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Tokyo – My Day In The Sun

“You booked this four months ago. You must be very organised…”, Tomo (one of the tour guides) said to me as I walked into the office of the “Tokyo Great Cycling Tour” earlier today. “No”, I told him, “I’ve just been planning this holiday for quite a while”. When I first read about the cycling tour a few months ago, […]

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Tokyo Titty Bar

Several times today I’ve been invited to come and share the delights of a “titty-bar”. Even though I’ve never heard the phrase before, I realised pretty quickly what it means. After all, I’m staying metres from the centre of Tokyo’s “red light district” in the newly opened “Hotel Gracery (Shinjuku)”. The hotel’s big claim to fame is a “life sized” […]

Hello Porpoise Spit
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Hello Porpoise Spit

I spent a couple of days this week on the Gold Coast, due to some family stuff. It was the first time I’ve been back on the Goldie in about a decade – it’s normally either just Lismore or Brisbane, with nothing in between. The last time I was there was for a wedding, and they’re divorced now!! Here’s a […]

Klub Koori - Bart Willoughby & Friends
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Klub Koori – Bart Willoughby and Friends

Over dinner last night with Kristen and Damien, it was revealed we were all due to go Carriageworks to see Klub Koori present “Bart Willoughby & Friends”. Having not seen each other for a few months, it was a real surprise to realise we would end up seeing each other two nights in a row. In both cases, a friend […]

Centennial Hotel
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Centennial Hotel

When it became fairly obvious there was absolutely no chance of NSW recovering in the State of Origin decider, people began leaving the pub. By the time the game was over, it was pretty much us, and nobody else. The SSO wasn’t the drawcard for us to go to the Centennial Hotel in Woollahra: the drawcard was the chef, Justin […]

French Touch
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French Touch

I don’t often go out for lunch, these days. Although I know I should, and even made a promise to myself a few years ago I WOULD, and actually DID for quite a while, inevitably I go out, grab some food, and then come back and eat at my desk. But today I needed to come home for a delivery, […]

Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, Australia
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Hawkesbury River

Travelled through the Hawkesbury earlier today. Such a beautiful area. This photograph was captured with a mobile phone camera, held up against a dirty train window. So you can only begin to imagine what it might be like with a proper camera outside, enjoying the winter sunshine.

Continental Cafe - Redfern
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Continental Cafe – Redfern

“Would you like a glass of water to start with?”, I was asked by the waitress at Redfern’s Continental Cafe. I’m obviously not a regular. “No, just white wine will be fine..”, I told her with a smile. “I’ve been trying to get in here for months”, my friend told me, as we sat down to eat last night. As […]

Lismore's Big Log
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Lismore’s Big Log

One of my earliest childhood memories is of the arrival and placement near the Lismore City Hall of “The Big Log”. As far as pretty much everyone in Lismore knew, it was red cedar, and it was a wonderful memorial of the “The Big Scrub”. The timber industry was an important industry on the North Coast for many years, resulting […]

Deni Hines at The Midnight Shift
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Men Only

Ahead of meeting up with some mates for dinner tonight, I called in to The Midnight Shift on Sydney’s Oxford Street for a G&T. I’d arrived early, and I figured a G&T would be a nice way to kill 15 or 20 minutes. To my surprise, Deni Hines was also there. Although I “grew up” with Deni Hines, I’m more […]

Opera House and Bridge
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Beautiful Winter Day

Despite the crap weather we’ve had over the last few weeks, Sydney really turned it on today. It was a beautiful day – warm, but not too warm; cool, but not too cool – and so Sue and I spent the afternoon wandering around the Royal Botanic Gardens. In between, we took in a tour of Government House (which was […]

Mr Crackles on Oxford Street
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Mr Crackles

Admit it, you have to say “Mr Crackles” sounds like a pretty dodgy name for somewhere to buy food. “Mr Crackles” sounds too much like “Mr Bubbles” who was an (in)famous paedophile in Australia, especially since it’s located on Sydney’s Oxford Street. In contrast, I’d heard very good things about “Mr Crackles” on Oxford Street, Sydney but had never consumed […]

DT's in Melbourne
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Visiting Melbourne – Sunday night at DT’s

For a bunch of reasons, there aren’t too many “gay bars” any-more. It doesn’t worry me too much, though a friend bemoans the lack of a “traditional” neighbourhood bar, where you can go and have a drink, have a chat, meet some nice blokes, and maybe “catch up”. Or at least that’s the case in most cities around the world […]

The Barber Shop
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Drinking Gin at The Barber Shop

When someone says, “I don’t want to come across as a wanker from Melbourne because I actually come from a small town of 300 in country WA” you just know they’re gonna come across as a “wanker from Melbourne”. He failed to redeem himself as he proceeded to make generalisations about people from Sydney “wearing white shoes” and the like. […]

Vivid Sydney 2015
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Vivid Sydney 2015

It’s as the whole world is a photographer now. Or at least that’s what you might conclude from spending Friday night wandering around at The Vivid Festival at Sydney’s Circular Quay. I took a few photographs myself, of course. But for me, Vivid isn’t a photographic assignment. It’s a wonderful cultural experience. In my role at 702 ABC Sydney, I […]

Måns Zelmerlöw at Sweden's Gay Gala
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Eurovision 2015

There was a moment about half way through the voting when it looked like Russia was going to win. For what it’s worth, I’d taken a break from watching the contest to take the garbage out and had missed their entry, so I had no idea what the fuss was all about. In the Green Room, Conchita Wurst kept telling […]

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