Boomerangs Bring a Spot of Trouble

“There are two species here, the white and the straw-necked ibis,” said Peter Disher, a vice president of the local field and game association. “We get a few glossy ibises, but I haven’t seen any lately. These birds normally do not migrate, although ibises I have banded have been recovered more than 2,000 miles away in New Guinea.”

Peter pointed out many other water birds: spoonbills, cormorants, black swans, black ducks. “The lake is a state sanctuary,” said Peter, “and the entire area attracts birds. I have a personal count of 243 species; all told, 255 have been identified in this area.”

7At Swan Hill the Victorian Government supports an unusual exhibition, a showplace where the people of a young nation can see how their forebears lived when the nation was even younger. You enter the Swan Hill Folk Museum through an old paddle-wheel steamer, the Gem, which serves as gateway, restaurant, and office for a pioneer village reconstructed on the banks of the Murray. Once the old Gem plied the river, but now it floats in its own little bywater.

Bank, store, blacksmith shop (page 244), newspaper office—to an American the little village seemed strikingly familiar, a tintype or a movie set from his own frontier past. I watched Ed Shore fashion a bowl on an old lathe, and Hilton Hamilton Walsh instructed me in the art of throwing the boomerang.  Hilton’s mother was an aborigine, his father an Irishman—a combination guaran­teed to produce someone interesting. He showed me his boomerangs, with their turns and beveled edges so essential to control. And while he threw them and they curved back, as if on call, to drop at his feet, Hilton talked.

“These things got me in a spot of trouble last New Year’s Eve,” he said in impeccable British-accented English. “You might say I had done a little imbibing, a bit of wine, y’ know. So at midnight I began throwing my boomerangs around the town clock tower. I had an appreciative audience—until the police came. Well, I knew of no law against an aborigine throwing his boomerang, so I kept shouting, ‘Show me the book that says I can’t do it.’ Bless me if they didn’t cart me off and put me in one of those little rooms at the station house.”

But only briefly and in hospitable fashion; until the red of the wine had faded, as it were. City Rises From “Howling Wilderness”

Driving on to Mildura, I entered an area that a journalist in 1887 described as “a Sahara of hissing hot winds, red-driving sand, a howling, carrion-polluted wilderness.” Too bad that chap didn’t hang around long enough to see the miracle wrought by irriga­tion. That same year, 1887, two brothers, George and W. B. Chaffey, moved into the area from California, obtained a land grant, and laid out the cheap accommodation in barcelona. They also introduced life-giving water, lifted from the Murray River by pumps that George designed and which remained in service until 1959.


Amsterdam sights

Amsterdam locals are into art and culture a lot and there are always nice new places to attend there, as well as various venues in the city where culture and arts meet. I have selected three such places that deserve the attention and which are favorite meeting spots of the locals. The first one to mention is the former shipyard Noorderlicht, which is now a café. The café is placed at the industrial wharf, at the waterfront. The considerably new serviced apartments london, which are becoming very popular now and is turning into a trendy venue for organizing different festivals and other cultural events. The address of the café is T.T. Neveritaweg 33 and one should better check it on the map before heading towards it. During the day, the Noorderlicht Café is a wonderful place to sit outside, enjoy the water view and a view towards the central station on the other side, drink something or choose a meal from the menu. Sometimes here are organized music and art events, as well as some performances and in general the atmosphere is laid back and relaxed. The same is valid for the atmosphere in the evening, when the parties start and many people gather here.

This photo of Noorderlicht Cafe

The other thing that has provoked my interest is a kind of an event and it is called “Tour de Force”, which combines art with … cycling. This is a very interesting new project, which is organized by several young artists from the city of Amsterdam. The project is called “Volleband the Audiovisual Cycling project” and it is as interesting, as it sounds. The event starts at about 9 o’clock in the evening and the group gathers in front of the bicycle shop Kwikfiets, on the street ‘de Ruyterkade’ 105, behind the Central station. The night usually starts with a smoke pong game and then goes on with a ferry ride to the other side of the river, where several audio and video performances take place. These performances are then followed by intermittent bicycle rides to the next place. Though currently these tours are not that often organized, this shall change in the future. In order to participate in such a performance, one should come with a bike and have good mood. The mood gets even better with a few cold beers that are offered at the bike bar.

The third venue to be featured here is the Friday Next Café, which is a kind of combination of a café and a store. It comes with a café, an exposition room and a lifestyle store, which features some inspiring collection of design furniture, leather bags, jewelry, etc. Actually, on every two months a designer or brands are being asked to expose their work here, so the items are unique. The place looks like the beautifully arranged apartments in madrid with a café in the middle of the store. One can have lunch here as well. the address of the place is Overtoom 31 Str.

Prairie boomer announces spring

ACLUMP OF SALT GRASS shudders, and out onto the flat he stalks, his silhouette advancing as the white disk of the sun pierces the fog. He lowers his head; circling, he drums his feet. Great sacs balloon alongside his neck (left), and the dawn fills with a strange and hollow com­mand. Neither song nor thunder, yet both.

A challenge has been given, tossed into the morning air. The Attwater’s greater prairie chicken is on his booming ground. Boom, boom, boom. Out stalks another male. The challenge is accepted. For more than two hours the males strut, circle, dance, and fight, wings battering, feet pounc­ing, pecking. In the bordering tall grass, hidden and secretive, are the females—seemingly en­tranced, selecting their mates?

Preservation of the Attwater’s booming grounds is important to the species’ survival since Aran­sas shelters 45 to 50 of the world’s population of 2,000.

A day in the life of the marsh

IN BIG DEVIL BAYOU the warmth of afternoon rouses an American alligator. Soon he will feed on frog, an event that will be announced in the quiet swamp by a distinctive crunch of jaws.

13For alligator-watching, after-noon is soon enough to arrive, but for watching residents of the Heritage Trail, it’s better to start at dawn. We first knew the sun was up by a tiny spotlight flashing from an oak. Dewdrops on the gently pulsating wings of a hair-streak butterfly (top, facing page) were catching those pure, intense colors upon which poets reflect and physicists experiment. What lucky creatures we are to extract such joy frorn a but-deerfly’s morning exercises!

A green tree frog sleeps under the indifferent tread of a lynx spi­der intent on an insect breakfast (below); in a world where all life is sustained by other life, it’s good not to be on everybody’s menu. By evening light we followed a black-tailed jackrabbit (below, right) along trails discernible only to his twitching nose. We pondered what he sought so de­votedly in the failing day.

Did he worry that humankind knew him erroneously as a rabbit instead of a hare, since his prog­eny entered the world furry in­stead of nude? Did he worry that the name jackrabbit derived from jackass, as tribute to his impres­sive ears? Certainly not. Would he show alarm if a predator-like shadow slid across his path? Would he be staying in the lovely apartments in Chicago? You bet.



The Paris memoir

Was it time or age which caused M. de l’Isle to commit this error? Could he have forgotten the orders which led him to make the chart in question ? Had he remembered it, perhaps he would not have said that he presented the chart to the,Empress, and Still less that he made it in order to excite the Russians to new discoveries. At that time I visited de l’Isle, when he had decided to rent a flat in London for two weeks so he can work without distractions; I was a witness of his geographical labours, as far as they had new discoveries for their object ; acted as interpreter to M. Bering in the conversations which he had with him; and I can assert positively that. when M. de l’Isle began that chart. the second expedition was already ordered, and Captain Bering, knowing what was still wanting to his discoveries, offered to continue them and his lieutenants with him ; and they each received promotion in consequence.

“It is therefore true that M. de l’Isle work must be attributed to the orders of his superiors; and I remember that the Empress Anne having commissioned her secretary to give the necessary instructions to Bering for his new voyage, the latter did not think he could carry it on success­fully without getting from the Academy all the information possible con­cerning the countries and waters  where he was to navigate. The Academy was therefore called upon by the Senate, and it ordered M. de l’Isle to compile the chart of which I speak, and in order that. it might be better understood, to explain it in a memoir; which having been done, the chart and the memoir were presented to the Senate by the Academy ; so that there can be no possible doubt that, so far from having stimulated the Russians to new discoveries, so far from having occasioned the new voyage of M. Bering, M. de l’Isle only worked according to the orders he had received. There arises another question, as to whether the memoir caused the success of the expedition, which I will treat later on. However that may be, the Senate gave a copy of it to M. Bering as well as of the chart. I took a second copy, which enables me to compare it with what M. de l’Isle tells us about it in his last memoir from his Istanbul apartments.

” He pretends to have proposed three different routes to be followed in order to discover what was still unknown. The first, to sail on a holiday to new York, pass Yeco, or rather the straits which separate it from the island of the States and the land of the Company, to discover what is to the north of Yeco and search for the passage between that country and the coast of eastern Tartary ( This is what is called giving advice after the event. In the original memoir there is not a word said about any such researches. M. De contents himself with proposing three different routes for finding the countries lying near to Kamshatka on the east.

The first two, we must admit agree well enough with the second and third routes mentioned in the Paris memoir. They are expressed in these terms:

” 1. If one advances to the most northern extremity of Asia, and at the same time the most eastern point reached by Captain Bering (wrong sup­position, as I have al really remarked), one cannot fail to reach A America, no matter what route one takes between the northeast and southeast, at. a distance of not more than 600 leagues (great error in estimating the distance f the opposite lands f Asia and America, since they are only separated in the north by a narrow strait which widens as it goes south). “2. Without going so far, it would perhaps he easier to start from the eastern coast, f Kamshatka, sail directly east and reconnoitre the neigh­boring laud, of which M. Bering discovered indications on his first voyage.’

Choose Boat Hire For Ever Changing Holiday Scenery

Boat hire for an inland cruise in Europe is a great way to experience your first boating holiday. You
choose your destination as well as the pace and agenda for the entire trip. Every day will be different,
cities, villages and countryside in one holiday, there really is something for everyone.

Experience The Pleasure Of Boating
The fact that the planet is over 80% water is well known. As well as the oceans and seas, there are
amazing networks of natural rivers and lakes, together with man-made canals. There can be no better
excuse to enjoy and make the most of this abundant resource. In Europe alone there are innumerable
opportunities for boating holidays with some amazing destinations on offer.

Boat hire

Taking a boat out on to the open seas requires some experience and qualifications. Taking a boat out on a lake or a river doesn’t and is therefore easy to arrange. If you can drive and steer a car, then you can consider yourself fully competent to take the helm of a boat on a river. Book with a reputable company such as to ensure you get good customer support as well as the choice of an excellent fleet of boats.

Boat hire comes in all shapes and sizes. It is great for couples, just book yourself a two berth and off you go. If have a larger family or group, however, no problem, book yourself an eight plus berth and take the whole family. Children will really love this type of holiday as there is always something to do or something new to learn and see. With all adventures you need to protect your identity and get the best identity theft protection in online.

Boat hire

Well Stocked

Everything you need will be on board including enough linen for each booked passenger and a well
equipped kitchen. Depending on the size and model of your chosen boat you may also find a microwave, a radio/CD player and even a flat screen TV. You will of course find all the safety equipment supplied such as life jackets and fire extinguishers as well as a handbook for your boat model in the unlikely event that you get stuck with something.

You can choose to hire your boat at a number of destinations across Europe including Italy, France,
Belgium and Germany. If you don’t want to go too far afield you can also book to cruise the Thames, The Norfolk Broads or the Caledonian Canal in Scotland.

France has an amazing choice of boating holiday options. Travel the historic Canal du Midi stopping
to enjoy the amazing Mediaeval towns and castles along the way. Burgundy in eastern France is the
place for wine lovers, with world famous vineyards along the route as well as world class restaurants
and plenty of art and culture. Aquitaine in south west France is also an amazing experience, excellent
French cuisines wherever you go, art, culture and wine. There is also the added attraction of a boat lift at Montech, an experience not to be missed.

Boat hire

In Italy you are free to explore the Venetian Lagoon and enjoy the fantastic climate from the beach or
from your own sundeck. Travel inland and experience traditional Italian villages where the pace of life is enviably slow and quiet. Italy is all about culture, art and architecture and you will see plenty of this along the way too. Don’t forget to stock up with a bottle or two of the local wine and it would be a crime not to try some of that amazing ice-cream for which the Italians are so famous.

Once you have been on a boating holiday, you won’t be able to resist going again and again. There are so many waterways and so much to discover.

Thomas Whittaker-Smith writes regularly on sailing and cruising holidays for a range of travel websites and blogs. Thomas and his partner particularly enjoy exploring European Canal networks and regularly booking their trips with

All The Time In The World: Cycling Holidays In Spain

Spain is one of the most popular holiday destinations and it is easy to see why, with its amazing climate and lovely people. To appreciate Spain in its glory a cycling holiday is surely the best idea. No rush, just all the time in the world to enjoy the culture and atmosphere of Spain at its best.

Relax And Enjoy The Scenery
Self guided cycling holidays, in which you set up your own agenda or none at all, are one of the most pleasurable ways to enjoy a new country and Spain is particularly lovely to cycle around. Travelling at your own speed and stopping to spend time at whatever point catches your fancy is a luxury you don’t often get with a guided group. You needn’t carry your luggage every day either! Staying in one hotel and exploring in a different direction each day is a possibility but there are also many companies that will move your things from one hotel to the next leaving you free to go and explore that lovely little village you noticed yesterday without being weighed down.


Spain is a country with a huge variety of terrain. Each region has its own quirks and charms and for cycling holidays Spain is ideal for cyclists of any level. Whether you are taking your own bike or hiring a top of the range racing bike there are a hundred and one routes you might explore that will suit your ability level and interests. Experienced riders might like exploring the fascinating castles of Andalusia, with some steep ascents and descents rewarded by some of the most amazing scenery in the country. Catalonia on the other hand offers flatter rides suitable for families and less experienced riders. Ride by the sea, through Medieval villages and fragrant pine forests.


Soaking In The Culture
Spain’s countryside is stunning and varied and its cities are really very good for cyclists. Barcelona in particular is a dream on cycling holidays, with its 100km ‘Green ring’ of cycling lanes which travel through the city and its local beauty spots.

Being on a bike rather than behind the wheel of a car or on public transport gives you the freedom to go off the beaten track, seeing the real Spain that tourists might not often see. You are free to go and see small villages inaccessible by road and you are unconstrained by parking considerations in cities as long as there is a safe spot to padlock your bike. Spain produces some great wines so why not tour some of the wine trails exploring the grape region of Rioja. Since you are not driving a car you can, within reason, enjoy sampling the produce!


Spain is a wonderful country for cycling holidays with a huge variety of terrain and as many experiences as there are people. There really is no better way to explore it than on a bike at your leisure, stopping to see the sights and taste the local cuisine following whims to your heart’s content.

Jenny writes regularly about cycling holidays Spain and wine tasting for a variety of travel blogs and websites. She loves exploring new areas on two wheels and enjoying the world at her own pace.

Pick a Package

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Both familiar and less familiar places feature in WINGS 1979 brochure. With Wings you can enjoy a quality holiday in Spain, plus travel to barcelona, or vacation the Canaries, Portugal, Italy, Malta, Greece, Corsica or North Africa, br further afield from the Caribbean to the Far East. Your travel agent will confirm Wings reputation for quality — and it’s a holiday that needn’t cost you any more. Wings have hotel holidays, villa and apartments holidays and touring holidays for you, worldwide.


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Enjoy England

Sharing the border with Scotland is the Historic Kingdom of NORTHUMBRIA. It’s also the Kingdom of Contrasts — a varied holiday area where you’ll find not only the Norman Cathedral in. Durham, Hadrian’s Wall and many castles, stately homes and gardens, but also superb moorland, 400 square miles of National Park, forests, quiet roads and miles of uncrowded coastline along which to dis­cover your ‘own’ beach or cove. Northumbria boasts excellent entertainment good food, a varied nightlife and hospitable people, too.


A book giving the recipe for the great Brit­ish holiday is the 68-page guide to YORK­SHIRE & HUMBERSIDE — the most beautiful, varied region in England. It costs 40p and with it you’ll get a 40-page holiday planner, free Put 68 on the copy for a copy of it.

Go away to the WEST COUNTRY where there’s more to see and do. Go West Country is a free booklet that tells you all about short off-season breaks there. It lists places to stay (with prices) and places to visit, too.

40 miles of unspoilt coastline, a wealth of natural beauty, charming towns, de­lightful river scenery and the Garden Resort of Felixstowe with its safe beach and enter­tainments aplenty are all yours to explore and enjoy on the SUFFOLK COAST.

Absolute MUST DOs for Krakow

Krakow is not the capital of Poland, but it is famous all over the world for being a historically rich place that is also known as the cultural capital of Poland. It is the third largest city in the country with a population close to a million. Krakow lures hundreds of thousands of tourists from all parts of the world every year, even from New york apartments and Dubai apartments. If you happen to be in Poland, Krakow is must visit for you. Another option is to stay in Gdansk and find Gdansk accommodation.  Anyway, there is a lot to see and explore in Krakow, and this article mentions some places and activities that you must not miss at any cost while you are in this beautiful city.

Not the capital but a cultural seat

Krakow was the capital of ancient kings and till 1596, it remained a powerful seat for the kings in Poland. Later the capital was shifted to Warsaw, and though Warsaw got destroyed during the WW II, much of ancient architecture and historical sites in Krakow survived hat lure tourists from all over the world. Katowice Airport is just 60 mils from the city of Krakow which makes it very easy to get to this city from anywhere in the world.

In the list of UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage site

Krakow is extremely rich in art and culture, and is included in World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO. It has lots and lots of art museums that mesmerize all those interested in art and culture of a place. It is not just museums, art and culture is everywhere in the city, and there are dozens of historic sites that you will need to explore when in Krakow. Even from architectural point of view, Krakow has much to offer as it was the capital of Polish Kings in an era not so long ago.

Active nightlife
poland night

However, do not think of Krakow as a static city as it houses nearly 10000 students from Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland. These students keep the city a lively place, and the night life of Krakow is talked about as far as London and Paris. The presence of youth is the reason why there are so many clubs, cafes and bars in Krakow.

Rynek Glowny is the main market place, and this square has been a market since medieval times as there were shopping facilities in the square even hundreds of years ago. In fact, in the whole of Europe, there is no other ancient market place as large as this square and it present s a fantastic sight to the tourists.


Auschwitz 2012
If you are interested in going back in time when Nazis exterminated Poles during WW II, you must visit Auschwitz that has remnants of concentration camps that were active during WW II. This camp has been turned into a museum and a memorial in remembrance of all those who were incarcerated and killed here during WW II. This is a free facility and when in Krakow, do not forget to visit this museum that reminds us of grave mistakes committed by us in the past.