Category Archives: Australia

A Happy Border Crossing Story

Peter Watts reports that his experiences with Australian border guards were very pleasant. Also there are some rather nice photos, including the “Squid Overlords” t-shirt.

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More Shuttle Weirdness

You may remember that Kevin and I were very unhappy with the airport shuttle in Melbourne. Sadly Sydney was no better. Kevin had a very early morning flight to Melbourne to connect up with his international flight. He was booked … Continue reading

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My Terrorist Resume Expands

As most of you will know, I am already persona on grata in the USA, and regarded with deep suspicion in New Zealand. Now, for entirely different reasons, I have managed to upset the security services in Australia. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Playing Tourist

Friday was spent looking around Carins, and flying down to Sydney. Saturday was spent walking around Sydney. Kevin and I have been very touristy. Here are a few highlights. The Golden Century in Sydney is still my favorite Chinese restaurant … Continue reading

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Gone Fishing

Today Kevin and I were up before dawn (and before the fruit bats went to bed) to catch a boat out to the Barrier Reef. It was along and very tiring day,but absolutely worth it as far as we are … Continue reading

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A Day in the Rainforest

Today Kevin and I took the train up to Kuranda, a village in the rainforest in the mountains above Cairns. We have ridden on one of the world’s great scenic railways, communed with fruit bats, eaten kangaroo pie, found a … Continue reading

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Worldcon, Day 1

Can I be exhausted already? Thank you! It has been a good day thus far. My panel on trans characters in YA fiction went very well. Lots of people have said nice things about the iPad edition of Salon Futura, … Continue reading

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Arriving in Melbourne #aus4

I am typing this blog post from my room in the Melbourne airport Hilton, looking out at the International Terminal. I spent a little time this morning wandering around checking things out. Here are some things you may find useful. … Continue reading

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Best Fannish Cat Nominees Announced

As you may recall, this year’s Ditmar Awards have a special category for Best Fannish Cat. I’m still a bit peeved that the rules required Australian residency, so I wasn’t eligible, but the nominees have just been announced and I … Continue reading

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Australia Travel Update

With only a week or two (depending on your travel plans) to go before people start leaving for Melbourne, questions are being asked. Yesterday Jay Lake inquired about mobile phone rental, as a result of which I discovered that the … Continue reading

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The South Pacific Tour

A few people have been asking me when I will be where on my tour of the South Pacific. I don’t have final panel schedules as yet, but here is a rough guide. From August 27th-29th I will be in … Continue reading

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At Least Someone Wants Me

Today I applied for, and was granted, an electronic visitor visa for Australia. I can now book flights to Worldcon. This is a great relief to me. It does remind me, however, that pretty much everyone traveling to Australia for … Continue reading

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Dudcon III Web Site Live

The 2010 Australian Natcon, which exists, friendly-flea-like, upon the back of the ravenous beast that is Aussiecon 4, now has its very own web site. If you would like to find out how you, yes you!, could be Guest of … Continue reading

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Diversity Linkage

We are off around the world. – Justine Larbalestier has guest post by a writer who is an Australian Aboriginal. – Joe Gordon notes that the fabulous comic creator, Asia Alfasi, along with the equally talented Daryl Cunningham, is being … Continue reading

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A Little Melbourne Pride

So the planned protest march took place in Melbourne, and Amanda was there to give support. She made it into The Age as a result. You can read the article here. I just want to draw attention to this comment … Continue reading

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Saving Melbourne’s Music

Amanda Palmer is on tour in Australia at the moment, and through her I became aware of this protest movement. Apparently, in an effort to crack down on drunken violence, Victoria’s government is imposing stringent new licensing restrictions on clubs … Continue reading

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Bizzaro World

Let me get this straight: the British National Party is happy to amend its “whites only” membership rule in order to comply with equality legislation, but our glorious bishops demand that the Church of England be exempt from such legislation … Continue reading

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Morning in Brisbane

It is a good job I leave my iPhone by my bed at night. This morning I switched it on to check Twitter and found that the Aurealis Award ceremony was in full swing in Brisbane. I got the announcements … Continue reading

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Aussiecon 4 Hotel Update

At SMOFcon the AussieCon 4 folks expected hotel bookings to be open on January 15th – that’s this weekend. I have just spotted this on the A4 Travel LiveJournal. Apparently there’s some delay and the new ETA is between now … Continue reading

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Aussiecon 4 Travel Community

Thinking of traveling to Melbourne for Worldcon next year? If so, check out the new LiveJournal Community created by the Aussiecon 4 folks to allow members to share travel tips.

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