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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Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison just a kid

It’s a sign of ageing, but Scott Morrison is the first Prime Minister of Australia to be younger than me.

I’ll be 52 in January. Morrison is 50, born in May 1968. If we’d gone to school together I probably wouldn’t have spoken to the kid in the playground, him being

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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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Robert Winthrop

Bigamist and bounder

Bigamist and bounder Robert Winthrop was a gold digger – gold that’s in the ground and women.

Anyone familiar with the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser will see something of his character in the man who fathered at least 18 children across three states in Australia and the two islands

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