of the brilliance of da Vinci's Louvre mounted smiling enchantress, nor is it an appreciation of the 45 year old Detroit-based exotic dancer, reportedly portrayed on the ‘B’ side of “Hey! Bo Diddley” a ...

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News Flash! Xmas Eve Extended!

It appears that Santa’s elf negotiators have failed in their attempts to exclude the big fella from having to ‘sign in‘, using the appropriate Australian state or territory health department QR codes, prior to entering the thousands of premises where he is expected to leave prese ...

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Most of you reading this will know that Australia has a goodly line up of beasts and critters, on land and in our oceans, guaranteed to cause you grief should you be unfortunate enough to stumble across them in their own environment, and without your wits about you. · In fact, e ...

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We Gonna Rock Down to Electric Avenue

Let me preface this particularly prejudicial post on the joys of motorbikes, by stating that the last time I personally relied on 2 wheels for transportation was either using pedal power on the sturdy Raleigh bicycle that occasionally transported me to school, or the putt, putt m ...

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Good disguise, but hardly David's son?

Has Oz Lost the Wizard?

Good disguise, but hardly David's son?Trawling through the ‘What’s On" app for Sunday afternoon drive ideas, up popped Tamborine Mountain's annual Scarecrow Festival. This four day event, with colouring competitions, poetry comps and enough uniquely sculptured dummy dress-ups to ...

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Purple Panic

Spring has sprung here in Brissie (Brisbane to the uninitiated from outside South-East Queensland) and with it comes the end of year exams at the local universities. · No wonder then that the Jacaranda, now in full bloom, heralds the advent of ‘purple panic’ among those cocooned ...

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