John O'Brien

Freelance writer

Location icon Australia

Writes it like he sees it...

2013 Dakar Rally - my wrap up

KTM mounted Frenchman Cyril Despres won the 2013 event. Here are some of my observations on this year's Dakar.

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Beaufort Vinduro

Vintage enduro club to hold event in Beaufort-Raglan area. Photo: John O'Brien

The Learmonth Thunderer
Early Days of Glendaruel

Local historian helps Landcare group celebrate its 20th anniversary.

Telstra Exchange
A Queen in store

Royalty joined the Telstra team last November when Emily Causley, one of our team members in our Grafton NSW, was crowned Queen 0f the annual Jacaranda Festival. Emily was one of four contestants vying for the crown and she spent almost seven months in the lead up to the festival fundraising and attending official functions.

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Telstra Kiosk provides relief in Gympie

Floods in Queensland last month caused massive damage to property. Among the affected properties was a Telstra store in Gympie which became completely submerged. A combination of teamwork, ingenuity and determination ensured that we continued to assist our local customers however. Within two days the River Road Telstra premises in Gympie became completely submerged.

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Payphones: Still putting a smile on your dial

As I patted myself down I knew it was no use. I could clearly picture my smartphone forlornly sitting on my desk at home. I was in an unfamiliar place and needed to make a call, pronto. What I needed was a payphone. Would I be able to find such a thing?