Melbourne sacking was inevitable, but it doesn’t make it any less sad

As a little kid in outer suburban Chirnside Park in the late 1970s, I still recall my parents giving me the opportunity to pick the footy team I’d barrack for. Would it be Collingwood, for whom Mr Carthew, across the street, had played? Essendon, the team of my grandfather?   For the full post, please click here to see it on The Armchair Selector.
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Ten things I’ve learned in a week of ‘working from home’

With recent changes to my career, two weeks ago I began the adventure of building my own public affairs consultancy and also developing rapidly The Armchair Selector. Since then, I've learned and reflected on a number of principles for working from home and how to maximise my productivity. Love to hear your experiences and thoughts 1. Wear shoes: It's easy to slouch around in house wear, after all, who will see you? A friend suggested it's good to have shoes on - and the rest follows. My '...
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693 reasons why MTR was always up against it

Melbourne Talk Radio, or MTR 1377, is no longer. The fact that the station hasn't worked is hardly a surprise when you consider that in the Melbourne radio market, history repeats itself. Firstly, let's recognise that as the station closes, people lost their jobs and any reflection about the station isn't about their work or their abilities. This post is about about, well, beating 3AW by trying to sound like 3AW. As history has proven, many have tried - and in my radio listening life (30 plus...
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Reflections on six months back in Melbourne

This week marked six months since I came back to Melbourne, having left the city to move to Canberra 15  years ago (with a three-year stint along the way in wonderful Wellington). As time goes on, I suspect you see things differently; appreciate them more; and reflect on a city that revels in its sport, its laneway cafes, and its endless parks and gardens. Living in the far outer east as I did growing up, going into the ‘city’ was a big deal as a child; and even in those brief years after I le...
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