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| With credit where credit's due to Jack Judge and Henry James "Harry" Williams |

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May 22, 2019

[Image: Self Reflected in White Light | © Greg Dunn]

I've recently found myself involved in a project focused on the neurosciences and some of the amazing world–leading work being undertaken in this field at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).

Now every project I involve myself in has to be something I strongly believe in, and I certainly believe in the importance of rapid advances in the neurosciences – not least bec...

February 4, 2017

[Image: Eric Plumpton, 'The Chair' on Red Pike, The Lake District | 04/01/1985]

A month ago I journeyed back to England to say my final farewells to one of the most inspiring individuals it has been my privilege in life to know – my Father.

As devastating as his death was – still is – for me, I've found myself reflecting more and more over the last month on what a truly full and adventurous life he led for his 83...

June 6, 2016

[Image: Tolosa in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan | © John Javellana]

Alluding to tempests seems particularly apt as coverage of storms rampaging down East Coast Australia knock a submarine Paris off Australia's front pages. And, yes, I know one–off natural events such as these have happened in years gone by, but they continue to happen with increasing frequency and ferocity: remarkably just as cli...

December 23, 2015

['If one of us falls, we all fall' | Abraham Valdés, Mexico | Image: Connect4Climate]

After spending the best part of the last 5 years focusing solely on Climate Change, earlier this year I found myself stepping back a little and looking at (and working on) some of the other challenges we humans are facing.

That's not to say a considerable amount of my time isn't still spent on climate change - it is - but I know mysel...

September 4, 2015

[Re-imagining the future]

Sometimes life as a solo consultant is everything I want it to be. Challenging, inspiring, fulfilling - and flexible enough to let me build my life with my wife and two (very) young daughters around it.

Other times - normally after the clock has struck about 1:00am - it's anything but.

I work on challenging projects - by choice - and that means I often get to see too many of the issues that fac...

July 22, 2015

[Icelandic River Series | Andre Ermolaev ] 

As I came out of stable employment and daughter number 2 arrived, I was incredibly fortunate to have the chance to step back and remind myself about the breathtaking beauty of our planet and why it's worth fighting so hard to find a better way for humanity to exist here.

As part of this period of taking stock, I also re-discovered the work of an amazing Russian photographer w...

July 12, 2015

 [The Rock of Cashel | County Tipperary]

'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' started out as just a holding title for this blog. But having lived with it for a while, I can't see it changing any time soon!

A slightly odd choice I know, but it's oddness is probably one of the reasons I liked it in the first place. That along with its optimistic tone and the sense that, although it's a long way to get there, given mine an...

July 2, 2015

[Astronaut Footprints on the Moon | Detlev Van Ravenswaay]

Our second child arrived in April.

Reason enough for pause and reflection and, like the arrival of our first, a life-affirming and life-changing moment wrapped up in one.

As this unfolded, I found myself faced with a decision on the slightly more mundane matter of my livelihood. For many years a loyal employee - albeit one taking a slighty less well-travell...

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