Some interesting & useful web destinations to visit:

Chatter pack - a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources (essential in these times of self-isolation & potential stir-craziness)!



* Virtual tours of Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos & Aquariums

* Free online courses

* Live-streaming orchestral & chamber concerts



An award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world. (runtime about 67-minutes). Visit the site to sign up for "Tech Talk Tuesday" blog which offers helpful conversation-starters for parents on the issue of screen use in daily life.

Interactive Map of Australia's Indigenous Languages

Explore the First Languages Australia online map of

Australian Aboriginal Languages. Regional language centres

across Australia have contributed to this unique and important

project which documents and celebrates the special place of

indigenous languages for Aboriginal communities and for broader

Australian society.I would love to see an initiative of this kind

undertaken in Timor-Leste!

Top Documentary Films

This site offers oodles of thought-provoking docos, including:


"Have Fun in Pyongyang", an interesting portrait of everyday life in North Korea. 

GeocachingThe World’s Largest Treasure Hunt

Head outdoors and go on a hunt for treasures large and small, using your mobile phone. Put Geocaching on your bucket list for better days as it's not advisable to be rooting around under bushes or scaling walls in your local park just now. But when it is safe to go back on the hunt, for those of you who are based in Melbourne, take a good look out for the Cache which my boys and I hid in our neighbourhood a couple of years ago. It is called Newest Neighbour and it contains a small history lesson on Timor-Leste, prepared by my son, Daniel. Follow the link to get you started:

Get Fit at Home with .... Pop Sugar Fitness


100's of free work-outs here. No excuses! Here is the proof I gave it a try. 

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"A Woman of Independence"

ISBN: 9781742624020
Format: eBook
Pub Date: 10/11/2007
Category: Biography & True Stories / Biography: general
Imprint: Macmillan Australia
Price: $16.99

"Alias Ruby Blade"


Feature Documentary Film (2012)

Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times.

You can buy "Alias Ruby Blade" on Google Play Movies, YouTube as download or rent it on Google Play Movies, YouTube online.

About Me
I was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1966. As a student of the Italian and Indonesian languages at Melbourne University in the 1980's I became aware of the plight of the people of a small half-island called East Timor. A colony of Portugal for 500 years, East Timor or "Timor-Leste" was invaded by its huge neighbour, Indonesia, in 1975. It's a long story, but like many Australians and other citizens of the world, it made me angry and sad to learn that my own government aided and abetted that invasion in order to gain the upper hand in negotiating access to oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea, just north of Australia. At the cost of a quarter of a million Timorese lives. I decided to do something about it. And I still am today. 

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