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I live in Adelaide, South Australia, and worked for too long as a teacher and lecturer at primary, tertiary and secondary level (in that order). The post-nominals: BA, BEd, Dip Ed, MACS (Snr).
I’m now a freelance technical writer, editor (former member of the Society of Editors (SA), typesetter for Aus Medicines Handbook, occasional HTML hacker (nothing fancy here — I’m more interested in content than eye candy, and this site is edited with BBEdit, not a WYSIWYG editor), and kayaking and canoeing instructor.
Why do I wear a spanner hung around my neck? Here’s an explanation.
Current editing work
Searchlight, the magazine of the SA Sea Rescue Squadron. (I’m a Radio Operator)
Outdoor News, the publication of the Outdoor Educators’ Association of SA.
Paddling: canoe and kayak
- Australian Canoeing Sea Kayak Instructor (formerly Advanced), former member of Education and Safety Technical Committee, Life Member (2017)
- Formerly Secretary, Investigator Canoe Club
- Secretary, Adelaide Canoe Club
- Member, Paddle South Australia: Education and Safety Technical Committee
- Developer and sometime builder, Voyager sea kayak and the Platypus BAT
Here’s Platypus BAT No 50 on its side, demonstrating sculling for support, in the summer of 1975–76.
I have no pictures of myself paddling Sprint but in the late 1970s we paddled Slalom on whatever water we could find. The C1 is a Cuda Max
Something more recent: in the West Beach marina after being at sea for a couple of hours. The kayak is a Valley Etain: new decklines are visible, footpump and cockpit mods are not.
For some information on sea kayaking, I have brief historical details on the Australian scene with links to Australian and overseas sites, and a number of papers, listed at left
Cycling and HPVs
- Editor, Cycle!, the magazine of Bicycle South Australia, the largest recreational cycling group in South Australia, 1992–2017.
- Member, Moulton Bicycle Club
- Editor, S Aus Apple Users Club AppleSauce 1993–2012
- Member (retd), Australian Computer Society
In the past
I was always interested in flying, and held a PPL mid-1960s–mid 1980s. Here’s the Port Lincoln Flying Club’s C-172 VH-RBG sharing the tarmac at Adelaide Airport with TAA Viscount and DC-9 on 15 Nov 1968. (Security would prohibit that these days.) From there I flew it to Kangaroo Island for the weekend, then back to Port Lincoln. Eventually flying became more expensive than it was worth.
I was in Port Lincoln for about five years in the 1960s and took up sailing, as one does there. I have no pictures of myself sailing, so this is someone else in the boat. The transom made an interesting canvas. I’m a former member of Port Lincoln Yacht Club and Henley Sailing Club. Paddling took more and more time so I finally sold the boat.
The most interesting vehicle I owned, in the 1970s, was a Steyr-Puch Haflinger. Here it is at Antechamber Bay, everything folded down for deliveries along the beach. Pedestrian on the road, but even today it would out-perform the current crop of small 4WDs off-road.