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First Stuff Your Llama

Machu Picchu Diary 9 July 16 The stuffed llama standing on the... 

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Zip Line

Machu Picchu Diary 8 July 201 The rain pattered on our tent through... 

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Pig Under a Mango

Machu Picchu Diary 7 July 16 I am conscious next of the sounds... 

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Savage Mountain Pass

Machu Picchu Diary 6 July 2016 It’s 1830 and we are sitting... 

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Soraypampa

Machu Picchu Diary 5 July 2016 The alarm goes off at 0400 but... 

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Cloud Mountains

Diary, 2 July 2016 Ana-Sofia has advised us that Cusco and the... 

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Prelude to Machu Picchu

For reasons that elude me now I failed to post my Kilimanjaro... 

Sydney

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Berowra: Leaving the Big Smoke for Real Smoke

The moon gives up and sinks its visible half into a red bed then... 

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Sydney Fringe – The Allure of Disgrace

Diary 15 September 2010. Sydney Fringe Festival  – bursting... 

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An Elephant, a Duck, and a Community

When is a book launch not a book launch? When the author writes... 

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Notes in a Sydney Train

Scrubbed timber has no smell. The burnt brake pads and the metal... 

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Lyrebird Track

Seven days ago more than 4 inches of rain fell on the suburb... 

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Sunday Jazz

‘I have got a lolly here if anyone needs any sugar. Pass them... 

Climbing (And Falling)

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Berowra: Leaving the Big Smoke for Real Smoke

The moon gives up and sinks its visible half into a red bed then... 

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Sydney Fringe – The Allure of Disgrace

Diary 15 September 2010. Sydney Fringe Festival  – bursting... 

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An Elephant, a Duck, and a Community

When is a book launch not a book launch? When the author writes... 

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Notes in a Sydney Train

Scrubbed timber has no smell. The burnt brake pads and the metal... 

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Lyrebird Track

Seven days ago more than 4 inches of rain fell on the suburb... 

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Sunday Jazz

‘I have got a lolly here if anyone needs any sugar. Pass them... 

Literature

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A Book, That Book, Any old Book

It’s finally more than a cover concept and more than a pile... 

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So What Makes an Author?

I attended a cocktail party recently and enjoyed a range of conversation... 

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Black and White – with Lots of Colour

The first time my name was in print I was shy to the point of... 

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A Tear in the Eye – Good on you Pericles!

When I was fifteen I sat in a darkened theatre at Melbourne University... 

Writing

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The Genie of Fez goes shopping for Nutmeg

There are those who follow the prophet Isa. They are fortunate... 

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Casablanca

The words fingered into the dust of the battered little Renault... 

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The Genie of Fez

The Genie from Fez strode the streets, enjoying the morning and... 

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Souville

The old man picked his way up the long road from Verdun. He skirted... 

People

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The Devil’s Voice with an Angel’s Heart

The dusk is electric this Holy day evening of Ramadan. To the... 

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My Neighbours

My neighbours? My neighbours are no different to your neighbours.... 

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Nightclub Butterfaces

I’m not what you call a clubbing type. No, not seals on ice... 

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What Good is Your Network?

More directly, what is your network? A bunch of people you have... 

Music

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Nightclub Butterfaces

I’m not what you call a clubbing type. No, not seals on ice... 

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Sunday Jazz

‘I have got a lolly here if anyone needs any sugar. Pass them... 

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Putting Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Not every “bloke” is keen to put their heart on their... 

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The Hot Spot

Early hours of the morning. My online Scrabble opponent has retreated.... 

Catching My Eye

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Assimilation (or “Why I Support the Wallabies”)

I was a migrant. Past tense if you please. At some point you... 

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ANZAC Ultra Marathon – 450km of Joy and Light

The air frizzed and hissed and for a moment I was forced to a... 

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Doing HR in Afghanistan

“Hi Sir, staff arrived safely at the RV”. So read the text... 

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Mind Your Head (And Your Prostate)

A journalist by the name of Foley was beheaded, the news of which... 

Politics

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Doing HR in Afghanistan

“Hi Sir, staff arrived safely at the RV”. So read the text... 

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Afghan Refugees

Mark Twain enjoined “Let your secret sympathies and your compassion... 

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Water Wars

I caught an interesting review of an article written by Wendy... 

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Cultivating Defence Minister Fitzsgibbons

Around here there is a whole lot of huffing and puffing about... 

Art

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Sydney Fringe – The Allure of Disgrace

Diary 15 September 2010. Sydney Fringe Festival  – bursting... 

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1969 – an Age of Innocence?

Funny how these pictures keep drawing you back (pun alert). To... 

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He is a bit sketchy early in the morning…

He sure was.  Just a bit after six in the morning and while... 

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Weird yet Intriguing

While it is a truism that “there is nothing new under the... 

Family

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Hello Texas

Before the food cart drags itself up behind its vanguard aroma... 

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A Conversation with Joanna

Well here I am again. No, don’t get up, two visits in less... 

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Farm Orientation

Sunday Morning It’s dark and the sound of light snoring... 

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Congenital Heart Disease

My heart is swollen with the Pulmonary joy of friendship Threatening... 

Friends

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Annapurna D-2

Well, here we go. The diary starts. I always have to start these... 

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When the Going Gets Tough…

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. When I first... 

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Notes in the Dark

0225hrs. A character in Baghdad reflected that his true place... 

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A Silk Purse Out of a Sows Ear

A condensed amalgam of a number of conversations on Saturday... 

Military

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When is a Minute’s Silence Not a Minute of Silence?

Nothing is ever silent. Ever. Except perhaps in space but I have... 

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Souville

The old man picked his way up the long road from Verdun. He skirted... 

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The Worst Museum in the World

The museums around Ho Chi Minh City can be derelict but at least... 

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Kokoda – The Day After

Sitting around the pool the day after walking/flying out of Kokoda... 

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