Archive for February, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day for the 22nd Feb!

February 22, 2010

Maybe click on Chris Tola’s image and read his quote first, then pop back up here…

Remember when Valentine’s Day used to be the day for everyone to send secret love notes to someone who had no idea you had the hots for them?

Call me a cranky old 42-year-old, call me churlish, if you want to you can even call me curmudgeonly, but I believe the whole day was so much better when it was a day to try and start a relationship. Now we’ve all all been sucked in to believing it’s a day for buying jewellery, lingerie and parachute jumps for people we’ve been going out with for decades.

One of the reasons I’m the luckiest bugger in the world is my wife, Allie, agrees. She is English, of course, so the logic of “Well darling, the traditional thing to do would be…” often works (as does her idea that we start our own, “new tradition” of flowers coming within 7 days either side of Valentine’s Day.)

But I love Chris Tola’s quote, because I reckon if you have to wait until Valentine’s Day to get all romantic-like and buy your lover chocolates/roses/a complete set of this years footy cards, you don’t deserve someone as wonderful as them anyway.



What I Wish I Knew about Saying Goodbye

February 16, 2010

This page from What I Wish I Knew about Love (click on the image to read) shows an old friend of mine from University days called Danny Francis. Sadly, he died last night after a brave battle with Mesothelioma.

Dan was a bloke who lived life at twice the speed of the rest of us. A larger than large character who made women swoon, parties come alive, and footy teams play above themselves. He had a ticker so big that anyone who met him then somehow ended up going to that museum in Melbourne to see Phar Lap’s heart, just shook their head and walked away. The big horse was a pea-heart compared to Franger.

When I interviewed Dan, he was incredibly accepting of his fate, and embraced it with a hell of a lot more peace than I would.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be one of his friends invited down to a dinner with him in Bowral, and it was a night to remember. Stories, songs, and a lot of laughter. As always around Dan. While I’m desperately sad he won’t see my wee book – that he was so pleased to be a part of – sitting up proudly in the bookstores, I did get an advance copy and gave it to him at the dinner, and I know he was touched to see his page.

Goodbye Dan, I’ll always remember your generosity of spirit, your relentless energy, and that pirate growl you used to do which clearly said “No Marty, you are not going home yet.”

Much Love


(Obviously we’re going to change the last sentences in the reprint.)

What I Wish I Knew about bloody Peter Sheahan

February 2, 2010

Speaker and best selling author, Peter Sheahan, has released a new book called Making it Happen. Turning Your Good Ideas into Great Results and frankly, it annoyed the pants off me.

Making It Happen

Firstly, because I wish I knew this stuff about 10 years ago when I was starting out as a Stand Up. The chapter on Positioning alone would have been worth tens of thousands of dollars to me back then. As I was reading it, I remembered living in the UK trying to break out get attention as a Comic – half my act was berating the English with a cheeky grin on my face for not realising how great a nation they were – and then the phrase dropped into my head “I’m the Aussie who loves the Poms.” If I had thought of this one tagline when I was living and working in the UK I would have instantly been interviewed by every single whining, moaning newspaper in the land. Instant Stardom.

The second reason I was annoyed is because, like any self-respecting smug male who thinks he understands stuff about how life works, it’s profoundly annoying to see how little I know about Making It Happen. All my success so far seems like dumb luck and persistence when I read this book. Arrgghhh.

As someone who prides himself on packing a lot of valuable info into my What I Wish I Knew books, I can recognise a book that needs to be read a few times to really absorb it. Buy it, read it, summarise it, then read it again.

Congratulations to Peter Sheahan for not holding anything back for the sequel and downloading every bit of info he has on this into a tremendous book. As Molly Meldrum would say “Do yourself a favour.”