Goodbye from your Arctic Correspondent signing off for now….until I’m Home in Bris Vegas

Just wanted to say to all the Almanacers who have supported me and helped me by reading my posts that I’m now about to embark on my journey back to the Antipodes via a few hopeful connections.


Due to Australian Government direction I have been ordered home before it is too late to get out and be stuck here above the Arctic circle in the North West Territories of Canada indefinitely.


I leave the tiny community of Fort McPherson with a heavy heart but with lots of good memories.


Hopefully my next post will be from the confines of a hotel that will be courtesy of  the hospitality of the Australian Government   in the industrial heartland of Mascot next to Kingsford Smith Airport if all the plans come to together.


Bris Vegas still seems like a long… long way a way off across the other side of the world down under


The world I am coming back to from the one I left in August  is a different world.


Hopefully one that is kinder.


More appreciative of good relationships and communication.


That still has a sense of humour.


And ultimately I believe that being truly alive is about the fact that we are all capable of true life giving love respect  and devotion to each other even Collingwood and Manly  fans ….


I got up at 4 30 the other morning when  I couldn’t sleep and thumped this out on my keyboard.


I hope it’s not too sanctimonious for you all.


This is what we need right now in this crisis.


Certainty instead of futility.


Contentment instead of worry.


True love instead of surface concern.


Intelligence instead of foolishness.


Reality instead of fantasy.


Giving instead of greed.


Hope instead of dread.


Relationship instead of despair.


Thinking of you all right now.


We need to find in this time the author of true unrelenting love not the superficial quick fix.


We need to find the best in humanity and rejoice in it.






Please respond I need all the positive energy I can get right now to gird my loins for the journey ahead – even if its just G’day.


The planet is all in this together.




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About Richard Marlow

a humble middle-years teacher in a “middle of the road” private school in Brisbane having being a pastor, a youth worker, a school chaplain, a bank johnnie – 3 different banks, worked in Jails, driven a cab and been in bands amongst other things.


  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Excellent sentiments Richard! Safe trip home. Looking forward to your reports from a Brisbane perspective!

  2. Ian Hauser says

    Safe travels, Richard. Looks like you might be one of the really lucky ones who gets to do not just one, but two isolation periods – one in Sydney and one in Brisbane. By the time they’re completed, we’ll all probably be in lockdown. You are one lucky dude!

  3. Peter Stirk says

    I’m an optimist! Happy to shout you a beer when we BrisVegas types have been released back into our natural habitat. We might even come and annoy you on the Sunny Coast Ian!!

  4. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    I hope to read more from you soon Richard, this time from a warmer and safer location.

  5. I’ve enjoyed your posts too Richard. Like Swish I’m keen to keep reading your thoughts. Travel well.

  6. Mark Duffett says

    The shot of you in a Tigers guernsey with a bright green aurora borealis backdrop will be hard to top as a bit of correspondence, but nevertheless I’ll definitely look forward to more.

  7. Daryl Schramm says

    Best wishes and safe travels Richard. I’m hoping for a lot of recalibration for the benefit of all to come out of all this.

  8. Good luck and happy travels Richard. Very good sentiments here. Like I have previously said, there may be good that comes out of this.

  9. Have a safe trip and stay safe mate.

    As a 91-year-old Margaret said on 1116 SEN the other day, crisis will end one day and play games with paper and etc.

    I look forward to hearing your story when you get back home.


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