Blogging

  • Radio Conferences - “I still can’t understand why a bunch of ABC people would go to a commercial radio conference”, my friend Sue said to me earlier today, as we sat and waited for our respective flights back to Sydney. “Despite working to different agendas – advertising sales vs public service – we both have similar objectives and […]
  • Movies, Food, Friends and Travel - I’m normally asleep before take-off. Within seconds of switching off my mobile phone, my head can normally be found bobbing from side to side, probably to the annoyance of the person sitting next to me. And there is always only one, as I have a preference for aisle seats. I don’t want to be the […]
  • Sydney Opera House Protest - According the The Guardian, there were hundreds. According to the ABC, there were just over a thousand. According to Fairfax, there were thousands. And according to both News Corp and Alan Jones, there were probably just a “handful”. I don’t know exactly how many people attended tonight’s protest rally at the Sydney Opera House, but […]
  • Life Right Now - I haven’t updated for a while, so I thought I’d share a few recent photographs which capture the essence of life lately, and things I’ve observed over the last couple of weeks, including The Long Weekend. We went to the opening of an exhibition, and we caught up a few days later for an afternoon […]
  • Career Memories - At the end of a “difficult week” at the ABC, there’s still much to smile about. One of the awesome things that’s happened recently at work has been a project to make the ABC’s digitised archives more readily available internally. For me, it means a whole bunch of my earlier work, which I thought was […]
  • Surry Hills Festival - If you’re visiting Surry Hills (Sydney) for the Surry Hills Festival this weekend, take a look at Marlborough Street, and the terrific stories and photographs of Surry Hills and Valleys, a project I’ve been involved with https://surryhillsandvalleys.com/. Awesome work by Karina Kreminski in pulling this together.
  • Darwin Photo Gallery - I’m back in Sydney after a couple of weeks in Darwin for work. It was an awesome time to be there, as the “wet season” hasn’t arrived yet. However, there were a couple of days of high humidity combined with high temperatures. On two separate days, I arrived at work with a slightly damp shirt. […]
  • Darwin Tourist - Outside working hours, I’ve been doing a few tourist things during my stay in Darwin, including a sunset cruise and a trip to Litchfield National Park. On Tuesday, Kate and I went on a sunset cruise around Darwin Harbour. As there’s quite a few to choose from, I did some research, and settled on a […]
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award - I spent a couple of hours today wandering around the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, home of the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Even though I’ve been to the museum a couple of times before, and I think it’s a wonderful museum, especially their Cyclone Tracey exhibition, today […]
  • Wonderful Darwin - “Excuse me, Sir, you’ll need to show me some form of I.D.”, the young man at the bottle shop said to me tonight. That he was probably half my age, didn’t help, and so I put it to him that I was 52 years of age and hadn’t been asked for I.D. in about thirty […]
  • Pappa ledig - Inadvertedly, a few weeks ago I booked for a “Chicksflicks” screening of the movie “Mamma Mia”. I enjoyed the movie very much, and on the upside was presented with a “goodies bag” of, apparently, appropriate items. In contrast, tonight I went along to a “men’s night” focussed on men’s parenting, where there was also a […]
  • Synchronicity - “He’s definitely his mother’s son”, I whispered to my friend, as we saw Ronan Farrow walk on stage at the Sydney Opera House yesterday. Though famously part of the Woody Allen-Mia Farrow extended family, he’s become more famous in the last year or so, thanks to the articles he wrote about Harvey Weinstein, and sexual […]
  • Then & Now - By the time I got home on Friday night, I was absolutely exhausted. The last week has been crazy busy. At work, I have an important role to play in co-ordinating part of ABC Radio’s response to breaking news events. Last week’s “leadership spill” had me working long-hours throughout the entire week, with a high […]
  • Tim Minchin and Ben Quilty - In the (probably) fifteen years I’ve been going to Art After Dark at the Art Gallery of NSW, I’ve never seen a crowd like this before. My colleague Jo (who is a big fan of Tim Minchin) and I agreed we needed to leave work a little early today to make sure we could grab […]
  • Indonesian Earthquake - My friend Damien and his wife were on Gili Air when the recent earthquake occcured. Damien spoke on ABC Radio Hobart about the experiences they encountered.
  • Camera Roll Catchup - Though I have some other stuff I’ll blog about later, here’s a few of the photographs I’ve taken in the last week, and the stories behind them.
  • Waverley Cemetery - A friend and I went on a walk this morning, hosted by the Friends of Waverley Cemetery, which was excellent. We were the only two on the tour, so it was very personalised, and our guide, who was passionately interested in history, even helped find the grave of one of my ancestors. Awesome waterfront views, […]
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  • White Rabbit Gallery - I was half expecting to see a new exhibition at Sydney’s White Rabbit Gallery when Sue and I popped in there today. Instead, it was the same exhibition I saw a couple of months ago, which I thought was okay, but didn’t really love with the same amount of passion I’ve felt for previous exhibitions […]
  • Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again - Hardly a day goes by without a newspaper report about the forthcoming “ABBA reunion”. There are two new songs to be released over the next year; there’s a major TV special coming up around Christmas; there’s a “virtual reality” tour on the way; and of course, there’s the latest “Mamma Mia” movie, released this week, […]
  • The Sports Gene - As this is my second sports-related post in a row, you might be thinking “What’s happening with James? Where are the show tunes and theatre reviews you’ve come to associate with me and this blog?” The truth is I don’t really have much of a sports gene. As a child I was never naturally gifted […]
  • Sweden v England - About a decade ago, probably much longer, I remember a friend, Declan, declaring he was supporting England in the World Cup. He was a born and bred Irishman, who concluded that, since Ireland had been eliminated from the World Cup, he should probably support England instead. “Don’t you remember what the English have done to […]
  • Black and White - I’ve been feeling slightly restless in the last few days, and so have been wandering a fair bit, taking a few photographs here and there, a few of which looked better in black and white than colour, so I thought I’d share them. Nothing special, all on my camera phone, with a black and white […]
  • Camera Roll - Some recent photographs.
  • Recent Views - Though it can sometimes be cold, wet and miserable in Sydney during winter, it can also be totally awesome. And yesterday, in the midst of our visit to the NAIDOC Week Arts Festival, I took a brief walk out in the sunshine. I sat down, I closed my eyes, and just enjoyed the awesomeness of […]
  • Lots Of Art and Music - As we headed towards Sydney’s Tom Mann Theatre on Friday night, we ran into a colleague of mine. “I need to warn you, there’s no bar”, he told us. And so with half-an-hour to go before the band was due to perform, we headed to the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel. It seems as though a […]
  • Theatre Weekend - Though I’ve been an ardent theatre-goer since high school days, I haven’t been going as much lately as in previous years. Working in the media, I have often received free review tickets for many, many productions, including quite a few memorable opening nights. But as my job has changed, they’re less frequent, and I’m mostly […]
  • Mardi Gras Re-enactment - Heading home this afternoon, I faced a dilemma. With a fifteen minute wait for the bus I was planning to catch, I couldn’t decide whether to stop in to a nearby pub for a quick beer, or wait in line. In the end, my choice was made for me, as I saw a group of […]
  • Winter Nights - As we sat and waited for the performance to begin, I had little idea of what to expect. My friend invited me, on the recommendation the work had been curated by a colleague at the ABC, Daniel Browning. Daniel presents “Awaye”, a weekly program about Indigenous arts and culture. And one of the most awesome […]
  • Blessed Are The Cheesemakers - It was a beautiful day in Sydney, and so absolutely awesome to hang out with two of my oldest friends (forty years), Sue and Paul, as Paul and (newer friend, fifteen years) Kerry sold their cheese at the Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival 2018 at Centennial Park. Paul and Kerry run Nimbin Valley Dairy http://www.nimbinvalley.com.au/. […]