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Nowhere near normal

Today marks one year since Australia identified its first case of coronavirus. We have endured numerous lockdowns, travel restrictions, and a constant public health message, that has brought the community transmissions under control and now keeps the pandemic at bay.

We have got here by having a robust public health system,...
2021-01-24 09:09:43

Invasion Day

Next Tuesday, the 26th of January will be Australia Day. The day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia.

The date marks the raising of the Union Jack flag for the first time in 1788 after the British First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay in Sydney. In 1935, all...
2021-01-23 10:45:38

Power of the internet

Google has threatened to cut off search to Australian users if the Federal Government's proposed media bargaining code becomes law. The legislation aims to force digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, to pay media companies for news content displayed on their sites.

Google claims that the new laws will break...
2021-01-22 10:35:42

Anxiety

In one of his podcasts, Richard Nicholls, a British Psychotherapist, talked about how we might cope with anxiety. Key to his message was that it is okay to be anxious, and it serves a purpose when things are different. Our worries ensure that we take action, whether to run away...
2021-01-21 11:03:45

Run Peter, Run

I managed to get out for a run after work today, a nice six-kilometre run along the city's river. I attempt to get out at least three days a week for a run, trying to maintain some semblance of fitness for this aging body of mine.
As a runner in my...
2021-01-20 10:21:24

Resilience

As a parent of two adult daughters, I am often asked if I have any parenting tips on how to bring up children. I have one tip. Teach your children to be resilient.

Resilience is one's capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. It is the ability to cope with unexpected changes...
2021-01-19 09:38:30

Pete Griffin no more

I have put on a little podge over Christmas, and the belt is feeling a little tighter than usual. Time to consider a new diet. My daughter suggested the "Total Wellbeing Diet". It is a high protein, low GI eating plan scientifically formulated by Australia's national science agency, the CSIRO....
2021-01-18 11:55:48

Do you want fries with that?

I went shopping for a new laptop today. I was looking for a small laptop to fit easily into my bag and use whilst I was on the go. Nothing too fancy required.

After settling on the make and model I wanted, the sales guy said that I could pay to...
2021-01-17 08:51:13

Zoom Zoom
A lap of the island

The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is one of the most exciting motorsport tracks in Australia. Here is a lap from the driver's seat.

A lap of the famous Phillip Island circuit starts when you cross the start/finish line on Gardner Straight. In my little roadster, top speed down the straight...
2021-01-16 09:49:32

Daily Writing
Double fault

How is it that international tennis players and their entourage are allowed to land in Melbourne? Yet, thousands of Victorians who are stranded in the COVID "red zones" of Sydney and Brisbane are being prevented from returning home?

In ensuring that the Australian Open tennis tournament goes ahead, the Victorian government...
2021-01-15 11:53:24