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It’s a Crazy World But I Love Living It

      I just realised as I started the month’s countdown to my 66th birthday November 17 that I’ve neglected this lifeline a bit as my life has become more interesting and less fraught with health and mobility issues. Yeah, I suffered a massive cardiac arrest in March and died but recovery now has […]

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3 Month New Lease on Life Report

It was three months ago today that without warning or a single symptom, save two seconds of dizziness, I slumped and dropped dead in front of a door greeter at Alamo Car Rental in Honolulu Airport.  Thanks to her catching my head before it bounced off the pavement, a girl who rushed off an outgoing […]

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Still Alive & Well

There is nothing more powerful than dying to make you appreciate living again. That’s how I’m feeling only a couple of months after my nine-minute lapse in time when I keeled over and clocked out in a crowded Alamo Car Rental office in Honolulu late-February 2016.  I’m still here and rocking out to the strains […]

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Shock to The Heart: A Life Renewed

For those friends who didn’t see it on my Facebook Feed or catch up with me by other means, I’m now a month past the massive cardiac arrest and nine-minute death I suffered on landing in Hawaii February 27.  I’m extremely lucky to be alive and with all my senses, much less at home comfortably […]

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On The Dawn To 65! (Yawn…)

  It’s been a long life, lots longer than I thought I’d make it through.  I ain’t dead yet but I can smell the flowers all around me where I live–frangipani, tuberose, gardenia, night-blooming jasmine and ginger–almost like a funeral parlor in my foyer.   I’m just turning 65 and start collecting the wonderful Australian […]

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Phoenix, A Surprising City

This article was just published in Rhythms Magazine in April.   https://rhythms.com.au/reviews/by-the-time-i-get-to-phoenix/

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Back To Travel Writing

Post-stroke, I had to exercise my left hand and get my confidence back which worked out when I pitched a travel piece to Rhythms Magazine on how to best find music in the cities on your overseas trips.

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What a Stroke of Luck

  It’s now been two months since I had the mild stroke that could have gone either way. At 64, having a stroke can be devastating and leave you a blubbering, motionless cripple. In both the intensive care ward for a night and rehab for the past month, I’ve seen the toll taken on previously […]

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How to Find Music on Holiday In Advance

This piece just appeared in Rhythms Magazine and is my first travel article post mini-stroke.  I get asked a lot how do you advance cities you are going to in order to find great venues and acts or shows?

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Chef Chai Makes the Last Night Heavenly Hawaiian

  I have loved Chef Chai’s cuisine for decades from when he was at the Aloha Tower with his incredible lineup of music acts like HAPA, the Brothers Cazimero and many more local stars.  I have turned a lot of friends and readers onto his cooking and venue with rave reports back.  Now he has […]

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It’s A Food World After All—The Finale

It’s A Food World After All—The Finale The final night of the 4th Hawaii Food and Wine Festival brought to a close my marathon feeding frenzy across the Islands.  Held on a beach in West Oahu at sunset with feet in the sand, surf lapping the shore and stars bursting out, it’s an idyllic venue […]

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Corks & Forks and Chef Rock Stars

Corks & Forks and Chef Rock Stars   The days of rock stars are not yet over but their business model truly sucks with few newer acts likely to reach the longevity of their predecessors.  Today, celebrity chefs are the new superstars and I was lucky to hang out with and taste their special tunes, […]

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In The Belly of The Buddha

Fourteen Chefs, Three Master Sommeliers, Nine Winemakers & Five Mixologists Start Up The Madness.   With an upstairs faux mini-beach and fountain, leading down to the pool surrounded by stands of chefs billowing steam and the occasional bursts of flames, with bars in every corner and wine booths scattered around, it’s an idyllic setting for […]

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Under the Maui Moon–The Chefs’ Stadium at Hawaii Food & Wine Feastival

  I’m one episode behind in keeping up with the 4th annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival and it’s hard being a public stomach, writing about it and then recovering.  So after the first forays in Maui, I had two days on Whole Food Market salads and lots of sparkling water.   The prior two […]

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Going Wowee on Maui with Joints and Grinds

    MAUI Short Stops On The North Shore Culinary Tourist Belt   The island of Maui attracts high-end clientele, an array of chefpreneurs creating their own brands and the requisite followings of hole-in-the-wall kau kau joints favoured by the locals and backpacker brigades. Though there are several glossy free mags devoted to the upper […]

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Hot Guitars, Cold Organic Vodka and Steaming Seafood Snacks Make the Night

  It was the second night of the Ka’anapali Fresh Culinary Experience and the venue had shifted to the third hole of the golf course just opposite the Sheraton.     A funky little mini-town has been made within a classy enclosure with reserved tables and couches for the VIPs, hi top tables for the […]

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The Soba Zen Experience

  SOBA… so simple.  A buckwheat noodle that sends japanese into nirvana.  I never really appreciated it.  Until my mate Shep Gordon told me of a restaurant tucked away on a side street in Waikiki, nestled between two other Japanese restaurants where a pair of brothers have perfected the art of making it from buckwheat […]

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MiGrant Makes for a Magic Meal on Maui

  I was ready for a solo meal in supercharged Chef Sheldon’s MiGrant restaurant but I got an email from old mate Shep Gordon who is the unofficial Mayor of Maui and one of the leading Princes in the Music Industry of Old.  I was told to show up at six for a meal with […]

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Maui Munches On Where the World Comes to Play! Ka’anapali Fresh on the Beach

  It’s the third year of the three-day Ka’anapali Fresh Culinary Experience which I have thrice had the good fortune to attend at one of the best beaches in the world.  Ka’anapali Beach–Where The World Comes to Play–is also where it comes to eat along three miles of golden sand with a master planned resort […]

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Taking Time to do Nothing Often Brings Everything Into Perspective

  I’m on the island of Molokai which is called the Friendly Isle and is a relief to slow down on in its vortex of calm..  Taking a two hour ferry from Lahaina  after a 10 minute walk along the shore from my hotel started the reduction in speed rather than a speedy run to […]

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