Standing on the glacier

“You’ve lost a lot of weight. You look fantastic” is the most common phrase I’ve heard this year, usually followed shortly afterwards by a secondary question, almost whispered, “You’re okay, aren’t you?”. “Yes I’m OK”, I’ve told lots of people this year, as they’ve queried my weight loss. Although not as much as I’d hoped, […]

11 Day Beard

It was just me and Kylie for New Year’s Eve this year. After spending last year in Perth, and the year before in Lismore, I didn’t really feel like spending this year at the fireworks in Sydney, or at Tropical Fruits in Lismore. So I spent the night listening to some late night music and […]

Stockholm Pride on Expressen

It’s been a funny year. It’s been a mixed year. It’s been a year of ups and downs. Mostly it’s been a pretty good year, though there have been times. Yes, there have been times… I started the year catching a flight back from Lismore to Sydney. I’d been in Lismore for about ten days […]

Overlooking Stockholm

As I sit down on New Years Eve to think about what’s happened in my life this year, there’s so much to reflect upon: overseas trips, new adventures at work, and the death of a close family member. I ended last year feeling 2009 had been a year of treading water: I hadn’t really done […]

All roads lead to Stockholm, even from the Barossa Valley

Last year I had the excitement of my “big overseas trip”. I always knew it was going to be a bit of a life changing experience, and it was. At the end of this year, I’m conscious about how much I’m still referring back to it. But I don’t want to become one of those […]

Abisko National Park in Northern Sweden - on top of the world, literally.

Well, that’s most definitely NOT the way I feel about this year. Rather it’s been one of the most amazing years of my life. For me, it’s been a year of extreme highs and extreme lows. I feel like I’ve ended the year , though in a pretty good state of mind, and with a […]

Queen Street Mall

As I sit down to write this “year in review”, I’m conscious that I’m more interested in what’s ahead in 2008 than what occured in 2007. Not that it was a bad year in my life, it’s just that I’m approaching 2008 with a great deal more excitement than I approached 2007. Last year I […]


Twelve months ago I was still in the midst of coping with turning forty. At about this time last year I wrote… “Turning forty wasn’t so bad after all, although I did have a brief midlife crisis in the weeks leading up to the actual event. I began comparing myself with others, wondering about the […]


525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about […]


It’s late in the afternoon on New Years Eve and I’m listening to the radio, which obviously means I’m still at work! Not! I’ve been starting early the last few days, which has actually meant I’ve come home mid-afternoon most days this week which has been great. The truth be told, I’ve just woken up […]


It’s New Years Eve and I’m in Lismore, contemplating what I might do tonight. Any suggestions? I started off 2003 at the Lewisham Hotel at an event called “Retrovision” featuring – you guessed it – music from the 70s and 80s. The music, with a few notable exceptions, wasn’t the usual camp and girly music […]


It’s been amazing year of travel, visiting Darwin, Brisbane, Lismore, Tamworth, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, mostly for work. So you can thank the taxpayer for the assistance they have provided in putting together this, my very first “year in review”. My biggest trip this year, was seven weeks away, working in Darwin. I also […]