Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race – vantage points for the starting gun!

Start of Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

If you’re in Brisbane at Easter time and the spectacle of hundreds of racing yachts is something that rings your bells, then get on board the MV Lady Brisbane and get up close for this annual boating event. Brisbane Cruises, hosts this annual cruise where passengers can enjoy the race from a great position near […]

The stately lady of the Brisbane River – Lady Brisbane.

How many businesses can you think of who have done the same thing for 37 years, expanded, contracted, expanded again, employed 100 people, suffered flood losses, returned to business, pivoted, and all while maintaining timber vessels? Brisbane Cruises Pty Ltd is one such company. Having divested itself of the Kookaburra River Queens who went on […]

World’s first global virtual festival – and it’s a hot one!

Global Chilli Fest is coming! With event organisers all over the globe reeling from the ever-tightening grip of COVID-19-related cancellations, it’s hard to keep a calm head. People all over the world are facing business ruin or, at the very least, extreme hardship, with incomes just vanishing overnight. Amongst this cohort are the small businesses, […]

When poor management becomes bullying.

Recently, a good friend of mine has been experiencing a long stint of being bullied by her two managers in the Public Service. The first manager was acting in a managing position above my friend, who used to manage her. The manager above this person has been wreaking havoc for a few years. Now things […]

Beyond Blue on Blue in Bulimba

Did you know that musicians are 10 times more likely to suffer mental health issues? Did you know that 70% of musicians say that they have suffered from anxiety or depression? The following excerpts from an internet article lay bare the traps of the music industry: “When I was in One Direction,my anxiety issues were huge, […]

Get your chilli on, Brisbane!

Briz Chilli Fest supports Cystic Fibrosis Queensland. As the organiser of Brisbane’s first Chilli Festival – BrizChilli Fest – on Sunday 10th June,2018, I am rapidly discovering a whole new world of culinary quirkiness out there! The festival is a foray into that peculiar and particular gastronomic delight that is the hot chilli pepper. Thanks […]

When the escalator stops…..

How does it makes you feel? I’m always amazed at how a simple thing like a non-rolling escalator can suddenly throw you completely off-balance and make you feel really weird. It got me to thinking about life and how we cope when things suddenly change or stop working the way they should. It could be […]

Choosing a Diary……what’s the secret?

“Buy diary” it said on my to-do list.  Such a simple-sounding task, right? Wrong. My local stationery store dedicated one side of a long aisle to the mysterious process of diary-selection.  As I arrived to tackle this task, there was already one other young woman looking confused and tired in her quest for the perfect […]

Got a Minute to Lose?

As I left my mechanic’s workshop at 8.15am having dropped off my car for a service, I walked calmly across the driveway of the adjacent service station, wondering what I’d do next – sit at the local coffee shop and wait, or hike back up the hill to my house nearby.   Suddenly, I felt a […]

Go Fearlessly Forward

As I sit here one hour early  In the school hall of my only child, my son of 17 years, for his year 12 graduation ceremony, I have ample time to reflect on the years that have flown by, have swallowed up a little boy and churned out a young man. Th first six  years […]