Category Archives: My Story

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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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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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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