Undercurrents

Like sanity at a One Nation convention, this blog hasn’t been afforded much regard of late. Addressing a gnawing curiosity whether I had a decent story in me and whether I had the skill to regurgitate it in a compelling and entertaining fashion has been a heck of an experience over the past 12 months….

The 7 Wonders of Reservoir

Approximately 2km beyond the outer reaches of Melbourne’s Hipsterville (Bell Street being the Mason Dixon Line), and just 12km north of the city, Reservoir spreads itself like Clive Palmer across 19 square kilometres.  Yet there’s no North, South, East or West Reservoir.  No Reservoir Heights or Reservoir Downs in a none too subtle attempt to inflate house…

The 7 Wonders of Preston

Since the first white resident Samuel Jeffrey set up digs in 1841, Preston has evolved  to become a much sought after locale inhabited (and only rarely inhibited) by 30,000 constituents. A tough working class reputation was well earned however in recent years Preston has matured and mellowed.  Consequently house prices have charted a similar trajectory as the career of award-winning Prestonian Christos Tsiolkas, author of The…

The 7 Wonders of Thomastown

To my eternal surprise, a variety of respectable and not-so respectable publications used to pay to print my scribblings.  But nothing has struck a chord like The 7 Wonders of Reservoir of which over 50,000 poor sods miraculously discovered. Like any self disrespecting writer, when the muddy puddle of ideas runs dry, the obvious solution is to revisit the past and punch out a crappy sequel….

Election Day cray

As published by mX, 9 September 2013 “I’m a violent, paranoid schizophrenic”. The 15 hour-long day of an AEC polling official certainly has its moments.  This is how one lady of advancing years chose to introduce herself to a fellow ordinary vote issuing officer. I’d never seen a real life Monty Python sketch before, until…

Return to Sorrento

“I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and the sky; I left my vest and socks there – I wonder if they’re dry.” Return to Sorrento (3rd class) by Spike Milligan As a youngster I was lucky enough to enjoy several family holidays at Sorrento on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula.  By…

Bruce Postle; a photographic mind

The digital age of photography has us drowning in imagery, our own and that we consume in all manner of ways. Since the earliest known photo in 1822, it’s estimated the human race has taken over 3.5 trillion photos – now something in the order of 380 billion photos per year! Bruce Postle is one of the most…

Lily and our quest for ultimate comfort

This morning’s headline that miners are seeking bereavement leave for pets was perfect fodder for News Corp’s anti-union narrative. And on the face of it, the ambit claim designed to drag out an EBA negotiation with mining giant Rio Tinto does seem barking mad. It struck a raw nerve though, personally.  Whilst I’d never support such…

Life’s unanswerable question

For someone who in terms of average life expectancy just hit the clubhouse before embarking the back nine, death crosses my mind too much for comfort. The days, the months, the years seem to be spinning by like a pokies machine. Russian writer Vladimir Nabokov wrote existence is ‘but a brief crack of light between…

For what it’s worth; Foodies choose their own reality

As published by MX, 20 July 2010 Too many trees have succumbed to all manner of Masterchef dissections.  Who’s in, who’s out, who’s had a personality bypass… Night after night the esteemed judges pontificate the merits of a weepy contestant’s presentation, the saltiness of their jus, the relative size of their macaroons and the texture…

For what it’s worth; Overseas weddings

As published by MX, 15 July 2010 Destination weddings are so hot right now, but apart from the impost facing guests, surely a honeymoon is meant for two? Most of us love receiving a wedding invitation in the letterbox.  Aside from not being a cursed bill, there’s the sudden anticipation of a tremendous occasion –…