Category Personal

Join us (win 2 seats) at the “Life Ball”

“Life is short, break the rules” Coral and I invite you and your partner to be our guests at the St Vincent’s Hospital “Life Ball” tomorrow (Friday 10th October) night next to Sydney Harbour.    No tricks.   No charges.   Let me explain …. Yes Man Plan Coral and I believe in the “Yes Man Plan”. […]

Torches

Flying IS the sport of kings.   Guiding 500 passengers and manipulating $400m worth of the highest technology through congested airspace to the other side of the planet is a privilege that few experience. I’ve just returned from a great flight over the weekend from Sydney to Los Angeles.   I took the photo above […]

Giving Back – Disabled WinterSport Australia

I am pleased to be the first Patron of Disabled WinterSport Australia (DWA). DWA is the National Sporting Organisation that has provided accommodation, equipment and ski training for people with disabilities at Australian ski fields for 35 years. Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO and His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE held a […]

Byron Bay Writers’ Festival

The beautiful coastal retreat of Byron Bay means two things to me: A week after the QF32 event, when I was exhausted, my friends Simon Ford and John Connolly took me to Byron Bay to help me relax, escape the media and to try to teach me how to surf!       Byron Bay has […]

QF32 and the Golden Circle

In relation to the actions of the pilots and cabin crew, the final ATSB report provides excellent detail about most of WHAT happened.  The critical “HOW they happened” and even more important “WHY they happened” were not included in the report as the outcome was already known and the investigators believed that these analyses would […]

Fear of Flying – Part 3 of 3 (The Cure – Annabelle Brayley)

Fear of Flying – Part 3 of 3 (The Cure – Annabelle Brayley) by Annabelle Brayley When I was growing up, I’d had occasions to fly in the old DC8 and Fokker Friendship as well as several smaller planes so it was a complete shock to me, to discover in 1987 that I hated flying in […]

Fear of Flying – Part 1 of 3 (Dread)

Fear of Flying – Part 1 of 3 (Dread)  – Version 5 – July 2017 About 25% of the travelling public have a fear of flying.   One quarter of this group are so afraid of flying that they completely avoid air travel, and their condition qualifies as a phobia.  (National Institute of Mental Health) […]

Giving Back – Canberra Grammar “Code Cadets”

See:  Code Cadets web page “Giving Back” I was honoured to be asked to present the QF32 story to the boys and parents at Canberra Grammar, Canberra, Australia in 2012. I fronted 700 soporific boys immediately after their lunch time break – which is the acid test for any teacher.   It’s hard to compress a […]

Back Story – QF32 page 290 – Coral

Coral’s QF32 Many readers have picked up a glaring omission from my QF32 story.   It’s the story that should have been told by my wonderful wife Coral. Dad describes Coral as “formidable”, and I can understand that. To me she is the most beautiful girl on the planet. She is not just the “wind beneath my […]

Post Traumatic Stress and PCM (QF32 p 311)

The feedback I have received from QF32 readers has been profound. By far the greatest surprise I have had when reading the responses is to discover how many people are afflicted by their own version of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). “The nightmares continue – every night” Many stalwart friends have contacted me to pass on […]