Cover Stories

It’s been a while since I posted on here but I’ve been busy finishing off the new book, “Face Value”. Due out in mid-May the final edits are almost complete and the big, big news is the cover has been picked. Finally!


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I quite like Perth too…

Well that was a few frantic days. My previous post dealt with the horrendous programme on BBC TV that had done a disservice to my hometown.


It obviously hit a certain resonant Continue reading

Bali Images

Hi, I’m back home and chilling out (literally, it’s cold compared to Bali). New house is STILL being built, much, much more of that later in the world according to me. (Later, after they’ve finally finished and cleared “off my land”). 

But, for now, have a simple blog entry of pleasant photos from a very relaxing few days of beaches and beautiful, friendly people.

Ian Andrew
Whilst listening to Adam Brand (What a life).

Beautiful Bali?


Yep, that’s my view as I write this. Not a ridge of kangaroos, but not too shabby. Just to the right is a bottle of Bintang beer and a small plate of spring rolls. The waterfall Continue reading

A Walk in the Park


Kings Park Kookaburra, August 2014

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how blessed we are living in places that have beautiful spaces, parks and nature reserves, (let alone democracy, freedom, civil rights and caramel crunch ice cream). I know there are things wrong with every nation and yes there are many, many issues in Australia that make you weep (not least our last few Prime Ministers, of every political persuasion), but sometimes it is worth reflecting on the good. Today we went for a walk in Kings Park, Perth and nope I didn’t miss the apostrophe, it was officially dropped from the name in the early 20th Century. Apart from the grammatical ambiguity, it is a remarkable place with a remarkable history.

Prior to the Europeans turning up the area was used by the local Nyoongar people who had campsites and hunting grounds on it stretching back some 40,000 years. Continue reading

A punch-up in sublime surrounds


NeighboursYep, the Kangaroo on the left is photobombing my blog 🙂

The one on the right does not seem too amused.

I nearly missed updating this as I’ve been head down in the Trove online database of Australian archives. I didn’t know it existed before stumbling upon it in the State Library of WA’s blog. The Trove’s purpose is to allow you to “find and get over 382,781,884 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.”

It was fascinating. I found that a great great grandfather of mine, one Thomas, back in the February of 1868, near Adelaide, South Australia, was renting a house out to Patrick Owen and his family. Continue reading