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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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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 pension […]

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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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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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