I’ve never liked the term Blog, so I’m calling this the Captain’s Log for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the Captain’s Log was used by the first explorers sailing the seven seas to record significant events which is a fitting description of how I feel about my journey and the aim of this page. Secondly, from a nostalgic POV when I retired from the Australian Army I was a Captain. Enjoy!

DAILY TELEGRAPH: 191 shoes laid out on Bondi Beach represents number of Aussie men who take their lives each month

As an incredible sunrise brought light to Bondi Beach on Movember 1, 191 pairs of men’s shoes were laid out on the sand in an effort to shine a light on a growing darkness plaguing Australia.

More than six men take their own lives every day across the country - about 191 each month - with suicide the leading cause of death among males aged 15-44.

The installation which greeted swimmers, surfers and joggers on one of the world’s most iconic beaches was set up to mark the beginning of Movember, a more serious introduction to what is a fun month of hairy faces.