January 2017

Perks for Politicians and Public Servants

Hi all, Today’s post a fairly parochial, so please forgive me. In recent times Australian news has been filled with stories about politicians and public servants getting “freebies”. Some of these may be from lobbyists. Some may be from commercial interests. The general consensus seems to be “It’s not fair that they get such freebies.” Such freebies include overseas trips, dinners, attendance at sporting events and so on. I wish

Review: "Sensei" by David Charney

A brief review. You will probably be astonished to read that one of my favourite novels is not science fiction or fantasy. It is a novel set in feudal Japan. “Sensei” by David Charney was a novel that I read as a young man (around 20 years old). I rarely say that any novel had a profound impact, but this one did. It made me look at myself. The story is

Today's activity: Finding Aphenous Long #Genealogy #Ancestry

Just a little tale of my activities today. Between writing, creating art, singing, and reading, I like to spend down-time researching my family history. It is a long term project that I have been working on since my late teens. In those days I was reduced to wandering dusty university libraries (ah, I still remember the delightful aroma of leather-bound tomes) looking for old digests and annuals that might provide

Egyptian Mummies at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum #PowerhouseMuseum #EgyptianMummies

If you are visiting Sydney at the moment then you should visit the Egyptian Mummy exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. This is especially true if you are visiting from elsewhere in Australia because this is probably the best local exhibition of Mummies that I have seen in a while. Sure, not nearly as large or impressive as the British Museum (I was only over there in 2015 looking at some of their

The British Newspaper Archives - a geat historical resource @BNArchive

Introduction You know me – I’m all over the place with my interests.  And yet I am not. All my interests overlap so that the sum is greater than the parts. The British Newspaper Archive is something that I have held membership of for a few years now. And I love it. I use it for a number of my interests. This article will address two of those, namely writing and

If you want to be a published author you must interact with other authors

Late last year I attended a session run by my local library (Sutherland Library). Led by travel writer Walter Mason the topic was along the lines of “How to publish your book”. While a large space had been set out, only about fifteen people turned up. I was early and so chatted with Walter (actually not realising that he was going to be the speaker). He was a very pleasant guy and

#Writing: changing a character's gender to improve a scene

For each chapter I write little notes beforehand, telling me what I am trying to achieve. Then I write to fulfil this goal. So I have a chapter. It’s intended to introduce a character named John Sutton. My note reads: Meet ex-mercenary John Sutton. He has just made camp with the rest of the expedition. There is tension between Sutton and Lord Trickett, whom he suspects is up to no