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It is no accident that I keep gravitating towards Darwin every year.
It is a very special place. I feel a greater sense of freedom there
than anywhere else in Australia. Most of all it are of course the attitude
of the people there and the free lifestyle of the Northern Territory
generally. But also one feels closer to the rest of the world. Papua New
Guinea, Indonesia, even Singapore are nearer than Sydney. Here my mind
easily reaches out across the seas to all of Asia and even in the far
distance, Europe. Darwin is for Australia the natural gateway to the rest of
When I look back at all the places I lived during my life there are three
places that stand out from the rest, Yonki in the PNG Highlands, Bougainville
Island (also PNG) and Darwin. At these three places in the Tropics, nearest
to the Equator I have felt most exhilarated, excited, experienced
every day as an adventure. And every time I moved away, down South to
Australia, there was this sense of disappointment, of boredom.
And perhaps there is something else too, rather quirky.
Because the atmosphere around us is moving too, we don't feel a thing of
this rotational speed near the Equator, but it is there. Do we
therefore somehow, subconsciously, experience this in a minute way ? Just so
that we feel different here, more excited ? Does this differential movement
between Pole and Equator produce a slowing down or speeding up of time in
space time when we are nearer to the
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