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Nov. 14th, 2012

sketch

High Commission.

Discarded wooden Angel.So, recent announcements by our Prime Minister have raised some interesting memories and thoughts for me. While I will never claim to have suffered like so many others, I had my own experience of abuse - at the hands of a school teacher.

No, don't get all hett-up. It really wasn't anything. I have friends (several in fact) who received much worse than I did, at younger ages and from more trusted adults. But I had my brush with this kind of thing, and I can tell you it was plenty traumatic at the time. My blood runs cold when I think of the living hell other kids who had (or have) it worse must go through.

But - and here's the thing - I am one of the guilty parties that the Royal Commission our Prime Minister announced today will be investigating. Yes - I am both victim and perpetrator. Because I, and my family, covered it up.

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Jun. 4th, 2012

MHE

Two people, at either end of their journeys.

My Grandmother, holding my 12 week old son, the evening before she passed away.

This is my grandma Dorotha, age 96, holding my 12 week old son, Digory. This photo was taken on Wednesday night, the 30th of May. That evening my brother and I, and our wives and young children, along with my mum and father Gary (her son) were all sitting around her hospital bed, and chatting with each other and her. Digory is the youngest of Dorotha's great-grandchildren.

She passed away peacefully the following day. My dad was with her. Vale Dorotha.

Apr. 26th, 2012

sketch

Richest man alive.





Yep. That would be me. Richest man alive.

That's my three children: Lilly (14 y.o.) Rowan (2 y.o.) and Digory (2 days old).
This photo is now 7 weeks old, but I realised I haven't shared it here.
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Feb. 6th, 2012

dr who

What, you've never had to put up a lot of shelves?

And yet again: I am more man than you are.
And once more, you are all forbidden to enter my house carrying a spirit level.



The thing we are looking at in this picture is the bench that the half-dishwasher is sitting on. I made that.

Jan. 30th, 2012

sketch

Star Wars Burlesque - The Empire Strips Back.

HOW did I not know about this before now?

Star Wars Burlesque poster, Vanguard King St. Newtown Sydney.

Oh, that's right: I am married with kids. When was the last time I got out?
But this weekend Kitty and I had brunch at a cafe on upper King St. with Rowan, and when I walked up to Gould's Books to try to offload a box or two we had in the boot, I wandered past The Vanguard, and saw that awesome poster.

I had a chat to the guy out the front, who was helping them bump in, and they have been selling out tickets since November, and after this run are off to tour NSW, but will likely be returning in March or so....
On Facebook.
Video on Vimeo.

Dec. 12th, 2011

sketch

(no subject)

I have been wandering back to my roots recently, delving into the world of pure fiction, and getting my keyboard rattling. Two things in particular have been keeping me busy.

I have finally completed a 35,000 word story that I started over two years ago, about a couple who are dropped into a Fantasy World. That's always been a favourite theme of mine, but till now I had never found a way to make a relevant statement with it. This time I think I have, and it feels good to have a first draft of a decent length story down.

Scan of my notes for the new story.

The second thing I am working on has grown out of that first: another story that is a parable, or a metaphor of people in our world, told in a Fantasy setting. That one is looking like coming in at around 10,000 words, but I think i

Nov. 16th, 2011

+ wife

Happy news!

Been meaning to post this update for ages: so for those of you who don't already know - Kitty and I are expecting another baby!

Answers to the questions:

a) Baby is due around mid-March.
b) No, we are not finding out the flavour.
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Oct. 24th, 2011

Cranky Wonder Woman

Our Cultural Nadir.

Alright, I am officially calling it:

Western Culture has hit its ultimate nadir with this:

Australian Celebrity Apprentice.

Nope, I couldn't even do it. I couldn't actually drive traffic to the relevant website for this utter lobotomy of a television program.

The cast list that I am aware of from bill-boards, bus shelters and the back of taxis:
Pauline Hanson
Wendell Sailor
Warwick Cappa

I shit you not. Western culture has officially bottomed out people, and we let it happen on our watch. Shame on us all.
+ wife

Grand DeSQUEEEEE!

Kitty, Kevin McCloud and Rowan at the Grand Designs Live opening, Sydney.

So, I got some tickets to Grand Designs Live at the Darling Harbour convention centre.

Now, we knew that Kevin McCloud was going to be there, and speaking, but what we did not know was that he would stand at the opening, and greet us all as they opened the gates in the morning!

Nor that he would hang around for 15 minutes shaking people's hands and signing books and letting people have photographs with him!!!

(I think Kitty is never washing that blouse again. And possibly never washing the baby again.)

Aug. 15th, 2011

sketch

Re-posting for the link.

The every helpful drhoz pointed out that my link in the last post to Kit Roebuck's comic was broken. So here it is again.

Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life.

I really do encourage you all to read it, over this next week, as on Saturday (Australian Time) he will be posting the final episode.

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