About Me

Interests:
MUSIC! Woodworking, furniture design, travel, daydreaming, gardening, outdoors, walking, 4WD’ing, rocks, writing short stories, poetry and rambles & collecting music.

Favourite Music:
All India Radio, Alice Cooper, Black Cab, Bootsie Collins, Buck65, Catalyst, Cat Stevens, Chris Wilson, Clinic, Concrete Blonde, Death Cab for Cutie, DJ Shadow, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gonzales, Gotye, Gravenhurst, Guns N Roses, Iggy Pop, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, José González, Lemon Jelly, Lenny Kravitz, Life Without Buildings, Madrugada, Manitoba, Mclusky, Mogwai, Newton Faulkner, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Noir Desir, Pink, Pink Floyd, Placebo, Queen, Richard Ashcroft, R.L Burnside, Scissor Sisters, Solomon Burke, Spoon, Starsailor, Tex Perkins, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, The Gossip, The Gorillaz, The Liars, The Republic Tigers, The White Stripes, Thin Lizzy, Trapezoid, Ween, YeahYeahYeahs, Wolfmother and the list could go on forever !!

Favourite Online Radio Station:
If you’re tastes are eclectic like mine, then you can’t go past Radio Paradise for ear candy. Ad free and listener supported, Radio Paradise is a must try if you haven’t discovered it already.

Favourite TV Programmes:
Neighbours, Chasers War on Everything, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Big Love, The 4400, Touched by an Angel, Gilmore Girls, The Pretender, Heroes, Life on Mars, rage, The Mentalist, Parenthood, The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, Drop Dead Diva, Once Upon a Time, Catfish: The TV Show, Star Trek: Enterprise, Anger Management, Country House Rescue, Dragon’s Den, Episodes, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Justified, Not Going Out, The Graham Norton Show, Offspring (and many more!).

Favourite Films:
The Lucky One, Forest Gump, The House of Sand and Fog, City of the Lost Children, Walk the Line, The Matrix, Young Guns, Waynes World, The Notebook, Shrek, Eddie & The Cruisers, The Girl in the Cafe, Love Actually, Ein freund von mir, Twilight, Labyrinth.

I also am a huge fan of Australian movies – my top list in no particular order are: Pricilla, Queen of the Desert, Samson and Delilah, Love and Other Catastrophes, Danny Deckchair, Love Serenade, Rabbit Proof Fence, Cossi, The Castle, Aussie Rules, Storm Boy, The Sum of Us, Red Dog and Rage in Placid Lake.

Favourite Books:
The Bible; The Slave; Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant; Homecoming (series) and more.

Favourite Quotations:
▪ What you say about others is a reflection of yourself
▪ Life’s best moments happen when the odds say they can’t…
▪ God says ‘You do your best, and I’ll do the rest!’

Furniture Making & Design:
I was inspired to tick off another thing off my bucket list so I started designing furniture and making it. Turns out I’m not actually too bad at it. It’s very very very different to graphic and web design because you have something you can actually touch and feel at the end of the process. It’s very cool.

Website and Graphic Design:
I started designing websites back in 1994. My first page was a Ayrton Senna fan page (heh) it had a grey background with black text and lots of pictures of Senna, the content streamed down the page, all aligned centre. but I had coded it all myself and I was very proud, needless to say my skills have advanced a LOT since those days.

These days I mostly design using WordPress. It’s a fantastic piece of open source software that is advancing more and more with each release. I enjoy bending WP to my will, there isn’t much you can’t make it do. Whoever tells you WordPress couldn’t make a solid content management solution, well they haven’t delved far enough into it.

I’m also a huge Adobe Creative Suite and Mac fan and enjoy creating using these products, Photoshop and Illustrator being my favourites.

Travel:
I love to travel, so far have been to England, Wales, Ireland, Spain, France and Africa. On my list of places to go are: Canada – because I hear they so much like us Aussies and the landscapes are to die for, America – because Americans are a crazy bunch and I’d love nothing more than to buy a Ford truck over there and drive across the country and for some unknown reason, China.

Work:
I am Project Coordinator for a not-for-profit children’s charity called Opportunity To Do. www.o2d.org

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