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Simon's personal website and blog

This is where I write about whatever is going on in my life. Mostly family or photography, also some tech, sport, travel, blogging and comments.
We bought a house!

We bought a house!

Our new home has five big bedrooms (so we now have a “spare” bedroom), a fire place, triple garage all on a good size block of land with a decent back yard. After renting for 14 years, it’s finally good to have a place to call our own.

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Good and Bad news

Good and Bad news

Even though I’ve been reacting well to treatment, doctors want me to be aware of the reality of the situation: my cancer is terminal. It is likely that I have less than 12 month to live. My intention is to prove the doctors wrong.

read more
My Last Cancer Update (hopefully)

My Last Cancer Update (hopefully)

My most recent posts on this blog have been about my health and battle with pancreatic cancer.  Thankfully the growth was discovered early enough for doctors to be able to totally remove the tumour.  Six months of chemotherapy has hopefully reduced the risk of...

read more
Christmas Photos 2019

Christmas Photos 2019

2019 Christmas Morning Family Photo Just a quick look (above) at our annual family photo in front of the Christmas tree.  We always post our traditional Christmas pic on the family blog, and I try to then re-post here on my personal blog. This year, I can honestly say...

read more
Cancer and Chemotherapy

Cancer and Chemotherapy

  The last couple of posts, here on my personal blog, have been about my health issues and diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer.  Since then I've spent eight weeks in hospital at Monash Clayton following the "Whipples Procedure" surgery, which removed the head of my...

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Cancer Surgery

Cancer Surgery

  I explained in my previous blog post that I was in hospital with what is more than likely a cancerous growth on the head of my pancreas.  Tomorrow I'm having major surgery to remove the tumour, which will also mean loosing the head of my pancreas, gall bladder,...

read more
I’m in hospital

I’m in hospital

  As I write this, from beside my hospital bed, I've spent the last eight days in two different hospitals.  All of that time has been the investigation phase, as the doctors try and work out what's going on. It started two weeks ago, just feeling sick.  I thought...

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Bushfires

Bushfires

 A couple of weeks ago, you probably heard about the bushfires here in Victoria.  The big fire in the Bunyip State Park was pretty close, with plenty of smoke being blown across our house in Pakenham.  However, it was even closer to our family in Garfield and...

read more
Australia Day, should we change the date?

Australia Day, should we change the date?

  There's been lots of heated discussion around the date we celebrate Australia Day.  I've committed to posting a daily video to YouTube for 30 days, so I thought I'd make my January 26 video all about Australia Day.  I talk about alternative dates to celebrate...

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30 Day Video Challenge

30 Day Video Challenge

  I'm going to be very busy for the next 30 days.  I've decided to partake in a 30 day video challenge, issued by YouTuber Scott McKenna.  That means I've committed to upload a video to YouTube everyday for the next 30 days, even while working 12 hour plus days...

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10 Years on Twitter

10 Years on Twitter

  So I received a notification from Twitter this morning, that's nothing unusual, except that this one said "It's your Twitter anniversary..." What?!  Apparently it's ten years since I signed up to Twitter.  If you'd asked me yesterday, I would have said that the...

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2018 filmed on my iPhone

2018 filmed on my iPhone

  I was looking for a video project last weekend, and rather than going out and filming video, I decided to use footage I already had.  I thought it would be a great idea to grab every video clip on my iPhone filmed during 2018, add some copyright free music, and...

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Christmas Morning Family Photo

Christmas Morning Family Photo

  Christmas Morning Family Photo Even though our eldest son, Josh, is almost 19, he's still with us and able to continue our tradition of a family photo on Christmas morning.  We started taking our family group photo in-front of the Christmas tree in 2010, when...

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I’ve shut down my Weblinks Website

I’ve shut down my Weblinks Website

  Early web publishing and bookmark sharing One of the first websites I ever made was a simple Blogger (Google's blogging platform) site to record some of my favourite websites.  This was a long time ago, before social media and before you could synchronise...

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Black Friday

Black Friday

  Just like in America, Australia had big Black Friday retail and online sales last weekend.  These sales kicked off a month of Christmas shopping, but where did Black Friday come from and did I personally pick up a bargain? Black Friday in Australia When I was...

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We bought a house!

We bought a house!

Our new home has five big bedrooms (so we now have a “spare” bedroom), a fire place, triple garage all on a good size block of land with a decent back yard. After renting for 14 years, it’s finally good to have a place to call our own.

read more
Good and Bad news

Good and Bad news

Even though I’ve been reacting well to treatment, doctors want me to be aware of the reality of the situation: my cancer is terminal. It is likely that I have less than 12 month to live. My intention is to prove the doctors wrong.

read more
My Last Cancer Update (hopefully)

My Last Cancer Update (hopefully)

My most recent posts on this blog have been about my health and battle with pancreatic cancer.  Thankfully the growth was discovered early enough for doctors to be able to totally remove the tumour.  Six months of chemotherapy has hopefully reduced the risk of...

read more
Christmas Photos 2019

Christmas Photos 2019

2019 Christmas Morning Family Photo Just a quick look (above) at our annual family photo in front of the Christmas tree.  We always post our traditional Christmas pic on the family blog, and I try to then re-post here on my personal blog. This year, I can honestly say...

read more
Cancer and Chemotherapy

Cancer and Chemotherapy

  The last couple of posts, here on my personal blog, have been about my health issues and diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer.  Since then I've spent eight weeks in hospital at Monash Clayton following the "Whipples Procedure" surgery, which removed the head of my...

read more
Cancer Surgery

Cancer Surgery

  I explained in my previous blog post that I was in hospital with what is more than likely a cancerous growth on the head of my pancreas.  Tomorrow I'm having major surgery to remove the tumour, which will also mean loosing the head of my pancreas, gall bladder,...

read more
I’m in hospital

I’m in hospital

  As I write this, from beside my hospital bed, I've spent the last eight days in two different hospitals.  All of that time has been the investigation phase, as the doctors try and work out what's going on. It started two weeks ago, just feeling sick.  I thought...

read more
Bushfires

Bushfires

 A couple of weeks ago, you probably heard about the bushfires here in Victoria.  The big fire in the Bunyip State Park was pretty close, with plenty of smoke being blown across our house in Pakenham.  However, it was even closer to our family in Garfield and...

read more
Australia Day, should we change the date?

Australia Day, should we change the date?

  There's been lots of heated discussion around the date we celebrate Australia Day.  I've committed to posting a daily video to YouTube for 30 days, so I thought I'd make my January 26 video all about Australia Day.  I talk about alternative dates to celebrate...

read more
30 Day Video Challenge

30 Day Video Challenge

  I'm going to be very busy for the next 30 days.  I've decided to partake in a 30 day video challenge, issued by YouTuber Scott McKenna.  That means I've committed to upload a video to YouTube everyday for the next 30 days, even while working 12 hour plus days...

read more