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Festival of delights

Byron Bay turned on the sunshine at the weekend for what proved to be a sparkling Writers’ Festival. Each year the festival grows in reputation as it pulls together a stellar list of guest speakers yet, despite the inevitable increase in size, it manages to retain the intimacy and sense…

Why the Olympics isn’t exciting

It’s a baffling thing but the gathering billed as being the world’s most exciting sports event hasn’t even raised a frisson of interest in me. I’ve never been exactly sporty (on field or off) but the Olympics always had that magical combination of heart-in-the-mouth sporting moments and spectacle. Maybe it’s the…


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