If it's old world charm you're after, or you simply fancy yourself as being a little bit posh, I highly recommend drinking in hotel bars. To be clear, I'm not referring to the tragically grim bars found in 3-star hotels around the world, filled with dusty bottles of Johnny Walker Red Label. I'm talking about… Continue reading Drinking in hotel bars is to be commended
The general consensus seems to be that self-driving cars are inevitable, that the barriers are technical rather than epistemologicical. I suspect that the widespread use of self-driving cars may mark the end of an era of post-war culture and society. A self-driving car that requires no human operators will undoubtedly be safer, more reliable, and… Continue reading Driverless vehicles
The coming of the internet age is killing a lot of things – terrestrial TV, record shops, irony. Most are unmourned, replaced by something more accessible or simply better. But I contend that as yet there is no serious replacement for the analogue pleasure of the postcard. I grew up in an age where international… Continue reading Postcards are to be commended
I am not a water person. My parents will attest to this: decades of swimming lessons, panic at being forced to jump in the deep end and the humiliation of school swimming sports have all left their scars on my psyche.
There's a lot to like about churches. By that I mean the buildings, not the ethically compromised trans-national bureaucracy of men with funny hats. I'd also further clarify by saying that I'm referring to churches with a bit of age on them, the ones that refer back to mediaeval times, even if they're not quite… Continue reading Churches are to be commended
Ultimately, a lot of medicine is about understanding flow. Blood through vessels, air through bronchioles, water across membranes, electrolytes through cellular gates, neurotransmitters across the synaptic cleft. If you can understand the flow, especially if you can gain an instinctive feel for it, a lot of things start to make sense.
Public holidays in Victoria are a confusing mess. They give people an extra day off (which is nice), but strange and contradictory dates have accreted over the years. While no-one would suggest that we have fewer holidays, perhaps we should reorganise them a bit to make them more reflective of contemporary life in this State.… Continue reading Public Holidays
Some lessons learned from lifting in my gym every day
The garage gym is dead. Long live the garage gym. I've moved house recently, and my new dwelling does not feature a garage. I've been forced to find other ways of training and it's been an interesting experiment. Before I moved I'd just completed 2 cycles of 5/3/1 with great success (lifetime PR on the… Continue reading The garage gym is dead
People hunger for the heroic. Not the high achiever (necessarily), but the person who can peer behind the veil, if only a little bit, and understand the universe more deeply. We forgive that person anything because they are more than we are. Instead we're stuck with movie stars, athletes and politicians, who we invest with… Continue reading Heroes