Category Archives: Life Strategies

Black and Blue Walking Man: The Zoo Expedition (Part 2)

Part 1 The first leg of my walk up Bradleys Head Road was very pleasant. It was a nice winter’s day and there were lots of great old houses to see. Soon uphill became downhill, and I began descending north-west … Continue reading

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Kindle: Year Four

Kindle Kindle, again Kindle: Year One Kindle: Year Two Kindle: Year Three Back in April, I was so caught up in the excitement of not having to work, and spending most of my days building LEGO, that I completely forgot … Continue reading

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2015: A Life Odyssey (Part 3)

Part 1 Part 2 As I write this, it’s been three months since I stopped working. It feels like both a long and a short time ago. March Before I finished working, I had already made plans for March: learning … Continue reading

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Mid-Life Crisis (Part 3)

Part 1 Part 2 As I mentioned at the end of Part 2, I wanted to make sure that 2014 would not turn into another dreary mid-life-crisis year like 2013 had been. One way to do this was to finally … Continue reading

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Eating most of my food with a knife and fork

Yesterday in The Sydney Morning Herald, I was amused to read that UK Prime Minister David Cameron was recently criticised for eating a hot dog with a knife and fork. I was amused not because I think what he did … Continue reading

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2015: A Life Odyssey (Part 2)

Part 1 As I described in Part 1, I was made redundant from the job that I had had since 3 December 2000. But in several ways, my job had gone back further. First, I had been outsourced to my … 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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Pizza Hut 630 George Street, thank you and all the best

Thursday, 21 January 2015. Just before 5pm, as I have done countless times since 2007, I arrived at one of my regular dinner haunts – Pizza Hut, 630 George Street, Sydney. One of the staff who knew me and served … 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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