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About Me

I am a father, engineer and member of the local community of Newcastle NSW Australia. I was born on March 1st 1986 in Zimbabwe where I was raised until I left for university in South Africa in 2006.

Now living in Australia I work full time as an engineer supporting the coal mines of New South Wales. I live on the shores of Lake MacQuarie and enjoy the opportunity this place provides for walking, swimming and exploring.

Writing is a new thing for me, or is being newly revived. I recently found a letter written by my 12 year old self to this future me. 

I hope to write about my childhood and upbringing, and the way I view the world because of it. I hope that my writing will give my children an insight into what my life has been like and empower others with a new way of looking at the world.

Industries I Write About


Law & Politics

Science & Medicine

My Writing Samples

A family photograph

We all see the world differently. An insight into what I see when I look at a pile of old and new Apple computers.


Hard Rubbish

A description of periodic garbage collections in Australia


Panic buying

Documenting the time when the world woke up to the existence of COVID-19



Game Guide

I made peoples holidays great. I started this gig at age 14 in the school holidays. I worked hard, did my best and was promoted. Helping people, going the extra mile and developing an attitude that no request was ever too much got me far here.

Company: Antelope Park Zimbabwe

I worked there from 1/2005 until 12/2005

Ellies instore promoter

Sold Ellies products in South Africa

Company: Ellies

I worked there from 1/2006 until 12/2007

Assembler - Fitness Equipment

Built things, treadmills, bikes, ellipticals and reconditioned them. The reconditioning work is almost the same as what you would do in a car mechanic / smash and repair place.

Company: Lifefitness Australia

I worked there from 1/2008 until 12/2011

Work Experience Aluminium Smelter

I did a lot of projects. The best bit was to repair some circuit boards for some furnace cranes.

Company: ALCO Portland

I worked there from 12/2011 until 2/2012

Graduate Electrical Engineer

Graduate experience job at West Wallsend Colliery and Ulan Surface operations. Usual project type work that graduates get upto. Finished with a project working for corporate engineering.

Company: Xstrata Coal

I worked there from 2/2012 until 2/2014

Technology Support Engineer

Following a take over by Glencore and being saved from a retrenchment I started working to help support new technology being used in the coal mines of New South Wales

Company: Glencore Coal Assets Australia

I worked there from 2/2014 until now

Content I Write