When you subscribe to my blog you can expect to read anything from political commentary to observations about science, natural history, the books I’ve been reading, language, family life, religion and satire – not necessarily all at the same time, but who knows?
Oh, and I collect old books and ephemera, so I might write about those things too, from time to time.
I’d like to provide you with what I hope will be some entertaining, informative and perhaps inspiring writing.
Perhaps you know me from my decades working as a journalist at The Newcastle Herald. If so, you can expect similar offerings to what you saw in the past.
Perhaps I’m unfamiliar to you. If that’s the case you could find samples of my work on The Newcastle Herald’s website, or on our historical photo site www.phototimetunnel.com
I won’t post every day, but I will post regularly, as the fancy takes me.
To be honest, I hope I won’t ever have to take another full-time job, and that’s why I’m joining the huddled masses of writers striving to earn a crust by catering to an on-line audience.
That’s where you come in, if you’d like to . . .
In my teens I fancied I might become a poet, but lack of courage and a strong interest in economic survival dictated that I explore other career avenues. These included labouring in heavy industry, clerical work in both the public and private sector, sales jobs (including telephone canvassing and door-to-door) and an abortive attempt to study at university.
At uni I lasted just two years of an economics/law degree, ultimately pulling the plug when I failed my elective subject – Family Law.
All the while I’d been applying for jobs in journalism and had accumulated an impressive collection of rejection notes when I suddenly scored a job as a cadet reporter back in my home town of Newcastle, NSW. That was 1984, and I’d found my career. I worked at The Newcastle Herald until 2015, as a reporter, chief of staff, columnist, magazine editor, feature writer and editorial writer.
I won some nice awards, met lots of wonderful people, tried to right some wrongs, made a few mistakes and had a lot of fun. Leaving my job was sad but necessary, given the way newspapers were heading in 2015 and given the arithmetical reality of redundancy pay. But I still love writing, so my blogs, our books and our website are my outlet.
My wife, Sylvia, and I publish books of historical photographs. We have three grown-up children and we live in Newcastle, NSW.