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The Regretful Scoop

I’ve got to get a scoop on tattoos? What’s a guy gotta do to get an easy story in these parts! I guess old Scoop McGee doesn’t do easy. I get the hardest stories, I write the tough stuff, and I stake my reputation on the hottest scoops this side of the Pacific, see! Oh, …

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Floating Scare-case

They call it a floating staircase. It’s a thing, they say. It’s an interior design feature, an optical illusion. But still, I can’t shake the disturbing feeling that stairs simply shouldn’t be doing that – hovering in midair, that is. That’s not how I was brought up. I can’t condone stairs that aren’t firmly affixed …

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Far From Spa-rtan

Some people collect art. Others collect designer footwear, and still others tattoos. I collect homes. That’s not something I can just come out and say. Generally speaking, people don’t respond too well to those of us in possession of more properties than they technically need, so I prefer to keep it on the hush. The …

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Forest Or Fix?

Ah, Tasmania. Land of epic forests, one of Australia’s few native predator species, and… I know there’s more, but I’m not entirely sure of what it is. That’s why I’m cruising around the island in a 4×4 that I picked up for a steal in Hobart last week. At least, I’ll soon be cruising. Right …

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Rustic Cooling Methods

Alright, so the holiday to Sydney might be called something of a bust. The room was alright, but very stuffy, the internet was patchy, and the air conditioning virtually nonexistent. Well, the proper stuff was in absentia. I had a portable unit that sounded like a train station. Oh well! I still got to see …

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Mr Clicky, No!

Did I just watch a mockumentary? I sat down to watch a documentary, and the whole time it was trying to present itself as one, but I feel like the subject matter may have strayed into some strange, wacky places that they didn’t intend. Animal Instinct was all about what would happen if humans and …

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The Dockyard Scoop

Nyah! See, nyah! Before I even get to crack the case, some dame jumps in and solves it for me! Scoop McGee was hot on the trail, so he was, and I was this close too. Those burning cars were gonna be a huge scoop, maybe even enough to land me a front page story …

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Priority Design

Vanessa has been on at me for ages to give some thought to overhauling the office. I just haven’t had a spare moment, and it hasn’t seemed like enough of a priority to carve out the time. It’s been in the back of my mind, though, and I’m starting to think that she might be …

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Stress To Impress

Having my wife’s family over for dinner is always… well, a thing. It typically requires several trips out to hunt for obscure ingredients – the farmers’ market, the fish market, the milled-onsite bakery that’s forty minutes’ drive away, the artisanal gin boutique, even the florist. The worst bit, though, is that we have to pretend …

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Cars, But Not

I tell you what, this place is pretty nuts. Weirdly, there are things that I recognise, but people have found different ways to make them work. Like…okay, back in my day, we had cars. Or, something very, very similar to cars, but we powered them using crystals that fell from meteorites. On Earth it’s petrol. …

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