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Draw Blood From a Stone – Metropolis

One of my favourite songs from my favourite movie… Sometimes there is a song or a piece of music that sums up a certain feeling, a reflection or mood. One of my favourite songs is Draw Blood From A Stone. It was composed by the fabulous Giorgio Moroder and performed by Cycle V as part […]

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Taking Time Out – My Hofner Congress Guitar – Serial No. 11417

The Hofner Congress was a budget guitar. It was produced between about 1955 through to the early 1970s. Mine is one of the models from 1962 – 1964 (Vintage Congress, 2021) , but there is a twist to my tale… This is what it currently looks like: Many years ago, Linda gave to me for […]

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The Grotto’s Reflection – A Nod To George

So I thought that while I was on a roll, I would share my next musical creation, which is a nod to George… My sister and brother in law flew in from Tasmania yesterday. We haven’t seen each other for quite sometime, so it is fabulous that we can get together during the time of […]

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The Tea Trolley Ladies – The Glue That Kept The Office Together

I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and tell a tale or two about the awesome tea ladies who helped keep the morale alive and kicking in the office… As I was waiting with my mum on Monday morning at the hospital, she said “gee, it would be good if the tea […]

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Everybody Loves A Good Comeback – You Too Can Rise From The Ashes

Watching Big Shot the previous Sunday, former NCAA Division I champion basketball coach Marvyn Korn (John Stamos) has these very words said to him by a good friend who is also a chief basketball scout: “Everybody loves a good comeback.” For anyone who has caught up with this show, the feelgood story on Disney+ is […]

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The Rest is Silence – In Memory of HMAS Sydney

The Rest Is Silence – Lest We Forget On 19 November 1941 during World War II, HMAS Sydney was involved in a mutually destructive engagement with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran. The Sydney was lost with all hands (645 in all). Most of the German crew from the Kormoran survived. I have seen some of […]

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Self Reflection – The Challenge of Being A Leader

Being a leader is not easy. It is, as I have described to many others, the equivalent to “whistling in the wind.“ There are days when it feels as if there is no answer on the horizon, those around you are struggling and others still, need you to come up with an answer there and […]

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A Snapshot of a Busy Fortnight

To everyone out there doing it tough right now, our thoughts are with you And have a great weekend!!!

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What A Beautiful World (IGY) – Donald Fagan

One of my favourite bands is Steely Dan. Founding member Donald Fagan had a hit with IGY or what is also known as What A Beautiful World (from the Nightfly Album, which is considered one of pop music’s sneakiest masterpieces). Some say it’s a satirical take on the future of the world proposed by scientists […]

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Happy New Year 🥳 Be Excellent!

May you have a Happy New Year and start the next year in the knowledge of what we have learnt in 2020 to help make 2021 as awesome as it can be! If you have ever seen Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, then you will understand what I mean by “Be excellent to each other.” […]

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