Author Archives: Andrew Vivian

 I feel like a billionaire when I get dragged along to malls – there is nothing I need or want there (although, if there were some decent hobby shops, the latter might change). I sometimes see something I like, and may even purchase it, but, usually, I think of all the things I already have, […]


Helen was presenting a workshop at BIS, so I got to see the sights of Bandung during the two and a half days we were there. Bandung is renowned for its factory outlets, so half of Jakarta’s population heads up the hill most weekends. As well, there are direct flights from KL and Singapore. These […]

Railing against it

 I’m one of those people who has always liked trains – my old Hornby set is in storage awaiting my retirement. I like travelling on non-suburban trains. I travelled from Cranbourne into Melbourne, to go to university, for several years on and off, and it was a good trip, because it was a country service. […]


We are not able to truly comprehend the scale of our planet, let alone the universe. Having just arrived home from Dubai, that view is just reinforced. Dubai seems big enough, from just travelling around on the train. However, it’s once you get out a bit that you begin to realise just how much development […]

More Dubai

  CurrentlySGU: Stargate Universe – The Complete Final SeasonBy Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Bluesee related   I decided to walk to the Dubai Mall today. It was very, very hot, although the tall buildings provided some shade. It is well over a kilometre from the hotel, but it is […]

Dubai, Take 2

  It’s always easier the second time. When the taxi driver didn’t seem to know where my hotel was, I was able to ascertain that he was, at least, heading in the right direction, so I could guide him in. It was also great to see a few familiar faces, particularly a few blokes I’d […]

Winning and losing

I wonder if anyone has a life where most things go to plan? In recent times, we have bought a house in Australia and established a company in Indonesia. Both of these activities seemed to have been made unnecessarily difficult by the actions of others. They are done, but the hair is a bit greyer […]

  CurrentlyCrownies – Season 1 – Part 2 – 3-DVD Set ( Crownies – Season One – Part Two ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import – Australia ]By Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Todd Lasance, Hamish Michael, Ella Scott Lynch, Andrea Demetriadessee related China is amazing. For starters, there is the sheer scale – such a large […]


Yesterday was an opportunity to reflect on a few things. Number one was, needless to say, that there are so many clever people out there, and so many of them who have made a difference to the lives of others. The next was that there are many people who are prepared to celebrate the achievements […]

It’s always interesting visiting a new place, but, if you live there for a while, you get a different experience. I’m sort of half-way between, living in a hotel room, in Dubai, for a month. I actually had never considered even visiting the Middle East, for various reasons, but I’m glad that I’m here now. […]