Year: 2012

Outlanders – Brief encounter

About five years ago when I was living in Osaka some of my workmates were in a band and recording a few original songs. I think the deal was that another bloke paid for their studio time in return for recording a couple of songs that he had penned lyrics for. They had a few […]

Parko returns to much fanfare

World champion surfer Joel “Parko” Parkinson gave me a chance to return to my old stomping grounds – Coolangatta – on Wednesday. After winning the ASP title he was returning to his hometown and his main sponsor, Billabong, was encouraging anyone and everyone to welcome him home. He certainly returned home in style – the […]


For those of you from overseas, every year when Australian final-year high school students graduate they descend on the Gold Coast – namely Surfers Paradise – to participate in an event called Schoolies. They usually spend a week with friends getting drunk and enjoying their first taste of freedom in various ways. Schoolies starts today […]

Listen closely

I’d been eagerly awaiting the second series of Lowdown – the sitcom based around the misadventures tabloid journalist Alex Burchill – ever since the first series aired a couple of years back. Sure, there’s a journalistic link, but the unique brand of humour also appeals to me. So when the first episode of the new […]

Gym-ball mash up

In my early teens one of my favourite pastimes other than number plate spotting was what I’ll refer to as seaside freestyle gymnastics or SFG. After school a group of us would scurry down to the Margate beachfront and do a variety of flips from a bank onto the sand roughly two feet below. There […]

Playing the role

I spent a day in Gympie last week for work. After an enjoyable day I was asked if I’d mind helping out a photographer by modelling in photograph. In the past my hands have played the role of a sex-predator typing on a keyboard, I’ve held my head in those same hands as I hunched […]

Tradition and appreciation

Yesterday a Japanese dance troupe performed on the Gold Coast to thank the Australian people for their quick response to the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami. “We dance and sing to express our gratitude for your support,” their leaflet read.

Japan: Now and then.

I did promise to create a spectacular series of animated antique Japanese photographs. And I still plan to complete this project. But in the meantime, I decided to do a quick edit (in Final Cut Pro) that juxtaposes the new and old of Japan. Watch in full-screen mode to properly savour the HD goodness. And […]

Treasure chest of images

When I lived in Japan I’d always enjoy the markets held at the temples. They sold all kinds of weird and wonderful one-off items. Visiting one such market with my cousin in Osaka, we came across this giant box of assorted black and white photographs that was being offloaded at a bargain price. We split […]

The espresso machine Julian made

I love to hang around people who are passionate about their interests. Julian, or Julz as I always call him, certainly fits into this category. The first time I met him was when he was still at uni and working at a coffee shop. He told me about a Frankenstein coffee machine he created from […]