Sweet Dreams

When I moved to Wagga Wagga at the end of 1991, one of the first stories I was told by locals was that pop group, “The Tourists” had broken up there, and replacement group, “Eurythmics”, had composed their first big hit song, “Sweet Dreams” there. As you do, I took the the story with a …

Becoming Regulars

The old fashioned stall at showgrounds and fairs seems to be fast disappearing. Aside from school fetes, gone are the days when you could erect something under a bit of tarp and expect customers to come in their droves. It’s the modern life, I guess, though it may also have something to do with food …

My First Appointment Free Day

On most nights before I go to bed, I look at my calendar for the following day. Often I’ll add a few items to the “to do” list, and maybe tenatively organise a brief meeting or two to finalise or start something. I’m not one for blocking out hour-long meetings and discussions. My view is …

More Than Thongs

With a few hours to fill before coming back to Sydney, I caught a taxi this morning to the National Portrait Gallery. Within seconds of getting in the taxi, the driver started a conversation about how Australian country music was the best in the world. “A great Australian” he said, “and with a talented daughter”, …

Australian Of The Year and Australia Day Concert

Although my friend told me the forecast was for conditions which would be “stinking hot”, I work a jacket just in case. A warm afternoon in Canberra can often turn into a cold night, and I had visions of walking home in the freezing cold after attending the Australia Day Concert. This trip was part-work, …

Amazing Monday

I feel like the laziest person in the world right now: I ordered a pizza online from the pizza shop which is less than 100 metres from my home. In reality, there was probably more effort involved in going to my computer, typing in the details and making a choice than there would be in …

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