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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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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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Baby Blur

It’s funny how this game of life works. On Monday 7 March we discovered at work the homeless guy Jeff that lived in the car park had passed away (you can read my 2015 blog called Jeff here). Some of the guys in the office had a real soft spot for him. Thankfully his children were tracked down and were there when he passed, despite not seeing each other for ten years.

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5 Historic Sydney Hospitals

Sydney Eye Hospital (Woolloomooloo)

The current Sydney Eye Hospital sits next to Parliament House on Macquarie Street but it’s former site used to call Woolloomooloo home. The V-shaped pale building oozes character and still stands proudly despite the modern luxury developments that have sprouted around it.

In it’s debut year 3000 patients presented at the Casualty Department of the ophthalmic hospital and by 1981 it hit 75,000. Before it became a hospital it had multiple uses such as a coffee palace, hotel and allegedly as a brothel.

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NYC: Soup for the Soul

As much as our New York trips are fairly indulgent, for some time I wanted to try some volunteering. Mental health is a very personal passion of mine and the link with the most basic provisions in life and homelessness is fairly strong.

I heard or read some time ago from an innocuous quote based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that humans only really need Shelter, Sustenance (food & water) and Love (or Sex, depending on how primal you believe we are).

Everything else above this is a bonus and are just “things” we covet that provide no long-term emotional benefit.

I thankfully get to go home every night to a warm, welcoming home with food and an extended family that would have us there with them no matter what.

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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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Hair of the Doc: Craft Beer to SVT’s

It should have been like any other Thursday in Sydney. You know Friday is coming, autumn is in full swing but the weather is still decent. Despite an unhealthy dose of man-flu, I’m fighting, or at least pretending, to be as fit as I could be.

A good friend of mine and former work colleague had invited me for a bite and a beer with him and a Doctor he has known professionally and personally. I should have crawled into bed but I had a feeling I could not miss this.

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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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Wilcox: Leading the North Shore’s quest for food & drink excellence

Having been open just a couple of months the buzz is well and truly surrounding Cammeray’s favourite new haunt Wilcox.

The small bar is exactly that, a narrow space that somehow fits the world and its family in relative comfort. The space is utilised to perfection with a cocktail bar that screams Manhattan followed by a cosy kitchen tucked into the left-hand side that we barely noticed, all resting on a seriously solid dark oak floor. Copper is used to accent the slate black tables but also the wait staff’s water jugs.

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Hug Life: Changing Men One Hug At A Time

I had been meaning to tell this story for a while and as I sit on honeymoon in Mexico by the pool there was ample time to do so. Furthermore two articles that appeared on my Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds over the past week or so made this piece even more relevant. Click on the links below and ideally read them first. The first article came with the “revelation” that Hollywood actor James Franco posted a “selfie” photo on Instagram of him “cuddling” up to a male friend in bed (excuse the excessive use of speech marks). The second article was from news sharing and blogging site sensation The Huffington Post; somehow concluding 93% of men admitted cuddling with another guy (I have no idea of who, where and how many men they asked).

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Australian State Football: New South Wales

New South Wales is most populated state in Australia and home to Sydney, the official birthplace of football in the nation. Introduced to the state in the late 19th Century the game had a stunted development until the aftermath of World War Two and mass shift of Europe’s population. At an amateur level the game has been a phenomenon in a state largely preoccupied with the oval ball and it is by far the most participated sport. There are a number of regional leagues and two ‘state level’ leagues in New South Wales including the Northern New South Wales State League, but naturally the most high profile is the division concentrated around the Sydney and outer-Sydney region, the core subject of this profile.

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