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Make Everything an Adventure

Although we are blessed in Australia with a truly great outdoors, when other factors come into play such as bad weather or lack of means to drive to a beach or similar, children have a wonderful way of being quiet and calm one moment and the next being as animated as a Tasmanian Devil (think the Disney cartoon kind). They also appear to take to, and welcome routine and sometimes practicality.

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Baby Blur: Part 2

I can proudly say that as of 9:00am on Sunday 17 June 2018, I am now the father of two children, both boys. Rafferty James Cornick made his way into the world with relative ease.

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Empathy Ocean

In the past I have written about empathy, a whole blog in fact trying to decipher or organise the emotion in my own head – you can read it here later. It suggests with some, that have varying degrees of mental health struggles, their empathy siren can be louder than most.

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Hi, I’m Truth

Ever wondered why when we greet people, especially those new to us, that it goes something like this:

 

ME: “Hi mate, how’s it going? I’m Terry.”

DAVE: “Hey, I’m Dave, good to meet you.”

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Beard Shaming

Sunday was a sad day in my world. I said goodbye to a friend.

We had shared many nights together, enjoying craft ales and delicious food. Long walks on the beach were a staple of this union.

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Snow Going Back

If I could describe my mindset as a bell-curve the last few weeks, it has been firmly on the steep slope downwards.

My baby boy is happier than every; every smile from him is a shot of endorphins. The day-job is booming, I’ve become Director of a new company spin-off, I’ve completed the first 6 weeks of being the head of a “charity” and we somehow raised $10,000 at the Mr. Perfect Trivia Night on Saturday.

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Melbourne: 2 Day, To Eat

I could write a novel on top-class establishments to eat and drink in Melbourne.

New York (my other spiritual home) has them in abundance but Melbourne provides an instant, more digestible slice.

But in the interests of our modern-day attention spans, I will hit you with a handful of venues that can slot nicely into a 2 day trip.

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Byron Es Muy Bueno

It’s been a while since our last break but with my wife’s hectic season coming up at work we headed off to Byron Bay for an extended weekend. An early flight out of Sydney and we were touching down in Ballina by 9am. I love tiny Australian regional airports.

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The Docceroos: Chasing the American Dream

Hearts were broken, dreams were dashed and around the world boomerang shaped-tears dripped into pots of Fosters beer when Australia bowed out of the World Cup.

Of course I am talking about the 2015 World Medical Football Federation Championships (also known as the Morell Cup after Spanish Doctor and Founder, Ferran Morell). And obviously I am talking about the infamous Docceroos. As the Matilda’s arguably enjoyed a higher billing in Canada, Australia’s Medics played in front of a slightly lesser crowd (give or take 50,000 people).

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Source: http://www.sbs.com.au – originally supplied by the Docceroos

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Taxi Turmoil

Now before I start my scribble I want to kill off any suggestions or mischievous claims that this is in any way intended to be derogatory. It’s a shame I have to say that but I need to be crystal clear.

Sydney taxi drivers. These three words are enough to provoke a barrage of almost spasmodic reactions from us humble consumers.

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Source: http://www.magengwo.cn

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Leura Lazing

Once again, and for two weeks running this time, my Thursday was my Friday as I prepared to set off for Leura in the Blue Mountains for the weekend.

My declaration was met with playful replies at work such as, “Do you even work Fridays?” and, “ANOTHER holiday?” I cheekily replied it’s just clever to ration out holidays over the year.

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MelBourne Identity

For five years I promised myself a birthday treat to go to the Australian Open tennis. Finally, after a low key 30th the year previous, I was headed to the hallowed Melbourne Park. Largely in part due to Carolina’s job in marketing and events. Her company looks after a wine brand, one of the Open’s biggest sponsors.

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Doctors of the Quarantine Station

I have been a paying visitor on the Sydney Q Station Ghost Tour at North Head three times; yes, I am a self-confessed history geek and as each year passes, it deepens. The same tour on three occasions, but each time a different guide gives an alternate atmosphere and reveals more about its curious past. It was only on my final tour late in 2014 with family from the UK that prompted this scribble.

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The Real Great Britain

Ever since leaving England, and probably far before that, I became incredibly cynical about the motherland. My personal outlook before I left for the other side of world, my gradual decline into disgust at our military policy and the country’s general negative outlook, to name just a few, festered in me. Ironically I’ve seen little of the land I spent my first 25 years in and only embraced travel when living in Australia and eventually being in an economic situation to do so. I fell for Sydney and it’s been a passionate, unbreakable affair ever since.

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Top 4: Stores for the Man about Town

It’s a common complaint that men’s fashion in Australia, particularly Sydney, is poorly catered for and high-street stores have not yet adopted the success of their European counterparts for being reasonably priced and with an abundance of choice. Surf-style shops are of course hugely popular and there are few independent boutiques selling rare items. However there are some men’s stores that might not be as edgy but cater well in their sector for the man about town. Below are four stores that although not spectacular, are a good starting point.

WITCHERY

Owned by their former rival Country Road, in my opinion, Witchery offers more conservative and business like collections but is known more for women’s clothing. The fit and shape of their shirts is more forgiving than its competitors but it has been argued they are overpriced. They do not have a great reputation for their online service so head in store instead.

COUNTRY ROAD

If you thought Country Road’s style was vaguely similar to Witchery then there’s good reason. CR’s current Head Designer used to be Chief Designer at Witchery. Only ten years ago did it become accessible to the ‘middle market’ and it’s ‘Spend & Save’ promotions are extremely popular (especially with my wife). I am not a huge fan of their pedestrian t-shirts but I do buy my summer casual shirts and winter knits from there and recently their durable chinos. Expect a little more colour than what is on offer at Witchery.

MARCS

Although quite similar in design, this brand just sneaks above Saba in terms of prestige and sophistication. It’s slightly more expensive than the previous brands listed but particularly the fit of their clothing, especially their shirts and t-shirts is first class. The quality and material of their ranges means they will last a substantial amount of time and their winter offerings with knits and sweatshirts are impressive.

SABA

There is no surprise that Country Road, Witchery, Marcs and Saba all began in Melbourne. But in recent years Saba has moved his HQ to Sydney. Saba tends to go for a slicker look with plain colours and shades. It shies away from garish patterns with the occasional check and simple stripe. For my profile Saba has the best off-the-peg suits available that fit like a glove. It is not easy on the pocket however but again they employ similar tactics to CR such as ‘Spend & Save’.

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A History of Australians In English Football

Last week Lucas Neill, the former Blackburn, West Ham and Everton defender secured a move to English Championship team, and my home town, Watford. With the World Cup on the horizon Neill is desperate to secure regular football to gain a spot on the flight to Brazil. His career has taken him to England, across Europe, back to Australia, Asia and now back to England. It prompted me to think about the history of Australians in the English game and celebrate those that made an impact in the motherland and some that went Walkabout.

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Australian State Football: Victoria

The Australian state of Victoria is home to Melbourne, one of the most localised and sporting diverse cities on earth. The passion for sport, ball games particularly, borders on religion. Although AFL (“Aussie Rules” to my UK friends) reigns supreme, almost exclusively in Victoria, soccer has been played for at least 130 years in the state. In this first part in a series on Australian state football the focus is on Victoria and the game’s journey from the glue of ethnic communities to the pre A-League heights and recent controversies.

ImageBrunswick Juventus – Picture courtesy of http://www.ozfootball.net

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The Docceroos

Socceroos, Olyroos, Kangaroos and the lesser-known Futsalroos. The quirky nicknaming of Australian national sports teams is unashamedly endearing and clearly if you add ‘roos’ on the end of any name you just cannot go wrong.

In my day job in recruiting Doctors across Australia and beyond I encounter some interesting practitioners. A couple of years ago I produced an article about Sports Medicine with a Doctor I work with; he revealed he was also a Doctor for the Socceroos (Australian National Soccer Team), and with my love of football this was pure gold.

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