Blogging

  • When Will I Ever Learn? - So every night, when I come home from work (or an evening out), I walk up the stairs to my front door, pull out my keys, and switch on the light. This is what happens next. Do I learn from this? Finally, yes. The first day of the rest of my life starts tomorrow.
  • Dance Rites at Sydney Opera House - Today, my friend Kate and I spent quite a few hours at Dance Rites, a celebration of First Nations culture at the Sydney Opera House. Though we didn’t stay around for tonight’s performances (we’re not as young as we used to be), we were there for the massive opening “contemporary corroboree” as Rhoda Roberts called ...
  • Back To Tamworth - For a brief moment today I was transported back to Tamworth (NSW), and in particular the Country Music Festival. The launch of the Golden Guitars for 2019 was held today at my workplace in Sydney. Attending, I was reminded of being one of the judges, and making my way through a crate-load of compact discs. ...
  • Plans For The Weekend? - “What are you doing on the weekend?”, a number of people asked me at work yesterday. “Nothing, absolutely nothing”, I told them, adding I might have a sleep in, but not much beyond that. I’ve had a really busy week, both with work and social activity. This was my week, So by the time the ...
  • Birthday Celebrations - Fifty-three is such a “meh” birthday, and yet it was actually quite as good one, with a few highlights. Yesterday, I woke early and went out in search of an early morning “adventure”. I left the house before 6.00am, and wandered in the direction of Kings Cross. I figured an early morning breakfast in The ...
  • Never Drink During The Speech - A colleague messaged me yesterday saying “I just watched Caroline Wilson’s speech. I saw you in the crowd”. He was referring to the Andrew Olle Media Lecture, which I’ve written about previously. In reply I asked him if they’d crossed to me with a glass of wine in hand, as once occurred. I learned my ...
  • Parbury Ruins - The last couple of days in Sydney have been extremely warm, with temperatures in the mid-30s. Today was a terrific day to head underground, to visit a place with a climate resembling a wine cellar. The Parbury Ruins, at Miller’s Point, were uncovered only a few years ago during the construction of an apartment block. ...
  • Andrew Olle Media Lecture - Once again, the Andrew Olle Media Lecture, which I’ve been attending for over twenty years, delivered. A terrific speech about sports journalism, and the changing face of media, viewed from the perspective of award winning footy writer, Caroline Wilson. Good food, good company, good conversation. Always a pleasure to attend.
  • 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 ...