The Writer

For those who do not feel the need to make sense of the world, it serves them well. For others, the poets, the writers, the artists, they tell their stories in an attempt to make some sense of the world they live in, if only for themselves. This, in small part, explains how art is born.

Nepal (post 2015 earthquake)

The first thing that springs to mind when one sees devastation like this is how hopeless the task of rebuilding appears to be. It’s not just the homes and the temples, it’s the lives, particularly in light of the knowledge that there is no one to help.

The longer read

What was meant to be an evening of conviviality amongst friends and acquaintances amidst the deep furnishings, large squashy cushions, paintings and dark woollen wall hangings from Turkey in the living room lined by book shelves containing manuscripts and novels

Thoreau was right

Am I happy? It doesn’t matter, it’s not relevant, I accept my fate. Thoreau was right, the mass of men really do lead lives of quiet desperation

Collision (Chapter One)

The road from Hamilton to Melbourne has nothing to recommend it. Most of the time it’s the heat. It seeps and the wind, dry, ruins thoughts.

Road Trip (Part 1) 2006

There is not much to recommend Ballarat.  It’s flat and it’s flatulent.  Its people walk slowly along grey bleached streets with grey gold smiles on orange wrinkled faces.  To drive through it, to the other side, is to celebrate restrained liberty.


It commanded my attention searing its way through my chest, its steady rhythm building to an ominous crescendo, the reverberation ricocheting between my ears as it clutched my throat in a vice like grip.

The Brain Tumour Diaries

There are times, when viewed in the rear view mirror, when those moments of temporary crisis are upon us, when thought strings are tangled, when things spiral, when all we want is some small semblance of control.

New Zealand - a country that does things

New Zealand has a long history of progressive politics, stretching back to being the first nation to provide universal suffrage.

A tribute to Clive James (Nov '19)

He wrote with just as much erudition, humour and insight about pop culture icons as he did about scientists, philosophers and writers

Colin Birtles is stuck in traffic

Colin Birtles is stuck in traffic, or more to the point, stuck in his car, in a queue, at a service station, although it’s not really a service station, a misnomer, an insult to those who serve…

Silenced by the sight

Of course it had to be Midge first, he always wanted to be first. Midge, whose sister was all of last Summer’s sumptuous endings, his mother, coiffed like a cruel morning came out and banned us from heading out with him.

Road Trip (Part 2) 2006

Caravan Parks. Classes don’t so much merge, as congregate there. Images of atmospheric smoke induced fellowship. Joy in green cans and littered superlatives.  Smirks between crooked weathered tram lines suggesting paradise is at my doorstep.