Dedicated to the word – I write prose, poetry, have strong views on how the world “should” work, translate (from Norwegian to English and vice versa), read lots, travel a bit.…feel free to share.

the longevity vacuum

The Longevity Vacuum

Short term thinking has taken hold of our society at all levels – our political leaders rarely see beyond the next poll or the next election, and in many ways they are responding to a populace that is equally sucked into the demands of the moment – resulting in ‘the longevity vacuum’ – putting us all at the mercy of an unplanned future.

It’s not that hard!

Whether we like it or not, we are all highly dependent on technology. As a self-confessed technology nerd, I regularly get asked by friends to help with the little challenges that the use of technology in our daily lives throw at us. And I generally don’t mind, although a recent gentle admonition by my girlfriend – “do you think everyone should know as much about technology as you do?” – reminded me that I may not always be the most patient “support person” around.

It’s all about respect!

The debate on Cultural Appropriation needs to be put into perspective, and the hoary old chestnut of Political Correctness derails proper debate – it is all about respect!

Sound of a Murder

A Scandinavian Crime Thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page – now available for purchase!

Why I’ve changed my mind…

Growing up in a privileged environment, in a small country that owed a great debt of gratitude to America, I held values and ideals consistent with my background and the times. Today I see the world quite differently.

Blog Posts

The Longevity Vacuum

The Longevity Vacuum

Short term thinking has taken hold of our society at all levels – our political leaders rarely see beyond the next poll or the next election, and in many ways they are responding to a populace that is equally sucked into the demands of the moment – resulting in ‘the longevity vacuum’ – putting us all at the mercy of an unplanned future.

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It’s not that hard!

It’s not that hard!

Whether we like it or not, we are all highly dependent on technology. As a self-confessed technology nerd, I regularly get asked by friends to help with the little challenges that the use of technology in our daily lives throw at us. And I generally don’t mind, although a recent gentle admonition by my girlfriend – “do you think everyone should know as much about technology as you do?” – reminded me that I may not always be the most patient “support person” around.

read more
It’s all about respect!

It’s all about respect!

The debate on Cultural Appropriation needs to be put into perspective, and the hoary old chestnut of Political Correctness derails proper debate – it is all about respect!

read more
Why I’ve changed my mind…

Why I’ve changed my mind…

Growing up in a privileged environment, in a small country that owed a great debt of gratitude to America, I held values and ideals consistent with my background and the times. Today I see the world quite differently.

read more
Political Donations Must End!

Political Donations Must End!

Political donations are a scourge on democracy. No business, corporation, organisation or individual gives without the expectation or hope of an outcome, and it fundamentally undermines the democratic decision making process. Banning all donations to political candidates, representatives and political parties is the simple solution.

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Farewell to Arms

Farewell to Arms

If we are to ever eradicate war from the human existence, we must first stop celebrating it and start seeing warfare for what it is – the ultimate folly of man. For the sake of our children and to truly honour those who sacrificed their lives, let Armistice Day become the Day of Disarmament.

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The dearth of Brunswick (roadworks)

The dearth of Brunswick (roadworks)

Men in hi-viz clothing standing around a roadworks site doing very little is an all too common sight. This is the story of a small roadworks project in idyllic Brunswick in northern New South Wales and the apparent wastage that explains why the country is going broke.

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Politics is devoid of leadership

Politics is devoid of leadership

It is easy to criticise Malcolm Turnbull for his lack of leadership. I do it often. Even more so because he is the indirect reason I decided to become an Australian citizen.
But what the debacle of same sex marriage has demonstrated more than anything, is that to be a leader of a political party is not just difficult, but almost impossible.
The mere notion of leadership in politics has become a contradiction in terms.

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Four year fixed terms is just the start!

Four year fixed terms is just the start!

Bill Shorten’s suggestion of a fixed term of four years for parliament is music to my ears. But it is just one of many changes required to restore faith in democracy. Limited tenure is another, equally important reform.

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Constitutional Ethics

Constitutional Ethics

The resignation of two senators because they found themselves not to be qualified for election, raises (at least) two very interesting issues. The need for constitutional reform, and the paucity of defined standards to which we hold our politicians accountable.

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Poetry

A Soldier’s Tale

A Soldier’s Tale

A Soldier's Tale "Lest we forget that war is waged by men fighting other men who do not fight themselves; Lest we forget that war is fought for gain defined by those who win and not by those who fought; Lest we forget that those who win the war they live to tell the...

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A Life of Learning

“As we grow older
Wisdom arrives

But
Do we understand more
Yet know much less

Or

Do we know it all

And

Witness a world
That makes no sense”

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