Lazy Sunday

After a couple of weeks of daily activity, I’m taking it easy this Sunday. Though I need to go into work later this afternoon/evening to catch up on a few things, I woke late this morning (about 8am). Instead of watching “Insiders” on ABC TV, I stayed in bed and listened to it on “ABC …

Lismore Floods

It’s about a year since the last big floods in Lismore (my home town) in Northern NSW. My sister’s house is on the left in the featured photograph, and the house on the right is one I considered buying a couple of years ago. I suspect the value of the property is a fair deal …

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 …

Lismore Floods

I don’t really know what to say about the floods in Lismore, except they’ve had a deep impact on me, even though I’m many hundreds of kilometres away, and even though for the most part, I’m reasonably relaxed about floods at home, as I have written previously. “Yeah the river’s up, but it’s nothing to …

Margaret Olley and my hometown, Lismore

If, like me, you’re from Lismore (Northern NSW Australia), there’s a good chance you’ll know, or have met someone with the surname Olley. There were Olleys across the road from near where my Aunty Joanie lived. There was an Olley in our year at high school. If fact, there were quite a few members of …