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SAMPLES OF PUBLICATIONS & PAST ARTICLES:

Graeme has been published in an array of newspapers and magazines over the years, including;
Toronto Star (Canada)
Florida Times-Union (Florida, USA)
China Daily (China)
The Mercury (Hobart, Australia)
Courier Mail (Brisbane, Australia)
Magreb Arabe Presse (Morocco)
Nova News Now (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Evening Standard (London, UK)
Internazionale (Italy)
Lefig
Le Figaro (France)
New Zealand Herald (NZ)
Soweto Times (South Africa)
The Statesman (India)
The Village Voice (New York, USA)
II Manifesto (Italy)
The Star (Malaysia)
Der Bund (Switzerland)
Vanguard (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Daily Telegraph (London, UK)
Los Angeles Times (USA)
WashPost
Washington Post (USA)
The Tribune (USA)
The Herald (Australia)
Mainichi Shimbun (Japan)
Alaska Star (Alaska, USA)
Le Monde (France)
Le Mauricien (Mauritius)
The Sun (London, UK)
The Globe & Mail (Canada)
The Guardian (London, UK)
Del Mar Times (California, USA)
Asahi
Asahi Shimbun  (Japan)
Jakarta Times (Indonesia)
The Cape Times (South Africa)
Rotterdams Dagblad (Netherlands)
Athens News (Greece)
The Press (New Zealand)
Alameda Times-Star (California, USA)
Irish News (Ireland)
The Herald (Connecticut, USA)
El Corrio (Spain)
Times of India (India)
Wall Street Journal (USA)
Seattle Times (Seattle, USA)
Miami Today (Miami, USA)
TheInde
The Independent  (UK)
Cambridge Times (Ontario, Canada)
The Australian (Australia)
The Huffington Post (USA)
The Times (London, UK)
Orange County Register (California, USA)
The Age (Melbourne, Australia)
Pretoria News (South Africa)
The Journal News (New York, USA)
Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia)
The Straits Times (Singapore)
The Asian Age (India)
Adelaide Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia)
The Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
Kurier (Austria)
Global Times (China)
LonTimes
The Times  (UK)
The Philippine Star (Philippines)
Chicago Tribune (Illinois, USA)
Greenwich Post (Connecticut, USA)
Manila Times (Philippine)
The Sun (Seattle, USA)
Korean Herald (South Korea)
Mauritius Times (Mauritius)
The Mercury (South Africa)
The Hindu (India)
Alto Adige (Italy)
The Mail & Guardian (South Africa)
The Star (South Africa)
NYTimes
New York Times  (New York, USA)
Kyodo News (Japan)
Newsday (New York, USA)
The Japan Times (Japan)
Guangzhou Daily (China)
Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois, USA)
Shanghai Daily (China)
One India (India)
Shenzhen Daily (China)
WochenZeitung (Switzerland)
The Examiner (Ireland)
etc, etc


 

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In his freelance journalism classes, Graeme urges others to ‘borrow’ (pinch) his ideas/topics – and sometimes helps them with content – to assist those who enjoy writing to sell to a MUCH broader marketplace. He urges would-be, could-be, should-be freelances to act a little like ‘mercenaries’ – publish…AND be paid!!
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(BELOW SAMPLES)

HEIGHT OF FASHION
Heels are on the rise. High heels are breaking out all over – and while worn by males and females in ancient times, has now become the province of the sexuality and power for females. Once banned in Europe, contemporary times have Madonna exclaiming “they are better than sex – and last longer” while actress Jessica Sarah Parker (Sex in The City) learned how to run while wearing 12cm heels in the street. Accused of being designed to restrict women’s movements, it seems nobody has ‘emphasised’ that to women – as they increasingly slip into higher and higher heels.
(Sold to 22 countries)

AUTOEROTIC ASPHYXIA
Autoerotic Asphyxia is a sexual practice utilised by teenagers (mostly boys) through to celebrities (Michael Hutchence) involving the use of a rope or belt around the neck to achieve near asphyxiation designed to reach enhanced sexual orgasm. Family and friends are embarrassed by death from this practice and prefer it to be seen as ‘suicide’. However, the ‘practice’ is growing and proving a high risk activity…
(Sold to 11 countries)

THE ABC’S OF COURAGE – ILLITERACY
For millions of adult Australians who fell through the cracks of the school system, poor literacy is a daily problem. The public prefers to think illiteracy lives only in the lives of non-English speaking migrants – but that accounts for only around a third. Australia claims illiteracy is only 3 per cent; but that remains the ‘great education lie’ – as up to 15 percent of Australians struggle to read…..
(Sold to 33 countries)

DON’T PLANT TREES…CUT THEM DOWN
Counter to world thinking, an expert says planting trees in many parts of the world has no positive environmental effect. Is this yet another climate change denier – no! Merely a fascinating view that planting in the tropics helps, while in temperate regions there is no demonstrated advantage while, in higher latitudes, it is nothing short of counterproductive.
(Sold to 19 countries)

INCREDIBLE EDIBLES
Perhaps it was the turtle-liver risotto, fried spiders, sheep’s testicles, fried locusts or stingray balls. What is a seeming anathema to our ‘traditional’ palate is a treasured food in another society or culture. Millions eat a vast array of food every day and live to tell the tale. Masterchef, you have seen nothing yet! For most things that move, there is someone, somewhere eager to make a meal of them.
(Sold to 24 countries)

MURDERING A SPOUSE (Battered Woman Syndrome)
Can it be acceptable to murder your spouse? The courts are increasingly accepting circumstances where a defendant – almost always a female – ‘snaps’ in the face of persistent ongoing violence, severe cruelty and relentless terror within a relationship. The result is, despite the required legal penalties for murder/manslaughter, courts are awarding lesser or, occasionally, suspended sentences….
(Sold to 14 countries)

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
The oceans of the world are host to hundreds of bottles, drifting endlessly, with many carrying messages of love, hope, news, tragedy, dreams and humour inside. The bottles eddy in the ocean currents for months, even years, before being washed ashore. These bottles bear all manner of messages – from the important to trivial messages – and thrown into the ocean by people from scores of countries to await unsuspecting discovery.
(Sold to 37 countries)

BOOZE TRUTHS – TALL TALES, BUT (OCCASIONALLY) TRUE ABOUT ALCOHOL
Drinking coffee will get you sober faster? Champagne gets you drunker than wine? Different wines go with different wines? Quality wines form ‘tears’ on the side of a glass? Absinthe is a hallucinogen? True or false?
There’s no shortage of tall tales about alcohol – and a few are even true.
(Sold to 14 countries)

THE WEATHER & PILL TAKING
The fact that the weather can significantly influence the metabolism of drugs has never been highlighted by medicos – but recent medical reports are influencing doctors to increasingly provide dosage advice as much related to the weather report as the potential effects of a drug.
(Sold to 22 countries)

SPACE SCRAP – 18,000 PLUS OBJECTS ORBIT EARTH
Space might once have been regarded as a sterile expanse of ‘nothingness’ but in fact earthlings are loading our orbit space with more than 18,000 piece of debris – that’s a lot of crap – er, scrap. Add to that the junk is orbiting at 3.07 kilometres a second, which poses a big danger to useful satellites or astronauts out on a morning space-walk. The US military has been thinking – a huge net might work, but scientists are grappling with potentially more manageable ways to confront the ever-increasing problem
(Sold to 12 countries)

MERCENARIES
Mercenaries are engaged across the world in both declared and undeclared wars. And Australian mercenaries are involved. Mercenaries – a gun for hire – fight against real and imaginary causes – communism, religion etc. The mercenaries (a number are women) risk their lives daily in far flung, often extremely remote locations, with minimal rations, much worn weaponry and no official recognition….for a fistful of dollars! But changes are occurring. Contemporary mercenaries are becoming more professional, carrying sophisticated weaponry – while some even wear suits! (2,000 words)
(Sold to many countries)

WHAT MAKES A WOMAN SEXY
Imagine you know what makes a woman sexy? It may seem a sacrilege – to both males and females and advertising agencies – but recent surveys reveal that the women judged as the most sexy …..are those with their clothes on! (2000 words)
(Sold to 22 countries)

WHY (MANY) MEN ARE SCARED TO DEATH OF WOMEN
This is a subject many men will not discuss. There is a misconception that all men are confident ‘super studs’, able tom, win a girl with a handful of words and the mere raising of an eyebrow. But not for most! More than than 50% of men have revealed they are scared…really scared of women. And this is causing unhappiness to both sexes. (200 words)
(Sold to 24 countries)

A KISS IS JUST A KISS?
There’s no denying it…a kiss is just a kiss. Almost everyone remembers their first as a memorable experience for more than 90% of individuals surveyed…and it seems those who can remember, are still practicing the art. (1,700 words)
(Sold to 22 countries)

EXHIBITIONISM  Anatomy of a ‘Flasher’
99 percent of ‘flashers’ (exhibitionist) are male – but a radical new medically inspired therapy of the late 1990’s is changing such urges…70% are now being ‘cured’. Why do men practise this form of ‘behaviour’? And why is the therapy working? (2000 words)
(Sold to 11 countries)

Important: Public Debate & Recognition Required

AUTOEROTIC ASPHYXIA
A much lamented secret in society includes the practice of ‘autoerotic asphyxia’ – a practice often related to sex and which can, and has, killed. Autoerotic asphyxia is a self induced erotic pleasure enhanced by near asphyxiation, often induced by a noose around the neck. While Australian newspapers have rarely reported these incidents, the greatest fear is the ‘practice’ is taking the lives of teenage boys…who are constantly reported as having suicided.   The sensitivity of the practice influences many families to accept it as suicide and there is no debate occurring which may provide a warning to intending participants. (1,800 words)
(SWold to 11 countries)

AUSTRALIANS IMPRISONED OVERSEAS
More than 180 Australians are held in prisons around the world – for crimes ranging from shoplifting in Saudi Arabia (nine years) to assault in Hawaii (18 months) to murder in Peru (five years) – with almost half convicted of drug offences. Numerous overseas prisons do not meet UN standards, the climate can often be ‘difficult’, food lamentable and loved ones (family and visitors) are located thousands of kilometres away. These Australians are paying a higher price for their crime (2000 words)
(Sold other versions – New Zealanders Imprisoned etc – to a few countries)

DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY
Some of the most ‘undiplomatic’ behaviour and exploits are committed under the guise of diplomatic immunity – from shoplifting, car accidents to suspicious intrigue and even murder. The Australian government in past years has been leading the charge to have diplomatic immunity waived in favour of such matters being dealt with in civil courts. Notwithstanding, diplomats and consuls consistently escape punishment or penalty by claiming diplomatic immunity. (2000 words)
(Sold to 28 countries)

MEMORY
Forgetfulness has become the latest obsession, driven by all manner of courses and seminars teaching memory training. But as years go by, how much memory loss is ‘normal’? Can we actually arrest or repair that loss? Quick memory tests are included in the article. (1,800 words)
(Sold to 7 countries)

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
The oceans of the world are host to hundreds of bottles, drifting endlessly while carrying messages of love, hope, news, tragedy, dreams and humour inside. The bottles eddy in the ocean currents for months, even years, before being washed ashore. The bottles, bearing al manner of messages – from important to trivial messages – are thrown into the ocean by people from scores of countries to await unsuspecting discovery. (2,000 words)
(Sold to 36 countries)

THE FIRST (AUSTRALIAN) OLYMPIAN
Edwin Flack was Australia’s first Olympian. He was not chosen or selected….rather he just decided to turn up in Athens in 1886. He insisted on representing Australia – despite the fact there was no national flag, we did at least have a national anthem…God Save the King!   Flack (who was one of the founders of PriceWaterhouseCoopers) won the 800 and 1,500 metres, competed in tennis (unsuccessfully as he’d never played before) and broke down leading the marathon.
An amazing story about how Australia is one of only five countries to have competed at all Olympics since 1896.
(Sold to 25 countries)

SPERMATTORREA
The medical profession have historically arrived at a number of brilliant ‘revelations’ in identifying and curing conditions, ailments and disease. However some ideas, notions and “scientific” claims they NOW strongly want to forget. In the nineteenth century, in a puritan America, medicos became concerned that young males were suffering a condition of much shame and embarrassment. Their condition involved the penis emitting a strange cream – often during the night or early morning). Doctors and scientists wrote lengthy papers about the condition and promoted such views widely in USA and Europe.  Consequently it took on all the proportions of a major health scare and the term “spermatorrhoea” made it into the medical books.
Today the medical profession, more accurately and more simply, term the condition a ”wet dream”.
(Sold to several countries)

FREIGHTER TRAVEL
There is a drift to travelling the world by freighter ships. More common in the northern hemisphere many people prefer the ships that largely carry freight to ports rarely visited by larger cruise ships. With just 12 passengers, it is a unique experience.
(Sold to 38 countries)

BUYING ISLANDS
People love islands. They dream about visiting islands during holiday breaks – but what if you actually bought your very own island? Many people are doing so – and many are available for $200K to $300K. However, there are a few issues to consider…
(Sold to 18 countries)

and many more
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