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The opening days of Bali

So we are over at Bali. Simply getting here was an adventure in itself. It was an eighteen hour day of driving, hanging out in airports, and a six hour flight. Despite a few dramas, the boys handled it a … Continue reading

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We are going to Bali

For a long time, I had no great desire to go to Bali. It seemed like the place to see drunken Aussie bogans on full display in a foreign country. Not a pretty sight. I have had a number of … Continue reading

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Camping with kids

Over the new years break, we went camping at Stradbroke Island for a few days with several other families. We have never been camping with the kids before. They have never even slept in a tent in the back yard … Continue reading

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Dangerous toys

‘Take a look at this piece of wire. It’s a very heavy gauge, nearly as thick as your finger. It’s very strong. We can hardly bend it. But now look. If we put it into the bolt cutters and give … Continue reading

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Muttonbird Island

I wonder sometimes about the taste perceptions of 19th century sailors. Maybe it had something to do with a diet high in salted meat rather than poultry. I can picture a group of ancient mariners sitting in a foreign port … Continue reading

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The sound of distant voices

Some years ago, when my wife was pregnant with our first boy, I found myself reading a story by a woman who was describing the strained relationship she had with her dad. They had always clashed and then, fairly recently, … Continue reading

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Their drills were bloodless battles

A couple of years ago, I did something a little bit naughty. I bought myself a gift, and pretended it was a Christmas present to my son. What I bought was an Isle of Lewis chess set. It was my … Continue reading

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Halted

I haven’t posted anything for a few weeks because for a while, we all just ran out of enthusiasm for the whole idea. We made it to the mid year break, and then just couldn’t summon the energy to start … Continue reading

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They’re not too bright, but I like them.

Our house makes up part of the coastal sprawl which stretches, with differing densities, for hundreds of kilometres in either direction. The house itself is an old one which was relocated just a couple of years before we bought it, … Continue reading

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You’re doing a great job

I saved someone’s life the other day.  I was working as a nurse, so there was an expectation that I would be doing that sort of thing.  It was a team effort as well.  I can’t take full credit.  Still, … Continue reading

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