Yearly Review – 2017

“I’m not sure I can make it all the way to the midnight fireworks”, I said to my friend Kate, as we spoke earlier today about plans for New Year’s Eve in Sydney, where we have tickets to the celebration at Barrangaroo. “Don’t worry”, she said, “I’ll bring a blanket, and if we need to, …

92.9 / 2NCR-FM

I paid a visit this morning to 92.9, Lismore’s community radio station, although I know it better as 2NCR-FM, the station where I got my start in radio. Almost forty years ago, two or three times a week, my dad would drive me from our home in South Lismore to Goonellabah. Located at the back …

Southside Pride

“The further up the hill you lived, the more money you had; the better school you went to; and the less you had to worry about floods…”, was how I once described to a colleague the “class system” in Lismore (my hometown in Northern NSW). She, too, had grown up during the 60s and 70s …

Stormy Weather

“I’m sorry sir, the lounge is closed. Can you please make your way to the Business Lounge on the left”, were the words which brought a smile to my face earlier today at Sydney Airport. I hadn’t planned to fly on Christmas Day; in fact, I hadn’t planned on coming home for Christmas. But I …

Always was, always will be

For the past few years, the artwork “Always was, always will be” by Reko Rennie has been a feature of Taylor Square in Sydney. Striking, stunning, colourful, and a bold statement about Aboriginal land, I always smiled when I saw it. But, as reported a few weeks ago… The council announced on Friday that the …