‘LET’S CATCH UP’ MEANS… ‘LET’S DON’T’

Why do so many conversations end with, ‘We must catch up soon’? In fact it often means, ‘Sorry I ran in to you. I hope we don’t meet again’. Why do we do this?Read More »

The Touchy Business of Touch

Last week a friend gave me a great big hug for Christmas. I hugged her back. This week a friend of a friend passed on her friend’s instructions to give me a hug. I sent a hug back to her. I really appreciated and enjoyed both hugs. Separately, at a group’s Christmas function, contact varied from nothing, to a handshake to a peck on the cheek. So, after two years of #MeToo, how do we stand on touching between sexes?Read More »

SUMMER SKIING: REFLECTIONS ON THE GREAT VICTORIAN BIKE RIDE

Along with 4,000 other riders and one friend, I’ve just completed the Great Victorian Bike Ride (GVBR) – 680kms in 8 days riding through country Victoria (and South Australia, as it turns out) – as part of my 70th year birthday celebrations. It was a wonderful experience in so many ways, but the actual riding reminded me of skiing and the joys that brings. The GBVR is like summer skiing.  Here’s why.

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MY PERSONAL ‘TRUMP’ MOMENT: FAKE NEWS AT THE BRIDGE CLUB

I believe in truth, in facts, in rational thinking. My beliefs have been seriously challenged by recent political behaviour in several countries. But when my own Bridge Club election was rigged…and our team of law-abiding, business-smart, experienced senior executives was defeated, I realised that Trumpism had reached me…personally. What should I do?Read More »

WHERE DO ALL THE HORSES GO?

In the middle of the current Australian horseracing season, an ABC current affairs program showed disturbing footage of some racehorses being treated badly before being killed at an abbatoirs. Australians were shocked. Various investigations and enquiries were started. One state racing organisation immediately announced a $25m program for better ‘career options’ and treatment for horses at the end of their racing life. But where do all the horses go after they have raced? Read More »

LORD HOWE ISLAND: THE FUTURE OF TOURISM?

Imagine a holiday to a destination with:

– a pleasant sub-tropical climate
– spectacular landscapes
– great walks
– great marine life, world-class coral and unique bird life
– a World Heritage Area
– no rubbish, with world class waste management systems
– very few other tourists (400 maximum by law)
– very few residents
– very few shops
– no advertising boards
– no internet, mobile phone coverage or TV
– very few cars, a 25kph speed limit, no seat belts
– cycling and walking predominate
– warm and friendly people
– no locks on homes and where possessions (bikes, kayaks, boats) can be left in public places
– no unemployment
– a functioning, transparent council
– 2 hrs from Sydney and Brisbane

Too good to be true? That’s Lord Howe Island!Read More »