Category Archives: Memories

>Friday Night Relaxer: Record Books

> A couple months ago I wrote a piece for the Walkley Magazine on 10 Things You Need to Know to Blog Your Way to Success (success, obviously being a pretty flexible term). Rule Number 5 was Be regular  Ironically, … Continue reading

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>Friday Night Relaxer: The Best Trilogies of All-time

> Ahhh “trilogy”. Is there any phrase more likely to gladden the heart of a movie fan? That knowledge that a good first film has not totally been ruined by a sequel and thus the studio has consented to make … Continue reading

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>Labor PM in Favour of Jobs (or “Oh, the betrayal”)

> A funny thing happened last night. Julia Gillard gave a speech on jobs at the Sydney Institute, which almost everyone only heard what they wanted to hear. And what they seemed to want to hear was that Julia Gillard … Continue reading

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>Friday Night Relaxer: Another night off (and a bit of The Late Show)

> Just a quick one tonight, because once a gain life interrupts. I know this makes it a few Fridays in a row (so much for my advice of being regular) without a post, but I swear I will be … Continue reading

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>What can you do?

> At some point it all becomes too much to take in. When the numbers of expected dead become 10,000 plus you struggle to think of it in real terms. I grew up in a country town of 2,000, so … Continue reading

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>Friday Night Relaxer – Relax!

> It was one of those days that was well…. “work”. One of those, “how many times will this document crash while I am working on it” days. One of those, “will spending 30 minutes in a check out line … Continue reading

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>Friday Night Relaxer: Covers of my life

> I am not by nature a hoarder. Sure I have never thrown out a novel, but that is more due to my book addiction than anything else. I’m not one for keeping too many things “just in case”. If … Continue reading

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>Friday Night Relaxer: The Great Far North

> In 2005 I did something that I don’t think my wife will ever totally forgive. First I finished my PhD (ok, she was fine with that), but then I got a job in Canberra working in the public service. … Continue reading

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>Don’t Blog Back in Anger

> Yesterday at lunch I read a blog post in The Australian by Caroline Overington that made me so angry I actually had to go for a walk around the block to calm down.  The flippancy with which I believed … Continue reading

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>Cyclone Yasi: the uninvited QLD guest

> I lived in Cairns for 11 years from Jan 1995 to Jan 2006. During that time my wife and I, like most who live in the north for any length of time, experienced a couple cyclones and numerous cyclone … Continue reading

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