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I've finished my interviews for the Cancer book now, and there are some heavy and yet wonderful chats are 'in the can.' (That can't be the right expression, but there you go.) Talking with these amazing people has led me to be incredibly grateful for how ridiculously lucky I, and my whole extended family, have been healthwise. There's been a lot of cuddles for my wife and kids and lots of silent thoughts of "Thank you God, Fate or whomever is responsible for my good fortune." The book will have all the quotes from my interview with a bloke called…

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I've started interviewing people for the cancer book and I, as always, am getting way too much great material to fit in a book. So I thought I'd send some of the full answers out to you all. Please read on to hear what Ursula Harvey wishes she - and those around her - knew. Feel free to send it on to friends who might be in the middle of their jousting with the disease. I wish that other people knew it was okay to laugh with you when you have cancer. I wish I knew that people can say the…

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Buon Giorno Firstly let me admit that a "call for entries" is a really pathetic way to get back into my facebook page, but my time in Italy is still clinging to my brain, and it is for a bloody good cause. A really good bloke by the name of Gary Bertwistle, who I first met through the speaking circuit, is one of the guys who started a thing called Tour de Cure, which - for the 3 people in Australia who don't know - is a massive  cycle ride that happens every year to raise money to cure cancer.…

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There I was, happily enjoying the chaos of a wonderful family holiday in Italy. All 20 and a half (my sister has one on the way) of my extended family eating, drinking and arguing like idiots together with a gorgeous Umbrian backdrop - see below for the view from my window. And then Peter Fitz goes and totally spoils it by sending me an extract from his latest book, A Simpler Time. As always with Fitz it's funny, human, and blisteringly well written. The annoying part is that this piece is incredibly poignant and personal. It's about his own family,…

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How out of whack is my life? I'm about to head off with my extended family to Italy, twenty-one of us in a Villa in Umbria, and this morning the whole thing seemed like a right pain in the arse. Even more delicious irony when my last blog was all about the benefits of heading off with my wonderful wife for a weekend away to the Hunter Valley. And now I realise I haven’t done a blog/newsletter or anything for 6 weeks while I’ve finished off my next book, What I Wish I Knew about Motherhood. I can’t even achieve…

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My last blog about the website for cheaters was picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald - a very big thanks to Peter FitzSimons for waving it in front of the right people. (Click the image and have a read, it has a different, way more judgmental and obnoxious ending which I'm pretty pleased with) Anyway, I just wanted to share two responses I had emailed to me directly within hours of the article appearing. The first, Kate in Newport said "Thanks very much for coining the term 'emotional consumerism' for this rubbish. It perfectly sums up how so often…

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I read this article in the Sydney Morning Herald a week or so ago, and I've been waiting for the bile to die down so I could write about it without swearing. It's about a man who's setting up websites around the world to enable people to cheat on their partners. http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/click-with-a-cheat--controversial-love-affair-site-launches-in--australia-20100412-s3ib.html Noel Biderman, of www.sleazyparasite.com.au (not sure if that website is correct) So rather than rant and rave - I'll save that for comedy and speaking gigs, they love it when I curse there - I'll just tell a quick story and leave a quote. For my 40th birthday…

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Every now and then at a gig you get someone shout out "You are REALLY funny mate." or something like that. And you have to love them because they really think they're helping. Last night I had a similar thing, but she was very discreet and did it on facebook. My first FB heckler! Had people at tables with laptops watching me, and one of them was quoting me on facebook, and signing up as a fan of my What I Wish I Knew facebook page, while I was on stage. Awesome. Love it. Then after the speech, as they…

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Had a great day yesterday on the couch with the women of The Circle. It was one of the best interviews I've had about the book because everyone was happy to talk about their own experience. As the books are all about Conversational Wisdom, I reckon this made for a much better segment. And I got to ask all the women to be in the next book, What I Wish I Knew about Motherhood. Hurrah! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSdLzMWC2lQ]

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No more sleeps, it's finally here. Huzzah! Big thanks to everyone who's emailed saying they've snapped What I Wish I Knew about Love up already. After living in the UK for 7 years I'd have to say I'm "well chuffed." Firstly another quote that hit the cutting room floor - this time by Nigel Marsh - author of the bestseller "Fat, Forty and Fired." (A brilliant book by the by, if you happen to be in a bookstore, you know, soon. Like real soon.) I think when I was young, what I called love was really lust, infatuation, or at…

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