Archive for May 2016

Panyiri Faces

I’m not sure what lures me to Panyiri, a two-day festival of Greek food, booze and muzak held annually in Musgrave Park, Brisbane. This year the event celebrated its 40th year and I’ve been going pretty regularly for at least 20 of those. The kids and I feast on baklava, honey puffs, lamb and calamari. In years…

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Get trucked

Imagine stopping for a coffee on the way to work and returning to find your car hooked up to a tow truck, its removal imminent. How would you handle the situation? Do you know your rights? This story unfolded in front of me in a Brisbane commercial area recently. The middle child and I had just finished our post-yoga…

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How a political prisoner got me out of the laundry

It’s unlikely Peter Greste thought he could help anyone from his Egyptian prison cell in 2014. Convicted of spreading false news and aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Greste was holed-up in a room 4m by 5m with two colleagues waiting to appeal his seven-year sentence. Back in Australia, this mother-of three on the creaky side…

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Tech troubles

I’m tearing my hair out now. I’ve been digging further and further into the bowels of my website, poking settings and tinkering with code, just to make some very minor changes. It began with a seminar run by Nikki Parkinson, journalist-turned-professional blogger and a master of social media. Nikki spoke to an auditorium full of…

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I want a job not a hobby

I enjoyed a three-course meal and some stellar plonk recently with a bunch of professionals from life’s comfortable class; people who’ve all tasted the business lounge and five stars and platinum reserve seating. This was our third shindig together in as many years and because we only meet annually the event feels like a punctuation…

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