Last weekend, for the first time in nearly two years, our children were all together in our old family home. They are city dwellers. Currently, that means living in Wellington and Bangkok – although change is afoot, one way or another. So, what better to do than get […]
Here you'll find my thoughts about life, travel, books and, because I love a laugh, the occasional spoof. All this from the perspective of a small town, on an island, in a country that's too close to the Antarctic for comfort.
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Zero to Hero: Assignment One I’ve had my blog for almost two years. I signed up in 2012. My first post was two photos of kiwi icons. Both of them food: Marmite, which is a staple in my house, and a mutton bird, which I’ve eaten only once. […]
Alert: Read on at my peril – because, my friends, once you’ve read this confession you may wish to unfriend/unfollow and generally unknow me. It all happened one day last week. I was striding purposefully through town, to work. One sentence written and here’s the first confession: I […]
I’m a Kindle and, by implication, Amazon fan. My Amazon Wish List is like my very own library; one which is as wide-ranging as I want to make it. It can and does include pieces of whimsy and fantasy, literary reads, and matters for serious research. The […]
Or Jill Goes Political A month or so ago, after we left Wimbledon Tavern, we set off in search of a beach and an ice-cream. The sun still had the power to burn and I was clinging to summer like paua to rock. But the wind was from […]
Minuscule in the blogosphere – a landmark for me. So a big thank-you to all my visitors, where-ever you are in the world! Flags courtesy of ITA’s Flags of All Countries used with permission
Originally posted on Drinking Tips for Teens:
A version of this piece originally aired on CBC Radio’s “Breakaway.” You can hear the original audio version here. Hello, I’m Ross Murray, beloved columnist, salad dressing connoisseur and author of the best-selling self-help book Don’t Kid Yourself, Mister. Today, I’d…
Dear Mr Ross Murray, re The heartbreak of creativity; a public service announcement I am a writer. I claim this honorific because I have produced a post of more than 1000 words about the purchase of a pink handbag. And I have written a novel. At 75,641 […]
On The Perils of Over Preparation; Or, A Case Study in Over Excitement. In the life of an officer worker, especially during winter, black suits, black handbags, black brief cases, black laptop sleeves, and black wallets predominate. The colour conveys a certain I-expect-to-be-taken-seriously image, I suppose. But it can all […]
Earlier this week I came across the travel blog WheresMyBackpack.com. The post I read is a tribute to gardens. And it got me thinking about the gardens I’ve visited – there’s been a few. Especially if I count all those visits to my grandparents as a kid. Without […]