James Daniel Gorey write The Boozer's Lament while serving in France

Boozer’s Lament: A poem by James Gorey

The Boozer’s Lament is a poem written by my great-uncle James Gorey during the First World War.

I found it while researching family history in a copy of the Wangaratta Chronicle. He had sent the poem in a letter home to his sister Mary.

It was written sometime in 1916, apparently in

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Journalists should have life experience

Journalists should have life experience.

Does a journalist’s background matter? Not for the individual journalist, reader or listener it doesn’t, but a publishing enterprise benefits from having a diverse group of people. This is even more important today than it was 20+ years ago.

In previous eras, journalists were reporters. Their key

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Alias Grace shows the versatility of Margaret Atwood

Alias Grace was my third Margaret Atwood book after Lady Oracle and Oryx and Crake. What struck me most is how different they all are.

Atwood is a talented author who can switch between genre and eras with evident ease. She also defies labelling.

Alias Grace can’t be pigeon holed as historical

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Michael Gorey has lived almost everywhere in Australia.

I’ve been everywhere man!

I’ve been everywhere man! The map shows the 16 towns and cities I’ve called home through my 51 years on this planet from Gippsland to Queensland.

I don’t remember anything about Warragul because I was a year old when my parents moved from there to nearby Traralgon in 1968.

Warragul is special

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Communications should be at the heart of decision making

Communications should be at the heart of decision making.

My first exposure to local government was reporting council meetings as a cadet journalist in country Victoria during the 1980s. A lot has changed in newspapers and municipal governance since then.

Journalists don’t use typewriters any more and digital cameras have made darkrooms

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Asus C302 Chromebook

Asus C302 Chromebook

I’m writing this on a new Asus C302 Chromebook, which arrived on Wednesday. It’s my first experience with the Chrome operating system, although I’m actually dual booting with the Linux distro, Gallium.

This flexibility offers considerable advantages.

The Chromebook itself is a handy device with a 360-degree hinge which enables

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