The Changing of the Guard

The one in which Neil returns to the UK and finds he has a lot on his plate; and then even more on his mind… This visit back to the UK always was going to be an emotional journey; how for instance would my elderly parents be after me being away for more than a…

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Annus mirabilis

The one in which Neil gets ready for a return to the UK… More cost, less speed. Incredibly, it’s been 5 months since my last ‘Notes’ update to this haphazard canon, but in my defence, it’s not been down to laziness on my part; instead, it’s simply coincided with a rather busy period for Heather…

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It’s not just Cricket

The one in which Neil ticks an item off his bucket list… More than a game? As you might imagine, given the conditioning that goes on here from the generally poor standard of broadcast journalism on offer (for the most part, it’s the regurgitation of political bumph and Covid statistics that Australian television viewers are…

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The Great Resignation

The one in which Neil gets a reality check… Great news. When an event or situation gets ‘great’ attached to the front of it, you can generally assume that what follows is a description of something with significant importance to society: in the past for instance, we’ve had historically monumental things like ‘the great war’,…

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Home thoughts from Abroad

The one in which neighbours take pity on us… Our house is a very, very, very fine house. At last, we’re in our new home; and as you might imagine, the relief of finally securing a place and moving in was immense. It was left solely in Heather’s hands to find us a suitable property…

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WWW – WHEN the WORLD is WATCHING

The one in which Neil thinks he’s turning Japanese… Faster, Longer, Higher, Stronger.       Tokyo. It’s 25 years to the month since I first visited Japan as a young location sound recordist for the BBC, covering several stories for that long-gone popular science programme, Tomorrow’s World: a broadcasting institution that came out of the wonderful Science…

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Gain through Pain

The one in which Neil ends up in a Japanese hospital… ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression.’ It’s pretty well acknowledged that cyclists are the fittest of all athletes; they require stamina and endurance, but also explosive power on demand. They have a wide range of disciplines to cover, too; professional…

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Going for Gold

The one in which Neil qualifies for the Olympics… Dope testing. As a film and television sound professional who has been fortunate to achieve a certain longevity in this most capricious of businesses, it would be difficult for me to single out any one job that has been either the most amazing, the most exciting…

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A Hire Car is the fastest car in the world

The one in which Heather and Neil play Bonnie and Clyde… ‘We’ve not had that spirit here since 1869…’ The Sydney InterContinental Hotel might only have been a couple of blocks away from our quarantine hotel of the previous two weeks, but the five-star service, surroundings and sensation were a world away from the institutional…

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Welcome to Quarantino Bay

The one in which Heather and Neil give peace a chance… Two’s company, three’s a cluster Our Etihad Airways 787 touched down smoothly on the rain-lashed tarmac of Kingsford Smith airport, having flown like an arrow at 250 metres per second through the Arabian night. We arrived with the disorientation familiar to any passenger that…

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