Rhiannon's Dance Concert - with a cameo by me #EDTA

My life is a myriad of experiences, as I am sure that you are all aware. Last weekend was my daughter Rhiannon’s dance concert. Rhiannon learns at the Miss Patricia Yvonne Studio, part of the EDTA Association. So this post is a bit of a recount for anyone interested in the various aspects of my life (yawn) and also a bit about life in New South Wales, Australia. Our story

My #GoogleLocalGuide photos reach 3 million views on #GoogleMaps

As many of you may remember, when I was unemployed one of the things I did to keep myself sane when not applying for jobs was to become a Google Local Guide. This meant visiting local attractions and food spots and photographing/reviewing them. The results were then placed on Google Maps. There was no money doing this, but there was an opportunity to get more free online storage from Google.

Comments back on and other news

Hi folks, In case any of you wondered, I had comments turned off for a while because I found the site flooded with pornography-related comments. I’m now starting to deal with that, so I have turned the comments back on. I have just celebrated one year of working. Wow, that went quick. I’ve learnt a lot of C# programming and now that I have Visual Studio running again at home

End of October 2018 Life update :)

It is one of those things that life rarely goes as one has planned. I reckon that has been true since my last update. Weight My weight loss is progressing slowly but steadily, with me being just over 2 inches slimmer around the waste. One interesting side effect of eating healthily has been the impact upon my eyes. As you know I suffer from Keratoconus. Since my eye infections in

September 2018 catch-up

Hi folks, It’s been a while. The last six months have been an emotional journey, but I seem to be slowly arising from the troughs. I’m still enjoying my “new” job. It’s been nine months now since I started. My current employer is much better than my previous one and has provided me with everything I need to succeed in spite of my poor eyesight. So I now have four

A quick catch-up with my friends and followers

Hi all, I hope that you are all well. For me, the past several months have been emotional and full. In my last post, I mentioned that my mother-in-law was passing. She has now departed this life. It was as distressing as you would expect. Pam had very much been the centre of our extended family. Anyway, I won’t say much other than to say that she will be sorely

Sorry, won't be writing many articles on my blog for a month or so

Hi all, (this is a bit of a feeling-sorry-for-myself post) Some of you may have noticed my absence recently. Some of this has to do with work obligations and some with the rapid decline of a family member. As any regular readers will know I secured myself a job in November following two years of unemployment. I’m enjoying it thoroughly. The downside is that it takes me 95 minutes to

Our first day in #Rome

This 2015 trip was our second visit to Rome. Our first had been in 2002 with Globus. Back then we had stayed in a hotel not far from the Colosseum. The room had been small and the hotel staff arrogant. We wondered how our Trafalgar Costsaver experience would differ. The question was quickly answered when we reached our hotel, the Ergife Palace Hotel, at around 4 pm. It was spectacular.

Last night I sang

Last night one of my local churches ran an Open Mic Night. For those not in the know, it means an evening where anyone can turn up and perform. Karaoke was available for non-musicians, or else we were expected to bring our own instruments. I chose the karaoke machine. The turn out was not large, but at least one professional musician/singer was there. He was a keyboard player/singer who performs

Farewell 2017, Welcome 2018

Firstly I would like to wish all my regular readers a Happy 2018. Your loyalty in visiting me has greatly brightened each day. This post is a bit of a retrospective finishing with a list of goals. In other words, expect me to be totally self-absorbed, so flee while you can. Okay, for those of you foolish enough to continue reading, here goes… The past two years were mostly awful

Goals - week ending 3 November 2017

Here are my creative goals for this week: rig my art-nouveau door (i.e. make it so that it can open and shut) start the texture process on the doorway finish reviewing and editing my short story “Restored” Identify possible buyers for my short story Identify next most viable short story idea It’s not actually going to be my busiest week on creative tasks. I start work next Monday and want

Goals - week ending 27 October 2017

Here are my creative goals for this week: Put in place a design document for an art-nouveau doorway model. Finish the first draft of Night Terrors, my latest short story. Singing practice with my mate Jon (Thursday) Try one new muffin recipe (I’m thinking apple and oatmeal) In respect of the singing practice, I’m really trying to think of where I want to go with that. Back in 1988, I

On weekly to-do lists

Several years ago one of my bosses asked me to send him a planning email each Friday. The email would contain: a list of all accomplishments over the past week a list of outstanding pieces of work a list of all work to be attempted in the subsequent week. To begin with, I hated it with a passion. After all, I had always managed to fulfill my commitments without doing such

The Museum in the Doge's Palace, Venice  #TrafalgarTours

The Museum in the Doge’s Palace (itself a living museum!) is a tribute to the history of this city. It is not a massive museum, compared to the likes of the British Museum, but comparable to that you would find in many a castle in Europe. As you can tell from the following photos that I took, I was mostly enamored by the weaponry on display. The museum was the

#Nutella Muffins - on overcoming mental blocks

I love to cook and always have. However, one aspect of cooking that I have always avoided is cake baking. For some reason, it has always scared me.  The few times that I have made attempts, the results have been woeful. So I ended up developing a huge mental block where cakes were concerned. At the moment, I am yet to start my new job. However, Nicole has spent much

Personal update

Hi folks (being any of you who still remember me), After about 21 months of unemployment, it appears that I may be getting work. I cannot express the delight (and relief) that I feel. I still don’t have a start date because they are performing the normal background checks on me to make sure that I am who I say I am. It’s strange feeling that this dystopian paradise called

My response to the Liebster Award

Jeni over at Skyscapes for the Soul, has nominated me for the Liebster Award. So this will be my response. Before I give these responses, however, let me encourage you to visit Jeni’s blog. Jeni produces these surreal paintings that are at once serene and intriguing. All are for sale. Jeni also runs art workshops. Anyway, here are my responses to the questions she asks as part of this Leibster

Catching up and a few laughs from the world of unemployment

As of the beginning of July I have been unemployed for 18 months. In more recent times I have temporarily abandoned social media and my art/writing projects so as to put even my leisure time into activities that will help me find a job. So this is just a check-in to let you all know that I am still alive and also to share a few funny stories. I will

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