One afternoon, thirty years ago, when my medical practice was still quite new, a feisty old lady marched through the door and straight into my consulting room. Thumping my desk with her fist, she declared “I want that flu  vaccine, young man!” “Certainly,” I replied. “I’m happy to write you a prescription, but you’ll find […]


A few decades ago, I flew up to Darwin with a couple of mates to do a trip around the Top End with another mate who lived up there. For reasons which will become obvious, I christened him Fitzcarraldo, in homage to the Klaus Kinski character in the eponymous 1982 movie. As we drove into […]

The Age of Aquarius

I was fortunate enough to be of an age to enjoy that extraordinary period of human history, the 1960s and 1970s. I recall those years as “the halcyon days”, (as one tends to recall one’s teens and twenties), but in fact it was not a period of calm or security at all. The Vietnam war […]