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What a Long Strange Tripp It’s Been! v 2.0

I decided to compile this a few days after my mid September blog entry to give a little perspective on my music backstory and also for typing practice with some classic pics. The title of this blog item is also the title of the book I’m about three chapters away from finishing. And yes it’s […]

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The frangipanis (plumeria in Hawaii) are just getting ready to burst forth with blooms, foliage and delicate perfume here on The Hill.

Greetings From The Pre-Apocalyptic Cocoon

  Most view the new COVID world order as a torture or gross inconvenience.  I see it as a great opportunity to change and enhance my life in the natural cocoon I’ve developed up here on The Hill–500 metres from the nearest street on a steep uphill grade keeping the religious conversion squads away.  And […]

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A Green Parrot Saved My Life

My feather kid Jackson turned 22 this week and I’ve been his companion since he was a couple of months old.  I found out his age taking him to his regular avian vet for the past decade for a well bird check, microchip reading, chlamydia blood test and nail clip.  As Dr Grabowski has said, […]

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Escaping From America, Into Quarantine and Marooned Happily on Top Of The World Down Under!

In need of a shave and an eyebrow trim, yes.  But happy.  Though the stubble is only a week old, I hadn’t updated this blog since the beginning of the year. A most incredible time in my life but I am safe, uproariously happy and filled with wonder at what revolves around me in my […]

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Life Is A ReLaunch!

In This World, There Are People Who Live For a Long Time, And There Are People Who Live For a Good Time! You may not have heard from me for a while as I go through another transition.  This blog page is the only way to keep up as I doused the fire on Facebook. […]

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Still Alive at 69 But Dead To Facebook and All Other Social Media

I turned 69 years young mid November, am fully retired now that I left SXSW as their Pacific Senior Regional Development Manager of 17 years in July. I wintered in Hawaii for a couple of months, planted new crops in the spring (chilli, okra, collards, eggplant and others) and am shutting down my Facebook Page […]

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THIS IS MY TIKI LIFE!

Blog June 2019 A couple of y’all got in touch worried I had died because there’s been no action on social media from me.   My Bad… The start of winter sunrises again. In pursuit of finishing my book, “What A Long, Strange Tripp It’s Been”,  I went off Facebook and all social media about three months […]

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Book Excerpt: The Basement Tapes

Another excerpt of the almost finished tome.  The Basement Tapes is a darker chapter of the book that occurs after a burglary that my ex-girlfriend committed while I was away on the road.  I was an extremely vengeful person back in those days post-breakup and rip-off and this chapter shows the extremes that my mind […]

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Book Excerpt: Up For The Down Stroke

From a year ago…   Well, I’m hurtling through the pages with thousands of words pouring out of me every day starting at 7am when I hit the keyboard with my parrot behind me chirping away and the stereo tuned to a new act each day.  This week it was Drive By Truckers one day, […]

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Fifth Week of Book Excerpts… and a Brisket!

From a year ago… Five weeks in from my start writing this book I’m about a third of the way through it and the stories are pouring out of me at a rate of 2000 words a day. It’s a real joy writing and because of my lurid past in the business of importing fine […]

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Book Excerpt: REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED VERY COLD!

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED VERY COLD Thank Goddess I have reformed and got rid of my vengeful streak, replacing getting back with paying forward in random acts of kindness.  Maybe it was the stroke I had that melted that part of my mind tuned into revenge, or the subsequent cardiac arrest that killed […]

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Book Excerpt: Opening Chapter… The First Murder

THE FIRST MURDER begins the book which ends with the second murder that I was framed for, but did not commit nine years later.  In between was a raucous diversion.   My brand new Lincoln Continental Town Car was parked in a small clearing in the empty desert clearing awaiting the loading of a shipment […]

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EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK: Where the Music Began…

It’s been almost three weeks since I started writing this book with a goal of about 2000 words a day pretty much fulfilled.  Dropping out of Facebook was a superb move as the distractions fell away, much like quitting smoking and not having to light up out of boredom or habit.  Every morning begins at […]

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1000 DAYS IN MY SECOND LIFE!

I wake up every morning around 4am, answer a few emails from SXSW and friends and then zip out of the house by 4:30 to start my hour-long dawn Nordic Walk along the Harbour Jetty, North Wall Breakwater and beach.    It’s only a five minute concert ride at high volume to the water where I […]

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CRITTERS ON THE HILL!

  The house and acreage in Coffs Harbour that I’m lucky to live on at Robert’s Hill, overlooking the Pacific horizon is a wondrous place since I planted it in native flowers and vegetation since I moved here in 2010. As a result, I have prolific birdlife, native animals, reptiles and amphibians in addition to […]

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Back Home Again

      There’s something to be said about returning to sleep in your own bed again.  I recently spent seven weeks travelling the US–Hawaii and New England with a little Montreal thrown in–during the depth of the Australian winter. Coming back to a fluffy goose down doona and a down pillow-fort high on The […]

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Popping Up In The Hometown

I came back from my recent trip to find even more retailers having closed and the vacant shops multiplying.  I had an idea to write a letter to the editor of the local paper which was surprisingly published this morning   With high rents, dwindling foot traffic, an ugly CBD that I have likened to […]

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The Book & The Writer

As of April 15 2018, I disconnected myself from social media of all types, especially Facebook, to get rid of casual distractions and brain-sucking posting/reply habits.  The primary purpose is to devote myself to writing this book that has been hanging over me like a haze and realign my life for health and happiness.  The […]

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What A Long, Strange Tripp It’s Been!

There is a time in your life, if you’re a writer, and carved out an interesting trail, when you feel compelled to write your autobiography.  My time has come halfway through my 67th year and I have switched off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social media feeds so as not to be distracted over […]

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Here We Are Again… 67 and Counting!

  Bright and sunny with cool breezes wafting through the millions of  full-bloomed star jasmines all along the back of the House on The Hill, rustling the thousands of frangipani flowers adding their scent from the front and balcony       while an explosion of hundreds of gardenias perfume the air with their aroma from […]

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