Category Archives: Life Challenges

Poor Man, Rich Man: Bankruptcy – Year Four

Year One Year Two Year Three Last weekend saw Valentine’s Day, which to me has other significance. Four years ago on 14 February 2011, I was declared voluntarily bankrupt by the Australian Government. So how was my fourth year living … Continue reading

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2015: A Life Odyssey (Part 1)

Thursday, 28 January 2015. A week ago, a major era of my life had ended with the closing of a restaurant I had been visiting for almost 28 years. Today, it was the beginning of the end for another major … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Walking Man: Berowra to Hornsby, perhaps (Part 1)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015. Just before 9:45am, I boarded yet another train at Town Hall station with yet another Subway lunch. The train headed north, and as most of the next hour passed I ate my lunch and read on … Continue reading

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Mid-Life Crisis (Part 1)

In 2006, English travel writer Mike Carter spent six months motorcycling almost 20,000 miles around Europe. His 2008 book Uneasy Rider: Travels Through A Mid-Life Crisis is his amusing and thought-provoking account of that experience. What prompted Carter to undertake … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Walking Man: Kogarah to Newtown (and beyond)

It’s funny how one thing can lead to another. For Christmas 2013, my young nieces and nephew gave me a $50 Sizzler gift card that was valid until 17 December 2014. Although there are many Sizzlers in Queensland, where my … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Walking Man: Seven Bridges to Cross (Epilogue)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 When I got off the train in the CBD, I decided to treat myself to dinner at one of my favourite restaurants down in Chinatown. That meant a 10-15 minute … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Walking Man: Seven Bridges to Cross (Part 5)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 The Seventh Bridge: The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW At first, the Walk from Lane Cove Village was uneventful. Soon, I found myself descending a long but pleasant and not-too-steep slope alongside … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Walking Man: Seven Bridges to Cross (Part 4)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 The Sixth Bridge: Fig Tree Bridge, Hunters Hill-Linley Point Hill NSW Along with many other Walkers, I headed north from Hunters Hill Village and down the long slope of Reiby Road to the Lane … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Walking Man: Seven Bridges to Cross (Part 3)

Part 1 Part 2 The Third Bridge: Iron Cove Bridge, Rozelle-Drummoyne NSW Like the 1955 original that I had crossed back in January, the 2011 duplicate Iron Cove Bridge was easy and pleasant to walk along. Barely 10 minutes later, … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Walking Man: Seven Bridges to Cross (Part 2)

Part 1 Sunday, 26 October 2014. I got up at 7:00am to find a glorious day outside. I got ready, and half an hour later I put my long-walk hat on my head and set off. Prologue: Getting To The … Continue reading

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