The World Heritage Committee has rejected Australia's bid to delist 74,000 hectares of heritage listed forest, which Tasmania was hoping to log. Not that'll make much difference. There's plenty of other stuff to cut down, mine or dredge.
Last Sunday 50 masked men armed with Molotov cocktails stormed a gold mine in northern Greece. After torching bulldozers and trucks belonging to Canadian mining company El Dorado and its Greek subsidiary Hellenic Gold, the group used tree trunks to block
As we get to the ridge, the forest opens up into a clearing and we see the valley stretch out before us. Blue-green smoke covers the hills as far as we can see. The fire hasn't burned this side of the ridge, and it's quiet and cool in the morning.
In 2010 one of Australia's most notorious crime bosses, Carl Williams, was murdered at Victoria's Barwon Prison. A little over a year later the prison's general manager, David Prideaux, disappeared on a hunting trip. His body has never been found.
We moved Sunday to Monday because Sunday turned out to be the day for uninvited visitors. When we tried to keep Sunday as a day of rest, for pastimes such as reading, writing letters, exploring, or the complex routines of bathing, we found ourselves const…