The personal blog of Duncan Riley, Vice President, Operations, b5media LLC, Professional Blogger, poor photographer.

Last Build Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:00:42 +0000


An open letter to my ex-wife Michelle Riley of Melbourne Water

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:00:42 +0000

Michelle, I give up, you win, you always wanted that I had nothing to do with Declan and don’t deny it, it’s true, and so it is. It has been clear for years now that you’ve set to say I’m a nasty cunt who hates my son and even worse (given it’s a fantasy) that […]

Grateful for the things I have

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:14:01 +0000

I just realized that I haven’t properly posted here since August last year. On occasion, I have the odd brain wave about turning my personal blog into travel/ digital nomad blog, but they come and go. Let’s be honest, in the main personal blogging is dead unless you’re trying to sell something, and if you’re […]

#GrandtourofAsia two months of the good, the bad and ugly

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:05:05 +0000

I’ve been told before I should start travel blogging, and there might be some logic in that but likewise well…I haven’t, but here’s a summary of 2 months in Asia. Upfront experiences may not be typical for everyone; the trip was done on a strict budget using discount airlines (Asian discount airlines are AMAZINGLY CHEAP) […]

Happy 13th Birthday Declan James Riley

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:58:19 +0000

Declan, Another year and this year you’re a teenager. I can still remember when you were so small, the first time I held you in my arms, the first time I bathed you. You’ve grown so big, and yet I’m going to miss most of it. They say time flies when you’re having fun, but […]

On approaching 40

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:56:37 +0000

Got asked today whether I’d hooked up with anyone or found a partner yet in Thailand. Oddly I remember several people (some who I can name but won’t) saying to me that you’ll never know yourself until you can live with yourself being single, something most of my adult life I couldn’t live with, and […]

Seriously why do people want smart watches anyway?

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:36:16 +0000

I’m self-aware enough to understand the difference between causality and correlation in the statistical analysis of market economics and marketplaces, and within that I get what I see or percive doesn’t equal an entire marketplace, but I still wonder: is there a real market out there for smart watches? It’s 2015, my phone tells me the […]

The line between Insanity and Sanity

Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:58:14 +0000

They saying that life wasn’t meant to be easy. But life does test us. I loved my time in Thailand, but towards the last week it became a challenge. I’m not going to go into all the details, other than to say fuck, and all at the last minute. But I will share this; after […]

A little ABC/ Australia Network/ AFL conspiracy theory

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:52:15 +0000

  Australia Network was supposed to close down 18 September 2014. SMH back in June. I started seeing ads on Australia Network saying they’re going to cover every part of the AFL finals series. But wait, the Grand Final is 27 September 2014. Turns out magically that the Australia Network will now close September 29. […]


Thu, 04 Sep 2014 01:33:42 +0000

  “The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.” Sage advice I should have followed in years gone by. Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Mark Scott Needs To Answer, and Also Vale Australia Network

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:16:52 +0000

  This comment today on this post at Mumbrella (not yet approved, I hope it is), comment following: I’m really waiting for an explanation as to why Australia Network needed its own “Canberra bureau” (from reading Tweets today AN’s Canberra bureau was cut) unless of course it was another example of Mark Scott using the […]