Mum 1932- 2013

My mum passed away this month. It’s now that odd post-funeral time when all is very quiet compared to the time that led to this. My grieving, which is complicated and untidy at the best of times, is a little quieter too. This is the time when I have to remind...

Final Gifts

I thought: all this is only preparation For learning, at last, how to die. A Mistake — Czeslaw Milosz I am at my Mum’s bedside. My friend Katy recommended a book that contains advice about dying processes. It is a valuable resource for anyone who is sitting with...

Vale Tony Scott

The film director Tony Scott died by suicide yesterdday. Mr Scott was 68 and he was perhaps best known as the director of Top Gun, one of the highest grossing movies of 1986. I am extending my sympathy to his family and friends. A sad...

Eulogy

A much loved Melbourne football coach died this week, Allan Jeans. Many from the sporting fraternity shared their tributes in the daily paper. Kim Hughes, a former Australian Test Cricket Captain, said “He’s one of the greatest people I’ve ever met....