David Douglas Stuart

About

David Douglas Stuart

About

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…

Treasure chest of images

[caption id="attachment_65" align="alignright" width="213" caption="Three unknown people in an unknown location."][/caption] 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…

The espresso machine Julian made

[caption id="attachment_70" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Julian and I in the Philippines."][/caption] 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…

Weed Heads and Bong Skate Park

Like the BeeGees, I went to Humpybong State School. Other kids from neighbouring schools used to employ their sharpest wit and call it Humpy-pong. Ouch! The Humpybong Skate Park would often have the “Humpy” part painted over. “Bong Skate Park”! Can you imagine that? I've been working in Tweed Heads…