the pompeii dog

you should go to Pompeii

If you have never been to Pompeii, we can recommend it. Be warned, though, you will not find it to be an uplifting experience. But you will find it to be moving,

cover of the Man From Snowy River book


Soundbites and the three-word slogan have become the norm in most of our communication. They pervade our television news and our newspapers. They even influence our entertainment.

fender Precision Bass

the curse of the bass player

Have you ever wondered why people who play bass guitars are the way that they are? Perhaps this story may help to explain.

engraved image of samuel johnson

how to prove you are a fool

‘Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt. Samuel Johnson

a glass of espresso fredo

espresso fredo

Whilst I was in Italy this year, I was introduced to the most marvellous iced coffee. What I discovered was “espresso fredo”, or cold espresso coffee.

apple watch

I do not get the Apple Watch

I have been living with an Apple Watch for the last 2 months, and I just do not understand what all the fuss is about.

a piece of sous vide rump steak, cut to show inside

sous vide rump steak

A steak that tastes of steak, cooked to your exact taste, perhaps served with a sauce, or herb butter, accompanied by a salad sounds simple. Getting it all right is not difficult, but getting it right consistently is somewhat harder.

the art of konny steding

graffiti or street art?

Until an epiphany in Paris earlier this year, I thought that street art was a politically correct, apologist euphemism for graffiti.