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20 Years

I have nothing profound to say, except that today marks twenty years since I started this blog.

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  1. Andrew

    Twenty years of a blog is profound enough. Congrats.

    1. James O'Brien

      Just had a look at the stats.
      3,2000 posts
      6,7000 comments
      Goodness knows how many words.
      Lots of memories.

  2. Rod McAdam

    Mazal tov James. That’s certainly an achievement and shows real commitment.

    1. James O'Brien

      Thanks Rod. Sorry for the delay in responding. I really appreciate your thoughtful comments. We MUST meet one day.

      1. Rod McAdam

        No need to be sorry James. You’ve got family in Lismore who are still trying to get back on their feet after a disastrous catastrophe, and you’ve got a busy job. More than enough to juggle I reckon. I’m never expecting a response. I had toyed with the idea of coming to Sydney for Vivid/Biennale but that’s not going to happen now. Hopefully in the spring.

  3. marcellous

    What an achievement. I’ve probably read most if not all of them though looking back I don’t think I’d read your post on WA Opera’s Faust. I was there too! Also at “Cinderella.”

    One thing on a quick review I was amused to detect emerging was your trademark style of a snippet of dialogue or a little situation as the opening hook. Earliest I spotted was your conversation with the taxi driver in Riga, and then it emerges more frequently from about late 2008. To me that marks the transition from a kind of web diary (where you often start with a straightforward description of the occasion of composition – eg “I’ve just finished packing up”) to a more artful “blog.”

    As they say: “Keep up the good work.”

    1. James O'Brien

      Thanks Marcellous. Lovely that you’ve noticed my “style”. Re the Faust/Cinderella. I remember chatting to a colleague a few years ago and he remembered we had gone to see Death in Venice at the SOH a few years ago. I had completely forgotten seeing that, until I checked my blog. Memories came flooding back. So yes, this will be good for older days too, when I can’t remember things as well. Which makes me think – I must go back and check out that taxi conversation. I remember one from Johannesburg, but not Riga!

  4. hellocarolbaby

    Congratulations! Thank you for always providing such interesting reading – the InformationSuperhighway is so much richer for having you in it!

    This prompted me to check mine – 18 years this month which is astonishing. And means I’ve been following your adventures for more than a third of our lives!

    1. James O'Brien

      We must be very old!! Still have fond memories of our chance meeting.

      1. marcellous

        Hardly. If 20 years is more than a third of your lives, you must both be under 60. Counts as middle-aged still these days.

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