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Prince of Wales and the plaque

“Parmi” (Wednesday) night at the POW was a weekly tradition for Jack and his mates. As per Dianne’s suggestion, I had a plaque made to immortalise and enshrine that memory permanently and the good people

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Book launch

Book launch on 9 May 2019 at Fullers Bookshop, Hobart Tasmania. Officially launched by Senator Catryna Bilyk (Australian Labor Party) and also attended by the Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman Senator Catryna Bilyk and Lucinda

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Elmside no more

As per my previous post, Jack and I became investors in Elmside Single Malt Whisky Company in 2017. However, one of my partners (and the largest shareholders) became very ill and his involvement was minimal

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Today, one year gone

Exactly one year ago today, at 1.45 PM on Sunday 15 April 2018, Jack left us. I observed a minute’s silence but no different to the minutes before and after. Just a touch of deference

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Whisky, Jack and Elmside

In 2017, Jack, two partners and myself set up Elmside Single Malt Whisky Company to make and sell whisky. Jack’s treatments – drugs, radiation and extensive brain surgery – had compromised his processing and it

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Tanner Seebaum

I contacted the Tanner Foundation (http://tannersfoundation.org) regarding support to assist me to promote the book. As usual and sadly, organisations like this one, are founded on the back of tragedy. In this case, Tanner Seebaum

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New Zealand

Dianne and I went to New Zealand in October 2018. I was reluctant to travel but Dianne was keen so I figured a week away with this beautiful lady could do us both good. We

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Professor Mardi Dungey

I attended the Memorial Service for Mardi on 1 February 2019. Mardi was prepared to move mountains to get Jack back to University and I am forever in her debt as we did just that,

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Letter from Joe Biden

I received a letter from Joe Biden, dated 7 December 2018. He was the Vice President of the United States to Barack Obama. I had written to him mid 2018 after Jack had died and

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Painful milestones

Jack’s 22nd birthday came and went as did Christmas. We survived both but without much grace or respite. On 15 April 2019, he will be one year dead. Not sure we have too many lives

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