Get with the program, Gertie. You have a book to get out to the world. What will you do with it? If you’ve read some of my other blogs, you may know that I’ve written a novel called The Here and There. What you don’t know is that, in haste, I sent this book out […]
Picture it: New York City (NYC), November 2016. Christmas lights lassoed over trees. Their seasonal cheer casts an ambient light across steam and cement. People sip coffee, ruined by pumpkin flavoured yuletide spirit. As the daylight hours wane and wallow in the approach to winter, I find refuge inside NYC’s endless art galleries. The Whitney. […]
listen to the podcast, stay for the interview, maybe watch the video Gertie, a Podcast – is this the new you? Not quite. This cardiganed chicken made a podcast for her class ALC708. I did it and survived. My topic: digital surveillance. It felt relevant with the Australian Government launching its COVIDSafe app. My approach, […]
I have this thing. A neat little personality trait. Whenever I’m out and I see an object, clearly lost, one half of a whole, like a glove or an ear pod, my brain goes to town. I visualise the mourner, bereft and confounded by their loss. Their fingers frantically fondle the forgotten folds of bags […]
Walking – it’s the new “it” thing. All the cool people are doing it – or are they cool because it’s Autumn in Melbourne and puffer jackets abound? With all the gyms closed and shelves devoid of exercise equipment, the inspired-to-exercise have had to go back in time and do what our ancestors did before […]
Pass the whiskey and a beer would you, ol’ gertie. I like to double fist it. Hunter mumbles through thin lips that straddle his cigarette. I happily oblige, taking a cold beer for myself. I want to keep up with him, chugging my beer at a soon-to-be regrettable pace. Spike sits on the sofa, soapboxing […]
Many Australians are working from home; or WFH, as the kids say. Hank is one of these people. As he worked away the other day, I noticed that his personal computer was running a screen like the one pictured here. When I asked Hank what was happening on his computer, he explained, he was using […]
I wonder what Drew Barrymore is doing right now? This question is a scab on my brain. I frequently find myself picking at it whenever I engage in back-breaking labour. Is Drew also shovelling two cubic metres of mulch right now? Could be. Let’s check out her Instagram page. Nope. There she is – not […]
We are living in strange times. This is not the same world we knew a couple of months ago. That world had hugs, handshakes and free helpings of encroachment on personal space. To quote Eric Carmen’s epic 1976 hit ‘All by Myself,’ ‘those days are gone.’ Eric, you have no idea. Most of us in […]
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