Category Archives: My Story

The lost series of Black and Blue Man

I’ve been posting here at Black and Blue Man for just over four years now. Overall, it’s been a very rewarding experience. Not only has it given me an outlet for writing, and allowed me to review important stages in … Continue reading

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Amazing Journey: Mike McIntyre’s ‘The Kindness Of Strangers: Penniless Across America’

In 1994, 37-year-old journalist Mike McIntyre had a good life in San Francisco – except for one major problem: If I were told I was going to die today, I’d have to say I never took a gamble. I played … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Walking Man: Hornsby to Artarmon (Part 3)

Part 1 Part 2 I continued south-east from Roseville towards Chatswood. About halfway to Chatswood, I saw something that made me laugh loud and take a chance on trying to photograph it. And the result in all its rushed and … Continue reading

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Poor Man, Rich Man: Bankruptcy – Year Three

Year One Year Two 15 February 2014. In the months leading up to that date, I began thinking about it more and more. Finally it came, and went. A few days later, I received a very important letter. The letter … Continue reading

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The Lego castle in the forest at dusk

Hundreds of years ago during my childhood in the 1970s and early 1980s, two of my favourite toys were Lego and die-cast metal cars. Although there were several brands of cars, everyone referred to them generically as ‘Matchbox cars’ (after … Continue reading

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The former office of Dr. Khan

Sunday, 9 March 2014. At 3pm, I set off on another walk. Compared to previous walks I have posted about here, this would be a relatively short one – a couple of hours or so along part of the Sydney … Continue reading

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Building Again (Part 1)

As I mentioned in my previous post, and in a few others during the past 12 months, “the last year or so of my life has been strained at times”. Things haven’t been horrible overall – but lurking in the … Continue reading

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Genghis Khan, thank you and all the best

Long-time readers of Black and Blue Man may recall this post from August 2011 in which I described seeing a terrible accident on the way to dinner at a favourite restauarant, and the very kind gesture at that restaurant that … Continue reading

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Before Black and Blue Man: The Six Visits (Part 3)

Part 1 Part 2 Five more weeks of appointments went by. Wherever possible, I booked each week’s appointment for Friday afternoons as a good way to end the working week. At the time I often walked home across the Sydney … Continue reading

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Before Black and Blue Man: The Six Visits (Part 2)

Part 1 The day arrived for my first appointment with the psychologist. I left my office at mid-afternoon and walked from North Sydney down to nearby Milsons Point, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park nearby. I arrived at … Continue reading

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