The F..t From Hell

My daughter Jessica and her boyfriend Mitch got the cutest little Staffie pup 10 months ago. He’s mainly grey/white with bits of black, his name is Odis and loves people especially his owners. However, in a relatively short time on this planet he has up built an impressive resume of things he has demolished, in […]

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Billy Joel and Me

Before I start this short story I must make it clear that I’ve never met Billy Joel in person, he doesn’t know I exist. Maybe you’re thinking “So, why should I read this stuff then?” Who is this John van whoever, and what’s all this going to do for me? What I’m about to tell you […]

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I’m Full of It, Really!!

Bob stood out in the crowd at the Qantas arrivals lounge, from a sheilas point of view he was probably tall, dark and handsome. To me he looked, “no worries, a well fed, real friendly looking yankee bloke” Bob had come all the way to OZ from the US to conduct Teacher Training workshops in […]

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What’s More Valuable Time Or Money?

It’s a weird one, we need both, but which one is more important? Neither really!? We need Time to make Money right? and we need Money to make the most of our precious Time here on earth. Someone famous once said, ‘Money’s not everything, but it’s right up there with Oxygen.’ Our opportunity to make […]

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The Old Man Swims The Lake

This is a story about having a goal, determination and intestinal fortitude.(guts) When I was in grade 6 we lived in a small town called Barmera, on the edge of Lake Bonney in the Riverland, South Australia, an district famous for grapes and oranges. We had a dog called Shadow, a turtle called Speedy and […]

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A Gig In The Middle Of Nowhere

Going back to the 90’s I was playing in a duo called “The Johns Brothers”. People used to ask us if we were related, but we weren’t, we both happened to be named John so we thought we’d come up with a pretty cool name…The Johns Brothers….rolls right off the tongue…ok maybe not? We had a […]

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