Newtown Hotel Drag

“Does anyone know the last time there was a drag show here at the Newtown Hotel?”, Minnie Cooper asked the crowd tonight. Instantly, my friend Graeme and I knew the answer. On a Sunday afternoon in November 2007, Graeme and I were due to catch up for a beer, but to our surprise, the night …

Stock Photographs

I can’t decide if I was more angry or more sad (I was both), as a few of the speakers at a talk I attended this morning spoke about “faking disability”. Something I didn’t know about until this morning’s talk, was that if you go through some “stock photograph” libraries, you can actually find groups …

Breakfast Thoughts

“There are too many awful people, who I don’t care about”, I thought to myself as I scrolled through today’s paper. I got to about page fifteen or thereabouts, and decided I really didn’t want read any more. So I pulled out my laptop, and went looking for some more interesting reads. I also put …

Midwinter Update

“I was in Sweden once, and it was minus twenty three, and I don’t think I was this cold”, I whispered into the ear of a friend. She has also been to Sweden and knew exactly what I meant, as we stood on the Bondi headland, as the icy winds and rain combined. In some …

Captain Moonlite and James Nesbitt

Having spent a few years in the early 1990s, living in Wagga Wagga, I was well aware of the story of Captain Moonlite, the bushranger, and the hold-up at nearby Wantabadgery Station in 1879. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Moonlite What I wasn’t aware of until the mid 1990s, was the suggestion he had been involved in a same-sex relationship …

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 …