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Former journalist, clown, educator, comedian. Close observer of human foibles. Writer of observational pieces about Australia, its people and environment.
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Australia's coat of arms is supported by a kangaroo and an emu -and I have eaten both!
There are many shades of pink, and I like them all for the feelings they create in me.
A visit to an abattoir made me turn away from meat entirely -for a while.
"It is a wise father who knows his own child," as the old saying goes. But in these days of DNA analysis more and more men are discovering sometimes uncomfortable facts about their children -and their partners.
I liked the idea of Wikinut until I kept encountering instances of plagiarism.
Australia was once proud of its international reputation as the Land of the "Fair Go For All" but this has taken a battering in recent years due to our government's treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees.
As the world grows more complex every day, my instinct is to seek simplicity.
If "Brave New World" was Aldous Huxley's vision of a Hellish society, "Island" was his idea of Heaven.
The study of Economics can be dry and boring, especially for adolescents who may be pre-occupied with other things.
Would he murder me in front of 300 witnesses? Or could I help him find a way out?
I love my country with a passion, and it saddens me to see how much of it we are digging up and sending overseas. This was written initially as part of a cabaret comedy show based on environmental themes, and takes a somewhat cynical view of the male-dominated mining industry.
As I near my own sunset, I look back on an enterprising episode of my youth.
Do You check inside your toaster before You turn it on? I do now...
She was an alcoholic, a drug addict, a prostitute, a thief... and she was just 14. She did what she had to do to survive.
There are more than six billion of us on the planet, each a unique individual. But the African philosophy of Ubuntu concentrates on our shared humanity.
In my 30 years as an entertainer, this is -officially- the closest I ever came to God.
I live on the driest inhabited continent on Earth, but many of my neighbours are in denial about this fact.
I seem to be at my most creative when I use an 'old-fashioned' way of writing.
Join me on a joyflight in a glider, soaring above the Australian countryside.
My Grandfather was not a nice man, apparently, but he had a sense of humour.
Australia does not have much of an urban gun culture, but innocent people sometimes feel threatened.
I didn't have much to give, but I gave all I could, not realising I would get it back -with interest.
I had seen a million guns in movies, but I'd never stared down the barrel of a real one... until then.
It is easy to see how juggling might improve coordination and reflexes, but there are many other benefits to learning the juggler's craft.
Is it always right to attempt to resuscitate a patient who dies in hospital?
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