Heywire 2011

That would be our WINNING tower thing. That’s right. Making a difference.

Hello peeps. Also hello to anyone visiting my humble blog or reading this on the Heywire website. Welcome. I’m Alex. I’m afraid of escalators and my favourite colour if purple. Pleased to meet you.

So this morning I flew to Canberra. You’ll be glad to know that I wrote a substantial number of pages in my little brown notebook in transit. I had to buy a new pen when I transferred in Sydney. Despite the enormous quality of pens I packed, the only one in my carry on ran out. Can anyone explain to me why everything is cheaper duty free with the honorable exception of stationary and magazines? No actually don’t explain. I’m sure its something stupid to do with demand.

Canberra’s a weird place. The trip from the airport to the AIS (where we’re staying) was filled with long forgotten memories of school trips. The place beside the river where my year six class where physically attached by pelicans who wanted our sandwiches. And the time someone got thrown out of pretend Parliament for telling me to go to hell (I’d asked him an intentionally jargonistic question about his imaginary portfolio). Good times.

I’m here this time for Heywire (re-reading this post might be a good idea. If you’re on the Heywire site I’m assuming you know the basic deal). Right now, somewhere in the AIS, is a group of young people from all over Australia. I’d really recommend taking a bit of time to read their stories. Some of them blew my mind. In the flesh, their scribes are already living up to that.

There are a few things that I’m insanely passionate about. I say “insane” because if you ask me to talk about them I’ll probably sound certifiable. If you’ve ever tried to have a conversation with me about Steven Moffat or television credits or super fast rail travel, you’ll know what I mean. One of those issues, and the one I get the least opportunity to talk about, is rural youth.

I have moments, all the time, when it hits me how lucky I am to have had the opportunities that I’ve had (I direct new comers to the FAQ). Great things come from the country. Country kids have an amazing outlook on life which equips them spectacularly well to deal with The Real World. But so often those skills are lost because we’re never given the opportunities they need to get places. Heywire’s a bit about that. Its about helping get regional, rural and remote young people in touch with the people who make the decisions which effect us. It important. And it’s kind of fun too.

Anyone can achieve impossible things.
Just that from some places you have to drive a little further to get there.

Further reading

December – home

I spent the first minutes of 2018 on the beach. I’ve never actually spent New Year