Author has written 52 stories for Hogan's Heroes, and Bill.
Currently reading: Andrew Ford, Illegal Harmonies: Music In The Modern Age; Michael Kerrigan, World War II Plans That Never Happened; Stuart Hylton, Reporting The Blitz: News from the Home Front Communities
"To cut a long story short - The End." Milton Jones, Mock The Week
"You know how it ends when you run out of ink." - Henning Wehn on writing, Have I Got News For You
"This is the mistake you see politicians make - saying anything at all." - Gyles Brandreth, Have I Got News For You
"Comedy is surprising people with the truth." - Tim Ferguson
"With any luck, heaven will be much like here, now, on a good day." - Peter Goldsworthy, In Paradisum
"Si c’est ici le meilleur des mondes possibles, que sont donc les autres?" - Voltaire, Candide.
"When you are trying to write, a lot of staring out of the window goes on." - Alan Bennett
"Perfection murders joy." - Elizabeth Gilbert, interview in The Guardian, 27/9/2015.
"Trust us, there will be all kinds of mayhem, and we look forward to bringing that to you live." - Katharine Murphy, The Guardian, 14/9/2015.
"Politicians aren't all as bad as each other. Some of them are worse." - Adam Hills, The Last Leg
"To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time." - Leonard Bernstein
"It’s funny: but although I plan what I’m going to write beforehand, the final product is often very different. It’s as if the book and the people within it are beyond the control of a mere author. I’m just a pipe, a conduit, through which the action flows. And on the whole I think that’s quite healthy..." - Francis Pryor, In The Long Run
"There's enough to go around and if we really wanted it to, it would, but we don't. So it doesn't." - First Dog On The Moon
"The best thing about American politics is that it almost always makes you feel better about ours." - Annabel Crabb, SMH
"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." - George Orwell, "The Freedom Of The Press", 1945
"We're on Level 34 water restrictions...you can only water your garden with your own tears." - Frank Woodley, Spicks & Specks
"The first law of hole digging is, when you get to the bottom, you stop digging." - John Hewson, Gruen Nation
"Getting your hackneyed cliches right is not rocket surgery." Peter FitzSimons, SMH
"The standard you walk past is the standard you accept." - Lt. General David Morrison, Chief of Army, Australian Defence Force.
"I may as well tell you that if you are going about the place thinking things pretty, you will never make a modern poet." - P. G. Wodehouse
"Die Erinnerung darf nicht enden: sie muss auch künftige Generationen zur Wachsamkeit mahnen." - Roman Herzog
"If there is a better world to detach oneself from than the one functioning at the moment I have yet to hear of it." - P. G. Wodehouse.
"Should anyone happen to recognise him- or herself in this story, it means only that they have a better imagination than I do." - Andrea Camilleri, La Pista di Sabbia (The Track of Sand)
"You can't embellish on bad." - Carolyn Miller, Gruen Planet
"Being ditzy is the path to happiness." - Magda Szubanski, Spicks and Specks
"May your words never fail you." - Andrew Denton, Randling
"Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it - whole-heartedly - and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings." - Arthur Quiller-Couch, On the Art of Writing
"Really bad art is probably invulnerable to criticism." - Robert Hughes
"Don't stand between a man and his tools." - The Spooky Men's Chorale.
"It's a disturbing moment when you realise that it doesn't matter what you write and how clearly you write it, people will take it a thousand different ways." - Martin McKenzie-Murray, Sydney Morning Herald, 17th May, 2012
"It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you." - L.S.M.
"Ambiguity has its uses." - Column 8, SMH, 10th April 2012
"I'm not interested in moral victories." - Andrew Denton, Spicks & Specks
"You're not meant to read the fine print. That's why it's fine." - Todd Sampson, The Gruen Transfer
"What's the point of rhetorical questions?" - Clive Anderson, QI
"Thing is, I don't believe what I write any more than you believe what you say." - Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear
"It's not bad grammar...it's just bad semantics." - Stephen Fry, QI
"What it appears to do doesn't prove that that actually is what it does." - Phil Harding, Time Team
"We've redefined success, and still failed." - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
"That's not unethical. It's advertising." - Todd Sampson, The Gruen Transfer
"There's no Latin name for Maltesers." - Alan Davies, QI
"We need to be confronted. We need to be reminded that nothing is neat, that people do not uniformly share any point of view. We need to remember that disagreement is not the end of the world, merely the start of a healthy discussion." - Mark Pesce, Unleashed, 12th May, 2010
"Fiction is fiction and writes its own histories." - John Sutherland, Curiosities of Literature
"We tried going back to being factual, but soon we ran out of facts." - Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear
"We do it for the glory, not for the money." - Emma Ayres, Classic Breakfast, March 2010.
"For two hundred years, we've clung to the coastline waiting for the ships to come and take us back home." - David Dale, interviewed on ABC Classic FM in February 2006.
"History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember. All other history defeats itself." - Sellar and Yeatman, 1066 And All That.