a picture my son drew of a wave on a beach

The Thundering ­Typhoons

The Thundering Typhoons
The Thundering Typhoons was a local band from when I was a teenager.

The old mp3s in this post have been kicking around my hard-drives for decades. Have a listen, I think they are pretty great.

Johnny I Hardly Knew Yah, a brilliant song …
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Plans Destroy ­Dreams

Winnie and I out running on a dirt track outside Broken Hill
When did my plans become excuses for inaction?

At Wendron Primary School in the 1970s we would be sent outside for our breaks. Sheltering from the drizzle beneath the playground crabapple tree we would play Tiggy.

To play we would first work out a plan. Like crows and jackdaws us …

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Boat Shopping… ­still

tagged with: #sailing #plans

I have been getting a lot of emails of yachts for sale. Maybe the used boat market is more active at the moment. The Clansman’s are my favourites but I also like the Viking 30’s (like this one) and this Herreshoff H28 looks fancy.

FreeRangeSailing's Clansman
Troy and Pascals’ Mirrool …
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State of ­Mind

tagged with: #reading #thots #travel
Gurdjieff wearing a fez
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

I have been slowly replacing the rotten timbers on our front veranda. Broken Hill summer is making the work hot and cooking my brain. It has been especially warm in the afternoons. Yesterday I escaped to the couch with the swampy cooling the house and watched Gurdjieff …

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Thought ­Shepherd

tagged with: #meta

I ditched the idea of comments on my website years ago. I did not want to be the shepherd of other peoples thoughts, it was none of my business.

John Constable Cloud Study circa 1822
John Constable’s thoughts often drifted to clouds

The years have rolled by and I have reconsidered… perhaps sometimes it is …

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Thursday

tagged with: #boats #thots

I just read this article by a chap called Connor Jackson about sailing his little Contessa 26 from Fiji to Australia. He had already sailed most of the way in a 31ft Hunter.

That is all I have to say about that.

In other news I added ChrisJacks 2014 blog …

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Biking

A map showing the Far Western NSW with the United Kingdom overlayed to give a sense of scale
If Cardiff was plonked onto Broken Hill along with the rest of the UK.
Credit

I know I am struggling when, like in a recent post, I start writing lots of lists.
This post started as a list of bicycle rides around Australia. I quickly concluded that I could instead …

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Busy ­Planning

tagged with: #meta

It just occurred to me after writing that last post how much of this blog is about thinking about what I’m going to do.

When I actually do stuff I don’t write it up on the blog because I’m busy doing it.
I suppose we can only …

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2024 Bike ­Trip

tagged with: #bicycle #plans

Like many armchair travellers when not thinking about sailing I’m thinking about cycling. Looking ahead to 2024 is no different.

UPDATE 30/12/24

I have long considered doing the Mawson Trail but have prevaricated for many reasons, mainly because I am a social chap and shy away from …

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Word ­Stew

tagged with: #meta

Feck me that last post was smug. I am embarrassed. Me at my dullest… old and worrying about money, sheesh.
… but er, this blog has always been full of posts I am ashamed of. I just leave them there to remind me to stop being such an idiot.

For a …

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Money Update ­2023

tagged with: #money
Titian's paintng of Sisyphus lugging that eternal rock up that eternal hill
Is the rock getting lighter or am I about to drop it again?

It has been over three years since I posted about money. There is a reason for that. Like many of us I have an uncomfortable relationship with the stuff. I did a series of posts to try …

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