Unplugged Epiphany

My 15 year old was without his mobile phone for a day while it was away getting fixed. He told me that night, he realised for the first time just how long the wait for his bus was after school – being forced to just stare at the ground, unentertained.

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Alternate modes of transport

On my last commute into the city, my regular train service was unavailable due to their staff members being on strike. I shared the update with my work group chat, and that I still managed to get into the office. Their emoji reactions show they’ve become familiar with me perhaps running more than most. Covering […]

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You said WHAT!?

My boss messaged me to say “Have a good weekend.” I really shouldn’t have rushed my reply, sending back “You tool!” instead of You too. Pretty clear indication it’s time to leave.

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Some roads don’t lead to Mecca

I had a chance encounter with a former colleague. It turns out we work in the same building on different floors. It was quite a surprise, even more so that I remembered her name! We were briefly sharing our work history since we worked together and she mentioned after our org she went to Mecca. […]

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Bellarine Sunset Run – 10 Feb 2024

On the weekend I ran the half marathon at the Flying Brick (Cider) Bellarine Sunset Run. It was my 21st half marathon. I think there were almost 900 people at this event in all. 369 runners and walkers for the half alone. I spotted Australian cycling royalty Cadel Evans collecting his runner’s bib which got […]

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The Achilles Heel of growing old

At my social old guys basketball game this evening, unfortunately a guy looks to have torn his Achilles Heel. Thinking about the unnatural contour of the tendon I saw up close still makes me a little squeamish. It was particularly disappointing as the guy joined tonight for the first time. He had hesitated to join, […]

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Condoning the Gaps

Today Australia’s Productivity Commission released their scathing annual report on the lack of progress and multiple failings in Closing the Gap in inequality experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Guardian Australia (2024), Closing the Gap will fail without ‘fundamental change’, scathing report finds). This is the anti-Voice landscape we now live in. Indigenous […]

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Review: Gotta Get Theroux This

Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times in Television written by Louis TherouxMy rating: 5 of 5 stars A fascinating backstory, and journal of process and progression from someone I think I always admired. Louis’s humble and raw account of his major accomplishments encouraged me to watch and rewatch several of the documentaries he […]

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Smells like pre-teen spirit

I saw that my local council added what looks like a painted edge over the encroaching grass that has begun growing onto the loose gravel footpaths. I presume they had used this to poison the grass into complying with their urban landscaping aesthetics and order. It’s uncanny and a little unnerving how identical the poison’s […]

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“.. That’s not going to fly”

I was following some quite extraordinary news of a ship bound for Jordan, which was carrying 15,000 livestock, remaining stranded off the Western Australian coast. The ship apparently sought to abort their voyage, on account of the increasing security risks posed to merchant ships travelling into the Middle East. This resulted in a sorry state […]

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