Author Archives: Richard Leonard

About Richard Leonard

A writer of fiction, software, magazine articles, websites, blogs, tweets and sadly, cheques.

Around the Bay in a Day

Every year Melbourne hosts the Around the Bay in a Day charity cycling event. This year it’s on Sunday the 19th of October.

The charity is the Smith Family, who help support disadvantaged Australian children.

The Bay I speak of is Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, with a coastline of more than 250 km and 35 times the surface area of Sydney Harbour, is what 15,000 keen cyclists ride around to raise money for charity. And the pure enjoyment of riding a bike. But mainly for the charity. And bragging rights. Because it’s a huge achievement to successfully ride that sort of distance in one day.

But I won’t be doing 250km. I’ve signed up for one of the 100km rides instead. Partly because of the logistics of getting to the start location that early in the morning, partly because I’m not fit enough to ride 250+ kms, and partly because a work colleague coaxed me into doing it because it’s his first time.

I’ve set up my Fund-raising page where people can donate if they wish. If the joy you would receive from helping a disadvantaged child is not enough incentive to donate, I’ve added the chance for you to laugh at me instead. You see, I’ve never worn those silly lycra cycling nicks in my life. I see no need for them and they look silly, in my opinion. However, if my donation total reaches $1,000 before the big day, I will actually wear some lycra shorts and post photos of the hideously unattractive sight.

Thank you.


Sagittarius, The Milky Way, Flickr and My Photography

Here’s a bit of irony for you. Anyone who’s read my blog regularly, would realise I don’t often include photos with my posts. This is mainly due to time constraints. It’s like, I just want to write this and get it out there. I can’t be bothered putting up an accompanying photo. Okay, so it’s a bit of laziness, too! If the post is specifically about a photo or an image, I’ll obviously included it but in general it’s been about the writing, and ideas, etc. Now, the irony is I actually love photography! Continue reading

Myki: How to Make the Most of the New 2 Hour Fare

Myki’s 2-hour fare will now last exactly two hours. Yes, for the out-of-towners, a 2 hour ticket used to last you up to 2 hours and 59 minutes. As of Sunday 10 August 2014, a 2 hour ticket will now last exactly 2 hours.

A Typical Myki card

A Typical Myki card

At first glance you would be forgiven for thinking the PTV have come to their senses and removed some absurdity from the system. But from now we will actually have less value for money and possibly more confusion, stress, revenue collection and possibly more inadvertent fare evasion. Continue reading

How to Solve the Gaza Conflict

About ten years ago on one of the rare occasions I was dragged along to Mass, the delusional priest of our local parish decided it was time he solved the middle east crisis. His solution was simple. He said all they had to do, that is, ALL they had to do, as if it’s as easy as putting on your underwear in the morning, was to accept Jesus as their saviour. This would quickly and easily solve all the problems. Just imagine all the Jews, Muslims, closet atheists and everyone else just dropping everything and switching over to Christianity without question.

–cking idiot.
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Considering LinkedIn

Over the years I’ve received lots of invitations to join LinkedIn.

The first time was from a boss who had moved on and I thought it was a scam because I’d never heard of it. It was early days.

The next one was from an old school acquaintance (we were never really what you would call friends) who didn’t work in the same industry as me. We’d already caught up through other channels, I worked in software development, he in finance, so I wondered what would be the point of connecting on LinkedIn. Continue reading

Meet My Character

G’day! This week Goran Zidar was kind enough to give me this opportunity to introduce you all to one of my favourite characters. Thank you Goran. Before I launch into my character’s bio, here’s a little more info about Goran and his work. Continue reading

Craig’s Cross-Dress Dare

My old mate Craig made a ludicrous statement at the beginning of the AFL season. He said “If the Hawks lose more than 2-3 games this year I’ll cross dress and walk down Bourke street – seriously we might just be that good”

Last weekend the Hawks lost their fourth game of 2014. True to his word he got into the gear on Thursday at lunch time, and here he is in Bourke Street, Melbourne.

This is Craig. He lost a bet.

This is Craig. He lost a bet.

He’s aiming to raise $1,000 for the EJ Whitten Foundation for Prostate Cancer research. If you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, or just to pay kudos to Craig for the effort, click the picture to go to the donations page at Don’t feel guilty if you don’t.

Well done Craig. Good Effort!