Comic duo Laurel and Hardy’s moments to remember: Tales of Hollywood stranger than fiction

Laurel and Hardy were two of my favourite comedians. Every year on Thanksgiving, a US TV network played one of their old films. We laughed at their jokes and slapstick, with perfect timing and the sheepish face of Stan Laurel and the exasperated reactions of Oliver Hardy providing moments to remember. What brought back that … Continue reading Comic duo Laurel and Hardy’s moments to remember: Tales of Hollywood stranger than fiction

A journalist’s memoirs: From minefields to Mandela

“Welcome to the world of BLEEP.” That was a former executive producer calling to congratulate me on being appointed supervising producer of the Channel Nine Sunday Program in the mid-90s. Yes, the missing word is rude and banned from most conversations, even frowned upon by social media outlets. But the congratulatory call was also close … Continue reading A journalist’s memoirs: From minefields to Mandela

The Writers’ Revolution: Reclaim the book for authors and readers

Most Australian writers don’t make a lot of money. Of course, there are Peter Carey and Tom Keneally, and in the recent past, Colleen McCullough and Bryce Courtenay, and going further back, Patrick White and Morris West, to name a few. They were well looked after by publishers and their marketing and publicity staff and … Continue reading The Writers’ Revolution: Reclaim the book for authors and readers

The Blue Sox: A neighbourhood gem in Blacktown

It’s a neighbourhood gem, with great pizza and cold beer at excellent value, friendly service, terrific atmosphere and superb entertainment. And, it’s located at Blacktown in Sydney’s sometimes maligned western suburbs. No, this is not a restaurant, but the Blacktown International Sportspark where the entertainment is good quality baseball. You don’t have to take that … Continue reading The Blue Sox: A neighbourhood gem in Blacktown