Shamans and Sobbing

3am.  After a merciful couple of weeks of half decent sleep the insomnia came back with a vengeance last night.  Having fallen asleep shortly before midnight I woke up a few hours later and laid awake for two hours hoping sleep would come back to me.  It was not to be, so I’ve fired up…

Losing the battles, Winning the War

It’s a funny thing, if you had told me a year ago that I would be writing and publishing my memoirs for all and sundry to read on the internet I would have likely scoffed.  Don’t get me wrong, I had thought about writing a blog long before I actually got round to doing it.  It…

Filler in Manila

I kept my social media entries to a minimum whilst I was away in the Philippines recently, but those on their Instagram game will have seen a couple of stories and posts, enough to know that I was essentially floating around in paradise, eating copious amounts of fried fish, roasted pork and partially developed duck…

The Kids are ALL RIGHT

In my last post I mentioned how I hadn’t been writing as much, partly because I’ve been in the midst of a hot Sydney summer, and partly because I haven’t felt much like writing.  Simples. Towards the end of that last monologue, I made a comment about only writing when I felt like writing.  What…

Homesickness, Hunger, and Bees

I’ll start this by saying; if you haven’t read part one yet, follow this link here  and catch up. Second piece of housekeeping; apologies for keeping you waiting for part 2.  Life flew past in the last two weeks, although it’s not really a justification – especially given the fact I just spent another 4…

Finding Buddha and Back Pain

It was 15:18 as the train pulled out of Sydney Central Station, on it’s way to the Blue Mountains, to the west of the city.  I haven’t taken a train ride in Australia that’s longer than thirty minutes in duration, so this a somewhat interesting journey.  Speeding through Sydney’s outer west you quickly realise not…

Day ? of the Boozeless Xmas

So, here I am on day 18, or maybe it’s day 19.  Sunday 2nd to Thursday 20th – what’s that?  [Counts on his fingers] 19 days sober.  Go me.  Well except I’m not going very far, very quickly.  Why’s that Chris?  I’ll explain… On Monday, I awoke after a mere five hours of sleep.  I…

A #BoozelessXmas Pledge VIDEO

I know, I know!  I said I’d blog every day, but the past two days have been manic at work and I’ve had (sober) stuff on in the evenings.  Sat here now as I type this, it’s been 11 days since I last had a sip.  I’m not showing off by saying this, it hasn’t…

#BoozelessChristmasPledge Day 3-4

The titles of these posts are somewhat misleading, technically this is day 8 and 9, in the sense that it has been that long since I consumed any alcohol.  It’s day 3 & 4 since I made a solemn pledge to give it up until Christmas.  In hindsight I should have just kicked it off…