Did you say iconic?

I must stop reading the magazines in waiting rooms. All those celebrities, all those scandals, all those names I have never heard of. So many from television programs you'd have to tie me down and prop up my eyelids to make me watch. However,…
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It has been too long

I can't believe it has been so long since I was here. However, a recent event has made me appreciate just how lucky I am to be anywhere at all. Briefly; suffering a heart attack, being brought back from a pulse rate of just two, now sporting…

Yesterday's Outlaws

I had a call the other day from an old friend of mine. Here is what he had to say to end the call; and then there are the thoughts that later came to mind. “I have to go now my old friend I hear the sound of rain And we have washing…

The moving tale of Harold Mukerji

Someone should probably have noticed that Harold Mukerji was acting strangely. But, of course, the truth was that Harold Mukerji had always been a little strange. He was born in Delhi in India as Harendra Mukerji. He had changed his name…

Chapter 14

The most fun you can have with your clothes on Fear of losing the Client was just one of the concerns of the upwardly mobile. The other was the fear of losing your job. I never did but I recall a moment when I thought I might inadvertently…

Chapter 13

The most fun you can have with your clothes on My earliest experience of losing a Client was gained at my first-ever advertising agency. It happened this way. With the principal and thus my boss, Peter Ryan, I was in the car on the way to…

Author!

Life was comfortable. We were living well. We weren’t wealthy but we didn’t want for much. We were happy, but then of course there are always dreams. So I took him up on the deal. I had always worked with words; played with them, too.…

Chapters 1 & 2

The most fun you can have with your clothes on. Sometime in the sixties or seventies one of the growing number of talented women in the advertising business broke through what was yet to be called the glass ceiling and wrote the classic ad…

Home Delivery

As Gerry Powers turned in at Utopia Crescent and headed down the hill into the cul-de-sac from Hell, as he had come to think of it, his mood of the morning changed. How could a street that housed such a bunch of whingeing bastards be called…

Sad day in Jericho

What happened that day in Jericho would never have been, had his horse not thrown a shoe. The last place on earth, where Zeke Daniels would have cared to spend any time at all, was Jericho. It wasn’t really even a town. It was a crossroads.…

Poetry

There follow some poems that are not included in "Feathers in the Well". Most of these I have written since that book of verse was published although some may have been written earlier. Who knows, perhaps one day some of them will appear…

Short stories

I mainly write poetry and have never felt the need to write a novel but I do love writing - and reading - short stories. My idea of a good short story is one that doesn’t get bogged down in detail but introduces a single character or even…

Cross gender Cowboys

You may have missed it but recently there was a contest to select a new Milky Bar Kid. That took me back a few years to a time when I wrote a couple of Milky Bar Kid commercials myself. Come to think of it, it must have been quite a few years…
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The answer is the ukulele.

Queensland tourism campaigns are notoriously all over the place. From the brilliant "Beautiful one day. Perfect the next" to the truly awful "Where the bloody hell are you?". With the scenery that's available it shouldn't be surprising that…

Of painters and poets

I've said all I have to say about the Archibald Prize, except to comment on the winner. As someone once rather  foolishly said "I know nothing about art but I know what I like". I really like the winning work. It is, at least, a portrait. However,…