This blog was established in 2012 to provide a place for the musings of a 50 something male as he contemplated “What’s Next”. In 2015 “What’s Next” began and is now very much a reality.

My time as a full-time professional is complete and life as a retired partner of a professional service firm has begun. I mused over whether my time would be filled as a student, academic, writer, advisor, traveller or a bit of each? It seems that it will be largely consumed by attempting to complete a PhD with I also hope time for writing, travelling and mentoring.

I am passionate about music, travel, sport and research and I want this blog to reflect that passion through my regular updates in particular my passion for travel.

I always wanted to write a great song but have had to settle for listening to music at every opportunity, whether it be Springsteen, Tori Amos, The Beatles, Regina Spektor, Les Miserables, Country (yes that’s right) and pretty much everything else except rap.

When it comes to travel I am late comer to this passion but now can’t get enough of it. I don’t think it’s possible to spend enough time in Italy!

As “What’s Next” becomes reality, I hope that my 60th birthday will come with a nicely bound and successfully completed PhD thesis!




Me with my favourite person in the world!

My views are my own.

15 Responses to About

  1. Lena says:

    Thank you for liking my blog on “Are You Ready To Retire”. We both share the same passion, travel to see the world, meet other people, learn their culture, new experience and adventures. Unfortunately, we have to slow down and hope my husband’s total hip replacement surgery will allow us to further our passion.

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  3. David Perry says:

    Bonjour from France! I seem to remember someone talking to me about internet security for my blog and I think it was you, Browney. If it was you, can you remind me of what security you use? I just got a message from some unknown person saying that his blog was hacked and he lost everything and asking if I had protection. It left me with a bad feeling and maybe I need to take some pre-emptive action…

  4. Stephen K says:

    Hi there!

    I ran across your blog via this post: https://thephdpimpernel.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/an-update/

    I have been seeking other non-traditional students who have began or have finished their journey in academics. I started my blog a month or so ago, and I too am going to be embarking on my own academic journey. I’m really happy to see that others are doing or have done the same.

    All the best!


  5. Frenchydave says:

    Hi Browney, there’s a problem with your latest post. I got the email notificaton, as usual, and clicked to read it on-line. I get a message that it can’t be found and it’s not in the list of posts. I could read it in the email but it’s strange that it doesn’t show up on your blog. Anyway, enjoy your new-found freedom but don’t forget to work on that thesis!

  6. Tracey Johnson says:

    Hi fellow Adelaidean, thanks for sharing on your blog. We are venturing on our 1st major o/s trip to Paris next year; but, since starting my research to DIY travel I’m now wondering whether we should enlist a TA. Would you mind sharing who the agent is you used for your Italy 2015 trip? Oh and all the best for your PhD
    With regards

    • browney says:

      Hi Tracey,
      Thanks for visiting my blog.

      We used STA Travel Rundle Street. They provided some very interesting thoughts we hadn’t previously considered and were very helpful.

      That said the more of your own research you do before you see the travel agent the better. Whether it’s TripAdvisor or using the WordPress Reader other people’s experiences provide great insights.

      Paris is a wonderful city. I’m sure you’ll have a great trip.


  7. Tracey Johnson says:

    Thank you Browney for your advice and tips.
    Regards, Tracey

  8. M Leake says:

    Congratulation Browney and welcome to the retiree club. You sound like a future Travel blogger. I will follow your journey! 🙂

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