I visited Dublin again in 2016 to experience some of the centenary events commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, Ireland’s bloody six-day armed insurrection by Irish republicans against British rule. Click here to read my story in the Otago Daily Times or if too big for your screen, try the online version.
Back in July 2016 my wife Yvonne Fogarty and I were interviewed by Bryan Crump on his “Nights” programme – Travel Odysseys. To hear this entertaining story, click here.
The Otago daily Times asked me to write a short piece for their “Best day of My Life” column in their weekend magazine The Mix. Find it here
“White smoke poured into the cabin of the A320 Airbus” – All part of my trip to Indonesia. Check out what happened next at this link
Here’s a link to a piece of mine that appeared on the London based website New Zealand Studies Network (UK and Ireland) back in October 2013 where I stated a case for the honouring of NZ writer Dan Davin in the Writers Walk in Dunedin’s Octagon. Well, after passing the hat around his friends and receiving a grant from the Alexander McMillan Trust, I’m pleased to announce that the plaque for Davin has been cast and will be unveiled at a special Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival event on 8th May 2015.
Here’s a previously published piece of mine based on a childhood memory of “madness” that takes a journey inside Auckland’s former Oakley Mental Hospital. Under the tab Published Pieces, click on Descent into “madness” – tale of an unquiet mind.
Ralph Hotere, one of New Zealand’s greatest artists died in February 2013. My personal tribute to him appeared in an article I wrote for the magazine Tui Motu – InterIslands in its June 2013 edition. To read it, click on the above title listed under the tab ‘Published Pieces’
The Dunedin branch of the NZ China Friendship Society has taken an interest in my “Friendship First, Competition Second” story and has featured it in their newsletter. To see it on the Dunedin website, click here.
Interest in the Shanghai story has come from a couple of table tennis sources. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has a special news item on it. Click here.
See the look of concentration and determination captured on Yvonne’s face.
Table Tennis New Zealand has also posted a link to the story on their website.