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In Tasmania – Shakespeare’s excursion into the deep heart of this strange island

July 11, 2009 |

covers-in_tasmaniaIT WAS LATE on a cold Friday evening when I dropped into Desire bookshop. Cars’ headlights had been turned on and clusters of commuters, hands thrust deep into pockets and heads bowed, scurried homeward along the Corso from the ferry wharf. The day was drawing to a close and a chilling wind was blowing in from the sea. It was the kind of evening when you turn up your collar and hurry to wherever it is that you are going.

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Daring and exploration on Tasmania’s wild rivers

July 11, 2009 |

I’VE JUST FINISHED reading Johnson Dean’s Shooting the Franklin — early canoeing on Tasmania’s wild rivers, and have come away with a feeling of great admiration for those early adventurers who made hazardous voyages into what was literally the unknown.

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Permaculture – a movement in need of a history

December 27, 2007 | | One Comment

I’M HOUSE MINDING FOR A FRIEND. In architectural style the house is Federation, one half of a long, dark red brick duplex in Sydney’s Inner West and probably built early in the Twentieth Century. It’s not an overly-ornate house in the way that some of its more exuberant contemporaries are but, like many of them, it was built in defiance of the climate and as a result is quite cold to live in during the winter.

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The long road in the far north – on the local food speakers trail in northern NSW

July 24, 2007 |

Story & photos: Russ Grayson.

MARCH DAYS ARE MILD DAYS in the sleepy northern NSW town of Lismore. And this year they were no different. What was different was that the subtropical city of 28,000 played host to a rather unusual conference, a conference about food… local food.

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Being idle – a book for the free spirited

July 24, 2007 |

Idling for the free spirited… and those who would like to join them.

THIS IS A BOOK for the free of spirit by the man who edits the famous Idler annual. It’s an interesting, easy to real and irreverent book full of unorthodox ideas that are as challenging to conventional lifestyles as they are common sense.

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Time for a new localism, says Norberg-Hodge

July 13, 2007 |

First published 2007 by Russ Grayson.

“See education as activism”, she says. “Set up social and learning circles. Have groups of 10 to 15 people who like each other’s company and discuss issues and do things together…

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Urban farming may be on way to extinction

July 13, 2003 | | 3 Comments

First published: September 2003.

IF YOU EAT FRESH FOOD in Sydney, offer your thanks to the 1300 market gardeners who farm the Sydney Basin and supply the city with its fresh produce. And if you live elsewhere in NSW you might thank those farmers as well – a full 90 percent of the state’s perishable produce originates in the agriculturally-favoured Sydney Basin.

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Community supported agriculture has potential study finds

September 1, 2002 | | One Comment

Published by Russ Grayson 2002

A RESEARCH PROJECT has found that community supported agriculture (CSA) could provide a viable market for city fringe farmers.

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