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Steve Collins

Steve Collins has been a broadcaster for over 40 years working, primarily, in radio in both Sydney and Perth. Steve has both produced and presented many thousands of hours of live radio and has written, produced and performed in many radio plays and comedy serials. He is an award-winning broadcaster and the recipient of a United Nations Media Peace Prize. For four years Steve was also CEO of the online travel radio station Radio Roaming, which attracted listeners from 122 countries.

Taronga Zoo Roar & Snore

As I gently stroked the surprisingly velvety feet of an echidna, I realised how fitting it is that its image should grace the reverse side of the Australian five cent coin: because this newly-hatched puggle was so small it could indeed fit comfortably on the coin. A puggle of course is a baby monotreme – either a baby echidna, or platypus, the only mammals that...

GinGin Gin

Margaret River winery and distillery Wise Wines has celebrated seven Western Australian outback towns with the launch of seven new gins featuring botanicals from each area.  Wise already markets its range of Gin Gin Gin gins and will extend the branding through the gin towns of Narrogin, Wagin, Corrigin, Muntadgin, Dangin, Badgingarra and of course Gingin...

Overview: Monaco

Located on the Mediterranean Sea, and surrounded on three sides by France is the second smallest country in the world – Monaco a country in miniature. Monaco is so small it will easily fit inside New York’s Central Park. Although it is hilly, you can walk across Monaco in just 45 minutes. In reality, unless you a local out for tour daily exercise, it will take you a...

A world of Malaysian Laksas

Assam laksa. Source: rasamalaysia.com I’ve been fortunate to travel to Malaysia often, and that country is one of my favourite destination. One of the things that I truly love about Malaysia is its food.  Usually, a flight from Perth lands in Kuala Lumpur at about 9 pm, and if I get the Airport Express train into KL Sentral Station for the 59 km journey (which...

The Living History of Berrima

You could say that fate has preserved the history of Berrima. This wonderful, enchanting town sits snuggled against the gently-flowing Wingecarribee River in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Originally, Berrima was designed to be the capital of the Southern Highlands.  Those plans went awry when the railway was built.  The Old Hume Highway ran...

Doing Denver is Delectable

I arrived in Denver by train, on the California Zephyr, which was running about three hours late.  Apparently, this isn’t an uncommon thing. My first view of Denver was of its lights in the distance and we descended from the Rockies. There was a blood moon in the sky, and it made Denver look very mystical. After disembarking from the train I didn’t have far to...

Overview: Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a country of revelations. Discovering the land and its people is a new and unique experience. It takes you to a different place every time. And it opens the mind to see something new. Azerbaijan is a country that will surprise you.  Located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia at the crossroads of Eastern...

My Sydney Boat Beckons

Sydney Harbour is arguably the most beautiful harbour in the world.  It is also the largest natural harbour in the world.  With its backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge framing that magnificent city skyline, Sydney harbour is instantly recognisable to almost anyone, no matter where they are in the world. Without a doubt, the best way to...

Mount Popa or could be Mount Pooper Myanmar

Myanmar is certainly a mysterious country. One that is also intriguing. Located about 50 kilometres southeast of Bagan is an extinct volcano called Mount Popa. The mountain itself can be seen from a long distance away, but the volcano isn’t the reason many people visit, it is a plug from the volcano which attracts thousands of pilgrims each year. This plug rises to...

Together Apart: Living in Lockdown

When COVID-19 hit the Victorian capital Melbourne in a big way earlier in 2020, it had a dramatic impact on the lives of Melburnians. Belinda Jackson, one of our esteemed storytellers lived through the lockdown.  Although it was tough, a conversation over the back fence with her neighbour, portrait photographer Jude van Daalen, led to the idea for a book about...