30. Seasons of Melbourne

To everything there is a season

Photo by Agathe Marty on Unsplash

Let’s all agree that Melbourne in July = cold. Agreed? Good. Great. Moving on.

I spent the week in Melbourne with my friends, catching up and doing a “best of” tour of my favourite restaurants. I visited:

Two things stand out about this list: One, I was not vegetarian this week. It was an intentional choice, I wanted to enjoy my visit here with old favourites pre-vegetarian. Two, it’s a lot of food. I am very fat and full. Time to #jazzercise.

It was also lovely to see a select group of old friends – I couldn’t see everyone, so sorry if I missed you! I’m planning a return visit in early January for a few birthdays – and also when it’s not so painfully cold.

Many thanks to Az & Corey for hosting me for the week, and Holly & Blake for lending me their couch on Friday night. xx

It’s been a nice week to mark the end of a season of my life, being the season where I lived and worked in Melbourne. 2009 – 2018.

Not a lot of reading this week, but a few things to share!


This week I explored approaches to selling that aren’t cold call lead gen 1980s hardcore phone sales. I like to think there’s a more human approach. I mix sales & marketing together – in my head, marketing is the story, and sales is the action once the story is told.

To Sell Is Human is a 2012 book by Dan Pink of Drive fame. It started me thinking about this sales approach.

I like to tell stories, so this idea of Human-to-Human (H2H) sales is interesting.


The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama XIV & Howard Cutler. After my meditation retreat in Thailand, I’m interested in exploring the ideas of happiness, and how it’s different from pleasure and what role suffering plays.

Meditation is deep on the idea of the “beginner’s mind”, and Charlie Adler covers the principles well.

Listening to

I’m finishing up the last few episodes of The History of Rome. It’s only taken me two years. I can confidently say that my favourite period of Roman History is the later years of the Republic, before the Republic went belly up and became the Empire (not that anyone realised it at the time, it just kinda happened). This period is where the norms that ruled the Republic for hundreds of years eventually got ignored as men of power tried to get more power, and men of merit were sidelined. It’s basically a period of stagnation for the Republic, and it led to the people wanting change – any change – to move beyond the BS that the Senate had become. All it took was some of those men who wanted more power actually getting it – and then doing the right thing with it. Cue Julius, Augustus, the hot mess that was Tiberius, and the remaining Emperors of Rome. Here’s a great interview with Mike Duncan, the host.

The ol’ uni rite of passage that is Splendour in the Grass was on last weekend. I enjoy a good cover song – so here’s a wrapup of the best. Give DMA’s cover of Cher’s “Believe” a whirl.


This episode of The Outer Limits, written by Harlan Ellison, that was a source of inspiration for a period of sci fi that included James Cameron’s Terminator.


Best life

Aaron has a book on Ramen. It has the recipe for chashu pork – the pork that I ate 4 out of 9 days in Tokyo. Being vegetarian is hard when pork is that good. So I’m gonna make it for someone and live vicariously. Who wants ramen with amazing pork?

The week ahead…

I’m heading down to the north coast of NSW for the annual general meeting of my company, MiniMega. We’ll be reviewing the last year, and putting some guiding rails up around this year.

I think 2018/19 will be a pivotal year in our 7.5-years-young company. It’s the year after the release of our third major title, and we’ll see whether it has the longevity of our first two. Can lightning strike thrice? We’re about to find out.

Some of my family will be joining me down there for a few days, which’ll be lovely.