Welcome to On the Record, which is my personal website and a place for some witty rants large and small about Australia, our 21st century lives, my home city of Canberra, history and Doctor Who.
When someone suggested I think about blogging the words “indulgent”, “what will I say” and “where will I find the time’’ came to mind but finally – in a Risky Business style what the (…ffff. family audience) type mood – I was persuaded that it might be time to put a few things on the record to explain an eclectic and eccentric world view built from decades of reading, arguing with people in pubs, having managed to join and leave both major political parties in the space of a few years, having spent over a decade watching the paint peel off the walls from inside of government and then fleeing into the arms of the community.
It is in the end the combined result of having read far too many books and an eruption of desire to write something original and connect with public conversations after 15 years recycling words and writing other peoples briefs.
Australia is a great place but I think we could be even better. We’ve dodged a few bullets but also opted for the mundane, the mediocre and a place of safety rather than taking the big decisions and reaching for the sky. Even our progressive dialogues manage to behave in a conservative way and has become stuck in a groove or moral relativism and a reluctance to acknowledge the things we do well and embrace change. At the other end, there are dark and gruesome forces which can only see backwards and delight in confusion and error.
In the end it is reason, passion and optimism that wins out and what could be more optimistic than Doctor Who – my lifelong obsession with this whirling, magical, multi-genre story that managed to completely reinvent itself for the 21st Century. Always fresh, always new. Like this site. Hopefully. Unless we’ve planted some virus that will deactivate your back button and leave you stuck here forever (tripping over your scarf in a recursion, like the one in Meglos).
Thanks for visiting and I hope you find something here worth reading.