To the Point…

Posted on 29th Dec 2012 by ian under Health | No Comments »

Had dinner last night with an old friend, Brian Newington.  Brian self-injects three times a day for diabetes.  Through trial, error and research, he found a method that was relatively pain and bruise-free. Thought it may be of interest to insulin or Copaxone users.  Here’s Brian’s story: +++ My blood sugar reading was 18.5 and the doctor shook his head and said, “Well its looks like the oral medication is …read more


Urban Effigies

Posted on 20th Dec 2012 by ian under Random | No Comments »

I have an MSer mate in Florida and we share a passion for words and a dislike for walking without a purpose.  I have never been able to walk around the same block for the sake of walking around the block.  New block and it’s a different thing.  Anyway, Maureen likes walking on beaches but even that can become a little ho-hum… and she has started collecting beach trash and …read more


As We Like It – Sydney Shakespeare

Posted on 18th Dec 2012 by ian under Theatre | No Comments »

Time for much ado about something because the Sydney Shakespeare Festival returns in 2013. On Thursdays to Sunday nights from January 17 to February 24, Sydney’s harbour provides a spectacular backdrop for special productions of Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. Pack a picnic, grab your friends and head to Bicentennial Park in glebe for a night of theatrical magic. In fact, why not make it two …read more


AJ Hackett Bungy Cairns

Posted on 14th Dec 2012 by ian under Attractions, Travel Tales | No Comments »

Got to sample Australia’s one & only bungy last weekend – AJ Hackett in Cairns.  Well, I didn’t sample it, I let my 16yo daughter climb the 196 steps to the man-made platform perched 50m (164 feet) above the wee pond. It is a slick little operation with an energetic, welcoming team and a very cool vibe.  Music pumps, the big screen videos are showing the thrills, there is a …read more


Cairns Postcard #1

Posted on 12th Dec 2012 by ian under Travel Tales, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Flying to Cairns makes you realise that this is a Very Big Country.  It’s only a bit over two hours from Brisbane but both cities are in the same state.  Lovely flight with the newly branded Virgin Australia in a 737-800 that was so new it still smelt like Suzi Quatro’s wardrobe.  It had the business class modification and, as always, a welcoming friendly crew. Thinking of Qantas’s recent woes, …read more


Going to Cairns

Posted on 4th Dec 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

I’m off to the tropics in the morning – in summer – could be a big MiStake – we’ll see – but timing is right.  There are four Rydges hotels/resorts and we start local blogs in January so need to check out the neighbourhood… subtext, unforced research for Cane & Able and a new project, Cairns Disabled Travel, plus staying Friday night at Rydges managed Reef House Boutique Resort & …read more


Musings on Maui

Posted on 3rd Dec 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

One of the upsides to having this infuriating disease is meeting like-minded travellers – those on both the MS journey and those getting out and exploring the world.  One such journeyman is Andy from Canada, who has written about one of his favorite spots on the planet, the island of Maui in Hawaii… More on Andy here… and more on Hawaii here. +++ I like Maui because it’s easy to …read more