Beyond Borders: Prologue

I decided to post this image because it's a panorama assembled from my special place. My first book Seen and unseen: A century of Stories from Asia and the Pacific, begins a short distance from this very site. The Prologue to my work https://soundcloud.com/maximos-russell-darnley/beyond-borders-conversations-across-boundaries-prologue Reactions to my work To paraphrase one reader's response to my … Continue reading Beyond Borders: Prologue

Disposable Plastic Consumption and #COVID19

In 2018 the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, with the participation of New South Wales, Victorian, and Western Australia commissioned the Annual Australian Plastics Recycling Survey. This aimed to provide an overview of the consumption and recycling of plastics in Australia during the 2017–18 financial year. The key findings for the period were: … Continue reading Disposable Plastic Consumption and #COVID19

Beyond Borders: Latest News

Both physical and unseen borders have long been with us but for numerous reasons have not always been permanent, their locations and porosity varying over time. When I first left Australia, travelling from Sydney to Perth and on to Singapore in 1972 I crossed as many as twenty-six ancient borders within Australia. Such ancient borders … Continue reading Beyond Borders: Latest News

Ten key statements about the Parthenon Marbles

Acropolis Museum This post was prepared for the IOCARPM blog mid-year, but the issue of reunification of all the Parthenon Marbles in the Acropolis Museum is arguably the world's most important and long-standing cultural property dispute.  https://vimeo.com/342848826 The Acropolis Museum in Athens is the rightful home for all of the remaining sculptures from the Parthenon.  … Continue reading Ten key statements about the Parthenon Marbles

Thinking about Crossie on Remembrance Day

Sophia Jasper Crosby is often in my thoughts and prayers. As a close friend of my maternal grandparents, she was very much a part of my earlier life. A woman of rural manners, the daughter of Christian missionaries, and the widow of a soldier from The Great War, Sophia was the most assertively British Australian … Continue reading Thinking about Crossie on Remembrance Day

Reflections on Borders: Empire, Cold War and Covid19

For a wide review of these themes lookout for my latest collection of short stories, Beyond Borders.For some, the notion of borders is that of a hard border, one clearly defined and assertively maintained. Certainly, in the Covid19 era borders reflect this standard, yet borders are by no means constant, or definite, whatever the political … Continue reading Reflections on Borders: Empire, Cold War and Covid19

Beirut Explosion on the Eve of a Hiroshima Anniversary

These days any events like the Beruit explosion trigger memories for the Bali Bombings for me. There were two explosions at Legian on the night of October 12, 2002. I heard them from Ubud yet through all the noise emanating from 26 kilometers away, I could only discern one continuous rumbling. Footage of the Beruit … Continue reading Beirut Explosion on the Eve of a Hiroshima Anniversary