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Category: Life

September 15, 2018

TEDxQUT - Thanks everyone

TEDxQUT ... WOW! What an experience. I must thank so many people: Caitlin and Emily, a wonderful organisation team and a very smooth event. Well done. Karyn and Jan, writing and performance coaches, this would have been an incoherent ramble... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:08 PM | Comments (0)

August 20, 2018

Week 7 update - sigh ...

At least the pattern is becoming increasingly clear - what I'm planning to do its largely getting lost behind day jobs and distractions (there's a song in that!). Feels like I have barely done a musical thing since this began... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:58 PM | Comments (0)

August 17, 2018


Vale Aretha! One of the greatest voices ever and an artist of class and integrity. You will be missed but never forgotten, Queen of Soul. And your contributions to the Blues Brothers were awesome and made the movies even more... More
Posted by Huge at 9:36 AM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2018

Week 6 update - TEDxQUT time ...

You might have noticed that a fair bit of my time has been taken up with an "other" activity. It's not actually part of my musical or day job roles, but it's very important to me and will hopefully gain... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

August 8, 2018

Week 5 update - not happy, Jan!

Lots of Day Job activity this week. Serious amounts of marking and so on. Plus a little family time due to a funeral and more footy. Also had a big chunk taken up on my special "Other" project, which I... More
Posted by Huge at 7:05 PM | Comments (0)

July 31, 2018

Proud dad moment

I usually try to keep my family out of this blog and focus on the music industry stuff that matters - but I just have to gush for a minute. Last Sunday my son Eddie played for the wonderful West... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:24 AM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2018

Week 4 - day job blues

This week the day job requirements started in earnest. Tutorials to attend, marking to do already ... dominant. This was, of course, exected, but it's still mildly annoying. Far too much blue in this picture: Still, that's what's paying the... More
Posted by Huge at 12:05 PM | Comments (0)

July 23, 2018

Week 3 update - slow but steady

Last week went a little better from the point of view of my ability to predit what would happen and manage my time accordingly. Tuesday was nearly spot on, Thursday pretty close ... the rest not even: Of course, the... More
Posted by Huge at 11:46 AM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2018

Week 2 update

Week 2 went a lot like week 1 - lots of intended things didn't happen. Hope this doesn't become a pattern, though perhaps it tells a story ... Here's what the week looked like: Lots of hours on day job... More
Posted by Huge at 7:47 PM | Comments (0)

July 15, 2018

Week 1 of the new enterprise - mixed results

One of the key complaints among independent musicians is the lack of time they have to do what needs to be done. I was pondering this - and the counter-argument that there's plenty of time but people don't manage it... More
Posted by Huge at 12:51 PM | Comments (0)

December 10, 2017

CD Launch today!

OK, so "Alive and Alone" has been written, recorded, mixed, mastered, duplicated, and promoted. Today is the big launch party at Bellbowrie Tavern! Here's the flyer I bashed together to promote it: Cute, huh! I came up with that hook... More
Posted by Huge at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)

December 8, 2017

At last! Marriage equality ...

Congratualations to the Australan Parliament for finally doing what we all knew the a majority of the Australian people have wanted for some time - allowing Same Sex Marriage. This is wonderful development that will improve the mental health of... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:42 AM | Comments (0)

September 6, 2015

What's been happening?

OK, so it's been far too long since I updated this site about general things. Much has happened that will be detailed in following posts, but here's a quick run-down on the status quo: I have a girlfriend. Sue. She's... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:25 PM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2014

Woodford Folk Festival 2013/14 review

This year I had the great honour and priviledge to gain a spot as a Stage Manager at the Woodford Folk Festival, one of the biggest live music events in the world. I was initially appointed to Bill's Bar, which... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:49 PM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2014

New year, new perspectives, renewed focus

I'm not one for new years resolutions. I take the view that there's no resolution I can make on new years day that I couldn't have made on any earlier day. Life and success are about strategic evolution and constant... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:12 PM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2013

Alive and Alone - and slow

You might have noticed by now that I've stopped posting about the Alive and Alone recordings. That's because I burned out badly (literally) trying to record in my house in the heat, then turn up to work feeling refreshed. Also,... More
Posted by Huge at 5:12 PM | Comments (0)

August 14, 2011

Technical difficulties

OK, so I bought this really expensive PC because the salesman assured me that his company only used the best quality components and it came with a great warranty. Most expensive upgrade EVER and the ONLY one that has ever... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:45 PM | Comments (2)

July 3, 2011

Next chapter

Well, I've been absent from this blog for far too long. What I've been doing, however, has (hopefully) set up the next chapter of my life, which will see a lot more action around here. At long last, the PhD... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:01 PM | Comments (0)

How to succeed at anything

"Champions just work harder, practice longer; they are tougher, more resilient and more focused than the average performers; and they are relentless in pursuing their dreams." - Phil "Gus" Gould. Taken from this article about Darren Lockyer. He's talking about... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:58 AM | Comments (0)

February 3, 2011

Huge's January Review

Well, 2011 is not off to the start I had expected! Floods, cyclones, dead websites, lost mobile phones ... still no PhD ... can we start again, please? :-) Special thoughts go out to Tah Phrum Duh Bush, who came... More
Posted by Huge at 5:50 PM | Comments (0)

October 14, 2010

Who was that masked surgeon?

This Dr is part of the team that saved my father's life from a malicious and malignant tumour. This incident and interview are further evidence of her composure and unassuming nature. Possibly the greatest tribute a surgeon can be given... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:24 AM | Comments (0)

October 13, 2009

The nature of love

Great quote from an interview with my buddy Derek Sivers: If you think love needs to look like “Romeo and Juliet”, you’ll overlook a great relationship that grows slowly. This is so true, and particularly pertinent to my own recent... More
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October 2, 2009

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... for the victims of the Samoan tsunami and their families. And for those affected by the earthquakes in Sumatra.... More
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June 22, 2009

Goal 1 down. Goal 2 just beginning ...

Well, last weekend I played touch for NTRA QLD over-35s against NSW in Coffs Harbour. This was the achievement of the first physical goal I set myself at the start of the year. Actually, we smashed NSW in both games:... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

March 31, 2009

Accurate sarcasm ...

Just read this little snippet from Techdirt, which notes that since the German School shooting a lot of people, including a Police Chief, have called for a ban on violent video games - citing a link between them and school... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:53 PM | Comments (0)

February 9, 2009

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... for the victims of the bushfires in Victoria and their families.... More
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February 5, 2009

Another one down

I have just submitted my third article to First Monday for review. This gives me three submissions, which is the minimum for my PhD. My first has been accepted and is due for publication in the middle of this year;... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2009

Understanding women

"Hellboy: When a woman’s mad about something but she’s really mad about something else – you can’t ask because then they get angry 'cause you had to ask." I watched Hellboy II last night and this quote is particularly pertinent... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:04 AM | Comments (0)

December 21, 2008

10,000 hours = 3 years?

Chris Anderson, always a guy who can be counted on for an interesting thought, has just suggested people need to change jobs every 3 years. He then equates this, through some fairly tendentious maths, to Malcolm Gladwell's "it takes 10,000... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:39 AM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2008

OK, So I've been missing a lot recently ...

That's for a bunch of reasons, mostly to do with the end of my marriage and resulting stresses on my family, but also to do with my PhD (lack of progress) and other work things. I'll save the details for... More
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May 14, 2008

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... for the victims of the earthquake in China.... More
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May 7, 2008

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For the victims of Cyclone Nargis.... More
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May 6, 2008

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For the victims of Cyclone Nargis.... More
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November 20, 2007

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for the victims of the Bangladesh cyclonic floods, their families and their communities.... More
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November 9, 2007

What we'd be like if we were monkeys

My darling showed me this really cool video. I think it needs no comment. Pretty much says it all. Well said, Ernest Klein!... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:45 PM | Comments (0)

October 18, 2007

The murky aspects of life ...

Last night I caught an episode of House and then half of Life on Channel 10. I love House because most of the time it deals with those murky areas of life where what is good and pure and right... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:18 AM | Comments (0)

September 10, 2007

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for Hannah Ethel Bonfield and Lydia Mae McLeish-Edwards who were victims of a house fire last night. And for their parents, Claire and Chard, who are shattered. Such beautiful children, close friends, lost so tragically. But for the grace of... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:56 AM | Comments (0)

September 6, 2007

Now in Canada

Since I last posted I have had my mind blown by the IMC at Philly, been driven to New York (unexpectedly) by Mike "Lapdance" Lapke (thanks, maaate) and am now at Ottawa International Airport, Canada. This trip has been a... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:51 AM | Comments (0)

September 1, 2007

Greatly relieved

Popped the cherry last night at the IMC07 peer-assessment show. I was on very late and very tired, but the crowd seemed appreciative and I got some valuable feedback. This conference is great value and I'm learning a lot and... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:30 AM | Comments (0)

August 27, 2007

I'm in L.A.!

Over here for a series of interviews with prominent and not-so-prominent independent musicians. Just one night here (hoping to catch up with Winjow) and then off to Nashville for two days and then Philadelphia for the IMC07 ... Stay tuned... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

August 9, 2007

BTW - all clear

Got the results of my mole scan yesterday and all's well. No cancer in the bit they cut out ... next checkup in about a year ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:06 PM | Comments (0)

July 24, 2007

Sensational weekend ...

Last weekend I went away for our 10th wedding anniversary to Treehouses of Montville. We had the most wonderful, indulgent weekend we could have asked for ... Totally recommend them to anyone who wants to get away from the rat... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:40 PM | Comments (0)

July 15, 2007

Vale, Mark Gillett

Got the saddest news yesterday. My good friend Mark Gillett, writer of Dancing With the Stones and many other great tunes, died last April of cancer. He is sorely missed in the folk music community of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:32 PM | Comments (0)

June 29, 2007

Great advice, Brian

Just got Brian Austin Whitney's latest e-newsletter, and it's a beaut! Personally, I've gone through some pretty life-changing stuff lately and it can be very intimidating at times so it's great to get some sage advice from a guy who's... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:56 AM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2007

My studio

Thought I'd take some pics of the studio to show you ... it's pretty primitive. Here's the mixing setup, which is what I'm doing most the time at them moment: It's in one half of my garage ... and cannot... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:05 AM | Comments (1)

May 30, 2007

Keeping it all in perspective

I've had quite a frustrating and disappointing week but it has all been brought into stark relief this morning with the news that my kids' school's Deputy Principal, Monica Reid, died last night. Only a few weeks ago she was... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:58 AM | Comments (0)

May 18, 2007

Predictable dreams

Sometimes my brain works in such predictable ways. Had a shocking case of insomnia last night following the dream that always haunts periods of near-achievement. In this case, I dreamt I was called in to play bass for the Police... More
Posted by Huge at 10:25 AM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2007

Haaapyyy birth-day to meeeee ...

I was hoping that if I ignored this day it would be cancelled but apparently that's not gonna happen. My lovely family gave me an Aretha Franklin 3-CD set (yaaaay!), a pair of Homer Simpson PJ pants ("You'll have to... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:52 AM | Comments (0)

July 26, 2006

Kerry Stokes, you good thing

Great to hear that Kerry Stokes has bought and donated a Victoria Cross back to the War Memorial. That kind of history belongs to the mythology opf the people and should never be allowed to fall into the hands of... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:02 AM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2006


The shoulder is recovering slowly. My physio, the wonderful Alison, has told me to take it out of the sling most of the time and has strapped it up tight. This is great as it's reduced the pain involved in... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:01 PM | Comments (0)

May 19, 2006

Missing shoulders

What's the most annoying thing about having a sore shoulder? I have been pondering this point for a while now. There are plenty of candidates. For example, I have learned that these simple operations rely on the unimpaired use of... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:27 AM | Comments (0)

March 28, 2006

Haaappy birthday ...

tooo meeeee .... Had a great return to park-lvel football last night at Unitouch, where we stared the season with a 13-0 whitewash of "Chargers". They had plenty of speed and skill but no real structure or discipline. Next time... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:06 PM | Comments (0)

March 8, 2006

The wages of stress

Just had a period of a couple of days in which stress got the better of me and not much has happened - cerainly nothing much musically. Got some issues with money (obviously), children, house maintenance, etc and it's got... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:13 AM | Comments (0)

November 23, 2005

Another excuse gone ...

Excellent to read about Angus Young winning "greatest short dude" in America's Maxim magazine. That's one less excuse for me to not get anywhere! I'm the same height as Kurt Cobain and US basketball star Spud Webb (5' 7"), and... More
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October 9, 2005

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for the victims of the Guatemalan mudslide.... More
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for the victims of the earthquake in the Pakistan region.... More
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October 3, 2005

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for the victims of the second Bali Bombing.... More
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September 8, 2005

How is that possible

I dunno, some of this media commentary just doesn't make sense. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina,plenty of pundits were forcasting its dire consequences for the US economy. Some even suggested that it might knock the whole thing over. But,... More
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July 8, 2005


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June 8, 2005

Finished part 1

I've finally finished marking my first-year assignments! At last. Now all I have to do is mark the second-year assignments and set up their exam - then I'll be clear to do lots of music stuff for a while!.. Yayyy!!... More
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November 9, 2004

Latest Events

OK, well, footy season got off to a winning start. We've decided to change to two mixed teams and no men's, which is fine by me. I don't feel fit enough to play two games, anyway. In other news, I... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:32 AM | Comments (0)

July 29, 2004

A new job ...

Well, I'm sitting at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Qld and wondering how this happened. This morning I gave my first lecture in "Multimedia Journalism" - scary stuff. I have had to slow down a... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:03 PM | Comments (0)

April 12, 2004

Being a father

I don't go along with the line that we need to increase our population just for the sake of economic growth. There are already more than enough human souls on this planet - what we need to work on is improving the quality of life of the ones who are here. There's plenty of possibilities for economic growth in pursuing that mission. More
Posted by Huge at 12:25 PM | Comments (0)
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