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Tour de Failure

July 28, 2017


Here’s the cycling story The Big Issue ran a few weeks back under the headline Tour de Flat. (#540 30 June to 13 Jul7 2017). Cheers. Flat tyres fill cyclist Vin Maskell with dread but he always gets back on his bike. Eventually. I was stranded by the roadside, about eight kilometres from home.  Flat […]

Tour de Failure (preview)

July 1, 2017


Never thought I’d be in a magazine with Nicole Kidman on the cover. The latest edition of The Big Issue Australia features the Kidman story (written by Margaret Pomeranz), an interview with Ben Mendelsohn, a look at The Handmaid’s Tale – and a yarn about cycling and the existential perils of getting a flat tyre. […]

Tour de Moggs Creek

July 10, 2014


This story was first published in The Big Issue, in July 2010. Back then it was titled My Father’s Bicycle. Dad’s leather bike helmet hung in the garage, along with his boxing gloves, above the table-tennis table, the paint-tins, the jars of nails and all the other bits and pieces that accumulate in a garage.

Changing Gears by Greg Foyster

September 30, 2013


Changing Gears by Greg Foyster, A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race  (Affirm Press) Greg Foyster is a rider and a writer, a pedaller and a purveyor of prose. He is also a former advertising whizz who used to be dab hand at selling all manner of things, from utes to shower products. Changing Gears […]

The city of broken glass

May 6, 2012


The festival of broken glass is held every weekend and on public holidays. A festival with a strong community focus, it encourages the breaking of glass on any firm, and public, surface. There are many proven locations: train stations and subways, footpaths, schoolyards, roads, laneways, roundabouts, beach esplanades, and sports grounds. Historically the main festival […]