Peter Spann's Italy
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Italy dreamin!

Italy is my favourite place on the planet!  And who wouldn’t be dreaming about an Italian summer holiday and everything that implies. And this little article is the opposite of those "how to do Italy on $10 a day" type things.  It's more... How…
2016 You Can Go Now
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Peter Spann 2016 or 2016 You Can Go Now.

Well Peter Spann 2016 wasn't the best.  It’s easy to write off 2016 as a crap year for most of us.  But there have been great things too. And you don’t often hear me complaining – I certainly try to maintain a sunny disposition…
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American friends – you should vote for Hillary even if you hate her.

By now you're probably weary with this election and annoyed at those of us on the other side of the world telling you how to vote, but this is a world defining election.  What you do today, how you vote, affects us all, so please consider your…

50 years!  Man, where the fuck did that go?

Just seems like yesterday that we were in Florence at my gloriously extravagant 40th birthday party.  8 course dinner, the three tenors, fireworks and being shut down by the Carabinieri – I mean a party isn’t a party unless the coppers…

No Shortcuts

It's 6am... It's cold and wet... It's Redfern - Sydney's crime central... It's aboriginals & police facing off... It's boxing and there's No Shortcuts The indigenous children of Redfern are 24 times more likely to be jailed than…

Director: Peter Spann

“The Clapper said, "Director: Peter Spann, and I get to call "Action".  But I've gotta say the first time I heard the (16mm film) camera turn over and make that little clicking sound I let it roll for a few seconds because I knew I would…

Lest we...

ANZAC day is always a difficult one for me.   I am grateful for the courage, determination, and sacrifice of our military.   I am also grateful to the military where I learnt to fly.   When I was younger I used…

Election 2016

Most people would have no idea that I am a 40 year supporter of the Labor Party.   My family were heavy hitting Union members who called each other Comrade, my Uncle a leading member of the Party in Qld. I grew up in the ideology.…
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Fear and Loathing in Brisvegas*

One of the goals I have set for myself while I spend some time at the beach is to get (finally) a first draft of a novel out. I’ve had a few cracks at it in the past but never gotten further than about 10,000 words on 5 different ideas. …

A Final Goodbye

My mother died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of her 89th birthday, alone but painlessly. Hopefully she will find the peace in death that escaped her in this life. There are few greater gifts than being adopted and raised…