A quick catch up on the past few weeks #SeekingWork #EuroPCR

As some of you may be aware, I’ve been unemployed since January 2016: the result of an unexpected downsizing and an equally unexpected eye-operation for my Keratoconus. In respect to the Keratoconus, I saw my eye specialist a week ago and he reckons I’m as good as it will now get, and so I don’t need to see him for another year. Yippee! Albeit, I still have fifty stitches in

29 years together - what made a good relationship

Today my wife and I celebrate 29 years of being a couple. Not married, mind you. That’s only been the last 19 years (as at 11 July). But we first started going out in 17 April 1988. To be honest, to this day I am still amazed that Nicole chose me. Twenty-three year old Greg was a bit of a mess. I was very much the geeky guy (I would

Rhiannon's holiday project is my garden shame

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The garden project

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The garden projectIn 2008 my wife and I bought a little cottage on a large block of land in Sydney’s far south. We had dreams of a great garden in which our daughter Rhiannon could play to her heart’s content. We bought a wooden play centre with swings and a slippery dip. We bought a trampoline. But we neglected to

Inside the Doge's Palace, Venice     #Venice #Costsaver #Trafalgar

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade    This is the next part of my (long overdue) series on my Trafalgar Costsaver European Cavalcade tour. In my last post I spoke about the courtyard of the Doge’s Palace. Now we are entering the building itself. The path from the courtyard and into the Doge’s Palace is via a spectacular sixteenth century staircase – Scala d’Oro (“golden staircase). You

A bit of whinging and then even more plans. LOL

Hope this finds you all well. So here I am again looking at WordPress and thinking about the way forward. No success so far in job hunting. Nicole may be starting at a Public Service job next week, but we keep having issues with her and the Police Check. This is where she signs a document to give them permission to check her criminal history. Twice we have sent in

Update

Hi all, I am still spending my days and nights applying for jobs. No luck yet, though plenty of close calls. I get the impression that I am either vastly overqualified or vastly underqualified – depending upon the job. As of today I am also re-learning programming. Some of you may be aware that I was a software engineer a long, long time ago. Unfortunately around the time that .NET

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

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

2016: Personal lessons learned

2016 in summary 2016 has been a shocker for me. It started off when my workplace decided to restructure and my position was among those that vanished. So I left at the end of January only be told three working days later that I needed an eye operation to stop me losing my sight. The best (sarcasm) thing about that was that it would take around 12 to 18 months

Changing the front page of my WordPress site again

Hi, Just a brief one for my regular readers.  I have changed the layout of the front page of my WordPress site. As some of you may remember, earlier this year I examined the idea of running my own business. The idea revolved around bespoke reporting for small businesses in my region. Hence I redesigned the front page of this site to support the concept. Alas I made some small

“Success” is a buzzword, nothing more. True or False?

My wonderful and insightful friend Mustakettu85 (please visit her page) recently commented on one of my posts the statement ““Success” is a buzzword, nothing more”. It made me think, and I love anything that makes me think. This is a response. I am going to admit from the very beginning that I do not know in detail the thoughts that underlie this comment. Knowing Mustakettu85  they are probably very deep. So

My growing appreciation of Roger Cross (@theRogerCross , #DarkMatter #Continuum)

OK – I know it’s probably daggy (is this word used outside of Australia) to tag the subject of my blog post in the heading so that it will appear on his Twitter feed, but what the heck. I am only just learning all this Twitter stuff (WordPress and Instagram are my normal scenes). Thing is, I am really starting to enjoy seeing Roger Cross in television series and I am happy

A great video by Bryan Ogilvie - 5 stupid things intelligent people do

No long post. Just sharing. So today I stumbled across this video on YouTube. As I watched it I realised that it described me perfectly. How many of you think the same? Smart guy that Bryan Ogilvie. Greg    

Personal update (keratoconus, work, performance, writing, art)

Hi folks, Thought that I would give you all an update. I’ll divide it up into themes :) Health Currently recovering from a rejection of my cornea graft. Two weeks ago I was at a point where my eye was red and so swollen that it was permanently shut. A whole lot of medication later and it is almost back to normal. Having to drop antibiotics into it every hour. What a

Idle thoughts about how we can reform democracy

OK – here is a big question and I will probably get myself into hot water with this, so I am asking for forgiveness in advance. But I find myself reading lots and lots of commentary regarding recent decisions in democratic countries. For years now I have also listened to lots of people complaining about every side of politics. Eeeek! I guess the first thing to consider is whether or

The slow journey back

Hi folks, Yes, the stranger is slowly returning. As I’ve mentioned before, I have been resting the eyes a fair bit and mostly focusing my creativity around music and singing. I’ve also been job hunting. When not doing these I have been catching up on television. But I might talk about this latter in another post. So where am I at? My eye recovery has been slow but steady. My most

Recent months away from the PC

Hi folks, I find myself at the PC today, so I thought that I may drop in and say hello. I’ve been avoiding the PC for a couple of months. It all started after a visit to my eye surgeon in July. Once again he refused to remove any stitches. Once again my eyes seemed to show only the smallest amount of progress. They are just not settling down, he

Tunak Tunak Tun echoing through our home

OK – this has nothing to do with anything that I normally discuss. All it is is me sharing Rhiannon’s latest passion in music. It is called Tunak Tunak Tun and apparently all the kids at Rhiannon’s local school have fallen in love with it. Indeed, Rhiannon actually showed me some video she took at school of her fellow students dancing on desks to this, and she herself is learning

Becoming a Google Local Guide

So my pal and brother-in-law Glenn Ison posted a photo on Google Maps. It was of a place in Paris. Next thing he knows he gets an email from Google saying “How would you like to be a local guide?” He goes “Yup” and then tells me all about it. So this post takes you through my look at this particular program by Google. So I started by posting a

The courtyard of the Doge's Palace, Venice

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series European Cavalcade

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series European CavalcadeAs part of the European Cavalcade Costsaver tour’s free time in Venice we partook of the Doge’s Palace. This place is so grand that this one post is only going to tell you about the courtyard. Huh? Yep. Tis true. Just the courtyard. OK. If you don’t know, the Doge’s Palace is at the heart of Venice, next to