A few years ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about having been a World War One wire cutter on the Western Front.
To be fair, I do have an insatiable fascination for trench warfare and consume books, articles and movies on the topic. I imagine how a soldier, stuck in the equivalent of hell on…Read More
Recently, I supervised an IT class where the students (all girls) were studying robotics.
Unfortunately, the robots were locked in a cupboard.
My set of keys did not fit the lock, nor did those of another staff member. I concluded the cupboard could not be opened and the class would have to do…Read More
In the late 80s and early 90s Donald Trump, entrepreneur, media star and now presidential candidate, had his own airline. It was called the Trump Shuttle and flew between New York, Boston and Washington.
At the time, Trump dominated the American landscape. He even had his own building, The Trump Tower, and naturally wanted his…Read More
In a recent interview, Ford acknowledged that his long and successful acting career began with Han Solo, the space mercenary in Star Wars, and that “I was basically not out of work again for about 40 years.”
Yet he wasn’t always so happy to be associated with the character.
In fact, he became…
Dear Eric Bana,
A lot of Australian actors are doing well in Hollywood.
Sadly, you’re not one of them.
You could blame agents, co-stars, directors, scripts and publicists for your fate.
Or you could face an inconvenient truth: no-one likes your movies.
If you don’t believe me, check out Rotten Tomatoes.
Closed Circuit 43%
The Time Traveler’s Wife 38%
Careers are temperamental things.
Ambition can easily turn to apathy when a promotion never eventuates, a pay rise is quickly spent, a co-worker gets all the credit, or you’re mired in routine.
The best option is to change course and try again. Until the same thing happens and your career once again hits the skids.
“Where’s the hope?” my friend Dave asks as we drive through plantations of recently felled trees. Piles of twisted branches lie scattered across hectares of landscape; a mass grave of rotting wood.
Hope is quickly fading for Tasmania’s old-growth forests. Until recently, logging was a dying industry, facing extinction like the Tasmanian…Read More
According to today’s news reports, Julie Bishop, the Liberal Government’s diminutive foreign minister, has more support as a future PM than former favourite — the heavy set but now lightweight — Treasurer Joe Hockey.
I’m reminded of the occasion I once met Julie Bishop and her Liberal Party colleagues. At the time, I was working at…Read More
Jacqui Lambie was once a soldier in the Australian army and this feisty warrior woman is now a senator with the controversial Palmer United Party.
Senator Lambie receives a lot of negative media attention, particularly since she said on local radio that her ideal man must be “well hung.” This is not the sort of language we…Read More
Recently, I applied for a customer service job with a large corporation and was shocked by how much effort it takes to secure the simplest of jobs these days. It’s farcical.
In 1979, I applied to be a clerical assistant with this same corporation, although in those days it was a…Read More
One of my media students refers to Rupert Murdoch as a human jerky because his leathery, lined skin looks like a strip of dried beef.
But looks matter little when it comes to Mr Murdoch and a new book called Hack Attack by Nick Davies, the journalist who exposed the phone hacking scandal in…Read More
I’m reading Robert Green’s The 48 Laws of Power, a contemporary Machiavelliean manifesto.
Written in 1998, it was an instant New York Times bestseller and remains a favourite of American rappers and the business community.
Its premise is that powerful people follow a set of rules and Green examines history’s adept players and the consequences for those who aren’t.
For instance, take the story…Read More
Herewith the ongoing saga of Ms Carmen Neutral’s increasingly surreal and distinctly literary job search.
When I attend my monthly visit with Mr Darcy, my thoughts are far from jobseeking.
It’s a day of steamy mid 40 degree celsius heat. And all I can think about is my gainfully employed older sibling’s plans to…Read More
It is not surprising people exaggerate or lie about their skills.Read More
I so want it to be him.Read More
Hiring freelancers sounds like a good idea until you try it.Read More
Working from home has a sunny side and a dark side.Read More
It’s 12.25pm and I’ve given two hugs today. Three if I count my dog.
I need to give five more.
This is because hugging floods me with oxytocin.
And if I hug you — or your dog — it will boost your oxytocin too.
Your health will improve. Your mood will improve.
I know this because Dr Paul…Read More
Being ravaged by a Viking is on my to do list.Read More
The media industry is in much worse shape than I’d thought.Read More