Entries by The Meddler

Seeking the silver lining

TWO decades. That’s how long it took for city planners and politicians to transform the Gold Coast’s light rail system from the seed of an idea into a fully funded, operational $1 billion reality. So how long did it take for a couple of thugs to deface our shiny, brand new trams? Two days. Yep, […]

Victory not so sweet for Titans fans

I’M not afraid to admit that I haven’t been a Michael Searle fan over the years. I’ll even confess to being a hater of John Cartwright as coach of the Titans. I was calling for their demise for a long time before this week. You would think that means I’m celebrating right now. Both of […]

More than sandcastles and skyscrapers

IN what some likened to an infomercial or bad episode of Home and Away, the Gold Coast featured in a fifteen-minute promo during the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Jessica Mauboy invited the world to come down under in 2018 to ‘a city of sandcastles and skyscrapers’. While a seed of wanderlust was […]

The tiny yet toxic threat

IT is winter, right? Sometimes it’s hard to tell on the Gold Coast. The temperature was around 25 degrees on Friday and with the mid-afternoon sun streaming into my office, I almost had to turn the fan on. Well, not quite, but I did have to take off my jumper. Anyway, it’s a good thing […]

There goes Usain Bolt, comparing apples with tomatoes

I KNOW that no one likes a bragger, but it’s hard not to feel just a little bit smug about our superior performance in the Commonwealth Games. Our swim team killed it in the pool, paddling away with a whopping 19 gold medals, and overall Australia is leading the medal tally board. We’re having a […]