I was born in Sydney, lived in Gaythorne, Queensland for 5 years, but returned to Sydney in early 2015. After a tortuous 12 months in Glebe l fled to the peace and tranquility of Ettalong Beach, on the Central Coast of NSW, and live here with my rescue Jack Russell, Flash. I’m Gay and severely vision-impaired (there is a connection), I have a perverse sense of humour, and love provoking argument and debate on subjects.
I obtained my Graduate Certificate in Writing from the University of Technology Sydney in 2004. I was a regular contributor to “Talkabout” magazine, a community organisation publication, for 15 years as well as a number of years on the working group for the magazine. I contributed articles, opinion pieces, side bars and regular columns.
I have written regularly for QPP “Alive” in Queensland. Other writings include articles in “Vertigo”, the student newspaper at UTS, submissions to community magazines, and two poems released in overseas compilations.
Though I write regularly regarding health issues for gay and HIV+ men, I am also interested in fitness and health issues in general, Gay history, Australian history, political comment, and I also include stories resulting from my genealogical research into my family.
I do not consider myself a story writer, though have several on the blog. I prefer writing from life eixperience, my researches into many areas of interest or having a gripe about something.
I am a flaneur (Google it), and loved the study of Contemporary Cultures at university, which I find fascinating.
As well as this I have my chefs creds (from East Sydney TAFE) as well as my Catering Certificate, and have run both my own catering business, and an online provider business (that was destroyed by the GFC). I also have my Certificate III in Fitness, and run senior’s HIIT classes at my local gym. I spent 12 years with the Positive Speakers Bureau, doing public speaking to medical students, nursing groups and HIV community groups on my personal experiences with HIV/AIDS over the last 38 years.
I’m a Buddhist, and post a lot of articles on Buddhism to try to simplify its teachings to the everyday person who may want to know more about it. The appeal of Buddhism is that it is not a religion, but an ideology/lifestyle.
I’m sure you’ll find something interesting here to keep you amused. Enjoy!