NSW Votes in Newtown err.. Surry Hills

“Normally it’s the queue at Bourke Street Bakery that’s this long” joked one of the people handing out how to vote cards at Bourke Street Primary School this morning. I decided to vote… Continue reading

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Sunday Night at Stonewall

When I was in Brisbane the other week I walked past “The Alliance Hotel” on Boundary Street. As I peered through window, I noted it seems like a very modern “boutique” hotel these… Continue reading

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Brisbane History with Beers

Even though I lived here for four years, and even though I have a family connection with Brisbane that goes back to the 1960s, the truth be told: I really don’t know that… Continue reading

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Neneh Cherry

“For her first time in Australia, it would have been good to have some more of her older songs”, my friend said, as we made our way out of the Sydney Opera House… Continue reading

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Half My Life

A few months ago, you might recall, I made a post here about my twenty-five years of continuous service with the ABC. The official employment offer letter states it was twenty five years… Continue reading

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Mardi Gras

“I’m running late. The bus was late, but I’ll be there shortly”, I told a friend by text message. I haven’t really participated much in this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras,… Continue reading

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Travel Bug

I had a realisation earlier today I haven’t really been home much lately. I was home in Lismore for Christmas. I was in Newcastle for a week with my work, and my work… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #4

As the opening beats from “Don’t Say No” by Midnight Boy came from the speakers of my television, for just a brief moment, I was transported back to the 80s and to Brisbane’s… Continue reading

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Twists and Turns – Matthew Mitcham

I think Matthew Mitcham is stalking me. I wish. On Tuesday we jockeyed for position in the coffee queue at the ABC cafe, ahead of his appearance on Midday Interview with Margaret Throsby.… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #3

Even though I’m no longer part of the culture of “Friday Afternoon Work Drinks”, I do remember this stage of my life very well. You would go to the pub, talk about work,… Continue reading

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Newcastle Harbour #autoawesome

There’s a terrific feature in the Google Photos app, where, quite randomly it seems, you are served a range of automatic features that you might commonly find only in advanced photo editing programs.… Continue reading

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Morning Walk in Newcastle

I was up before dawn, determined to have a lovely walk to Nobby’s Beach at Newcastle, and to take some photographs along the way. The weather and beach didn’t disappoint, and it was… Continue reading

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Hawkesbury Train

I’m in Newcastle all week, meeting up with some colleagues from around Australia. While some will fly in directly, and a few will drive up from Sydney, the train’s my preferred way of… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #2

I’m quite a fan of the Swedish pop singer, Magnus Carlsson. To be precise, Magnus who was in Swedish pop bands Barbados and Alcazar, not Magnus Carlson (one “s”) who was in Swedish… Continue reading

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4A’s Twilight Garden Party

These are some photographs from the 4A Gallery Chinese NY Event at Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship, held earlier tonight, featuring works by the visiting artist collective, Yangjiang Group. As noted by the… Continue reading

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Who needs an Australian entry in Eurovision, when we might already have one?

Who needs an Australian entry in Eurovision, when we might already have one? There’s a lot of excitement today in Australia about our confirmed “wild card” entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.… Continue reading

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Melodifestivalen 2015 #1

The “car crash” that was last year’s Melodifestivalen (the Swedish competition which chooses an entrant for Eurovision) hasn’t, so far, been repeated this year. Although the songs last year were reasonably okay, the… Continue reading

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Friday night at Franco Franco

How good does this look? We had just been to see a play at nearby Belvoir Street Theatre, and decided we “couldn’t go home” without a bit of desert. We explained this to… Continue reading

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Radiance

Belvoir Street Theatre has a warning in their publicity for “Radiance” that it may raise issues for people who have experienced sexual assault. “OK, a bit grim”, I thought, but I was still… Continue reading

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Millers Point

“We’re just trying to brighten up the area”, the woman who was painting a “mural” on the windows of a house in Sydney’s Millers Point told me, as I asked her if she… Continue reading

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