Outlanders – Brief encounter

[caption id="attachment_130" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Outlanders take a stroll through the streets of Osaka after a recording session. (L-R Phil, Craig, Adam, Kevin and Mike)[/caption] 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…

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…

Schoolies

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

[caption id="attachment_77" align="alignnone" width="737" caption="When it comes to Japan, the new and the old collide on so many levels."][/caption] 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…