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  1. Champagne taste on a beer budget

    Champagne taste on a beer budget

    The sun, blazing a fiery orange, sinking into the Top End sea before us. On the table, a bucket, holding an icy bottle of champers, and two chilled glasses.

  2. Who is your hero? Hopefully not the nude girl on the building site

    Who is your hero? Hopefully not the nude girl on the building site

    Everywhere I go, I see a nude Miley Cyrus. Not that I’m searching for such images. She seems to pop out of every screen I get near.

  3. Celebrating the Cup any way you can

    Celebrating the Cup any way you can

    We have had some of our most enjoyable days on the first Tuesday in November. The laughs never end. And yes, cool drinks are had.

  4. When daughters still dance into dad’s heart

    When daughters still dance into dad’s heart

    Why was this performance so special? Remember, I’ve been watching them jump and twirl since they came up to my knee.

  5. Thank God for our volunteer firemen

    Thank God for our volunteer firemen

    We didn’t get it. Why would a young bloke leave a pub full of cool drinks, to play with fire trucks and big hoses?

  6. Welcome to the new Surfers Paradise

    Welcome to the new Surfers Paradise

    It’s called Surfers Paradise. Officially, the greatest traffic bunfight in the history of motorised vehicles.

  7. It’s my view, whether you like it or not

    It’s my view, whether you like it or not

    Growing up, the view from my window was an outside dunny. And the orange tree, of course.

  8. Getting ready for a special birthday

    Getting ready for a special birthday

    When she arrived in this world, it was with a quiet cry. Nothing like the ear-splitting scream her big sister let out a few years earlier.

  9. Vote One – help me get back to sleep

    Vote One – help me get back to sleep

    My recent piece on being unable to get a decent sleep, hit a weary, eye-drooping nerve.

  10. A lesson in love, after all these years

    A lesson in love, after all these years

    I was a kid, with little idea about anything. Somehow, they still befriended me.

  11. An important online security warning

    An important online security warning

    There are those out there willing to take advantage of the innocent. Tech-savvy types, ready to make fun of the unaware. They’re called daughters.

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