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Happy new year

I’m the type to analyze, to reflect, to set NY resolutions, all that shit, you know? And that’s exactly what I have done in the past. 2022 feels markedly different. Aged 66-plus, preoccupied with a book I can never seem to get closer to the end, 2022 is easy. It’s a decisive year of 365 days. I know what to do and how to do it (well, not exactly the latter, but in theory…

Two months of 5:2 dieting

This crude chart, showing eight years of weight data, says it all. I was at peak fitness (running twice as far as I am now) for three years from age 60, i.e. from 2015 until the middle of 2018. I weighed 76 to 78 kilograms, which for my height means a BMI of 22 to 23. I lost control, then for a few weeks in the middle of 2019, got back into the sweet zone. Then came the last two years of assorted…

How flat the tack

After a soul-warming sun buoyed us all yesterday, today is drab again. Finders Keepers throngs. I have work with me—late 1950s radioactive waste history—but I’m flat as a tack. So much had been going well, including a new and steady exercise regime, a seemingly successful weight loss push, a semi-comprehensive book completion plan, and exciting Christmas plans. Then, then, then … a supposedly…

Hard reset

Computers and tablets seem to have two methods of rebooting. You can do a soft reset, a quick and easy clearing out of memory, or you can do a hard reset, shutting the whole shebang down and beginning anew. That’s what I resolve to do now. This chaotic, pandemic-blighted year has not affected me as severely as many (and when I say “affected,” I’m referring to the bulk of…

Yarrawonga

Yarrawonga is a modest-sized hamlet close to the Murray River, the border between two states whose capital cities remain Covid locked. After longer than a quarter of a year on a road trip around (sort of) Australia, spending time in five states, a final four nights in Yarrawonga have accorded me two days of “work.” Of course I’ve found the town’s best cafe, Hard Luck Coffee Co., and I spend seven…

A strange time

At a time most of my family is locked down due to the pandemic, a fortuitous road trip lands me in Covid-free Cairns. At Brother Jenkins Cafe, amidst the clatter of plates, the sigh of a cool breeze on my bare arms, I find myself not only out of my usual world, not only out of sync with driving and camping, but also not here at all. I’m deep in the Suez Crisis of 1956, when Israel took advantage…

Dumb pleasures

A core joy in life is my review site Read Listen Watch. It consumes a huge chunk of my life: reading a book, watching a film/series, or listening to an album, every two days or so; writing a review; marketing the reviews on social media. Why do I do it? Well, I certainly see it as my gift to the world, an act of generosity. But to be honest, if I’m anything in this world, I’m a reader, a book…

Parkrun goal

In my fourth Nightcliff Parkrun over three years, I ranked 151 out of 186. I part walked the final kilometer out of five.

It felt pathetic (five years ago I regarded Parkrun as a doddle) but also, let me tell you, magnificent! Screw ageing! I aim to run the whole route without stopping. I have three saturdays left.

Am I up to it?

This extended trip away comprises a week to drive to Darwin, time in Darwin, then five weeks of birding and driving through four states. I have a month in Darwin and am selfishly commandeering time most days to write up an especially demanding chapter, that of India and Israel pursuing nuclear weapons under the guise of obtaining nuclear energy. The problem with tackling the early Indian story is…

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