Local inPhormation

I’m no Tokyo virgin. I’ve been there a bit over the years. The first time I went, I was that wide-eyed guy with the camera, the phrase book and the …

Seeing Land From Above

Clear thoughts happen when you’re flying places. That cliché about taking a helicopter view of your life is real. Issues that seem like insurmountable barriers from below tend to shrink …

Queenslanderrr!!

You’re an idiot, Minon. You can’t live in a house like that. It’s not suited to our climate and anyway, the local approvals officer will have a coronary or a …

A Man’s Cave

So here’s the thing. A man’s home is meant to be his castle. Well, it is for people like my neighbors in Hamilton. They seem to be engaged in a …

Steve Stadium

Dear Arne Jacobsen. Dear Charles and Ray Eames. Dear Le Corbusier. I’m leaving you. Goodbye. Though I appreciate your looks, hell, everybody down at the reproduction shop does anyway; I’m …

Privacy Out The Window

There’s a thing called the pre-1946 rule in Brisbane. The town planners use it. To approve a development, they often refer to an aerial photograph taken of Brisbane in 1946, …

A Bridge Too Far?

Before we go too far, let’s take a step back, to a time when I was happy and accommodating others’ opinions. As an escape from the compromises of loved up …

The Beginning

Ok, so this is how it happened. I got selfish. There’s no other way to describe how I arrived at this moment in time. I have good reasons to be …