Times of Travel: Liffey Falls

Type: Hike, out and backDistance: 8km (6km + optional 2km)Time: 2 – 3 hours Difficulty: EasyLocation: Liffey Falls State Reserve, Tasmania Liffey Falls track is a short, easy walk, following an old 1900s logging tramway, in Liffey Falls State Reserve, Tasmania. It’s a 45 minute drive (50km) from the centre of Launceston, the closest cityContinue reading “Times of Travel: Liffey Falls”

Is my vote a game to you?

Politics – Is there a more polarising subject? The word democracy comes from an amalgamation of the Greek words, ‘demos’, essentially meaning ‘people’, and ‘kratos’, which can be translated to ‘power’. Power to the people! Athens is generally accepted to have housed the first governmental democracy in 508 – 507 BC, although it is thoughtContinue reading “Is my vote a game to you?”

Six weeks of summer

Those six weeks of summer, If I could have you even once anew, Then I could live a lifetime more, Savour sweetly, an everlasting haze, Of moments that came before,We waited with bated breath, School bell let go an animate ring,Precious hands gather hurriedly,As from seats we briskly spring,The school year was over,Summer holiday hadContinue reading “Six weeks of summer”

Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake

Distance: 10km+Elevation gain: 1,072 metresTop elevation: 2,672 metresTime: 5 – 7 hours Difficulty: moderateSummer conditions: December – MayWinter conditions: June – November Location: Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand This overview encompasses the Crater Lake hike, from the Whakapapa side, focussing on my experience during the winter of 2017. The summers hike,Continue reading “Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake”

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Happy Easter. A special day to remember the Easter bunny died for our sins, so we get to eat chocolate, or something. I’m not religious. I do like chocolate eggs though. I don’t get why people still use the old saying; What came first, the chicken or the egg? Isn’t it a bit like religionContinue reading “What came first, the chicken or the egg?”

Nostalgia, it’s a hell of a drug

Whose that pokemon? Its Snorlax! Man, this dude has it figured out. I wish I could sleep like this guy. He’s got the work/life balance down. Shame, I’m more Electrode. Self-destructing. Don’t worry, for those who missed out or couldn’t care less, this post isn’t all about Pokemon. It’s about nostalgia. A celebration of childhood,Continue reading “Nostalgia, it’s a hell of a drug”

What’s the worlds strongest compliment?

When, “looking good hun”, just won’t cut it. I noticed how women sometimes compliment other women by saying they look like a celebrity. I wonder what it’s like to be famous. One side effect is the advancement of an acute sense of UV exposure. I see why celebrities are called stars. There isn’t a glowContinue reading “What’s the worlds strongest compliment?”

Information – how much, is too much?

We live in a society where almost any question can be answered with a few twitches of a finger. Did you know? The Great Pyramid of Giza, completed in around 2560 BCE, originally stood at 146.5 metres in height, and was incredibly, the tallest man made structure in the world for more than a whoppingContinue reading “Information – how much, is too much?”

Polarity

Time goes so fast when you’re having fun,So slow when you’re in pain,I try in vain, To sustain,A smile,The rain,Falls as frigid tears on my windowsill,To feel,The things that cannot heal,Only fester,And rot,A hot,Putrid smell,Of spoilt fruits,Pollutes,My pallet,So I cannot taste the joy of the earth,I birth,A flood,The pane,That holds back the night,Shatters,As I fight,ToContinue reading “Polarity”

Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu De-icing

My knees vibrated like fragile branches under the weight of a squirrel. I ascended the ladder cautiously on our first training run. I was panicking like the fattest pig on slaughter day. Out of my comfort zone from the word “go”. Deep breaths, deep breaths. Squeal. Since when do pigs fly? I perched, frozen inContinue reading “Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu De-icing”

The devil on my shoulder

A poem amount the fragility of mental health, anxiety and depression. Work, work, work away, Get up early, break of day, So little time to play, The devils on my shoulder, Scheming up something malicious, Whispering softly, don’t act suspicious, Turning a kind man into something vicious, The devils on my shoulder, The devils onContinue reading “The devil on my shoulder”

The new normal

Lies fragment lives, can we believe our eyes? Are we witnessing truths demise? Everywhere, bastions rise around serfdom cries Accept and submit? Your liberty dies. Nothing to hide? “Ok” then if our data is spied? Question, who decides of what we see is comprised? Everything we choose freely, a sweet goodbye. Original poem by ©Continue reading “The new normal”

Tip to save time, priority check rhyme

There’s far too much to think about, To fraternise with drama, I’d rather sit and ponder, a little longer, whilst I figure out my dharma, I’m not here to make friends, If I make friends, It’s a bonus, Place less emphasis on what people think, And let what you think of people be the onus.Continue reading “Tip to save time, priority check rhyme”

Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu

Hike, ski, live and be free! How often do you get to ski down the side of an active volcano? No, this isn’t the new James Bond film. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or avid photographer, keen to get some postcard ready snaps, this majestic mountain, as seen above in front of the picturesque ChateauContinue reading “Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu”

Is coffee good for you?

You can probably guess where this is going and where it’s coming from. I love coffee. I drink it even though it stains my teeth and makes me need to poop. Sometimes I drink it because it makes me need to poop. I love the smell (talking about the coffee now…), the taste – itsContinue reading “Is coffee good for you?”

North face of my mind

If I don’t make it back alive, at least I laced my boots and I got out. I may have not quite paved the way, but I’ve walked the road and mapped the route. My name may not be recognised, my story, not regaled, but, I hope those who remember me, can recount a honestContinue reading “North face of my mind”

Friendships made, friendships lost.

A poem I wrote for a friend, who was feeling hurt, whilst finding it difficult to navigate a challenging friendship. Friendships made, friendships lost. Can be thrown away, but at what cost? Many years to form, so quickly gone. So little time I mourn, the friendships done. I don’t need you, if you don’t needContinue reading “Friendships made, friendships lost.”

Coffee and kittens

Bitter coffee, caffeinated thoughts, a living fidget in clothes, happy, distraught, A kitten runs gingerly, the motorway is alive, which way to go, flattened or to survive, I meow into the paper cup, I should stop drinking, I’d have better luck, at stopping thinking. Original poem by © Darius the Mate What is life withoutContinue reading “Coffee and kittens”

Happy chemicals

As covered in my post The dopamine epidemic – dopamine is the feel good chemical, important in influencing motivation. When we experience a taste, touch, sound, or a visual, dopamine travels as a neurotransmitter in the brain, making us feel a pleasurable sensation. It helps us form habits, for better or for worse. Having properlyContinue reading “Happy chemicals”

Times of Travel: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Type: hike Distance: 19.4km Time: 5 – 8 hours Difficulty: moderate (summer) Peak season: November – May Location: Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand Covering 19.4km of the Tongariro National Park – New Zealand’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site -, is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which used to be knowContinue reading “Times of Travel: Tongariro Alpine Crossing”

Times of Travel: Preface

For the last five years, I’ve been travelling, living and working abroad, with my longtime partner in crime – the Bonnie to my Clyde, NeversayNOmad. Together, we’ve toured and explored a modest amount of countries in the continents of Europe, Australasia, North America and Asia, with an endless list of amazing places still left untappedContinue reading “Times of Travel: Preface”

The peace paradigm

Childhood, a finger tip away, to jump and laugh, dream and play. I can almost touch it, yet today, never further, or more astray. Long summer days, they never ended,games came so easy, imagined, pretended. This fortunate generation, no innocence lost, drenched in mud and fire, grateful for the youth, far from the lethal mire.Continue reading “The peace paradigm”

The dopamine epidemic

As touched on in my post Musings, metrics and mentors, d.o.s.e is an acronym for the four main happiness chemicals – dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. The better we know how we work, the better we know when and why were likely to feel these happiness chemicals, and how to influence them. Ever felt thatContinue reading “The dopamine epidemic”

Poems for mourning

A poem for an elderly loved ones passing. Time is a constant, in the end it gets the best of us all, feel sorrow not, you’ll walk, but first you’ll learn to crawl. So, grieve now my child, shed all and be rid of your tears, for I have lived life to the full andContinue reading “Poems for mourning”

Take to the sea

Fruitful endeavours make for positive reflections, Take the first step and self aspire, push yourself in the right direction, Hardships overcome are the foundations of stronger institutions, Give a little more for a more fulfilling contribution, Broadening knowledge by not simply accepting preconceived notions, There may be lands beyond the sea, but first we mustContinue reading “Take to the sea”

Moments

Life is but a moment, would you really remember the day, unless dated and stated and filed away. A flicker in time, so brief is the way that we bounce through existence, not long do we stay. But we aren’t created vacant, there’s ways to be immortalised. We are sentient beings, can think and philosophise.Continue reading “Moments”

Musings, metrics and mentors

Happiness and contentment – how can I get more of both? How can I keep it? (Before you get your hopes up too high, I definitely don’t have all the answers. Unfortunately, theres more debate out there than solutions.) Questions like these, I ask myself ceaselessly. It’s unlikely we’ll ever find definitive answers, especially inContinue reading “Musings, metrics and mentors”

The awareness of things

The Japanese have a phrase which most clearly expresses the melancholic feeling I get when I think about how beautiful the human experience is and yet, how brief. Mono no aware 物の哀れ, もののあはれ – with the closest translation being “the pathos of things”. This emotion, so powerful and yet so subtle, for better or forContinue reading “The awareness of things”

It all starts with a bang

The world is going to end. We’re about 7.5 billion years away from Earth being absorbed into the sun. Humanity, like all other animals that have come before it, will go extinct, joining the 99.9% of preexisting matter in the ether. We are all doomed. I wanted to write on meaning, happiness and fulfilment, whichContinue reading “It all starts with a bang”