Not everyone can claim to have had a number one hit in Japan. Jon Mellor and British band Ouch! had three of them. I first met Jon six years ago while we were working together at Oxfam Australia. Even by Oxfam’s colourful standards, there was something which made this dynamic bass player stand-out from the rest of the crowd.
With hundreds of thousands of pies being enjoyed on Grand Final Day alone, I wanted to find out how best to explain the meat-pie to my German friend Philip and discover 'what makes the perfect pie?' Have a listen
In June, Karin and I did an epic road-trip down to New Orleans. Passing through the 'musical south', New Orleans was the apex of our visit. It's a tremendously fun place and famous for its musical history. I wanted to find out what life in New Orleans is like in 2019 and I chatted with some of the locals to find out. Have a listen
There’s a bird in the bushes. A delightful house wren making all sorts of music. One moment, she’s tweeting her bubbly Summer call and the next she’s jumping on the wind chimes that hangs between the two bird houses. When I look away, I catch her tail feather squeezing into the little orange and white… Continue reading Sunday Slow-time
The up-side of jetlag is the symphony of birds at 5.30AM in the morning. Another up-side is the chance to be able to write. It’s been a while. Today is the second day of my second visit to Jackson, Michigan. It’s a delightful part of the world and a city where I never imagined that… Continue reading Michigan
As we played Jingle Bells, he thumped his hand on his heart like a footballer kicking the winning goal.
It feels wonderful to be able to think and write once more. Especially when it's borne out of a day like today.
the next time you read a miserable news story, your friend tells you about a rotten act or things look uncertain – don’t run away from it. Just ask, ‘is there an argument for optimism?’ and see where the ride takes you.
Sometimes I struggle to separate my time in Freiburg from Germany’s past.
Size and sequence really do play a big role in how cites pace themselves out but thankfully they're not the secret ingredients for smiles.