Australia Day or Shame Day?

January 26, 2015

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Today is Australia Day, a national holiday marking the arrival of The First Fleet to establish a penal colony on Terra Australis in on January 26, 1788. There is plenty to celebrate in this nation with an overall standard of living ahead of most of the world. But there is also a darker side to […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: Overdrive by Shonen Knife

January 19, 2015

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      Overdrive   I do not normally review music but sometimes I come across something that I think worth mentioning. And so I turn to the sounds of Shonen Knife. Shonen Knife is a Japanese female pop-punk band that has achieved cult status. They were first formed as a three-piece in 1981 and […]

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REVIEW: Emergence by John Birmingham

January 16, 2015

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Emergence Dave Hooper 1 John Birmingham Macmillan Australia 2015 9781742614045  This was first published at A Writer Goes On A Journey. Ordinary man unexpectedly clashes with the fantastic. Ordinary man mysteriously acquires fantastic abilities. Ordinary man has become a super hero. It all sounds a bit like an old DC Comics tired theme. But John […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Official Book Club Selection

January 16, 2015

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Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin Random House Publishing Group 2010 ISBN 9780345518569   Some of my catch up reading over the holiday period included Official Book Club Selection; Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. And I am glad I finally got to it. Kathy Griffin is one of those […]

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I’m a loony!

December 21, 2014

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Not what I normally post here but it’s my blog so there. I was encouraged to make a submission to Stigma Fighters, a movement helping to remove the stigma associated with mental health. So I sent a few scribbles off and here ’tis. Stigma Fighters: Ross Hamilton I started writing a piece that was chronologically […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

December 9, 2014

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first published at A Writer Goes On A Journey Half A King Joe Abercrombie The Shattered Sea 1 2014 Harper Collins 9780007558483   After reading Abercrombie’s brutal novel, Red Country, I was not sure what to expect with this new one, Half A King. It was only after I had finished reading it that I […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell

December 6, 2014

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first published at A Writer Goes On A Journey The Empty Throne Bernard Cornwell The Warrior Chronicles 8 Harper Collins 2014 978-0-00-750417-6 One of the great things about reviewing books is being given books to read. I rarely have to buy books any longer unless it is something for a particular purpose or it is […]

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