Why Anzac Day is one of my favourite days

One of my favourite days of the year is Anzac Day - it’s a time to remember, it’s a time to pause and say thank you to our servicemen and women, and it’s a time to catch up with great mates, people who truly “get” who you are at your core. This pic is from an Anzac Day March ten years ago with my great GREAT mate Barry. Where will you be this Anzac Day?

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WHY BOOKSTORES ARE THE FUTURE, NOT THE PAST

This post first appeared on Bite the Book's blog in conjunction with National Bookshop Day 10 August 2013. 

National bookshop day is this Saturday 10 August. I’ll be getting out and about to support my local bookstores and am putting the call out for others to do the same. It’s a day to have a browse amongst the shelves, say g’day to your bookstore owner, even meet an author, and why not buy a little something for yourself or for someone you love – whether a thriller to enjoy, a coffee table book to display or a romance to indulge in – give the gift of a great book!

Here are a few reasons why, to me, bookshops are still the way of the future.

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6 THRILLING WAYS TO SPEND VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine's Day. Two words that leave people in a hot flush, or a cold sweat. The pressure of finding the perfect gift, arranging the perfect dinner or just getting the card right for the person you fancy can be, well, challenging (unbearable).

Usually I'm rushing around at the last minute, eventually picking up a favourite bottle of bubbles for my Sar before we settle into a romantic picnic together somewhere. Of course, this year, we'll be joined by our boys, Captain Morgan and Baby Rhett, and the trampoline in the backyard will most likely be the 'romantic' spot.

So, if, like me, you don't succumb to the commercialisation of February 14 but still want to acknowledge it with a stylish but not excessive hat-tip to Saint Valentine, here's what you do this year: promise that special someone - him or her - some real action!

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A NEW YEAR FOR THOSE WHO SERVE

I’m a first generation Australian, with a strong British lineage on both my Dad’s and my Mum’s side of the family, specifically England and Wales. I grew up on the stories my father told of my grandfather and my uncles during both world wars and as a young lad, those things really resonated. I felt a strong pull towards military service very early on and, as I got older, I became serious about it.  That childhood interest grew into a real sense of duty. It was almost inevitable that I would choose a military career. Read More

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL JAMES BOND DAY

Today is International James Bond Day, which marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first 007 movie Dr No - making it one of the most successful and longest-running film franchises of all time. It's a milestone day for me, too, as I've just returned the structural edit of Hunter: Intrepid 2 back to my publisher, Joel Naoum, at Pan Macmillan's digital imprint, Momentum.

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LONDON OLYMPIC ROLE MODELS

After being inundated by media commentary on Australia's performance in the 2012 London Olympics - calculating the cost per medal, disappointment at winning silver, and tales of being too tuned into social media to perform - I am buoyed by the story of Oscar Pistorius, the track and field athlete from South Africa. Read More